State awards $175M in clean-gen projects

RES America Developments will build a 100 MW wind farm in Chautauqua County, in the towns of Villenova and Hanover.

Albany awarded $175 million on Wednesday for five large-scale clean energy projects that are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while decreasing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Sorry, none are on Long Island.

Once operational, the projects will add about 116 megawatts of new renewable capacity, or enough energy to supply over 54,000 average-sized homes per year.

Thee projects, ordered by size, are:

Ball Hill Wind Farm, Western New York: RES America Developments will build a 100 MW wind farm in Chautauqua County, in the towns of Villenova and Hanover.

Orbit Energy, New York City: Orbit Energy will build a 9.6 MW anaerobic digestion biogas-to-electricity facility on Staten Island that will use food waste and other organic materials provided by area restaurants, supermarkets and food manufacturers.

Lyons Falls Mill Hydro, North Country: Northbrook Lyons Falls will add 5.2 MW to an existing hydroelectric facility in Lewis County, resulting in a total installed capacity of more than 11 MW.

Morgan Stanley Headquarters, New York City: Morgan Stanley will install a 790 kilowatt fuel cell in its Manhattan offices, where the technology’s low-emissions generation will contribute to load reduction, system reliability and cleaner electric power.

Fulton Unit 2, Central New York: Erie Boulevard Hydropower, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, will install a 560 kW turbine at a hydroelectric facility in Oswego County.

“The expansion of large-scale renewables is critical for New York State to realize its aggressive and achievable economic clean energy goals,” Richard Kauffman, chairman of the state energy and finance departments said in a statement. “New York continues to pave the way in getting more and diverse clean energy innovations into our energy infrastructure and supporting economic development throughout the many regions and industries in our state.”

The projects were competitively selected and have contract terms of 20 years. The average cost is $24.57 per megawatt-hour of production over the 20-year terms of the contracts.

The state has so far funded 69 projects, generating more than 5.3 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy annually.