New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the completion of the 35,000th residential solar installations on Long Island. These installations have reduced carbon emissions by 200,000 tons yearly, decreased energy costs and employed almost 10,000 workers in manufacturing and engineering industries.
The incredible solar market growth on Long Island and the rest of New York is facilitated by the NY-Sun Initiative and cooperation between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and utility company PSEG Long Island. The simplified and expanded NY-Sun Initiative is a $1 billion incentive program that aims to install 3 gigawatts of solar statewide over the next 10 years. It has helped spur the 320 percent growth rate of solar on Long Island over the past four years, which had made the region the state’s largest residential solar market.
"The continued success of the solar market is fueled by the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy as we reduce emissions, help residents save on their energy bills, and drive local job growth across the state. Clean energy is our future, and Long Island is leading the state in growing our clean tech economy and achieving our climate change goals,” said Cuomo.
“Solar energy has been a huge success story on Long Island and, given the tremendous solar potential here, this is just the beginning. Governor Cuomo’s bold vision on energy and climate issues has accelerated the transition to renewable energy sources and positioned New York as a national leader on renewable energy,” added Renewable Energy Long Island Executive Director Gordian Raacke.
NY-Sun, and the recently adopted Clean Energy Standard, requiring that 50 percent of New York’s electricity come from clean energy by 2030, are parts of Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy which calls for increased investment in clean, efficient and affordable energy resources. The REV has also set goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent statewide in 2030 and by 80 percent by 2050. The $5 billion investment in renewable technology and innovation has already increased the solar market in New York by 600 percent and reduced energy costs for 105,000 low-income households.
“The Governor has made a clear commitment in New York to advance renewable energy—and it’s working. Long Islanders understand the devastating effects of climate change and are taking action by investing in rooftop solar. We are changing our energy future one rooftop at a time. As technology and public education advances and government commitment continues, our future looks brighter and more sustainable,” said Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Adrienne Esposito.Tweet