A new solar photovoltaic (PV) project for the city of New York has been unveiled, which will help the state meet its energy needs and foster the development of solar technologies.

The initiative annouced by New York Governor, David A Paterson follows on the heels of the Governor’s recently announced 50MW solar photovoltaic project, lead by the Long Island Power Authority.

The projects, which together will produce 150MW, are set to position New York as the US state with the second highest installed PV capacity.

“The installation of 100MW of solar power at our schools, municipal and commercial buildings, and other sites will enhance New York State’s status as a leader in the new clean energy economy and will create clean energy jobs right here in New York State,” said Governor Paterson.

The New York Power Authority will issue a request for expressions of interest for the purpose of exploring a public-private partnership for the installation of up to 100MW of solar PV systems. These are set to include roof-mounted and ground-mounted PV arrays at municipal facilities, public and private schools, businesses and State agencies throughout New York.

By staff writer.