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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

City of Rome – Solar Power Purchase Agreements (2015M-290)


Released: May 20, 2016 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to evaluate the City’s process for entering into solar power purchase agreements for the period January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.

Background

The City of Rome is located in Oneida County and has a population of approximately 35,000. The City is governed by an elected Mayor and eight-member Common Council. The City has entered into two power purchase agreements and lease agreements with a solar company that provides solar-powered electric generating systems.

Key Finding

  • The City did not use a competitive process prior to entering into solar power purchase agreements or ensure that the agreements were in the best interests of the City.

Key Recommendation

  • Engage in a competitive process prior to entering into future power agreements.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email: localgov@osc.state.ny.us
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236