Try, try again - only a few years back, a big push for
developing solar industry in New York's Hudson Valley and elsewhere melted down, between China underpricing the world for solar panels and the failure of a deeply politically conflicted U.S. government to resolutely fund the growth of sustainable energy. But Governor Andrew Cuomo sure seems serious
about it, and he just seriously upped the ante again.
"The already-impressive NY-Sun Initiative is about to become one of the most ambitious solar programs in the nation, with the governor committing, through a filing with the state’s Public Service Commission, $1 billion to the program—that’s right, $1 billion—over the next 10 years."
– Natural Resources Defense Council, Pierre Bull’s Blog, 1/8/14
|SUNY Buffalo's 750 kilowatt Solar Strand, |
the switch just flipped on in December, 2013
“With enough solar to power more than 30,900 homes, New York currently ranks 12th in the country for installed solar capacity," According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (via Thinkprogress.org). "There are more than 411 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in New York, employing more than 3,300 people."
SUNY Buffalo's 750 kilowatt Solar Strand
3,200-Panel Photovoltaic Array at the State University of NY at Buffalo. Built in partnership with, and $7 million from, NYPA's Renewable Energy Program, which is now under the umbrella (solar-panelled, we're sure,) of NY-Sun.More links:
"Governor Cuomo Announces Additional $108 Million Commitment to Solar Industry Through NY-Sun Initiative" - Gov.'s Press Office
Filing with the state’s PSC