New York Assembly considers solar energy bill

Legislation to bolster the solar energy industry in New York State moved out of the Assembly Energy Committee. According to proponents, the New York Solar Bill will create thousands of jobs, lower solar costs and increase energy reliability for all New Yorkers. It would enact the 10-year solar program proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier in 2013.

A version of the bill unanimously passed the senate on Earth Day. With 16 days remaining in the 2013 legislative session, the bill now awaits action by the Ways & Means Committee to enable an assembly floor vote.

The New York Solar Bill (A.5060b/S.2522) would build on the success of the NY-Sun Initiative, a public-private partnership designed to drive growth in the state’s solar industry and lower solar costs for all New Yorkers. By extending NY-Sun for ten years, the bill will:

·      Build 2,200 MW of solar by 2023, enough clean, reliable electricity to power 400,000 New York homes.

·      Create thousands of new local jobs and spur millions of dollars of investment in the state's emerging clean energy economy.

·      Save New Yorkers billions of dollars by reducing the need use fossil power plants.

The New York Solar Bill has support from a coalition of businesses, trade associations and environmental groups, including: Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Borrego Solar, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, EDF Renewable Energy, Environmental Advocates of New York, Environment New York, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, Mainstream Energy Corp., NRDC, The Nature Conservancy, New York League of Conservation Voters, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA), Nexamp, Organizing for Action (OFA), Pace Energy & Climate Center, REC Solar, SolarCity, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Solar One, Sierra Club, SunEdison, Sungevity, SunPower Corp., Sunrun, Trinity Solar and Vote Solar.

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