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NY School Solar Program Regrouping

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An ambitious program to install solar panels at New York's public schools, already off to a slow start, has to recruit a new partner after the financial collapse of one of the nation's largest solar companies.

The New York Power Authority says SunEdison's move into bankruptcy court protection last month means the agency has to find at least one other company to join SolarCity as a contractor for the "K-Solar" initiative.

The companies had been given territory as recommended contractors by the authority, with SunEdison to handle work in western and central New York and Long Island. SolarCity, already the beneficiary of major support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, got the balance of the state, excluding New York City.

Cuomo announced K-Solar, part of his $1 billion NY-Sun Initiative, in September 2014.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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