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Governor Cuomo Plans to Devote $1.5 Billion for Solar Programs in New York

Posted By Lori Zimmer On January 14, 2013 @ 11:56 am In Climate Change,Energy,Sustainability Initiatives | No Comments

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to give a California run for its money by amping up New York’s solar game. In his recent State of the State address [4], the governor announced a plan to expand New York’s renewable energy sources using California’s expansive green power systems as a model. A $1.5 billion solar program will join a $1 billion Green Bank for renewables, as well as 3,000 electric vehicle charging stations [5], spurring a healthy green energy competition between the two states.


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Cuomo has recognized renewable energy as the wave of the future [7] and wants New York to be a contender as the first metropolis to embrace and thrive on alternative energy. Cuomo’s plan, dubbed NY-Sun, would install solar arrays around the city to help offset the power needed from the traditional grid [8]. The photovoltaic systems would sprout up everywhere from apartment and commercial rooftops to power plants on the ground. The $1.5 billion solar program would dedicate $150 million annually for ten years, gradually installing and supporting the construction of new systems.

The Green Bank would function as a subsidy incentive for private investments for new renewable energy projects [9]. This funding source will help to realize green projects without the time-consuming process of applying for federal funding, helping these initiatives begin construction more quickly.

Finally, the plan will install electric vehicle charging stations [10] all over New York. 3,000 new and easily accessible stations are expected to spring up over the next five years.

Via Forbes [11]

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[8] offset the power needed from the traditional grid: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/new-york-gets-additional-250-million-for-renewable-energy-gov-cuomo-announces/

[9] renewable energy projects: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/mobile-solar-journey-photovoltaic-array-provided-power-to-rockaways-after-hurricane-sandy/

[10] electric vehicle charging stations: http://inhabitat.com/new-york-gets-its-first-ever-electric-vehicle-charging-station/

[11] Forbes: http://inhabitat.com/nycGovernor Andrew Cuomo wants to give California run for their money, by amping up New York’s solar game. In his State of the State address, the governor announced a plan to expand New York’s renewable energy sources, using California’s expansive renewable energy systems as a model. A $1.5 billion solar program will join a $1 billion Green Bank for renewables, as well as 3,000 electric vehicle charging stations, pushing up the healthy competition for green energy between the two states. Cuomo has seen that renewable and clean energy is the future, and wants New York to be a contender in the rankings to be the first metropolis to embrace and thrive on alternative energy, reducing our carbon footprint. Cuomo’s proposed program is dubbed NY-Sun, and would install solar arrays around the city to help offset the five borough’s power from the traditional grid. The photovoltaic systems would sprout up everywhere from apartment and commercial rooftops to power plants on the ground, spreading the systems in pique areas around the city. The $1.5 billion solar program would dedicate $150 million annually for ten years, gradually installing and supporting the construction of new systems. The Green Bank would function as a subsidy incentive for private investments for new renewable energy projects. This funding source will help to realize green projects without the time consuming process of applying for federal funding, therefore helping these projects begin construction more quickly. Finally, the plan will install electric vehicle charging stations all over New York. Over five years, 3,000 new and easily accessible stations will dot the five boroughs. Cuomo’s ambitious plan will shift the city’s dependence on traditional power, and instead begin a transition into the future of renewable, clean energy, setting the stage for a cleaner, brighter future after climate change.

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