New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is calling for developers to submit proposals for a 1.4-MW solar project on the rooftop and sidewalk of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The solar power generation will offset the building’s electric load and directly support the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a statewide energy system that is clean, resilient and affordable.
“We’re planning to install solar panels on the roof of the Jacob Javits Center to utilize renewable energy,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This project will help offset the center’s electricity needs and continue to advance the state’s aggressive energy goals of 50 percent of electricity coming from renewable sources. We’re leading the nation in our efforts to ensure our environment is clean and safe for generations, while also supporting economic growth across the state.”
The New York Power Authority is administering the solar photovoltaic Request for Proposals on behalf of the Javits Center that seeks to select a developer to design, construct and own the solar PV system through a Power Purchase Agreement. The project is estimated to offset more than 2.7 million pounds of CO2 each year, which is equivalent to removing 262 cars from the road.
Visit NYPA’s Procurement webpage to view the Javits Center’s solar RFP. Responses to the solicitation are due by Friday, September 7, 2018.
As part of the proposed project, more than 4,000 panels would be hosted on the center’s green roof, constructed through an innovative design, and an additional street-level solar array would be constructed on 11th Avenue. The 6.75-acre green roof has become a sanctuary for area wildlife, serving as a habitat to more than 25 bird species. It also provides building insulation and retains storm water to prevent the risk of flooding while helping to reduce energy consumption throughout the convention center on Manhattan’s West Side.
The Javits Center and NYPA conducted preliminary site assessments to identify the most feasible and appropriate locations to install solar PV systems to assist the Javits Center in achieving its renewables goal, which also will contribute to the State’s clean energy goals.
The end goal of the REV plan is for 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.
— Solar Builder magazine