Published on April 25th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill0
New York State Opens Third Large-Scale Renewable Solicitation
April 25th, 2019 by Joshua S Hill
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have this week opened up the third annual solicitation for large-scale renewable energy projects, which is expected to add around 1.5 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of annual renewable electricity production.
On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the new large-scale renewable solicitation which is expected to support approximately 1.5 million MWh of renewable electricity per year — enough to power the equivalent of over 200,000 homes and support the state’s plans to secure 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, with a proposed expansion to 70% by the same year.
“For the third year in a row, 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,” said Governor Cuomo. “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.”
“We are committed to supporting renewable energy projects across the state as part of our aggressive clean energy goals,” added Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “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.”
So far, New York’s large-scale renewable solicitations have resulted in 46 onshore wind and solar projects being awarded $2.9 billion in contracts, creating $7 billion in direct investments in the clean energy sector for projects generating over 7.1 million MWh each year — enough to power the equivalent of nearly one million homes. The new solicitation is expected to generate over $1 billion in private investment and create over 1,000 good-paying jobs.
The solicitation also includes a provision seeking to encourage proposals that “cost-effectively” pair renewable energy projects with advanced energy storage technologies. This provision is built in to help the solicitations meet the Governor’s commitments to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 and 3,000 MW by 2030.
“The large-scale renewable projects already awarded under the Clean Energy Standard will generate enough renewable energy to power the four largest upstate cities while bringing good-paying jobs and economic benefits to local host communities,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Building upon our momentum, future projects will continue to help lower consumer costs, deliver meaningful environmental benefits, and move us ever-closer to achieving Governor Cuomo’s aggressive renewable energy goals under the Green New Deal. NYSERDA is committed to working with local governments and community stakeholders to ensure they are fully engaged in renewable project development and have the tools and resources to responsibly site projects in their communities.”