New York can be a solar competitor

New York must develop a vibrant clean energy economy based on homegrown solar energy to help end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. This will protect our environment, improve the state’s economy, create good green jobs right here in New York, and save the state’s residents and businesses money on their energy bills.

Unfortunately, New York falls far behind other states in promoting clean, renewable solar power. New Yorkers have been sending nearly every dollar we spend on energy beyond our borders to other states and nations, losing money and continuing our over-reliance on dirty fossil fuels.

The sun gives us the resources we need to create jobs and supply our energy right here on our own rooftops, and it's time for New York to become a leader in the solar economy.

Solar Jobs Act would mean 100 times more solar power, and 22,000 more jobs

That’s why Environment New York is working to pass the New York Solar Jobs Act. The bill would create 100 times more solar power than New York currently produces by 2025 — the equivalent of five coal-fired powered plants. This visionary bill has been introduced in the New York Assembly by Assemblyman Steve Englebright (A5713), and in the State Senate by Sen. George Maziarz (S4178).

The New York Solar Jobs Act will dramatically increase solar power over the next 15 years, creating a clean homegrown source for New York's energy needs.
According to analysis by Vote Solar, meeting the solar targets in the bill would:

  • Create 22,000 jobs from solar power by 2025;
  • Bring in $20 billion in economic activity to New York’s economy;
  • Increase New York's production of solar power by more than 100 times our current levels, or generate enough electricity to replace five full size coal plants;
  • Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking more than 2.5 million cars off the road.

 

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News Release | Environment New York

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Solar power is on the rise across America—increasing 200-fold in the United States since 2002—and major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment, public health, and the economy. By building local solar power, cities can keep more of their energy budget at home and create good local jobs.

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Report | Environment New York Research & Policy Center

Moving America Forward

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News Release | Environment New York Research & Policy Center

Clean Energy is Cutting Carbon Pollution in New York

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Shalefield Stories

[New York, NY] — As Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to weigh a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York, residents next door in Pennsylvania today recounted their stories of illness, water contamination, and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations. Environment New York Research & Policy Center presented the residents’ Shalefield Stories as the latest evidence for rejecting fracking, even as the State Energy Planning Board called for expanding the use of natural gas just last month.

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