Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cornell University Installing a Solar Array with the Help of NY State

Cornell University is one of several projects that will receive funding for solar installations as part of NY-Sun initiative, launched by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The state has awarded a total of $54 million to Cornell. The state's award will be added to $120 million in private investment designated for infrastructure projects.

Cornell University will instal 6,766 solar photovoltaic panels on a 10-acre Cornell property site adjacent to the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. This is Cornell’s first large-scale solar project and it is expected to produce about 2.5 million kWh annually, or about 1 percent of Cornell’s total electricity use.

These solar installations are part of Cornell’s Climate Action Plan which seeks to eliminate campus greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by replacing fossil-fuel energy with renewable sources.

The NY-Sun initiative will add 64 MW to the state’s solar capacity. As a function of this round of awards a total of 20 recipients will receive financing for projects at 79 large-scale solar energy sites across the state. Installations will be located at businesses, factories, municipal buildings and colleges. The projects will produce power for on-site use, but some will be able to add unused power to the grid in exchange for future utility credit. Proposals for the third round came in on August 29.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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