Solar Boom Set to Hit New York

11th Jun 2013

Experts who attended the seventh annual NYC Solar Summit last week, held at the City University of New York, discussed the “Tipping Points for Solar in New York” and determined that New York was on the brink of a solar boom; with more solar capacity installed in 2013 than ever before.

Francis Murray, the president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), said that “when Governor Cuomo unveiled his NY-Sun Initiative at the beginning of 2012, he made increasing solar power a major initiative for the state. Since then, we’ve seen more solar installations installed or under development than in the entire prior decade.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative, began in 2011, and set the target of adding twice as much customer-sited distributed solar photovoltaic power in 2012 as added in 2011, and then quadruple that in 2013.

According to CUNY it seems as though New York will actually achieve the Initiative targets. “In 2012, the NYC solar market grew by 85 percent over the previous year and is projected to continue on a rapid upward trajectory based on the significant number of new PV applications that were filed so far in 2013.”

Richard Kauffman, Cuomo’s Chairman of Energy and Finance, said explained that they “are enabling the sustainable development of a robust solar industry, creating clean energy jobs, improving electric reliability and reducing air pollution through stable and dependable funding of $150 million per year for the next ten years.”

By. Ed Branson