Power Authority 100-MW Solar PV Study

Project Update / March 1, 2010

On March 2nd, 2010, Purchase College will host a bidder’s conference for all developers / contractors interested in bidding on specific installation sites. The event will take place in the Performing Arts Center’s Concert Hall.


Project Specification

The New York Power Authority ("Authority") is a corporate municipal instrumentality and political subdivision of the State of New York that provides low-cost electricity to governmental agencies, municipal electric systems, rural electric cooperatives, manufacturers and to investor-owned utilities for resale without profit to retail customers across New York State. The Authority operates 18 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. In addition, the Authority is a nationally recognized leader in the field of energy services including the development of clean and renewable energy technologies and the promotion of energy efficiency. It has committed more than $100 million per year to energy services with cumulative investments aggregating to more than $1.1 billion since the program's inception.
In connection with the Authority's commitment to the environment and in support of Governor Paterson's "45 by 15" goal. Information on Governor Paterson's "45 by 15" goal can be found at http://www.state.ny.us/governor/press/factsheet_0107092.html. The Authority is seeking the development of 100 MW of distributed solar photovoltaic generating facilities ("SGF") to be installed primarily at schools, government facilities and other Authority customer locations throughout New York State. All SGF will be installed, owned and operated by a solar developer who will sell all energy and environmental attributes to the Authority subject to a 20 year power purchase agreement. Installation of the SGF is expected to begin in 2010, and all SGF are anticipated to be in service by December 31, 2014.
NYPA and Purchase College Facilities Management have identified the W1 and W2 parking lots as a potential 3.6-MW site for Solar-PV canopies.