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New York Expanding Current Solar Program
The Big Apple is about to get a little greener as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his State of the State address he plans to increase the amount of solar energy projects.
New York has had a successful track record in providing solar energy for its citizens and businesses. In 2012, Cuomo launched the NY-Sun Initiative, which was started to help install new solar projects throughout the state and provide more eco-friendly energy options. The initiative has been a rousing success and Cuomo is being a bit more ambitious with the new expansion.
New Solar Projects Aiming To Beat Past Initiative
New York will invest $1 billion in new projects, aiming to produce 3,000 megawatts of solar energy across the state. To put that in perspective, that is enough energy to power 465,000 homes, cut carbon emissions by 2.3 million tons each year - the equivalent of 435,000 cars - the Natural Resources Defense Council reported.
Along the way, the new projects will create 13,000 new jobs in the process. The new solar investment is being met with much praise from those in the solar industry. Carrie Cullen Hitt, The Solar Energy Industries Association vice president for state affairs, said in a statement, New York is going above and beyond with this new initiative.
"New York State had a great year for solar in 2013. Under Gov. Cuomo's strong leadership, we have seen New York's solar investment increase exponentially, creating quality jobs, improving the environment and reducing red tape," Cullen said. "We look forward to working with his administration on the implementation of the next phase of NY-Sun, and on programs such as community solar, the Green Bank and other initiatives."
Growing by leaps and bounds
New York currently has enough solar energy to provide energy for more than 30,900 New York homes, SEIA reported. This flow of energy has propelled New York to rank 12th in the country for installed solar capacity.
Along with the announcement of the NY-Sun expansion, Cuomo also introduced the K-Solar program. The new school-related program will provide financing and solar incentives to school administrations looking to improve their carbon footprint. New York currently has more than 5,000 schools across the state, Think Progress stated.
Currently, New York has more than 411 solar related companies that are doing business and these businesses employ about 3,300 people.
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