RETTEW floating solar array to power New York municipality’s facilities

Design agency RETTEW has been selected to design and permit a 3.2-MWdc floating solar array in Cohoes, New York. The floating sequence is one of 10 projects that U.S. Representative Paul Tonko of New York is submitting to the U.S. House Committee on Federal Investment Appropriations under the new Community Project Funding process.

“Cohoes officials have pointed out the funding inequalities that currently hinder municipalities from owning and operating their own photovoltaic systems,” said state senator Neil D. Breslin and MP John T. McDonald III. “We agree it is time to level that playing field.”

The municipality’s proposed floating solar-powered demonstration project would be installed in the 14-acre secure water reservoir for $ 5.9 million. This includes a federal share of $ 4.7 million and a non-federal share of $ 1.2 million.

“Technological advancements and increasing adoption of clean energy initiatives are driving promising growth in the renewable energy market across the country. We are proud to be part of that movement with our work on this impressive floating solar energy project, ”said Jason Wert, RETTEW national market leader for renewable energy sources.

When installed, the Cohoes floating array will generate 100% of the city’s energy demand for its municipal utilities. The city’s electricity costs are approximately $ 660,000 per year. With this floating solar panel, the city can use 40% of its power generation capacity for other community purposes.

“The floating solar panels could be a real turning point project for the region as several municipalities own water resources and grapple with operational costs and energy challenges for water treatment,” said Mark Castiglione, executive director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.

RETTEW has worked on four other floating solar projects, including the design of the country’s largest floating solar panels, and many others are in the pipeline. RETTEW is known for developing solutions to site-specific challenges and coordinating with regulatory agencies, alleviating environmental concerns on site.

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