State seeks renewable energy projects

State seeks renewable energy projects

New York State is seeking proposals for large-scale renewable energy projects that fall in line with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to have 70 percent of the state’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030.

This third request for proposals comes with a June 13 deadline, but there’s a web seminar on how to make a qualified proposal that will be available May 2. Awards are scheduled for November of this year.

“New York is continuing to lead by example when it comes to advancing large-scale renewable energy projects that will bring significant economic growth and good-paying jobs to the state,” Cuomo said in a prepared statement.  “This action builds on our strong commitment to renewable energy and will be a critical part of the state’s bold plan to meet the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change.”

This latest solicitation is aimed at providing $1.5 million megawatt hours, or enough to power 200,000 homes, to the state’s power grid.

In 2017 and 2018, New York awarded $2.9 billion in contracts to 46 land-based wind and solar projects, creating $7 billion in direct investment in the clean energy sector. The projects generate a combined 7.1 million megawatt-hours each year, which is enough power for nearly 1 million homes. Investments related to the latest solicitation are projected to create 1,000 short-term and long-term jobs in the energy field.

“This solicitation for large-scale projects continues our efforts to power more homes and create more good paying jobs. New York continues to lead the nation to protect our environment and combat climate change for future generations,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

“To tackle climate change, we must build new clean, pollution-free power projects, like wind and solar,” added Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York. “Today’s new call for renewable energy projects from NYSERDA is excellent news, as it will allow developers to compete for the long-term contracts that get projects financed and built and will create jobs for New Yorkers.”

Information on how to submit a proposal is available on the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency’s website.

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