That’s a good question. The announcement from Gov. Cuomo’s office about the latest round of NY-Sun grants – $46 million for 76 large-scale projects totally 52 MW of power – just states they installations will be in 33 counties, which covers more than half the state. It’s a little difficult to tell how many, if any, will be built in New York City based on that.
An even better question might be why so many of the grants are going to companies based outside the state. Just nine of the 28 companies listed are based in New York, although an additional six at least have an office in the state.
The remaining 13 appear to be located as close as New Jersey and as far away as Colorado. Several have no web presence so it’s difficult to tell where they’re headquartered, and the website is broken for the energy sector of one company.
I think it says a lot about the state of solar in New York if NY-Sun must look elsewhere to find the best companies for these projects.
Hopefully the five companies based in New York City will be building PV installations within the five boroughs, but there’s no guarantee. All 76 projects are expected to be on line by the end of 2013 so I guess we’ll find out soon.