Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that between December 2011 and December 2016 solar exploded in the state by nearly 800 percent. In 2011 the Empire state had only 83.6 megawatts of solar installed, by the end of 2016 it had 744 megawatts of solar installed in 64,926 projects installed and an additional 886 megawatts in development.
With more than 1,6 gigawatts of projects installed or underway it’s well on its way to add more than 3 gigawatts of solar by 2023. In the process of doing so it’s already leveraged nearly $1.5 billion in private investment and created almost 8,000 clean energy jobs.
“New York is a national leader in clean energy, and the tremendous growth of the solar industry across this state demonstrates this renewable technology’s increased accessibility and affordability for residents and businesses," Cuomo said. "Our investments in this clean energy resource create jobs, reduce carbon emissions, support economic growth, and help build a cleaner, greener New York for all."
Even more impressive, seven regions across New York saw the solar sector grow more than 1,000 percent. Mohawk Valley saw the most substantial growth, followed closely by the Finger Lakes Region, Central New York and the Southern Tier. With only 1.59 megawatts of solar installed in 2011, the Mohawk Valley region saw a 1,597 percent increase with 26.95 megawatts installed at the end of 2016.
Similarly, the Finger Lakes Region now has 37.38 megawatts installed, a 1,487 percent increase from the 2.36 megawatts it had installed in 2011. This area also is home to the state’s first community solar project in Tompkins and Tioga County, as well as expanded development in residential, small commercial and utility-scale projects.
"SUNation Solar Systems applauds the consistent and reliable support of Governor Cuomo's solar programs. The value of each solar panel installed goes far beyond just the value of its clean energy produced. Every panel installed also represents highly skilled jobs for our Island and revenue retained for our local economy. Solar on Long Island finally has unstoppable traction due to a strong advocate for renewable energy in Governor Cuomo,” said Scott Maskin, CEO of Long Island solar installer SUNation.
Long Island may have the most solar in the state and has also seen substantial growth over the last five-years. It is expected to continue its momentum with the help of Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, state and federal tax incentive programs and an established market of solar developers. It already has more than 38,000 solar projects installed totaling 260 megawatts. The majority, 28,000 projects, were installed since 2011. That’s enough solar power to provide electricity for over 35,000 homes.Tweet