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NY Invests $40 Million in Solar Energy and Storage Projects

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in October 2018 that $40 million will be available in early November to support solar projects that integrate energy storage. This latest investment is aimed at helping the state reach its energy storage target of 1,500-megawatts by 2025.

“As we continue our aggressive pursuit of clean, renewable technologies, funding for projects like this will ensure New York remains at the forefront of the global fight against climate change,” Gov. Cuomo says. “The strategic pairing of energy storage and solar technologies moves us closer to building a clean energy economy that protects critical natural resources and benefits all New Yorkers.”

The State’s Reforming Energy Vision (REV) program has spurred the statewide solar market by 1,000 percent, improving energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers along with creating thousands of jobs. The program also aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and to reach 80 percent by 2050.

The announcement was made during the Alliance for Clean Energy – New York annual conference in Albany, New York. The funding will accelerate the deployment of at least 50 megawatts of energy storage and will boost the continuing growth of the state’s solar industry while reducing emissions. Such solar projects and additional energy storage, can increase the electric grid’s efficiency and reliability. The energy storage capability helps ensures that renewable energy can be shifted to times of highest customer usage, such as afternoon hours on summer days.

To inform New York communities about the benefits of adding energy storage to solar projects, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will conduct outreach and provide technical resources. This past June, In June, NYSERDA and the New York Department of Public Service developed the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap to identify policies, regulations, and initiatives needed to fulfill the 2025 energy storage target.

The state’s $1 billion investment in a self-sustaining solar industry in the state has already led to the creation of 85,327 solar projects with a capacity of 1,203.2 megawatts and an expected annual production of 1,395 gigawatts, enough to power about 200,000 homes and reducing emissions equal to 160,000 cars. New York is third highest state for solar installations to date.

New York Lays Out Plan For Accelerating Energy Storage

Source: Solar Industry

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced the release of New York’s Energy Storage Roadmap, which is designed to support the governor’s energy storage target of 1.5 MW by 2025.

New York State currently has approximately 60 MW of advanced energy storage capacity deployed with another 500 MW in the pipeline, in addition to 1,400 MW of traditional pumped hydro storage. In order to advance energy storage development in ways that are “viable, replicable and scalable,” the roadmap recommends the following steps:

  • Providing $350 million in statewide market acceleration incentives to fast-track the adoption of advanced storage systems to be located at customer sites or on the distribution or bulk electric systems;
  • Adding incentives for energy storage to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun initiative to accelerate the development of solar-plus-storage projects and allow those projects to access federal tax credits before they expire;
  • Enacting regulatory changes to utility rates, utility solicitations and carbon values to reflect the system benefits and values of storage projects;
  • Continuing to address project permitting and siting challenges and reduce system indirect expenses and soft costs; and
  • Recommending modifications to wholesale market rules to better enable storage participation, including allowing storage to meet both electric distribution system and wholesale system needs to provide greater value for ratepayers.

“Clean energy is the future of our planet, and New York will continue to lead the nation in this technology to fight climate change and conserve resources for generations to come,” says Cuomo. “This roadmap is the next step to not only grow our clean energy economy and create jobs but to improve the resiliency of the grid to keep our power running in the face of extreme weather and other emergency situations.”

The plan was developed by the Department of Public Service (DPS) and NYSERDA with input from numerous stakeholders.

“With this roadmap, Governor Cuomo has brought New York once again to the forefront of the nation in developing new energy solutions that will fuel our efforts to build a cleaner energy system for future generations,” states Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “The roadmap will serve as a guide to jump-starting the market for advanced energy storage projects in New York on our path to achieving 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 and turn the Empire State into a global hub for the burgeoning energy storage industry.”

The New York Power Authority is currently working on several energy storage projects that demonstrate the value of the technology. This work includes a partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY) on multiple projects that would allow the university system to use stored solar power during emergencies and times of peak energy demand. A solar energy and battery storage system was completed this spring at the SUNY New Paltz campus, and planning is underway for a similar system at the SUNY Delhi campus.

Additionally, as proposed by Cuomo in his 2018 State of the State, NY Green Bank seeks to invest at least $200 million in storage-related investments, designed to help drive down costs for the strategic deployment of energy storage at scale. To support this commitment, NY Green Bank has released a request for information to solicit direct interest from project developers on how it can address financing gaps and support energy storage projects. NY Green Bank is also expected to issue a request for proposals later this year for projects combining solar and energy storage.

Richard Kauffman, New York State’s chairman of energy and finance, says, “Energy storage not only increases the use of renewable electricity generation but provides numerous benefits to our environment and economy and improves the resilience of the grid. Under Governor Cuomo, New York’s comprehensive approach supports the growth of the energy storage market by providing financing and policies that support the growth of this sector and ensure we meet the state’s ambitious clean energy goals and combat climate change.”

