This week, the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) delivered on Governor Cuomo’s promise to create a statewide “Community Renewables” program. http://ny-sun.ny.gov/Get-Solar/Community-Solar
The community net metering initiative now allow multiple customers to net meter from a single solar generation facility – so anyone, anywhere in the state can sign up to save with solar, wind, or water power from a renewable energy generation system that is sited anywhere in their community.
As the PSC notes, “Many utility customers lack control over sites that can be configured into a location for a clean generation facility, even for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, the most common form of small on-site clean distributed generation.” The new program allows customers who don’t have a solar resource, or rent their homes or workplaces, to now sign up for solar (or wind or water) and gain the same benefits as those who can install a renewable energy system on their property.
EarthKind is working with customers to create Community Solar opportunities throughout the state.
Contact us if you’d like to participate.
Clean energy advocates gathered May 24th at Cornell’s Industrial and Labor Relations School in Buffalo to call for an expansion of solar power across the state. Holding a Solar Jobs Fair, members of the New York Solar Jobs Coalition along with business leaders and environmental advocates outlined the many opportunities for quality jobs that the solar industry can and will create.
With more than 300 solar power related businesses in New York State, this is a rapidly growing economy with a solid job creation potential. Studies show that within 10 years, solar will be the most cost effective energy resource, which will lead to even more skilled, high paying and sustainable jobs.
“The goal of this coalition is to bring together and put together state policy that can have New York be in the leadership of that development instead of tagging along at the end,” said Ron Kamen, Chairman of EarthKind.
Ron Kamen works extensively with the government at local, State and Federal levels to ensure a favorable climate for solar development. EarthKind is assisting the solar adoption goals of NYS by participating in Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative which estimates a quadrupling of customer-sited photovoltaic capacity by 2013 and are supporting the master plan for accelerating energy-saving improvements in state facilities. That plan will call for substantial investment in cost-effective energy efficiency measures in state buildings over the next four years. State lawmakers have introduced legislation to implement a long-term solar plan and it has passed the energy committee in the Assembly.
EarthKind is included in a select group of eligible developers to implement Governor Cuomo’s Solar initiative. Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the state Public Service Commission (PSC), a total of $30 million has been allocated to support PV installers and developers.This is the first year of funding for a $150-million, five year program.
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“In its first year, the NY-Sun Initiative will be capable of doubling the customer-sited photovoltaic capacity that was installed in 2011. By 2013, we estimate that NY-Sun will quadruple the 2011 capacity.” ~New York State Gov.Cuomo
According to Clean Energy Authority:
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