Historic Solar Project Receives Widespread Interest and Support
New York Power Authority Holds Successful Bidders' Conference and Initiates Business Registry

Christine Pritchard

March 4, 2010


WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today said that NYPA’s historic solar initiative has received tremendous interest and support from the industry both at its bidders’ conference and through NYPA’s new “business-to-business” registry to assist interested businesses in their efforts to participate.

Last month, NYPA advanced its Statewide Photovoltaic (PV) Initiative by issuing a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a public-private partnership with developers for the installation of up to 100 megawatts (MW) of PV systems across the State. Since issuing the RFP, NYPA has received some 560 registrations to receive project information and updates. Many of those who registered are potential solar project developers. 

In addition, on Tuesday, NYPA held a bidders’ conference that was attended by some 300 parties interested in participating in the initiative.  The conference, which was hosted by NYPA’s President Kessel, provides an opportunity to potential bidders to learn more about the project and to ask questions.

NYPA’s 100 MW Statewide Photovoltaic Initiative is an unprecedented clean energy project that will stimulate the clean energy industry throughout the state, foster the development of solar technologies, and support public sustainability efforts.  When fully installed, this project will provide for the generation of up to 100 MW of photovoltaic power, including roof-mounted and ground-mounted solar arrays, which will generate the equivalent of enough electricity for approximately 15,000 homes.

The project is aimed at the development of distributed solar photovoltaic generating facilities that will be installed throughout the state primarily at schools, public universities and colleges, state and local government facilities, municipal electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives. This project will be the catalyst for the state’s growing solar industry, and will advance sustainability efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of state and local public facilities by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45,000 tons per year.

“NYPA’s Statewide Photovoltaic Initiative will be the catalyst of growth of the solar industry in New York State and will be a critical vehicle for job creation in the clean energy economy,” said Kessel. “This historic initiative will increase the state’s solar energy production five-fold and advance the state’s “45 by 15” plan for 45 percent of the state’s electricity needs to be met through improved energy efficiency and clean renewable energy by the year 2015.”

In addition, NYPA has kicked-off a business-to-business registry that has already had more than 110 registrations since posting the registry on its Web site on February 19th. The 100 MW Solar Photovoltaic Initiative Business Registry is an opportunity for New York State manufacturers and service providers to  connect with solar power developers and take part in this growth industry and in this initiative.  

Another aim of the business registry is to help build a domestic solar industry in New York and keep job-creating dollars from going overseas.  For more information about this registry, individuals are encouraged to visit http://www.nypa.gov/solar/100mw/default.htm.

The deadline for the submission of questions for the RFP is April 2, 2010 and April 22nd for RFP proposals.  Installation of the solar photovoltaic projects under this initiative is expected to begin in late 2010 and be completed by the end of 2014.  Questions and their responses about the initiative will be conducted through the website www.nypasolarrfp.org.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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