New York unveils solar power program for schools

New York last week announced the rollout of K-Solar, a landmark program under the $1 billion NY-Sun Initiative, to help public school districts throughout the state lower energy costs.

The program will provide schools with the tools, technical expertise and access to financing to make solar an affordable option for schools. A total of 40 school districts have registered to participate in the program, representing nearly 200 schools in communities across the state.

“New York is becoming a national leader in the solar industry, and today we’re taking another major step forward by giving schools across the state the resources they need to tap into this innovative technology,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “Increasing the use of renewable energy at our schools will both protect the environment and modernize our electrical grid.”

K-Solar is a joint partnership between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), working with the New York State Education Department.

NYPA is offering every New York State school district free energy advisory services and expertise to collaborate with school personnel in determining if solar energy is suitable and cost-effective for their district. The Authority will work closely with the districts and the solar industry to secure the most attractive solar financing, the governor’s office said.

The services will be free to schools and there is no limit to the number of public school districts that can participate in the program.