The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has issueda request for proposals (RFP) seeking a public-private partnership forthe installation of up to 100 MW of photovoltaic systems across thestate, including roof-mounted and ground-mounted solar arrays.
Facilitieswill be installed primarily at schools, public universities andcolleges, state and local government facilities, municipal electricutilities and rural electric cooperatives. When fully installed, thisproject will be the largest solar initiative in state history,according to the office of Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y.
Inaddition to providing clean power to host facilities, the initiativewill include the development of large-scale community solar projectsthat will connect to the distribution systems of municipal utilitiesand rural electric cooperatives.
NYPA is soliciting proposalsfrom developers to install, own and operate PV arrays, and to sell allthe energy and environmental attributes to NYPA subject to a 20-yearpower purchase agreement. NYPA will then enter into contracts with theproject hosts, such as the school where the PV array is located, forthe distribution of green power. Installation of the solar photovoltaicprojects is expected to begin in 2010 and be completed by the end of2014.
The deadline for RFP responses is April 9. Recommendationsfor an award are expected to be made at the September meeting of NYPA’sBoard of Trustees. RFP documents and further details of the conferencewill be posted on NYPA’s Web site.