New York shines $54M on solar initiatives

Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, $54 million has been awarded for 79 large-scale solar energy projects across the state, including 12 in Western New York and the Southern Tier.

The new projects will add 64 megawatts to the state’s solar capacity.

On July 9, Cuomo announced the awards, which will go to 20 recipients to finance the projects in 26 counties across the state. The three sites in the Southern Tier include one at Cornell University in Ithaca. Among the nine Western New York sites is one at Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant.

Installations will be located at businesses, factories, municipal buildings, colleges and other larger commercial and industrial companies and institutions. Some projects taking full advantage of this construction season may be on line by the end of this year, but most are expected to be completed in the first half of next year.

Buffalo Business First has more about the efforts and other solar programs.

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