Your initial though might be that New York is too far north to be a solar leader, but in case you don’t know, New Jersey is second in the US for installed solar power (and it’s also rather small), and Germany leads the world in installed solar power, with many times more MW installed than any country on earth.
There’s apparently a push to make New York a true solar leader, but it needs your help.
“After nearly three years of hard work – lawmakers in Albany are just steps away from passing legislation that would unleash thousands of megawatts of local solar and make New York a real solar powerhouse,” Vote Solar writes. “And now we’re racing against time to get it done before they break for the summer.”
Notably, Mark Ruffalo (i.e. the Hulk) has gotten on board for this noble effort. Here’s a video of him speaking about the matter:
As Ruffalo points out, solar isn’t just for the environment. Policies to support solar help create jobs, boost the economy, and improve our health!
You can help push legislators in New York to pass the solar jobs bill by taking action here or here (if you live in New York).
More from Vote Solar:
With rising electricity needs, plenty of sunshine, and a local workforce primed for jobs, New York has what it takes to lead the nation’s solar economy. But the state’s existing policies have installed just over 100 megawatts of solar to date. By comparison, their neighbors in New Jersey have more than six times that amount.
We’ve made it easy to send an email of support here. Want to make an even bigger impact? Make a quick phone call to your state reps. Find your State Senator and phone number here and your Assemblymember here and tell them . . .
My name is (XXX) and I live in (Name of Town). I am a voter in your district and solar power is a key issue for me.
Albany’s hard work on solar has brought us to the brink of establishing New York State as a national solar leader — and now I’m asking you to actively urge your conference to finish the job.
Recent polling shows that 81% of New York voters support passage of long-term solar policy. I’m one of them.
As your constituent, I urge you to work with leadership in your conference to pass strong new solar legislation before the session ends this month.
Support solar, jobs, health, and the environment in New York today!
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