N.Y. solar plan could boost installations by 400%
Under a new solar energy initiative announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the number of installed solar power projects in New York would increase 400 percent by 2013.
Cuomo first outlined the plan, known as NY-Sun Initiative, in his State of the State address. The state Public Service Commission approved the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s request to double funding for solar photovoltaic energy systems to $432 million during the next four years. NYSERDA and the New York Power Authority are providing $40 million to promote solar research efforts and reduce equipment and installation costs.
The NY-SUN Initiative focuses on standardizing procedures for permitting solar systems.
Ron Kame, president of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association, said Cuomo’s plan would lead to more jobs being created in the Albany, New York, area. He said the association would like to develop a long-term plan to increase the use of solar energy in the state.
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