The New York state legislative assembly failed to approve the Clean Energy and Economic Revitalization Act before the end of the summer session. Despite the active support of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the New York Solar Energy Industries Association, and even actor Mark Ruffalo, the bill was not agreed upon by this week's deadline.
Last week, the City University of New York (CUNY) introduced SMART NY (Solar Market Analytics Roadmapping and Tracking), a collaborative project aiming to accelerate solar adoption in New York City. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, SMART NY will focus on lowering installation costs, joining in a national effort to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.
With rising electricity needs and a local workforce primed for green jobs, New York is well positioned to lead the new solar economy. The New York Solar Jobs Act aims at creating a robust solar market, ensuring that 3,000 megawatts of New York State’s power supply would come from solar energy by 2021. Click here to support the NY Solar Jobs Act.
Announced in January 2012, the NY-Sun Initiative was officially launched this week. The program is designed to quadruple the amount of customer-sited solar power systems installed across the state by 2013, and "put New York in the forefront of solar development and research" said Governor Andrew Cuomo.