In his State of the State, Cuomo committed $60 million in NYSERDA funding to energy storage initiatives. NYSERDA has already made almost $22 million available in two separate solicitations as part of New York State’s long-term investment in the energy storage sector.

Multiple technical conferences will be held throughout the state to allow for public feedback on recommendations and approaches identified in the roadmap. The Public Service Commission has created a new proceeding to consider and establish a 2030 storage target and the deployment mechanisms to achieve the 2025 and 2030 energy storage targets by the end of the year. Public comments on the roadmap can be submitted via the DPS website.

NYS Announces $360 Million for 11 New Renewable Energy Projects

Projects will leverage nearly $1 billion in private investment and add enough electricity from clean, renewable resources to power more than 110,000 homes

January 12, 2017

Reminder from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA): Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $360 million in awards for 11 large-scale renewable energy projects throughout the state in his State of the State yesterday. These projects provide strong support for the Clean Energy Standard that 50 percent of New York’s electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

The awards will leverage almost $1 billion in private sector investment for clean technology projects such as wind, solar, fuel cell and hydroelectric installations. The projects are expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to power more than 110,000 homes each year and reduce carbon emissions by more than 420,000 metric tons, equivalent to taking more than 88,000 cars off the road.

The 11 projects include two wind farms, one utility-scale solar farm, seven hydro projects, and one fuel cell project, reflecting the strength and diversity of New York’s clean economy under the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy. Once operational, these projects will add over 260 megawatts of clean, renewable energy for use in New York State.

Due to the robust response to the solicitation and the approval of the Clean Energy Standard, which calls for the development of renewable and clean energy sources under REV, the amount of the solicitation was increased $210 million, from $150 million to $360 million.

The 11 large-scale renewable energy projects include:

Capital Region

  • Hecate Energy Green County, Greene County: Hecate Energy LLC will build a 50 MW solar facility in Coxsackie.

Central New York

  • Fulton Unit 1, Oswego County: Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, will install a new 890 kW high-flow turbine-generator at a hydroelectric facility in Oswego County.
  • North Division Street Dam Hydroelectric Facility, Cayuga County: The City of Auburn will upgrade equipment, increase capacity and restore operation of the hydroelectric facility, resulting in a new capacity of 1.12 MW.

Mid-Hudson

  • Swinging Bridge, Sullivan County: Eagle Creek Hydro Power LLC will add 0.85 MW to an existing hydroelectric facility in the town of Lumberland, resulting in a total installed capacity of more than 7 MW.
  • Regen DG Project, Westchester County: Bloom Energy Corp. will install a 1.05 MW fuel cell at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Tarrytown.

Mohawk Valley

  • Belfort Unit 3, Herkimer County: Brookfield Energy Marketing LP upgraded its existing facility in Beaver River with two modern high-efficiency runners, resulting in a total installed capacity of 2.4 MW.

North Country

  • Number Three Wind Farm, Lewis County: Invenergy Wind Development LLC will build a 105.8 MW wind farm in the towns of Lowville, Harrisburg and Denmark.
  • Glen Park, Jefferson County: Northbrook New York LLC, a subsidiary of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC: Upgraded equipment at existing hydroelectric facility, resulting in a total installed capacity of more than 32 MW.
  • Tannery Island Hydro, Jefferson County: Ampersand Tannery Island Hydro LLC installed and upgraded new equipment resulting in a total installed capacity of more than 1.8 MW.

Southern Tier

  • Eight Point Wind Energy Center, Steuben County: NextEra Energy Resources LLC will build a 101.2 MW wind farm in the towns of Greenwood, Troupsburg and West Union.

Western New York

  • Burt Dam Incremental Hydro, Niagara County: Ampersand Olcott Harbor Hydro LLC recently upgraded equipment resulting in a total installed capacity of 600 kW.

Support for these new projects is being provided by NYSERDA. The weighted average award price for this solicitation is $24.24 per megawatt hour of production over the 20-year terms of the awarded contracts.

John Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Large-scale renewables are a critical component in achieving Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading energy goals of 50 percent renewable power by 2030 and a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the same time. These projects will provide renewables, aggressively reduce emissions and make energy more affordable for New Yorkers.”

Audrey Zibelman, Public Service Commission Chair, said, “As a result of Governor Cuomo’s nationally recognized Clean Energy Standard, New York will continue to attract billions of dollars in private investment for new renewable power supplies, developing new jobs and new choices for consumers. The projects announced today will bring significant benefits to consumers, including a cleaner environment and greater amounts of much-needed renewable energy resources.”

