By Editors of Power Engineering
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said solar power in New York increased more than 1,000 percent from December 2011 to December 2017, representing private investment of more than $2.8 billion.
The governor has been a strong advocate of renewable energy, imposing a mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable sources by 2030 and detailing a plan to develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind by the same date.
“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. The19 solar installations at Buffalo Public Schools total nearly 3 MW.
The more than 1,000 percent solar growth in the state over the last six years was supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority through the $1 billion NY-Sun program, the New York Power Authority, and Long Island Power Authority. 972.2 MW were installed through the end of December 2017, compared with 83 MW through the end of 2011.