$60M Boost for New York Solar Energy

NEW York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that $60 million is now available through the third round of the statewide NY-Sun Competitive PV initiative.

“By supporting the growth of the solar industry in New York, our administration is taking a fundamental step in growing the State’s clean energy economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “Over the past few years, the NY-Sun initiative has been vital to reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, lowering the strain on the power grid, and creating new opportunities for businesses to pursue solar installations across the State. With this round of funding we are continuing to build a cleaner and greener State, and I encourage all interested parties to apply today.”

Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the $60 million funding opportunity is for solar projects to be located at business, industry and institutional sites that are large energy users. It is the final solicitation under the current design of the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program and is for systems larger than 200 kilowatts. Proposals are due in July.

President and CEO of NYSERDA John B. Rhodes said, “Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative is a powerful, well-funded solar energy expansion plan that is beneficial to New Yorkers. The continued scale-up of solar capacity attracts significant private investment, creates well-paying jobs, improves the reliability of the electric grid and promotes clean energy usage.”

Governor Cuomo launched the NY-Sun initiative in 2012 to significantly increase the amount of solar power installed annually at customer sites in New York State. A total of 316 megawatts (MW) of solar PV has been installed or is under contract—more than previously installed in New York throughout the entire prior decade. This will save approximately 116,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from being released, which is the equivalent of removing 23,000 cars from the road.

Picture of a solar install in Poughkeepsie by Lucas Braun (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday 14th May 2014

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