In honor of Earth Day, New York State passes legislation to extend the NY Sun Initiative. With Standard Solar’s recent expansion to the Northwest area, this is great news! The NY-Sun Initiative was established to increase the amount of customer-sited solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity added between 2011 and 2013.The passing of this bill solidifies the state’s long-term commitment to solar energy and will allow New Yorkers to benefit from a stable and predictable long-term incentive program. “New York State is a leader in efforts to combat climate change, and the NY-Sun program is an important part of those efforts by supporting the expansion of clean energy projects to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Governor Cuomo.

The NY-Sun Initiative has been expanded to 2023 and will allow for 2,200 MW of clean reliable solar electricity to be installed in the state. The program stimulates the NY market place and increases incentives for large commercial size projects while also providing additional funding for large scale and aggregated systems that would beneficial to businesses, schools and other large buildings located throughout the state. The solar bill will create thousands of jobs, lower solar costs and increase energy reliability for all New Yorkers. Currently 3,300 New Yorkers are employed in the state’s growing solar industry, this increase will boost the state’s economy and strengthen the energy infrastructure. The program will support the growth of the solar industry across the state by providing stable and dependable funding of $150 million per year for the next ten years.

Standard Solar supports the NY-Sun Initiative program and encourages customers to take advantage of its benefits. As a trusted leader in the industry, we look forward to partnering with NY government officials, businesses and schools to develop the best solar solution that implements the program’s initiative in the most efficient way. With our knowledge and expertise, our NY sales team can support the increased demand among commercial customers who will be ready to go solar with the help of this program. “The Northeast solar market is definitely starting to ignite- specifically with The NY Sun Initiative. Many in the industry are looking at these programs as more drawn out and systematic which can create more stability to solar in the northeast,” said our Northeast salesman Gentry Rouse.

The solar industry is rapidly expanding and leading as a top energy industry. This move is great growth for the State of New York and will provide benefits for a lifetime. Solar is the future and with Standard Solar’s turnkey approach we can assist customers to attain the clean renewable energy that will provide stability for a lifetime.