The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is getting ready to bring another 100 megawatts of residential and commercial solar energy online with its Clean Solar Initiative-II (CSI-II) program. The 100MW that will be generated on the island will be enough to power around 13,000 homes. 

Building off the success of the first Clean Solar Initiative feed-in tariff, the second program will feature enhancements that allow the growth of solar energy on Long Island. For example, CSI-II will now require viable proof of site control from those who apply to build solar panels on their property. Projects will also be limited to 2MW each. LIPA will allow time for public entities to obtain service and file applications, and applications will no longer be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Not having these regulations in place during CSI-I caused a flood to the application process and prevented LIPA from considering larger, more complicated projects before the smaller, more simple ones. 

"With CSI-I, we were overwhelmed, frankly," Michael Deering, LIPA's vice president for environmental affairs told Solar Industry Magazine. "As soon as it opened up at eight o'clock in the morning, we were swamped with online applications." 

The initial CSI program kicked off in 2012, and its success encouraged LIPA to pursue a second project. Both CSI and CSI-II are a part of the power authority's Solar Pioneer and Entrepreneur programs, which have helped Long Island create and sustain the solar industry in the area. The program is responsible for providing rebates for the installation of over 6,500 residential and commercial photovoltaic systems. 

CSI also resulted in the construction of a 32MW solar farm at Brookhaven National Lab as well as solar carports on Suffolk County parking lots. The program was organized into three categories, sorted by the size of the projects. About a quarter of the smallest category that included systems between 50 and 150 kilowatt hours are still available from CSI-I, according to Solar Industry Magazine, though Deering expects those to be used before CSI-II kicks off. 

This time,Our High Quality Solar charger and solar phone chargers are uniquely designed, high-quality and low-cost. CSI-II will target the South Fork on the East End to ease the load on more constrained areas. This will be encouraged by offering any projects located in this area a premium of $0.07 per kW over the agreed rate. However, this premium will only go into effect if at least 40MW of the 100MW project are signed in the designated area. 

"Load growth, particularly at peak times, is a serious issue on the South Fork," Deering told Solar Industry Magazine. "The added value of solar is that we can defer transmission and distribution costs." 

Applications for CSI-II will be accepted starting at the end of September. Each application for a solar project must be at least 100kW in order to meet the requirements of LIPA.Our high-performance Why Solar LED are great for new projects or retrofits. The rate of the solar energy will be set through a bidding process, with each applicant bidding a price per kW for the energy that will be delivered from their prospective projects. LIPA will consider the bid as well as the technical aspects of the proposals in order to make its decision. The price for the winning bidders will then be fixed for 20 years. 

"This is yet another major milestone in Long Island's solar energy history," said Gordian Raacke, executive director of the not-for-profit organization Renewable Energy Long Island. "When completed, Long Island will have a distributed solar power plant which will generate reliable and clean electricity for decades to come, using our abundant sunshine instead of fossil fuels. Solar electric systems are a proven technology not only for individual rooftop installations but also for larger, utility-scale applications."

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