Last night New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) annual state of the state address he outlined an ambitious energy plan building on his announcement that the state will move to 100 percent clean energy by 2040. In the address he said he would expand the state’s incentive program in an effort to see 1 million solar homes in the Empire State by 2023 and a doubling of solar power in the state to 6 gigawatts by 2025.
“Let's take the next step on the Green New Deal which tackles climate change and starts building the green economy for tomorrow. We know it's coming, let the economy be here,” Cuomo stated. “Let us set the goal: 100 percent clean power by 2040. Highest in the United States of America.”
Cuomo’s office outlined the efforts it will take to launch a new green deal in the state in the “Social, Economic, and Racial Justice Agenda 2019 State of the State” book. The agenda called for the state to create a clean energy and jobs agenda aimed at moving the to carbon neutrality across its economy, while prioritizing the needs of low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.
As part of that Cuomo wants to establish a $10 Billion Green Future Fund that will support clean water, renewable energy and clean transportation, and open space and resiliency. It would also continue the state’s $300 Million Environmental Protection Fund. Cuomo also announced that New York will double the NY Sun solar goal to 6 GW by 2025 and will extend its incentive program for solar. He also announced 16 new large-scale solar project awards.
Solar advocates hailed Cuomo’s plans. “Following his bold commitment to 100 percent clean energy, Governor Cuomo took a historic step today to tackle climate change head-on by ensuring that families, business, and communities all across New York can immediately benefit in the process through solar. We are thrilled by Governor Cuomo’s announced doubling the state’s solar development by 2025 and build enough solar to power one million homes,” said Sean Garren, senior northeast director at Vote Solar.
“Together, these groundbreaking investments in solar energy will create thousands of jobs, generate billions of dollars in investment, and bring clean and affordable energy to the residents of New York state. We look forward to working with the Governor’s Office and the Legislature to bring New Yorkers all the benefits that solar has to offer,” added Solar Energy Industries Association CEO Abigail Ross Hopper.Tweet