Following New York’s simplification of solar incentives for residents and businesses the state unveiled a new plan last week, K-Solar, to help New York’s schools go solar. Already 40 of the state’s school districts have signed up to participate in the program.
“K-Solar is an exciting initiative to give public schools throughout New York State an opportunity to harness solar power for a portion of their electricity needs,” said State Education Commissioner John King, Jr.
“New York is becoming a national leader in the solar industry, and today we’re taking another major step forward by giving schools across the state the resources they need to tap into this innovative technology,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “Increasing the use of renewable energy at our schools will both protect the environment and modernize our electrical grid. I encourage all school districts to apply for this assistance today.” Districts can apply at NYPA’s K-Solar page.
“Solar power can help New York schools save big on their energy bills—freeing up more money to be invested in education, instead of energy—while helping to reduce demand for dirty energy sources that pollute the air our children breathe,” said Jackson Morris, director of Eastern Energy at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Going solar provides an incredible resource to teach kids hands-on lessons about climate science, technology, engineering, math, and what exactly happens when you flip on that light switch.”
The program K-Solar is a partnership between the New York Power Authority (NYPA),the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Education Department.
“We look forward to helping school districts across the state gain access to clean, affordable solar energy and become hubs for community solar,” said NYSERDA President and Chief Executive Officer John Rhodes. “Through K-Solar and the NY-Sun Initiative school districts can reduce costs and accelerate progress…to make the state’s energy systems cleaner and more affordable, resilient and reliable.”
Under the partnership schools can access free energy advisory services and expertise to learn whether or not solar is suitable and cost-effective for schools in their district and help them find the best financing options. NYSERDA added: “There is no limit to the number of public school districts that can participate in the program.”
In conjunction with introducing the program, NYPA also issued a request for qualifications from solar installers and contractors interested in participating in the program. Such developers have until Oct. 9 to apply at NYPA’s Procurement webpage.Tweet