With the last three weeks of incessant rain, "New York" and "solar energy" are a pretty unlikely pairing. Yet, New York is poised to become the state with second highest installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity, with Governor Patterson's announcement of two new projects: a 50 megawatts (MW) initiative through the Long Island Power Authority, and a corresponding 100MW initiative through the New York Power Authority.
The 150MW total PV systems will be installed on municipal facilities, public and private schools, businesses and state agencies throughout New York, provided the facility is a NYPA customer. NYPA is taking requests for interest until next Tuesday, July 7; the application can be found on this website
. I repeat: your organization has the fantastic opportunity to recieve free
solar panels from the New York State government! Honestly, chances like this never come up, so please take advantage of it if you can. I'm begging you.
Governor Patterson has been quite impressive with his clean energy iniatives. The solar installations are the fourth major project, in addition to a new sodium battery manufacturing facility, the first integrated smart grid in Long Island and $25 million invested into research for plug-in hybrids through the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium. All these are part of his 45 by 15 program, which aims, as one of the most aggressive in the nation, to provide 45 percent of NY's electricty from renewable energy sources by 2015. It's estimated to create 50,000 new jobs for New York.
Way to go, Governor. This makes me (even more) proud to be a New Yorker.