Environmental Research - PV Site Design, Info Gaps, & Mitigation Opportunities (PON 4270)

Due Date:  02/26/2020  (Round 1)


Supports independent research to improve the scientific and technical foundation for addressing key policy-relevant questions related to the development of solar energy and stakeholder-identified environmental and community concerns.

The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) requires 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 and identifies that a minimum of 6,000 megawatts (MW) of distributed solar energy capacity be installed by 2025 to serve New York State. To meet these mandates, NYSERDA is advancing the development of solar energy in a manner that is cost-effective while also being sensitive to environmental, economic, and social issues.

NYSERDA welcomes proposals to conduct research to better understand non-residential (commercial and utility scale) solar photovoltaic (PV) site design implications, mitigation options, and associated costs for addressing the effects of PV on the environment and the community. Selected projects will describe potential effects non-residential PV projects may have on the environment and community and assess site design, management, and mitigation options for addressing these concerns and maximizing the benefits. Results of these projects will help to inform PV developers, local officials, and regulators of how potential environmental and societal concerns can be avoided, minimized, and mitigated with the goal of advancing the responsible development of non-residential PV projects throughout New York State.


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