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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Cohoes “Floating Solar” Demonstration Project Selected among “Top Ten” Projects

Cohoes “Floating Solar” Demonstration Project Selected among “Top Ten” Projects Congressman Tonko Proposing for Federal Investment

National Demonstration Project would generate 100% of the City’s Municipal Electricity Needs with Solar Arrays on its Water Reservoir

Cohoes, NY (April 29, 2021) – A proposal by the City of Cohoes, NY, to install a municipally owned and operated 3.2 MWdc Floating Solar demonstration project on its water reservoir -- yes, “Floating Solar” --has been selected as one of just ten projects U.S. Representative Paul Tonko is submitting to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations for federal investment under the committee’s new “Community Project Funding” (CPF) process.

“For more than 30 years Congressman Tonko has been a powerful and persistent voice calling for innovative clean energy solutions that benefit all communities, including working class cities like Cohoes. We are honored and grateful to have his support and guidance, and to partner with him as we work to get this exciting Floating Solar array installed on the Cohoes reservoir, generating both power and opportunity,” Mayor Bill Keeler said after today’s announcement of the “Top Ten” designation for the Cohoes project.

The city’s proposed municipally owned and operated 3.2 MWdc Floating Solar demonstration project would be installed on its secured 14-acre water reservoir, at a cost of $5.9 million, including a Federal share of $4.788 million and a non-Federal share of $1.209 million.

read full press release here