New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that state-supported solar power in New York increased nearly 800 percent from December 2011 to December 2016, following nearly $1.5 billion in private investment. Solar growth is critical to the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard aiming to achieve 50 percent of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
“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” Governor 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.”
Richard L. Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York added that under the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy, solar power is integral to driving the State’s clean energy economy while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Clean, renewable energy will help the State meet its aggressive energy goals, make electricity more affordable for New Yorkers and bring about a more resilient and versatile energy system.
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