NY-Sun Initiative Receives 2016 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award from Clean Energy States Alliance

Solar initiative recognized for significant efforts to build self-sustaining solar market by 2023

June 15, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) was honored as a recipient of a Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) 2016 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for NY-Sun, a comprehensive initiative to build a self-sustaining, incentive-free solar market in New York State by 2023. NY-Sun was one of six programs nationwide to win the 2016 award for its outstanding accomplishments.
NY-Sun won for its success in deploying public funds in a strategic manner to drive solar industry growth and expand jobs, for using a proven declining block incentive structure that allows the solar market in each region of the State to grow at its own pace, and for its comprehensiveness, including programs specifically for low-income residents, K-12 schools and communities.

The $1 billion NY-Sun initiative is designed to build a self-sustaining solar industry in New York and help achieve strategic energy goals under Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy and the Clean Energy Standard, which requires that 50 percent of electricity generated in New York come from renewable sources by 2030.
"Governor Cuomo has made an unprecedented commitment to advance the scale up of solar and build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system under REV," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA, which administers the NY-Sun initiative. "We are very proud that CESA has recognized NY-Sun's role in significantly growing the use of this clean energy resource and spurring jobs in the State."
"NY-Sun has been very successful in building a vibrant solar industry in New York State," said CESA Executive Director Warren Leon. "This is a well-rounded, forward-thinking program, and it is showing significant, tangible impacts on New York's clean energy economy."
CESA, a nonprofit coalition of public agencies working together to advance clean energy, established these biennial awards to highlight model programs and projects that have accelerated the adoption of clean energy technologies and strengthened clean energy markets. The award recipients were chosen by an independent panel of five distinguished judges, each with years of experience in clean energy.
CESA member organizations from across the U.S. submitted nominations for the leadership awards. Entries were judged based on public benefits and results, cost effectiveness, leadership and innovation, and replicability.
NY-Sun includes support for work to decrease balance-of-system costs (which include everything except the cost of solar modules and inverters) through streamlined permitting, reduced customer acquisition costs and training of code officials and first responders. Additional efforts under NY-Sun, such as Solarize campaigns and K-Solar, are also helping homeowners, small businesses and schools throughout the State gain greater access to clean energy through economies of scale from soliciting bids for multiple projects at one time.
NY-Sun is also expanding the use of solar through New York State. A total of 568 megawatts of solar electric has been installed with NYSERDA funding as of March 31, 2016 across the State, equivalent to powering more than 94,000 homes. The substantial growth is attributed to a combination of factors, including the NY-Sun initiative, decline in solar electric component prices and growth in the number of installer businesses marketing solar electric to customers.
A case study with more information about NY-Sun is available on CESA's website at  www.cesa.org/projects/state-leadership-in-clean-energy/2016.

CESA will be hosting upcoming webinar presentation on NY-Sun with guest speakers from NYSERDA. This webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 26 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. For more information on this free webinar and to register, visit www.cesa.org/projects/state-leadership-in-clean-energy/2016.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision is New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV places clean, locally produced power at the core of New York's energy system which protects the environment and supports the State's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent while generating 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Successful initiatives already launched as part of REV include NY-Sun, NY Green Bank, NY Prize, K-Solar, and includes a commitment to improve energy affordability for low-income communities. To learn more about REV, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY or follow us at @Rev4NY.

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