New York Governor A. Paterson has announced the largest solar photovoltaic project of 100 MW in partnership with New York Power Authority (NYPA). It’s an added bonus to the already announced 50 MW solar photovoltaic project, led by the Long Island Power Authority. By its implementation, New York will become the second largest solar energy producing state with a total output of 150 MW.
Why it matters?
Governor Paterson’s ‘45 by 15’ program is a step towards his clean energy agenda. It is one of the most important nation’s energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. According to the agenda by 2015, New York State will receive 45 percent of its electricity through energy efficiency and clean renewable energy. It’s estimated that this program will create 50,000 clean energy jobs throughout the State.
According to Governor Peterson, it’s an important step towards achieving New York’s goals under its Renewable Portfolio Standard and in enhancing the State’s energy independence. Installation of 100MW solar power at schools, municipal and commercial buildings, and various State sites will enhance New York State’s status as a leader in the new clean energy economy. In the last two weeks, this is his fourth initiative towards renewable energy technology.
As an initial step, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will issue a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) in order to explore a public-private partnership for the installation of 100 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, roof-mounted and ground-mounted PV arrays. Their focus is going to be on promoting regional economic development for local component manufacturing and assembly. It could include opportunities to manufacture PV components in the State, and promote clean energy jobs that would be associated with installing, operating and maintaining the PV facilities and other related support functions.
The installation of additional solar photovoltaic project in New York will increase the accessibility of locally generated renewable power, compensating reliance on imported energy and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
Via: Green energy news