Bright Power Named to Access $30 Million Fund for NYC/Westchester Solar Projects


Bright Power is on a limited list of solar installers awarded access to a $30 million fund provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to help fund large-scale solar projects in New York City and the lower Hudson Valley.

Bright Power is actively seeking building owners interested in installing solar energy systems that will earn a robust return on investment (three-year payback) and reduce their electrical energy costs for the next 25 years.

To be eligible, buildings should ideally have:

  • at least 10,000 square feet of unshaded roof, ground, or parking lot space, and
  • annual electric bills exceeding $25,000 per year (approximately $2,000/month)

Bright Power is offering free roof assessments to building owners interested in this program; financing options are available.

Bright Power was selected in January 2012 to receive funds by a competitive application process as part of NYSERDA Program Opportunity Notice 2156 (PON 2156). The funds are part of the RPS Customer-Sited Tier Regional Program, which will offer $150 million over the course of five years to encourage large businesses – particularly manufacturing facilities, colleges & universities, and schools – to access incentives for renewable energy. Of the $30 million awarded each year, $25 million is designated for New York City and Westchester County, and $5 million for the Hudson Valley region. The program is funded under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The RPS, created by the state Public Service Commission in 2004 to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, is administered by NYSERDA using a surcharge collected from ratepayers served by investor-owned utility companies.

For more information, contact: James Hannah,, 212-803-5868 ext. 2106