These projects further New York’s ambitious efforts to develop the clean energy infrastructure of tomorrow. NYSERDA’s previous ten Main Tier solicitations for large-scale renewables have resulted in approximately 2,152 megawatts of new renewable capacity at 70 locations throughout the state, generating more than 5 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy every year. The power generated from these 70 projects is expected to provide enough clean power to supply over 825,000 homes per year, representing a total of $1.24 billion in investments in the Main Tier program.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York’s economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency, in part through the recent adoption of New York’s Clean Energy Standard which requires that 50% of the state’s electricity needs be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor’s $5.3 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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Demand Response – Get Paid to Use Less Energy by Con Edison & NYISO

Con Edison’s demand response programs pay over 800 participating customers who are able to temporarily reduce electric usage when requested by Con Edison. Con Edison has demand response programs available to commercial, industrial and residential customers. A participating customer can possibly earn up to $50,000 over a three year period for every 100 kW of load relief provided.

Customers can enroll in the 2 Hour or Less Notification Program (Distribution Load Relief Program) and upon request reduce their electric usage to help maintain system reliability in their communities.

Customers can enroll in the 21 Hour Notification Program (Commercial System Relief Program) and upon request provide load relief for Con Edison on the hottest days.

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New York rose to 4th in the country for solar jobs according to the Solar Foundation’s NY Solar Job Census which noted that a robust increase in installations continues to drive solar employment growth.

As of November 2014, New York employs 7,284 solar workers, at higher than average solar wages, representing a 39.8% increase in employment over the previous year. Solar employers across the state are looking forward to strong employment growth in 2015 as well, expecting a 29.5% increase in the solar workforce over the next twelve months.

The census also reported that solar firms in New York hire more veterans and African-Americans when compared to the national average for the solar industry and about one-fifth of recent hires for solar jobs in the Empire State were women, and nearly 12% were Latino or Hispanic. 

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Clean Power Financing Support from the NY Green Bank

By Yiqing Zhao

Great news for clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects: NY Green Bank is here to help financing, firmly supported by NYSERDA.

Open for business since last February, the state-sponsored fund NY Green bank is a division of NYSERDA. As New York’s very own energy expert, NYSERDA promotes technological innovation in building efficiency and envisions a clean energy future.

NY Green Bank’s mission is to advance and expand clean energy (including energy efficiency and renewables) from a financing perspective, in a self-sustaining manner. Currently, the biggest obstacles that prohibit most great projects from fruition are their inaccessibility to financing in the traditional market. Among them, many small & medium-size businesses don’t stand a chance for getting financed.

This is about to change by the NY Green Bank:

Hence, “the Green Bank is in the business of partnering with other lending and other capital market institutions, other financial actors, such as insurance companies or banks and getting them into the business by partnering with them and saying look, we can show you how this work,” explained John Rhodes, NYSERDA President and CEO. When fully capitalized, NY Green Bank expects to have $1 billion on the balance sheet and a projection of $8 billion of additional private sector investment in clean energy projects over the next ten years.

Market-focused and market-responsive, NY Green Bank provides financial support including credit enhancement (such as loan loss reserves and loan building), project aggregation, wholesale leveraging on lowering interest rate, and securitization amidst its pushing for various benign public-private partnerships.

Having been open for only a short time, NY Green Bank “already have seven deals ready to go that are going to commit most of [their] initial capitalization across a range of projects for clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency across the state and leveraging upwards of $600 million from those financial service partners,” said Rhodes.

NY Green Bank is starting to tremendously benefit efficiency-minded building owners and clean energy/efficiency/renewable contractors. With a mission to accelerate clean energy deployment in New York State by working in partnership with the private sector to transform financing markets, it’s time to learn to work with them.

Wireless Sensor Market is Expected to Grow from $1.5 billion to $4.3 billion

Wireless Sensors: Technologies and Global Markets

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — This report forecasts the market size of wireless sensors for the years 2014-2019. It deals exclusively with wireless technologies employed in the personal area network (PAN) and local area network (LAN) topologies. It also classifies the market size for wireless sensor devices for individual end-vertical application by various parameters measured in terms of dollar and unit sales. Analysis of the challenges posed by technology and business issues and the steps taken by industry stakeholders to counter these challenges are also included.

Use this report to:

– Analyze the challenges posed by technology issues (e.g., power management) and the steps taken by industry stakeholders to counter these challenges.

– Receive an overview of the activities of influential companies.

– Evaluate the market size for wireless sensor devices for individual end-vertical applications by region in terms of dollar and unit sales.

– Examine crucial, innovative breakthroughs by means of a detailed patent analysis.

Highlights

– The global market for wireless sensor devices reached nearly $1.2 billion in 2013. This market is expected to grow to $1.5 billion in 2014 and $4.3 billion in 2019, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.7% between 2014 and 2019.

– Home automation and other indoor applications as a market segment is expected to reach $653 million in 2014. The segment is expected to grow to $1.6 billion in 2019, with a CAGR of 20.1% for the five-year period, 2014 to 2019.

