Clean energy projects in Albany to get share of $1.4 billion in state money
Mar. 9, 2018- Twelve projects in this area will get a piece of $1.4 billion in state money for renewable energy.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the awards Friday at New York University with former Vice President Al Gore. Cuomo said it is the largest commitment to renewable energy by a state to date.
Melissa Kemp, who represents solar energy companies with the New York Solar Energy Industries Association, was pleased to hear the state's investment.
"This is the first instance we have of larger scale solar moving forward. We were very happy to see that," said Kemp, co-chair of the association's policy committee. Kemp also works as the director of policy for Cypress Creek Renewables, which will receive state money for some of its projects.
NYSEIA represents more than 300 companies across the state.
The next step is making sure the projects actually happen, by going through through local permitting processes and other necessary steps.
"These projects still need to come to fruition on the ground, in terms of they're in various stages of maturity," Kemp said. "Announcing the contract doesn't mean that they're done."
Cuomo has set a goal for New York state to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Kemp said Friday's announcement is a good start, but not yet enough.
"This amount of solar that we see in this procurement [in terms of megawatts] is about two-thirds of what we need every year between now and 2030," she said.
State money will go to 26 projects across the state.
Projects in the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley regions that will receive state money including the following:
- Columbia County: Hecate Energy is planning a 60-megawatt solar facility in Copake.
- Washington County: Granada Solar plans to build a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in Easton.
- Greene County: Hudson Energy Enterprises is planning a 100-megawatt solar facility in Coxsackie. Also in Coxsackie, Greene County Energy Properties plans to build a 19.9-megawatt solar facility.
- Schenectady County: Teichos Energy plans to build a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in Pattersonville.
- Fulton County: Granada Solar is planning a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in Mayfield.
- Montgomery County: NextEra Energy is planning a 90-megawatt solar facility in Amsterdam. Cypress Creek Renewables plans to build a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in St. Johnsville and a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in Minden.
- Schoharie County: Cypress Creek Renewables plans to build a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in Carlisle and a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in Schoharie. NextEra Energy is planning a 50-megawatt solar facility in Sharon
New York has also requested an exclusion from the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which the federal government created to make more than 90 percent of the United States' offshore acreage available to oil and gas drilling. The program would include two areas of the coast adjacent to New York.
Cuomo said the state is taking a stand against the Trump administration's plan.
"They're showing a total disregard for the science, the reality and the history. Their actions defy everything we know," Cuomo said at the announcement. "New York is going to lead a counter-movement to what this administration is doing on the environment."