New York State plans to invest in renewable energy projects across the state and off its shores, resulting in 6.4 GW of clean energy, enough to power 2.6 million New York homes, create 8,300 jobs and deliver approximately 12% of the state’s electricity needs. This renewable energy investment is set to be the largest made by a single state in U.S. history.
“New York continues to set the pace for our nation’s transition to clean energy,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul. “An investment of this magnitude is about more than just fighting climate change – we’re creating good-paying union jobs, improving the reliability of our electric grid, and generating significant benefits in disadvantaged communities. Today, we are taking action to keep New York’s climate goals within reach, demonstrating to the nation how to recalibrate in the wake of global economic challenges while driving us toward a greener and more prosperous future for generations to come.”
More than 2 GW of those renewable energy projects will be land-based facilities, including wind, hydroelectric and solar projects. Fourteen new solar projects totaling nearly 1.5 GW will supply power to the state.
“The Department of Energy applauds the significant step that this announcement represents for building an offshore wind energy industry here in the U.S. that revitalizes domestic manufacturing and coastal economies, while advancing our clean energy future,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “New York is showing President Biden’s Investing in America agenda at work, and DOE looks forward to continued collaboration on project deployment, development of a robust domestic supply chain along with transmission development to help realize both our state and federal offshore wind goals.”
The the solar projects resulting from this investment are:
- Oxbow Hill Solar: Cypress Creek Renewables will build a 140-MW solar facility in the town of Fenner, Madison County.
- Gravel Road Solar: Delaware River Solar will build a 128-MW solar facility in the towns of Tyre and Seneca Falls, Seneca County.
- Hatchery Solar: VC Renewables will build a 19.99-MW solar facility in the town of Caledonia, Livingston County.
- SunEast Hampton Corners Solar: Cordelio Power will build a 19.99-MW solar facility in the town of Groveland, Livingston County.
- SunEast Niagara Solar: Cordelio Power will build a 19.99-MW solar facility in the town of Caledonia, Livingston County.
- White Creek Solar: AES will build a 135-MW solar facility in the towns of York and Leicester, Livingston County.
- Hemlock Ridge Solar: AES will build a 200-MW solar facility in the towns of Barre and Shelby, Orleans County.
- SunEast Millers Grove Solar: Cordelio Power will build a 19.99-MW solar facility in the town of Schuyler, Herkimer County.
- Riverside Solar: AES will build a 100-MW solar facility in the towns of Lyme and Brownville, Franklin County.
- SunEast Morris Solar: Cordelio Power will build a 19.99-MW solar facility in the town of Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County.
- Clear View Solar: VC Renewables will build a 19.99-MW Solar facility in the town of Cohocton, Steuben County.
- Stonewall Solar: Nexamp will build a 145-MW solar facility co-located with 20 MW of energy storage in the town of Meredith, Delaware County.
- Somerset Solar: Somerset Solar will build a 125-MW solar facility in the town of Somerset, Niagara County.
- Mineral Basin Solar: Swift Current Energy will build a 401.6-MW solar facility in the townships of Girard and Goshen, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, and will deliver energy into the New York electric grid.
The average bill impact for customers over the life of the projects will be approximately 0.31%, or about $0.32 per month. The average all-in development cost of the awarded Tier 1 projects over the life of the contracts is $60.93 per megawatt-hour. These projects are prioritizing benefits to disadvantaged communities in line with the State’s Climate Act, with over $108 million in commitments to disadvantaged communities made by developers as part of their proposals to NYSERDA.
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