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Erie County to get two solar energy projects

Erie County will get two new solar projects as part of the state’s NY-Sun initiative.

Poughkeepskie-based BQ Energy has been awarded an undisclosed amount to build two large-scale photovoltaic panel projects in the region.

The amount of the award was not disclosed because it could compromise future bids for work, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority said.

Under the program, NYSERDA makes agreements with solar installation contractors such as BQ Energy, who then go out and contract sites on which to build. Those contracts have not yet been secured.

NYSERDA will pay for part of the construction costs as each project is built. Once they start producing power, NYSERDA will pay reimbursement to the contractor based on the amount of power produced over a certain period of several years.

“Our funding is offsetting their cost of installing the project, so it gives them an incentive to seek out new clients to install these large-scale solar projects,” said Alan Wechsler, a NYSERDA spokesman.

Under the NY-Sun program, the state awarded $28.6 million to various projects around the state Tuesday. Included among the recipients are 29 large-scale photovoltaic projects, which will add 33.6 megawatts to the state’s solar capacity and eight projects intended to lower the costs associated with solar installations.

BQ Energy is the Poughkeepsie-based company that developed the Steel Winds windmill facility on the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna.


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