New York

New York


With growing electricity needs, strong public support for solar, and impressive in-state financial and manufacturing might, New York is well-positioned to be a leader in the new energy economy. We’re working to help make New York a solar powerhouse by setting aggressive, long-term goals and designing smart programs.

We are urging the state to build on the success of Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative, a program that was established to quadruple the amount of customer-sited solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity added between 2011 and 2013. In just two years NY-Sun has resulted in 300 megawatts (MW) of new solar capacity installed and under development.

Now we are supporting a new goal of installing ten times that amount of solar by extending NY-Sun through 2023. 3,000 MW is enough solar to power 465,000 New York homes, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2.3 million tons annually (the equivalent of taking almost 435,000 cars off the road) and create thousands of new quality jobs. Plus the long-term horizon provides invaluable policy certainty so industry and consumers can invest with confidence in the state’s growing solar market.


Vote Solar’s New York campaign lead is Peter Olmsted