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Long Island Increases Solar by 320% Since 2012

35,000 SOLAR INSTALLATIONS
COMPLETED ON LONG ISLAND!

Long Island Solar Farm is the largest solar power plant in the eastern United States. It consists of 164,000 solar panels that provide up to 32 MW of electricity. Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Long Island Solar Farm is the largest solar power plant in the eastern United States. It consists of 164,000 solar panels that provide up to 32 MW of electricity. Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

On September 28, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of Long Island’s 35,000th residential solar project, which marked a 320% growth in solar over the last four years. Long Island is the state’s largest residential solar market, nearly twice as large as the next region, and supports the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard to supply 50% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030.

Solar On Long Island Avoids
200,000 Tons of Carbon Emissions
Every Year

“Clean energy is our future, and Long Island is leading the state in growing our clean tech economy and achieving our climate change goals,” Governor Cuomo said. “The continued success of the solar market is fueled by the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy as we reduce emissions, help residents save on their energy bills, and drive local job growth across the state.”

As part of NY-Sun, the $1 billion initiative launched by Governor Cuomo to advance the solar industry and create jobs, Long Island has led the state in residential solar projects and now saves 200,000 tons of carbon emissions per year – the equivalent of removing 38,000 cars from the road. New York’s statewide solar industry now employs nearly 10,000 workers.

To learn more about Reforming the Energy Vision, including the Governor’s $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY

 

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