Right now, New York State is undertaking significant change in how it generates and delivers energy. Solar is key to updating New York’s energy system, a cleaner environment, new jobs, and more local spending in communities.
NY-Sun is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s commitment to improving the efficiency, affordability, and reliability of energy systems in New York State. He launched the initiative in 2012. In 2014, he made a historic commitment of nearly $1 billion to stimulate the marketplace and increase the number of solar electric (also referred to as photovoltaic or PV) systems across the State over 10 years.
NY-Sun aims to add more than 3 gigawatts of installed solar capacity in the State by 2023. That is the equivalent of adding enough solar energy to power 400,000 homes. NY-Sun brings together programs administered by NYSERDA, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), PSEG Long Island, and the New York Power Authority (NYPA).
The ultimate goal of NY-Sun is the development of a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry in the State. To get there, NY-Sun has incentive programs that support solar projects for commercial and industrial companies, homes, multifamily buildings, small commercial, not-for-profit and municipal buildings. The K-Solar program helps schools install solar. The Affordable Solar program provides low-to-moderate income residents with assistance to develop solar projects. The Shared Solar program helps renters, residents who can’t put solar on their roofs, and others benefit from solar. The Solarize program helps communities buy in groups for the most competitive pricing. The State also continues to educate trainers for communities and governments and reduce “balance-of-system costs.” That includes streamlining the inspection and permitting process and reducing upfront costs of installation and equipment parts other than solar panels.