More than 40 Lawmakers Join Million Solar Strong Campaign to Urge Goal of 1,000,000 Solar Households Across New York
Nassau County elected officials are joining advocates to urge New York State to support the bold new goal of powering one million New York households, including 100,000 low-income households, with solar by 2023. The effort is being organized by the Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement of leading industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations. The campaign is gaining momentum with a growing number of prominent state and local leaders endorsing the call for more New York solar.
"Investing in green technology is a common-sense way to protect our environment and ensure our long-term economic success. New York State can be a leader in the new economy by investing wisely in renewable resources and green jobs today. I am proud to promote greater use of sustainable energy sources like solar power because I know that these good jobs will help ensure Long Island and New York State thrive for generations to come," said Senator John Brooks.
“Climate change is an alarming reality, and now more than ever it's critical that we support affordable, accessible solar for New York households. I am proud to support the Million Solar Strong Campaign as a vital way of leading our state forward in clean energy goals,” said Senator-elect Jim Gaughran.
“Being a fervent environmentalist and a member of NYS Assembly’s Environmental Conservation and Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry committees, I am a proponent of promoting and using solar energy. As a society, we must all work as a community to protect our planet, its inhabitants and its resources. The sun’s energy is a clean type of energy which doesn’t use fossil fuels and reduces our carbon footprints. More jobs are created as additional buildings owners are converting to using solar power and its consumers will save on their energy bills. I am in favor of creating more opportunities for everyone to be able to convert to using solar energy. We want to achieve the goal of being independent from fossil fuels, and to become users of 100% clean renewable energy such as solar, wind and others,” said Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso.
“The cost of energy in Nassau County is negatively affecting homeowners as well as stifling the growth of businesses. Solar energy is the key to solving Long Island’s energy crisis. By harnessing the limitless energy of the sun, we can create a sustainable future for the next generation of New Yorkers. I stand in solidarity with the members of the Million Solar Strong Campaign in urging New York State to make significant investments in the future of clean energy. Solar growth is vital to reducing wholesale electricity prices,” said Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages.
"As the threat of climate change grows, New York must lead with bold environmental initiatives. Investing in clean energy jobs lifts communities and grows our local economies. A greener New York, with one million solar powered homes by 2023, will generate high-paying jobs and low-cost energy—building a cleaner and more affordable future for our children,” said Assemblywoman-elect Judy Griffin.
Making New York ‘One Million Solar Strong’ is the most important thing Governor Cuomo can do to protect and strengthen New York’s significant progress on solar. New York currently has over 200,000 households powered by solar and 9,000 workers in the fast-growing solar industry. Powering one million New York households with solar will generate jobs, reduce and stabilize utility bills, stimulate local investment, cut harmful air pollution, accelerate an equitable transition to our clean energy future, and counter the Trump administration’s attacks
The coalition is calling on Governor Cuomo to institute and support concrete policies to reach the one million solar strong goal. The coalition has released two roadmaps outlining robust policy recommendations to achieve the goal of one million households and one hundred thousand low-income households powered by solar, including:
Fair customer compensation
Drive accelerated and diverse solar growth
Facilitate affordable financing for solar growth, especially for new market sectors and underserved communities
Make solar a win-win for municipalities and customers
Ensure the modern grid and solar serve each other
Expand access for low-income, environmental justice and other underserved communities
The Million Solar Strong Coalition is a movement of industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations united by the vision of a strong clean energy economy that works for all New Yorkers. Visit www.solarstrongny.org to learn more about the campaign calling on Governor Cuomo to adopt a goal of one million solar households by 2023 and to read the policy roadmaps.