The awards will leverage almost $1 billion in private sector investment for clean technology projects such as wind, solar, fuel cell and hydroelectric installations. The projects are expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to power more than 110,000 homes each year and reduce carbon emissions by more than 420,000 metric tons, equivalent to taking more than 88,000 cars off the road.
The 11 projects include two wind farms, one utility-scale solar farm, seven hydro projects, and one fuel cell project, reflecting the strength and diversity of New York's clean economy under the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy. Once operational, these projects will add over 260 megawatts of clean, renewable energy for use in New York State.
Due to the robust response to the solicitation and the approval of the Clean Energy Standard, which calls for the development of renewable and clean energy sources under REV, the amount of the solicitation was increased $210 million, from $150 million to $360 million.
The 11 large-scale renewable energy projects include:
Central New York
Western New York
Support for these new projects is being provided by NYSERDA. The weighted average award price for this solicitation is $24.24 per megawatt hour of production over the 20-year terms of the awarded contracts.
John Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, "Large-scale renewables are a critical component in achieving Governor Cuomo's nation-leading energy goals of 50 percent renewable power by 2030 and a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the same time. These projects will provide renewables, aggressively reduce emissions and make energy more affordable for New Yorkers."
Audrey Zibelman, Public Service Commission Chair, said, "As a result of Governor Cuomo's nationally recognized Clean Energy Standard, New York will continue to attract billions of dollars in private investment for new renewable power supplies, developing new jobs and new choices for consumers. The projects announced today will bring significant benefits to consumers, including a cleaner environment and greater amounts of much-needed renewable energy resources."
These projects further New York's ambitious efforts to develop the clean energy infrastructure of tomorrow. NYSERDA's previous ten Main Tier solicitations for large-scale renewables have resulted in approximately 2,152 megawatts of new renewable capacity at 70 locations throughout the state, generating more than 5 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy every year. The power generated from these 70 projects is expected to provide enough clean power to supply over 825,000 homes per year, representing a total of $1.24 billion in investments in the Main Tier program.