Solar, geothermal, and microhydro will be the focus of three projects that won the New York State “Energy to Lead Competition” this week.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which administered the competition, on May 16 announced that Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College each will receive $1 million for their winning project submissions.
“The ‘Energy to Lead Competition’ is challenging New York’s emerging energy leaders to turn innovative ideas into cutting-edge solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy bills and improve resiliency in communities across the state,” New York Gov. Andew Cuomo said in a statement.
According to NYSERDA, the University at Buffalo’s “Localizing Buffalo’s Renewable Energy Future” will create a partnership between the university and the City of Buffalo and several not-for-profit and educational partners to install 100 MW of solar power throughout the city and college and university campuses. In addition, NYSERDA said that SUNY Broome Community College’s “Geothermal Learning Laboratory” project will show how a geothermal system can harness the energy stored in the earth to heat and cool a campus, serve as a hands-on learning resource for college and secondary school students, and generate energy bill savings that can be reinvested in energy conservation measures.
NYSERDA also said that Bard College’s “Microhydro for Macro Impact” project will demonstrate how microhydro power generators can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, can be financed in different ways, and are integrated into student curricula and workforce training. The project will include the launch of an online public information resource, called “NY Microhydro,” to help others install microhydro throughout the state.
Images credit: NYSERDA.