This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press statement that the state’s solar power capacity has increased 800 percent between the 2011 start of his administration and last year.
The story on the announcement at Triple Pundit said that investments have risen to $1.5 billion and that several regions of the state have enjoyed 10-fold growth. The main vehicle is the NY-Sun Initiative, which packages financial incentives, training and resources, the story says.
As impressive as that increase seems, New York is hard pressed to keep up with other states, according to the story:
Two years ago, New York had America’s fourth-largest solar industry in terms of total jobs, according to a 2015 statement from the Solar Foundation. But this month the right-wing firebrand New York Post reported numbers from the Solar Foundation amounting to a 1 percent decrease in New York solar jobs last year. The decline in jobs pushed New York’s solar industry down to sixth amongst U.S. states, the Buffalo News reported earlier this month – despite solar accounting for 1 in 50 newly-created American jobs last year.
The state is expected to get a boost when SolarCity’s delayed facility in Buffalo comes online this summer.
The energy infrastructure of The Empire State will undergo a test during the next three years. Under an agreement announced last month, the 2 GW Indian Point nuclear plant, located 35 miles from Manhattan, will be phased out by 2021.
Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), according to Solar Indusry, have released a study that says the power can be replaced primarily through energy efficiency savings and renewables if, according to “[a]s long as appropriate policies and transmission upgrades are established.