$54 Million For New York State Solar Projects

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Sixty-four megawatts of solar power will be added to New York state’s current solar capacity. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative will receive $54 million for 79 new solar energy installations in 26 counties across the state. Most of the sites are expected to have their new solar technology up and running by June of next year. Several might actually be operational by December of 2013. The sites will all be at large institutions, and businesses such as factories, city buildings and universities.

Image Credit: UpstateNYer
Image Credit: UpstateNYer

“Not only will these projects benefit our environment by reducing dependence on fossil fuels and using renewable energy, but they are also creating well-paying jobs for New Yorkers. These are necessary investments for a bright future in our state,” explained Governor Cuomo. (Source: NY press release)

Some of the potential sites listed in the Governor’s press release are:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Wegmans Food Markets corporate headquarters
  • Raymour & Flanigan stores in Suffern, Rockland County
  • College Point in Queens
  • Clarkson University
  • Cornell University
  • Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant

The New York Sun Initiative is a public-private partnership that has been rapidly growing PV solar in the state. The New York Solar Bill (A.5060b/S.2522) would extend the NY Sun Initiative through 2023. Powering 400,000 New York homes with solar energy is the goal of this bill. Thirty percent of New York’s energy is required by the Renewable Energy Standard to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to NY Solar Jobs there are over 340 companies working in New York state in the solar industry.

Niagara is the largest electricity producer in New York state. Most of New York’s renewable energy is generated by hydro power.

A recent study found that the state could be entirely powered by wind, sun and water. New York has more installed solar energy capacity than Florida, even though it is obviously much further north. Perhaps if a northern state can ramp up its solar energy, it can serve as an example to some of the southern states that have ample sunshine but still lag behind.

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