Applications sought for solar project cash

Local officials and business owners should consider applying for new state funding designed to increase use of solar power by businesses and manufacturers, said Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-116, Utica.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is providing $107 million for large projects that generate electricity through photovoltaic/PV systems. Applicants who submit plans for developing PV systems of 50 kilowatts or more for businesses or communities can obtain up to $3 million per project, and co-funding will be required for all projects, said Brindisi.

Applicants with smaller projects may want to consider a non-competitive program that provides monthly funding for residential projects of up to 7 kilowatts, and non-residential projects of up to 50 kilowatts, said Brindisi. Such projects can significantly cut power costs while generating clean energy, he added.

Funding for the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program will be available in three phases, with application deadlines of Nov. 8 followed by dates in the first and third quarters of 2013. Visit online or call 732-1055.