The Solar Energy Industries Association, SEIA, and the non-governmental organization Vote Solar congratulated the State of New York for their continued commitment to solar energy initiatives that have increased significantly, creating thousands of local jobs and increasing energy recovery capacity.
The Governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, after being congratulated by SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) and Vote Solar confirmed that solar energy remains a priority for his administration for the new fiscal year.
More photovoltaic in New York
The State of New York has clearly opted in 2013 for the development of solar energy. In addition, with the exponential increase in investment, quality jobs have been created. Carrie Cullen Hitt, vice president of SEIA for State affairs, said they expect “to continue to work with the state government in the next phase of NY- Sun, and in community programs such as Green Bank and other initiatives.”
NY- Sun Program
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY- Sun Initiative was designed to transform New York’s energy landscape by building a strong solar industry and propose a cost-effective solar option for New Yorkers. “It’s exciting to see that a bold vision of solar energy can quickly become a real opportunity under the Governor’s leadership. We look forward to continuing to work together towards solar energy consolidation, “said Peter Olmsted, defense policy east coast of Vote Solar.
Last year, Governor Cuomo said the NY- Sun Initiative would be in force for 10 years through a public-private partnership to foster the solar industry’s growth in the state.
One of its goals is to reduce solar energy installation and production costs. From the beginning, in 2012, NY- Sun has implemented nearly 300 megawatts (MW) of installed or under development photovoltaic capacity, more than what has been installed in the last ten years.
The program also allows streamlining processes and reducing costs of solar projects’ installation.
3,000 MW publicly funded
The Public Service Commission of New York (PSC) approved in December the financing of NY- Sun up to 2015 and installation of up to 3,000 MW of solar power statewide. For its part, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will improve and expand the program until 2023.
In 2013, the Governor also launched a Green Bank with 1,000 million dollars of public funds to leverage private sector investment in the clean energy economy. The Green Bank is expected to start offering its products in 2014.
With enough solar power to supply more than 30,000 homes, New York currently holds the country’s 12th position in installed solar capacity. There are over 411 solar companies across the entire value chain employing over 3,300 people.
Who is Vote Solar
Vote Solar is a non-governmental organization working to promote economic opportunities, boost energy independence and fight climate change.