By ABRAHAM KENMORE
For the second year in a row, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is soliciting bids from wind and solar producers for renewable energy certificates, which prove that certain amounts of renewable energy have been generated.
The map showing all the energy generating facilities just went live within the past few days, according to Sean Connin, associate director of clean energy program of the Adirondack North Country Association.
It includes a number of facilities still going through the Article 10 renewable-energy siting process including Galloo Island and Deer River. Roaring Brook, which was begun before the Article 10 process was implemented but is being reviewed by the Town of Martinsburg Planning Board in Lewis County, also submitted a bid.
“In a lot of ways, it might sound counterintuitive” to submit a bid before the project is completed, Mr. Connin said.
By winning deals to sell the certificates to NYSERDA, however, companies establishing these major solar or wind arrays can get some certainity in an uncertain industry.
“I would think of these larger projects as a complex set of variables,” Mr. Connin said, including the multi-step Article 10 process. “The bid process ... enables the developer some security.”
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