Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack signed a Letter of Intent with a solar contractor on Monday in hopes of getting several million dollars for a possible solar project. Gromack and Councilman George Hoehmann reviewed proposals received from five solar vendors on Friday and selected SolarCity of Albany as the town's “Solar Electric Power Purchase Agreement Provider.” The project for the closed town landfill in West Nyack is described as a “proposed 1.76592 megawatt PV-on-Landfill Project.”
The task of SolarCity of Albany is to apply on Clarkstown’s behalf for some of the $5 million of grant money that the (NYSERDA) is making available for large scale solar projects in the Orange & Rockland service area. The grant would reduce the town’s cost of “solar electricity.”
The Letter of Intent explains the project is tentative and could depend upon the funding being obtained.
“We understand that the Town’s electricity purchase rates under the Proposed Purchase Agreement will be contingent upon your ability to apply financial incentives authorized by the New York Public Service Commission, as ordered Aril 2, 2010, and administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).”
The Letter of Intent was written to “support your firm’s use of the NYSERDA incentives to discount the price of solar electricity for the town.”
The town board voted last week to authorize the supervisor to sign a Letter of Intent. H2M Group of New City is working on a feasibility of the solar project for the capped landfill. The completed report is expected in June.