Solar power increases 1,000% in New York in six years because of pro-renewables government
Solar power in New York increased more than 1,000% from December 2011 to December 2017, leveraging more than $2.8 billion in private investment into New York’s growing clean energy economy. Solar is critical to achieving Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable energy sources by 2030 and cements New York as one of the national leaders in clean energy growth.
“Solar is a vital part of this state’s clean energy future and we have experienced unprecedented growth in this new sector,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will continue to support the development of solar, helping to spur economic growth, creating new jobs and helping to build a cleaner, greener and more sustainable New York for all.”
The announcement was made by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul at McKinley High School in Buffalo, where she also lauded what is currently the largest state-supported solar project in a school district in New York State. The 19 solar installations at Buffalo Public Schools total nearly 3 MW. Projects are installed and operational at 18 locations with the one remaining solar project expected to be operational in the coming months.
Dan Montante, president of Montante Solar, which is developing the Buffalo schools projects, said, “By utilizing solar power, the school district is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and helping contribute to a cleaner environment. Just as important are the career opportunities that renewable energy provides for students in this emerging industrial sector.”