This year, New York state will contract for 23 large-scale solar farms and one hydroelectric facility with a combined capacity of more than 2.2GW. These projects outline Governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to spur on private investment in clean energy and drive job creation in the state.
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23 new large-scale PV projects and a hydroelectric facility for 2021:
New York state government announced Wednesday it would contract for 23 large-scale solar farms and one hydroelectric facility over the year. Those contracts will have a combined capacity of more than 2.2GW, outlining Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s vision on spurring development in clean energy and job creation.
According to the administration, these 24 projects will generate more than US$2.9 billion of investment and create 3,400 jobs across the state. Gov. Cuomo announced this at the 2021 State of the State address, which also included commitments to construct a ‘green energy transmission superhighway’ to transport clean energy in New York.
In this regard, the governor pointed out the new plants will be added to the existing 68 large-scale renewable energy facilities that have been contracted in the last five years (52 solar projects and 16 wind farms). The state’s entire ‘green economy recovery’ is expected to result in 12.4GW of new renewables capacity and directly create over 50,000 jobs.
“Green energy is a pressing moral imperative and a prime economic opportunity,” said Governor Cuomo at the presentation. “New York can and will be the nation’s leader for renewable energy innovation and production, all while securing jobs of the future.”
Among the solar projects announced for 2021 are a 250MW plant in Montgomery and a 200MW facility in Orleans, and a 90MW installation in Franklin County.
“These projects will not only create power but bring needed economic opportunity to the struggling parts of our state,” Cuomo added.
New York – advancing its clean energy efforts
New York state will also construct a 250-mile green energy superhighway, aiming to cut congestion costs due to bottlenecks on the transmission grid. The government expects this US$2 billion project to maximize the use of renewables for parts of the state that still rely on fossil fuel plants.
A request for transmission stations’ proposals to bring renewable energy from both upstate and Canada to New York City has also been created. A press release from Cuomo’s office said that supercharging the new transmission superhighway; “will be vital” to completing the state’s green economic recovery and accelerating clean energy development.
At the presentation, Cuomo also recalled the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection; which set the goals of a 70% renewable energy-powered electricity system and 3GW of energy storage deployment by 2030.
The governor said that New York now has a portfolio of almost 1GW of contracted storage projects, including a 20MW battery storage facility currently under development by the New York Power Authority in Franklin County.
The renewables industry has welcomed Cuomo’s proposals. “New York is smart to recognize that clean energy is a sector poised for growth and ready to help New York’s economy recover from COVID,” said Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York.