Solicitations for Large-Scale Renewables

2021 RES Solicitation for Tier 1 RECs

NYSERDA has launched the fifth annual Renewable Energy Standard (RES) request for proposals, RESRFP21-1Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., to continue accelerating progress towards Governor Cuomo’s target of generating 70 percent of New York State’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Through the 2021 solicitation, NYSERDA seeks to procure approximately 4.5 million Tier 1 eligible Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from eligible facilities that enter commercial operation on or after January 1, 2015 and on or before November 30, 2023, unless extended to November 30, 2026.

RESRFP21-1 will be implemented through a two-step process, consisting of:

  1. Step One Eligibility Application: A qualifying step through which the proposer must provide evidence that the Bid Facility is register as Tier 1 eligible in NYGATS and other general information about the Proposer and the Bid Facility. 
  2. Step Two Bid Proposal: A competitive Bid Proposal step, through which NYSERDA will: (1) examine Bid Proposals to determine whether they demonstrate that the Bid Facility and Proposer meet the Minimum Threshold Requirements; and (2) for Bid Proposals that meet those Minimum Threshold Requirements, a competitive evaluation based on price and non-price factors.

RESRFP21-1 Step One Eligibility Response

NYSERDA’s fifth annual Tier 1 solicitation under the Clean Energy Standard has garnered a significant level of competitive interest from the private market. NYSERDA has received 219 Step One Eligibility Applications comprised of 116 unique facilities from 33 proposers, representing:

  • A total of over 21 million megawatt hours of renewable energy per year, more than four times the amount sought by the solicitation target – the equivalent of powering 2.8 million homes for a year; and
  • Nearly 11,000 megawatts of new renewable capacity and over 2,000 megawatts of proposed energy storage facilities, indicative of the robust pipeline of renewable projects under development in New York.

While not all qualified Step One applications are expected to participate under the Step Two Bid Proposal phase of the solicitation, NYSERDA’s annual Tier 1 solicitations continue to act as a strong market signal, attracting new interest in developing New York renewable energy projects to support the state’s commitment to achieving its nation-leading clean energy goals.

Step Two Bid Proposals must be submitted by eligible Proposers via the solicitation website by August 26, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. ET, to be considered for a Tier 1 award.

Access the RESRFP21-1 solicitation website.

RESRFP21-1 Proposers’ Webinar

NYSERDA hosted a webinar on this RFP for potential proposers on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Please view the presentation [PDF]  from the webinar for more information.

Associated Documents

Recent Solicitations

Information on the most recent RES solicitations is available here:

Aggregate RES and Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) information is available on the CES Resources webpage and the Large-Scale Renewables Open NY databaseLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

NYSERDA continues to work actively with communities hosting awarded renewable projects to ensure they have the tools they need to make informed decisions regarding project development. For more information on renewable energy development and education, please contact and consult the Renewable Energy Standard solicitation FAQs [PDF] and Clean Energy Siting for Local Governments resources.

Project Siting and Permitting Resources

These resources can help inform proposers’ decisions regarding project siting for future solicitations.

Agricultural Mitigation Resources

In order to facilitate the protection of agricultural lands in the state’s Agricultural Districts, Proposers awarded under RESRFP21-1 may be responsible for making an agricultural mitigation payment to a designated fund based on the extent to which the solar project footprint overlaps with New York’s highest quality agricultural soils, identified as Mineral Soil Groups classifications 1 through 4 (MSG 1-4). This mitigation approach intends to set a benchmark for potential agricultural mitigation payments, which solar project developers may be able to reduce by minimizing the facility’s impact on MSG 1-4 and/or introducing or retaining agricultural productivity on the project site. Instances where Proposers cannot avoid or minimize impacts on MSG 1-4 will result in a payment to a fund administered by NYSERDA in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Markets to support ongoing regional agricultural practices.

RESRFP21-1 Map of NYS Mineral Soil Groups classifications 1 through 4 (MSG 1-4)Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Downloadable data for MSG 1-4, by REDC Region:

Operational Flexibility and Grid Resources

The following NYSERDA, DPS, and NYISO studies and stakeholder proceedings are encouraged for use to inform Proposers’ due diligence. Proposers should note that these resources are subject to additional updates, and may be amended by other applicable studies and/or updated assessments and public data.

In 2020, New York State passed the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act [PDF] to accelerate progress towards the State’s nation-leading clean energy goals. The Act instructed the State to conduct a Power Grid Study to inform transmission system investments that will be necessary to achieve the clean energy goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The Power Grid Study is comprised of three component studies: 1) a joint utilities study on local transmission and distribution needs; 2) an offshore wind study of bulk-power transmission needs; and 3) a statewide transmission analysis to achieve the CLCPA goals. To read the studies, review public comments, and engage in the public process, visit the Department of Public Service Matter Master 20-00905/20-E-0197Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. or access the studies below.

Energy Storage Resources

NYSERDA encourages proposers to use these resources to inform decisions regarding projects with energy storage for future solicitations.