A half dozen renewable energy projects in Western New York will receive state funding through a program aimed at reducing New York’s dependence on fossil fuels.
The projects are among 17 facilities statewide that will receive payments through the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which aims to boost the percentage of the state’s electricity supply coming from renewable sources to 30 percent by 2015.
The 17 projects will share in a pool of $191 million in state funding, funneled through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. State officials declined to say how much each project will receive, citing competitive reasons, but said the funding will average about $20 per megawatt-hour of production.
The Western New York projects selected to receive funding include:
• Stony Creek Wind Farm in the Town of Orangeville in Wyoming County, which will include up to 59 wind turbines. The project is expected to have an annual output of 284,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, a NYSERDA spokesman said.
• Allegany Wind Farm in Great Valley in Cattaraugus County, which is expected to produce 139,000 megawatthours of electricity a year.
• A project to repower the Wiscoy hydroelectric plant in Allegany County, which is expected to generate 18,100 megawatt-hours of electricity annually.
• The Hyland landfill gas facility in Angelica in Allegany County, which is expected to produce 18,100 megawatthours of electricity a year.
• A county-run landfill gas project at the Chautauqua County landfill in Jamestown, which is expected to generate 16,800 megawatt-hours of power annually.
• A landfill gas project at Modern Disposal’s waste facility in Youngstown, which is projected to produce 24,000 megawatt-hours of electricity a year.
In all, the 17 projects across the state will add 315 megawatts of renewable capacity to New York’s overall electricity generating capacity. Those plants are expected to generate about 1 million megawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to supply about 145,000 homes.
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