Thanks to strong leadership from Governor Cuomo’s administration and state regulators, New York ranks among the nation’s solar leaders. There are more than 456 megawatts of solar installed in New York, enough to power over 77,000 homes. The state’s growing solar economy employs 7,300 New Yorkers according to The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census. And the Empire State isn’t stopping there.
The state is undertaking a “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding to fundamentally rethink its electric system in a way that puts customers and clean energy at its center. As part of this process, the state has also committed to a long-term NY Sun Initiative that will provide stable incentives to build a self-sustaining solar market. And regulators are building on that Initiative with a Shared Renewables program that will expand solar access to more energy consumers – including low-income families, renters and property owners with shaded roofs. This exciting new program is expected to launch later this year, and we are working with the Commission and partners to make it as strong as possible. The state is quickly moving toward a healthier, more resilient clean energy system that creates opportunities for all New Yorkers to thrive.
Vote Solar’s New York campaign lead is Peter Olmsted