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NYPA Seeks Developers for up to 6-MW Solar PV Project

The New York Power Authority is seeking developers to implement an up to 6-megawatt solar photovoltaic energy project with the option of battery energy storage at SUNY Niagara Community College in Sanborn in Niagara County, N.Y.

The solicitation, which was issued on March 13 and requires submissions by April 17, is asking for proposals to help the college increase its use of renewable energy and reduce its carbon emissions.

NYPA is requesting competitively priced proposals on behalf of SUNY Niagara to design, construct, install, finance, own, operate, and maintain solar photovoltaic and battery energy storage systems.

Evaluation criteria will include technical competency, implementation approach, strength of management team, price, risk analysis, and schedule for project delivery and completion.

NYPA conducted preliminary site assessments and anticipates installing a ground-mounted system with up to 6 MW of solar PV and potentially a 3 MW option of battery energy storage on a vacant parcel on the west side of the college campus. The systems will either be connected as “front-of-the-meter” or “behind-the-meter” resources.

NYPA’s role includes conducting individual site analysis, consolidating usage data and determining economic viability. The Power Authority will also review and evaluate the proposals, deliver a recommendation, and provide ongoing support during contract execution and project installation.

The selected proposer will enter an up-to 25-year power purchase agreement with the college detailing the commercial terms and conditions and operation and maintenance of the system.

The college aims to incorporate clean renewable energy resources and support the New York Climate Act’s renewable energy goals to reduce greenhouse gases 40% and achieve 70% of New York's electricity through renewable sources by 2030.

Proposers must demonstrate past success in the development, design, installation, operation, and maintenance of Solar PV.

Developers are invited to participate in a walk-through at the site on March 26.

For more information and to review the RFP, access NYPA’s Procurement site here.