Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 19th May
RETTEW has been selected to engineer and permit a 3.2 MWdc floating solar array in Cohoes, N.Y. This project has been selected as one of ten projects U.S. Representative Paul Tonko from New York is submitting to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations for federal investment under the new Community Project Funding process.
“Cohoes officials have astutely pointed out the funding inequities that currently act as a barrier for municipalities to own and operate their own photovoltaic system,” said New York State Senator Neil D. Breslin and Assembly Member John T. McDonald III. “We agree it is time to level that playing field.”
Municipally owned and operated, the city’s proposed floating solar demonstration project would be installed on its secured 14-acre water reservoir for $5.9 million. This includes a federal share of $4.7 million and a non-federal share of $1.2 million.
“Technological advancements and increasing adoption of clean energy initiatives are attracting promising growth in the renewable energy market across the country. We are proud to be part of that movement with our work on this impressive floating solar project,” said Jason Wert, RETTEW National Market Leader for renewables.
Once installed, the Cohoes PV clean energy installation will generate 100% of the city’s energy demand for its municipal facilities. The city’s electricity cost is approximately $660,000 annually. This floating solar array will allow the city to use 40% of its power-generating capacity for other community purposes.
“The floating solar array could be a true watershed project for the region, as several municipalities own water supplies and struggle with operational costs and energy challenges for water treatment,” said Capital District Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Mark Castiglione, AICP.