NYSERDA Releases Plan to Achieve Solar Targets

On Friday, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) filed a white paper outlining the state’s plan to achieve the Hochul Administration’s goal of deploying 10 gigawatts of solar by 2030 with the Public Service Commission. 

The plan includes $1.7 billion in funding for solar projects, and calls for 1.6 gigawatts of newly deployed solar to benefit disadvantaged communities. However, advocates for equitable solar access note that NYSERDA’s roadmap fails to include meaningful commitment to community-led solar projects or wealth building for those shouldering the heaviest energy burdens. Vote Solar also emphasises the need for just and durable mechanisms to determine the value of solar energy generated.

A November report by Vote Solar and Local Solar for All found that meeting and exceeding the Hochul Administration’s new 10-gigawatt distributed solar power target by investing in rooftop and community solar, and battery storage is the lowest-cost and most equitable path to achieving New York’s climate commitments. 

“It’s great to see NYSERDA’s substantial and timely investment in New York State’s solar market,” says Stephan Roundtree, Northeast Director at Vote Solar. “As our report clearly shows, prioritizing distributed solar is a key to building the energy system we need. As we look ahead to New York’s clean energy future, it’s crucial that the state has a stable valuation of solar based on its value to the environment and society. We also need to ensure that dollars spent lead to proportionate outcomes for those left behind by our dated fossil fuel system. We look forward to continued collaboration with NYSERDA and other stakeholders to ensure that equity is at the forefront.” 

The roadmap will now undergo a 60-day notice and comment period before the Public Service Commission can make a decision to approve it.

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