Solicitations for Large-Scale Renewables

NYSERDA's fourth annual request for proposals under the Clean Energy Standard, RESRFP20-1Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., was issued on July 21, 2020 and resulted in awards for 21 solar projects, including three with energy storage, and one hydroelectric facility to develop 2,111 megawatts of new, renewable energy capacity throughout New York State. The agreements will also support the development of 30 megawatts of utility-scale energy storage. These awards, coupled with awards for NYSERDA’s concurrent offshore wind solicitation ORECRFP20-1 and NYPA’s 2020 land-based renewables solicitation constitute the largest competitive procurement in the nation– over 4,700 megawatts of renewable capacity, enough to power nearly 2 million households.

The implementation of the Index REC contract structure under RESRFP20-1 resulted in competitive bids, with the awarded projects priced 40% lower than those awarded just one year ago. These awards continue to support the achievement of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation leading goal of generating 70% of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, consistent with the Climate Leadership and Community Benefit Act.

NYSERDA will continue to work actively with communities hosting the 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 cleanenergyhelp@nyserda.ny.gov and consult the Renewable Energy Standard solicitation FAQs [PDF] and Clean Energy Siting for Local Governments resources.

For more information on the awards, consult the 2020 Renewable Energy Standard Solicitation Fact Sheet [PDF]. The awarded projects include:

Capital Region

Three solar projects:

  • Dolan Solar: CS Energy will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Fort Edward, Washington County.
  • Hawthorn Solar: CS Energy will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Hoosick, Rensselaer County.
  • Somers Solar: CS Energy will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Fort Edward, Washington County.

Central New York

Three solar projects:

  • Delight Farm: AES Distributed Energy will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Springport, Cayuga County.
  • Homer Solar Energy Center: EDF Renewables Development will build a 90 megawatt solar facility in the Towns of Cortlandville, Homer, and Solon, Cortland County.
  • Milliken Solar: ConnectGen will build a 200 megawatt solar facility in the Towns of Genoa and Venice, Cayuga County.

Finger Lakes

Six solar projects:

  • Alabama Solar Park: EDP Renewables will build a 130 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Alabama, Genesee County, paired with a separately located 20 megawatt energy storage facility that will be built by Key Capture Energy in the City of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County.
  • Cider Solar Farm: Hecate Energy will build a 500 megawatt solar facility in the Towns of Elba and Oakfield, Genesee County.
  • Hatchery Solar: Oriden Power will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Caledonia, Livingston County.
  • Highbanks Solar: Oriden Power will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Leicester, Livingston County.
  • Orleans Solar: Community Energy Solar will build a 200 megawatt solar facility in the Towns of Barre and Shelby, Orleans County.
  • SunEast Transit Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Stafford, Genesee County.

Mohawk Valley

Four solar projects:

  • Mill Point Solar: ConnectGen will build a 250 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Glen, Montgomery County.
  • SunEast Augustus Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Augusta, Oneida County.
  • SunEast Flat Creek Solar: SunEast Development will build a 200 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Root, Montgomery County.
  • SunEast Flat Stone Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Verona, Oneida County.

North Country

Two solar projects and one hydroelectric project:

  • Chasm Falls: Ampersand Hydro will return to service a 1.6 megawatt hydroelectric facility in the Town of Chateaugay, Franklin County.
  • Rutland Center Solar 1: Borrego Solar will build a 110 megawatt solar facility in the Towns Rutland and Watertown, Jefferson County
  • Tracy Solar Energy Center: EDF Renewables will build a 119 megawatt with a 5 megawatt co-located energy storage facility in the Towns of Clayton and Orleans, Jefferson County.

Southern Tier

One solar project:

  • Clear View Solar: Oriden Power will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Cohocton, Steuben County.

Western New York

Two solar projects:

  • Moraine Solar Energy Center: EDF Renewables will build a 94 megawatt solar facility with a 5 megawatt co-located energy storage facility in the Town of Burns, Allegany County.
  • SunEast Kingbird Solar: SunEast Development will build a 19.99 megawatt solar facility in the Town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County.

Associated Documents

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..

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..

Project Siting Resources

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

Agricultural Mitigation Resources

NYSERDA adopted a new approach to addressing concerns relating to solar development and the protection of agricultural lands in Agricultural Districts as part of RESRFP20-1. Under this new approach, awardees 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 approach intends to set a benchmark for potential agricultural mitigation payments, which solar project developers can 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.

RESRFP20-1 Map of NYS Mineral Soil Groups classifications 1 through 4 (MSG 1-4)

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

Operational Flexibility Resources

The following NYISO studies and stakeholder proceedings are encouraged for use to inform Bid Facilities’ Operational Flexibility and Peak Coincidence evaluations under future solicitations, subject to other applicability studies, associated updates, and future changes:

Energy Storage Resources

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