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POWER AUTHORITY PART OF EFFORT TO DEVELOP SOLAR POWER

 NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A major new proposal to develop solar energy systems has been presented to U.S. Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary -- along with a request for financial assistance.
 The plan to develop solar energy systems capable of producing up to 50 megawatts (mw) is the brainchild of the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (UPVG), an association of electric utilities -- including the New York Power Authority -- interested in promoting the commercial use of solar power. It was presented in Washington Monday (Sept. 27).
 The Power Authority has completed a trial installation of a 4-kilowatt (kw) solar photovoltaic unit atop White Plains High School in Westchester County, and recently installed a 20-kw unit atop a New York City Transit Authority warehouse in Queens. It also plans to install a 1-kw unit at a remote home in Crown Point, Essex County, to demonstrate that a solar-powered unit can supply the energy needs of residential customers not connected to utility lines.
 "We've been testing the commercial potential of solar photovoltaic systems to prove it makes sense for our customers in New York," said Power Authority Chairman Richard M. Flynn.
 Member utilities of UPVG have varying degrees of experience in the solar photovoltaic field. Solar photovoltaic systems convert sunlight into electricity by using semi-conductor materials that are called solar cells.
 The group's proposal envisions a partnership between government and the private sector that will speed development of solar photovoltaic systems while simultaneously creating a market for them.
 The group calls this approach Technology Experience to Accelerate Markets in Utility Photovoltaic, or TEAM-UP.
 TEAM-UP is a $513 million program to be managed by the UPVG over a six-year period with 70 percent of the funding provided by the private sector. UPVG is seeking $160 million from the Department of Energy to help utilities procure, install and demonstrate 50-mw solar photovoltaic projects.
 The Power Authority's solar photovoltaic array atop White Plains High School can produce 6,000 kilowatt hours (kwh) a year. It has replaced 3,000 kwh from conventional sources and trimmed nearly $325 off the school district's energy bills since it was installed last May.
 The solar photovoltaic hybrid unit the Power Authority will install in Crown Point consists of a solar panel array, storage batteries and a propane generator to provide electricity when there is insufficient sunlight.
 The Power Authority supplies about a quarter of the electricity used in New York State.
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 /CONTACT: Brian Warner of New York Power Authority, 212-468-6317/


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