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New York Power Authority RFP Seeks Solar PV Array Proposals

The New York Power Authority is seeking developers to implement solar photovoltaic arrays and/or battery energy storage systems at four sites in Warren County, N.Y.

The solicitation, which seeks proposals by Nov. 9, is asking for competitively priced proposals to design and construct 4.1 megawatts of distributed solar PV at two adjacent landfills in the Town of Queensbury, the Cool Insuring Arena and a Department of Public Works building in Glens Falls.

The projects are aimed to help support Governor Kathy Hochul’s clean energy initiative to reduce greenhouse gases 40% by 2030 and produce 70% of New York’s electricity using clean energy resources by 2030, NYPA said.

Located on the southeastern edge of the Adirondack Park, the City of Glens Falls has been pursuing efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in keeping with the Governor’s carbon-reduction goals. 

The city has already been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and achieved Bronze Certification from the Department of Conservation’s Climate Smart Community program. 

Through the request for proposals, the city hopes to deploy clean energy technologies that support both its sustainability and economic development goals.

The RFP identifies the following locations and estimated system sizes:

  • Glens Falls municipal landfill, 64 Luzerne Road, Queensbury: 1.5 MW ground mount project sited on a capped landfill.
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation-owned landfill, 51 Luzerne Road, Queensbury: 2.1 MW ground mount project sited on a capped landfill.
  • Cool Insuring Arena,1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls – 280 kW DC rooftop project.
  • Glens Falls Department of Public Works, 230 Dix Ave. – 123 kW DC rooftop project.

NYPA notes that the landfill sites in particular are good candidates for solar development as they are generally maintained, unobstructed land that has limited potential for other types of development.  

Submissions are strongly encouraged to incorporate battery energy storage systems where possible. The city and the Power Authority may add sites to the RFP over the course of the project.

 In addition to Solar PV and BESS, the city is open to receiving proposals for other clean energy technologies, such as wind energy systems and innovative site management practices, such as livestock grazing on solar sites, that will enhance the environmental and economic viability of the project.

 The selected proposer will sell to the city, through a 20- or 25-year power purchase agreement, all of the electricity and attributes generated by the systems from the sites at a competitive price that will deliver cost savings to the City.

 To review the RFP, access NYPA’s Procurement site here.