Bill Text: NY S03776 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

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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) 2020-01-08 - REFERRED TO FINANCE [S03776 Detail]

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                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 14, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
        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
    23  panels  or  ground  source heat pump systems pursuant to  paragraph a of
    24  this subdivision.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 3776                             2
     1    § 3. The sum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000), or so much  thereof
     2  as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the New York state energy
     3  research and development authority from any moneys in the state treasury
     4  in  the  general  fund  to the credit of the state purposes account, not
     5  otherwise  appropriated, for the purposes of carrying out the provisions
     6  of section two of this act. Such sum shall be payable on the  audit  and
     7  warrant  of  the  state comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by
     8  the New York state energy research and  development  authority,  or  its
     9  duly designated representative in the manner provided by law.
    10    § 4. This act shall take effect April 1, 2019.