Bill Text: NY S00157 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Enacts the "Long Island public school solar and geothermal act" to provide funding to public schools located within Nassau or Suffolk county for the purchase and installation of solar panels and ground source heat pump systems; makes an appropriation therefor.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-06 - REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS [S00157 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-S00157-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE


                                     January 6, 2021

        Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-

        AN  ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to enacting the
          "Long Island public school solar and geothermal act";  and  making  an
          appropriation therefor

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. This act shall be known and  may  be  cited  as  the  "Long
     2  Island public school solar and geothermal act".
     3    § 2. Section 1854 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a
     4  new subdivision 22 to read as follows:
     5    22.  a.  To make grants from amounts appropriated therefor, in amounts
     6  of two hundred  thousand  dollars,  to  fifty  public  school  districts
     7  located within the county of Nassau or the county of Suffolk, to provide
     8  such  school districts with funding for the purchase and installation of
     9  photovoltaic solar panels or ground source heat pump systems within such
    10  district. Grants shall be made upon application by such school districts
    11  to the authority in a manner and form to be determined by the authority.
    12  In order to be eligible for a grant for the installation of photovoltaic
    13  solar panels  pursuant  to  this  subdivision,  such  application  shall
    14  include a plan proposed by the school district providing for the instal-
    15  lation  of  photovoltaic  solar  panels on a minimum of fifty percent of
    16  such school district's suitable roof space on buildings that are  eligi-
    17  ble for state building aid.  Grants shall be made available for a period
    18  of thirty months from the successful application of a school district.
    19    b. No school district that receives a grant pursuant to paragraph a of
    20  this subdivision shall be  subject to a reduction in state education aid
    21  due  to moneys saved by the school district as a result of lower utility
    22  costs resulting from the purchase and installation of photovoltaic solar

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 157                              2

     1  panels or ground source heat pump systems pursuant to   paragraph  a  of
     2  this subdivision.
     3    §  3. The sum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000), or so much thereof
     4  as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the New York state energy
     5  research and development authority from any moneys in the state treasury
     6  in the general fund to the credit of the  state  purposes  account,  not
     7  otherwise  appropriated, for the purposes of carrying out the provisions
     8  of section two of this act. Such sum shall be payable on the  audit  and
     9  warrant  of  the  state comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by
    10  the New York state energy research and  development  authority,  or  its
    11  duly designated representative in the manner provided by law.
    12    § 4. This act shall take effect April 1, 2022.