– Energy infrastructure applications as a market segment is expected to reach $383 million in 2014. The segment is expected to grow to $1.1 billion in 2019, with a CAGR of 23.5% for the five-year period, 2014 to 2019.

INTRODUCTION

Wireless sensor devices connect sensors wirelessly among each other as well as to monitoring and management setups. This report forecasts the market size of wireless sensors for the years 2012-2019. This report is an update of the one published in 2011. The wireless sensor landscape is characterized by diversity on the following fronts:

– The parameter being sensed.

– The end-vertical application.

– Wireless technology adopted.

Consequently, the market for wireless sensors is fragmented and disorganized. This report straddles this diversity and presents a consolidated picture of the market. Since

the publication of the last report, wireless sensors continue to make new headways, but are unable to bite the bullet when it comes to consolidation among diverse wireless

technologies. This failure has resulted in an adverse impact on the growth rate, which nevertheless remains attractive. While the sensing principles of wireless sensors are consistent with that of wireline sensors, wireless sensors have the challenge of operating with an attractive form and with robust power management. The payout is spectacular. In most cases, wireless sensors beat their wireline counterparts hands down in the following aspects:

– Physical reach.

– Time to roll out and install.

– Pricing.

– Suitability in harsh operating environments.

Wireless sensor devices are the actual sensing elements that are present in the wireless sensor networks. They do not include gateways or management software. This report deals exclusively with wireless technologies employed in the personal area network (PAN) and local area network (LAN) topologies. It does not cover wide area networks (e.g., commercial cellular networks).

via Wireless Sensors: Technologies and Global Markets — NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —.

New 3.9 MW Solar Project Begins on Long Island

Borrego Solar Begins Construction of 3.9 MW Solar Installation on Long Island

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Borrego Solar Systems Inc., a leading designer, developer, installer and financier of grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, today announced that it is about to commence construction of a 3.9 megawatts (MW) (DC) wholesale distributed generation (WDG) solar PV system in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. The project was originally developed by local developer STR Systems NY, LLC and will be financed by General Energy Solutions (GES), a global solar module manufacturer, system financier and system owner.

Located in Calverton, New York, on private industrial zoned land, the project will supply energy to PSEG-LI as a result of the utility’s first Clean Solar Initiative Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program. Under the program, PSEG-LI agrees to purchase solar PV energy at a fixed rate of $.22/kWh over the 20-year term of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The project will generate enough clean renewable electricity to power 600 homes and will provide local jobs through construction and long term operation and maintenance.

“We’re excited to be a part of this project—it’s among the first Clean Solar Initiative FIT program projects in this size class to commence construction,” said Brian von Moos, VP of utility project development at Borrego Solar. “Having been involved with the project through the early phases of development, it is rewarding to have the development and financing phases behind us and to be moving full force into construction.”

“This project is a great example of the benefits of involving a reputable development value add EPC firm such as Borrego Solar early in the development phase,” said Kai Lin, GES project manager. “As the project is passed from developer to project owner Borrego acts as the glue that provides consistency to the project backed with a bonded competitive EPC price.”

The popularity of the first FIT program has paved the way for PSEG-LI’s second larger program, the Clean Solar Initiative Feed-In Tariff II. With a 100 MW limit, the FIT II program collected offers early this year and projects are currently going through the interconnection study process before signing up to PPA’s.

“Although it may take some time for the FIT II projects to make their way through the development cycle, we expect to see more announcements shortly of additional large scale FIT I projects breaking ground,” said Aaron Halimi, director of utility project development at Borrego Solar.

The project is Borrego Solar and GES’s second project together in New York—the first being a 2.5 MW project for Houghton Collegein Western New York, which will be completed in April 2015. This is Borrego Solar’s second project under PSEG-LI’s FIT I program under construction. The first is a 6.3 MW AC project with sPower (Sustainable Power Group).

About Borrego Solar
Established in 1980, Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading financiers, designers, developers and installers of commercial and utility solar power systems. Borrego Solar’s photovoltaic systems are efficient, reliable and cost-effective. With more than three decades of experience and more than 1,000 solar power installations completed—totaling over 150 MW—Borrego Solar offers a complete line of solar system design and installation services throughout North America. Borrego Solar was recently ranked as the #2 commercial EPC in the United States and the #2 commercial contractor in California by Solar Power World. For more information, visit www.borregosolar.com.

About GES
General Energy Solutions USA, a global solar energy company headquartered in Taiwan, is proud to help our clients secure a brighter and cleaner future by harnessing solar power to efficiently, safely and responsibly meet our energy needs, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing reliance on traditional fuels. Through close alliances with strategic partners, GES invests responsibly in our communities at every step of the process to complete integrated solar energy solutions: wafers; solar cells; photovoltaic modules; and solar farm design, construction and operation. For more information, please visit www.gesyw.com.

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