We're used to hearing about plans for large solar projects across large swaths of desert, or statewide initiatives, but projects in urban centers are less common due to the cramped spaces for installations. Joining cities like Los Angeles who are taking a swing at solar energy, New York City may be getting a solar project through utility company Con Edison.
The 12-megawatt pilot project will cost $25 million and take 18 months to get up and running. Con Ed hopes to cover some of the cost with stimulus money, New York state tax incentives and grants from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority.
If approved by the state public services commission, the project would consist of 5 MW of large installations (200 kW +), 5 MW of small installations for residential or small to medium commercial customers and 2MW of installations on Con Ed facilities. The utility will use this project to gauge customer interest and whether larger-scale projects will be successful.
written by SolarLad, March 11, 2009
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