New York opens solicitation for renewable energy projects

By Erin Voegele | April 24, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the third annual solicitation for large-scale renewable energy projects under the state’s Clean Energy Standard on April 23. The solicitation is expected to support 1.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable electricity per year. Bioenergy projects are among those eligible to apply.

"For the third year in a row, New York is continuing to lead by example when it comes to advancing large-scale renewable energy projects that will bring significant economic growth and good-paying jobs to the state," Cuomo said. "This action builds on our strong commitment to renewable energy and will be a critical part of the state's bold plan to meet the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change."

The state’s current Clean Energy Standard requires that 50 percent of New York’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030, with a proposed expansion to 70 percent by 2030.

Through the 2019 solicitation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority said it seeks to purchase Tier 1 renewable energy certificates (RECs) associated with electricity generated from eligible facilities that enter commercial operation on or after Jan. 1, 2015 and on or before Nov. 30, 2021, unless extended to Nov. 30, 2024.

The solicitation is being implemented through a three-step process. Requests for step one resource eligibility determinations must be completed by May 24, with step two applications for qualification due June 13. Step three bid proposals are due Sept. 10.

Additional information is available on the NYSERDA website.