Also included in the governor’s plan is a $26 billion public-private partnership already underway to build 92 renewable energy projects throughout the state. Sixty-eight of those projects have already been started in some form, including 52 solar and 13 wind energy projects.
Cuomo announced two dozen more projects Wednesday, including plans to construct two 20-megawatt solar projects in Fort Edward. The state will also move forward with plans to build a 200-megawatt solar project in Orleans County; a 250-megwatt solar project in Montgomery County; and a 90-megawatt solar project in Franklin County.
The state has awarded two contracts to build the solar facilities in Fort Edward, one to Dolan Solar and the other to Somers Solar, according to a spokesperson the New York State Research and Development Agency, the state agency tasked with overseeing the state’s renewable energy sector.The projects have been discussed for months during various town meetings.
CS Energy, a New Jersey-based energy firm with offices in Albany, will construct both projects.
The facilities are expected to break ground as soon as all the necessary permits are issued, which will likely be by the end of the year. The facilities are expected to be operational by 2025.
The projects would nearly double the county’s solar capacity, which was just over 25 megawatts as of August, according to data from the Research and Development Agency.