Already 48 schools from 25 New York school districts have signed power purchase agreements to go solar through the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA’s) K-Solar program. Now NYPA is expanding the program with two additional solar power vendors to help more of the 700 public school districts and non-public schools go solar.
“When schools go solar through the K-Solar program, everyone benefits,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “Students learn valuable lessons about science, technology and climate change – because real life experiences help make learning real for them. School districts and taxpayers save money by moving to affordable solar energy. And we all benefit from a cleaner, healthier environment.”
The new vendors will help in specific regions of the state. Greenskies Renewable Energy will help schools in Central and Northern New York and Long Island. Solar Liberty will help schools in Western New York and the Southern Tier. NYPA also said that SolarCity, which was serving the entire state through the program, will now focus on the Hudson Valley, Capital Region and New York City regions.
“Hundreds of school districts are ready to bring solar into their communities and reduce their energy bills and we are excited to work with each and every one,” said Gil Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. Indeed, 380 of the districts have showed interest in going solar. “Making a commitment to solar energy requires no investment on a district’s part and by participating in the Governor’s innovative K-Solar program, schools are making a strong statement about the importance of renewable resources.”
The program is designed to help the schools reduce their energy costs through solar power. The program offers schools free site surveys and analysis, and they pay no upfront costs for the solar panels. Their only expense is for the electricity generated from the solar panels. NYPA serves as an energy advisor for the schools as well as provides technical assistance and helps them take advantage of all the statewide incentives and helps them use high-volume pricing.
The program was initially launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in 2014 and is part of his $1 billion NY-Sun initiative. The K-Solar program is a public-private partnership that selects its providers through a competitive bidding process.Tweet