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    Tonko seeks to take Cohoes floating solar array plan national

    COHOES – The city’s planned floating solar array on the city reservoir has inspired a prime supporter, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, to introduce legislation for federal support of researching and launching the arrays across the nation’s 24,000 reservoirs.

    “The innovative project in Cohoes shined a light on the advantages of floating solar to reach our nation’s renewable energy goals and reduce bills for families and communities. Since the inception of this project, I’ve said that the Cohoes reservoir will serve as a model for the nation and—with my POWER our Reservoirs Act that I just introduced—it will do just that,” Tonko, D-Amsterdam, said Friday.

    Tonko secured $3 million in federal funding to get the Cohoes project moving.  Mayor Bill Keeler said the city expects to have the array floating and working by either the fall of 2024 or the spring of early 2025.

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