On the heels of New York’s ground-breaking for SolarCity’s GigaFactory in Buffalo, N.Y., Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last week, the governor announced new awards to support 214 megawatts of commercial-scale solar deployments of 200 kilowatts and larger at schools, municipal sites, hospitals, nonprofits and more. In all, the newly committed $94 million will support 142 projects, leveraging $375 million in private investments.
“Today we are making another long-term investment in our clean energy economy – with nearly $100 million in funding that will dramatically increase our capacity to generate and utilize solar energy across the state,” Cuomo said. The new projects will expand the amount of solar on the ground and in the state’s pipeline by 68 percent over the end of 2013.
Of the newly named projects, 50 are located at businesses, 41 at schools and school districts, 36 at municipal and other government facilities, and 15 at nonprofits, health care institutions and colleges. In all, 49 solar developers responded to the state’s solicitation request.
“The results of this solicitation highlight the success of Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative in driving a significant increase in solar power in the state, and the large interest from school districts is an indicator of the success we can expect from NY-Sun’s new K-Solar program, which focuses specifically on solar projects at schools,” said John Rhodes, CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which runs the NY-Sun program.
The prices for projects awarded under the project also saw a sharp decline from last year, according to Cuomo’s office. They fell from $1 per watt to 55 cents per watt in Con Edison territory and from 68 cents per watt to 41 cents per watt in the rest of the state, the office said. That means the value per taxpayer dollar is now 1.6 times greater than 2013.
“New York is quickly becoming a national leader in renewable energy by building a competitive solar industry,” Cuomo said. “This is a significant step forward in our goal of creating a better place for New Yorkers to live and work, and I look forward to seeing these projects contribute to a cleaner environment.”
New York has been very active lately in boosting solar in the state. Cuomo recently announced plans to make it easier for homes and schools to go solar. The most recent announcement, on Sept. 26, was just days after he presided over the ground-breaking ceremony for the new SolarCity GigaFactory in Buffalo, N.Y. That facility will start making PV modules based on technology developed by Silevo, which SolarCity bought, as soon as the first quarter of 2016.Tweet