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New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo has unveiled the details of the awards for 21 large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects across upstate New York, totalling 1,278MW of new renewable capacity.

These projects, which New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and other state and local agencies will ensure are sited and developed responsibly, will spur over $2.5 billion in direct, private investments toward their development, construction and operation and create over 2,000 short-term and long-term jobs.

The awards accelerate New York’s progress towards governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal goal to obtain 70% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as codified by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, and supports the State mandate for a 100% carbon-free electricity sector by 2040.

“New York continues to be a leader in developing large-scale renewable energy projects in a way that brings significant economic benefits and jobs to the state,” Cuomo said. “With these projects we will build on our aggressive strategy to combat climate change and lay a foundation for a more sustainable future for all New Yorkers.”

This milestone demonstrates New York’s real-time commitment to implementing the most ambitious clean energy agenda in the United States. Expected to generate over 2.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy annually – the projects will provide enough to power over 350,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.3 million metric tons annually, equivalent to taking nearly 300,000 cars off the road every year.

The awards, totalling $1 billion in state investment, include projects that offered bids 23% lower than the bids received three years ago, representing considerable value for New Yorkers and highlighting the continuing significant cost declines of renewable energy.

The awards announced are the third in a series of annual NYSERDA land-based renewable procurements that are expected to result in the development of dozens of large-scale renewable energy projects over the coming decade. 

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Several of the projects awarded are expected to break ground as soon as late 2020 and all projects are expected to be operational by 2024.

As the State continues its progress towards the 2030 renewable energy target, it will also continue to emphasise and enhance engagement with the communities where projects are being developed. In order to directly assist communities, NYSERDA will also continue to offer resources and no-cost technical assistance to all cities, towns, and villages throughout the state.

The competitively selected projects include 17 large-scale solar projects, which reaffirms New York as a national leader for solar development. In addition, four utility-scale wind projects received awards, comprised of three redevelopment upgrades to existing wind projects and one new large-scale wind project. Two solar projects will include energy storage to enhance integration of renewable energy resources into the electric grid, and which will support the State’s nation-leading goal to install 3,000MW of energy storage by 2030.

The 21 large-scale renewable energy projects (by region) are:

Capital Region

  • Bald Mountain Solar: Boralex will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the town of Greenwich.
  • West River Solar: Boralex will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the town of Moreau.
  • SunEast Hilltop Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the town of Schaghticoke.

Central New York

  • Garnet Energy Center: NextEra Energy Resources will build a 200MW solar facility, accompanied by 20MW of energy storage, in the town of Conquest.

Finger Lakes

  • Highview Solar Project: SunEast Development will build a 20MW solar facility in the town of Castile.

Mohawk Valley

  • SunEast Flat Hill Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the town of Manheim.
  • SunEast Grassy Knoll Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the town of Manheim.
  • SunEast Limestone Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the town of Perth.
  • SunEast Tabletop Solar: SunEast Development will build a 80MW solar facility in the town of Palatine.

North Country

  • ELP Ticonderoga Solar: East Light Partners will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the town of Ticonderoga.
  • North Side Energy Center: NextEra Energy Resources will build a 180MW solar facility in the towns of Brasher, Massena, and Norfolk.
  • Sandy Creek Solar: Boralex will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the towns of Adams and Ellisburg.
  • Greens Corners Solar: Boralex will build a 120MW solar facility in the towns of Hounsfield and Watertown
  • SunEast Fairway Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the town of Oswegatchie.

Southern Tier

  • Cohocton Wind Project: TerraForm Power will repower an existing wind farm, leading to an increase in new renewable capacity of 35.8MW in the town Cohocton.
  • Prattsburgh Wind Farm: Terra-Gen will build a 145MW wind farm in the towns of Avoca, Cohocton, Prattsburgh, and Wheeler.
  • SunEast Valley Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the town of Owego.

Western New York

  • Martin Rd Solar: Empire Renewables, LLC will build a 19.99MW solar facility in the towns of Machias and Yorkshire.
  • South Ripley Solar and Storage: ConnectGen will build a 270MW solar facility, accompanied by 20MW of energy storage, in the town of Ripley.
  • Steel Winds Wind Farm: TerraForm Power will repower an existing wind farm, leading to an increase in new renewable capacity of 4.8MW in the city of Lackawanna.
  • Steel Winds Wind Farm 2: TerraForm Power will repower an existing wind farm, leading to an increase in new renewable capacity of 2.6MW in the city of Lackawanna and the town of Hamburg.

Building on the momentum of these project awards, NYSERDA will issue the next solicitation for large-scale renewable energy under the Clean Energy Standard by Earth Day, 2020. Maintaining a predictable pace of annual solicitations for renewable energy will support continued development and investment interest in New York State, and build on the State’s status as a leading market for renewable energy development in the US.

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