Governor Cuomo is hoping to push New York towards 50% renewable energy by 2030, according to CleanTechnica. With the imminent closing of two nuclear power plants in the NY, common sense would dictate that the state will look to fill the gap by increasing its clean energy production.
According to recent statements by Rhone Resch, president and chief executive officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), it’s quite possible that Governor Cuomo may push for a 50% renewable energy mandate in the state soon. “Governor Cuomo’s plan to implement a 50 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) represents a strong endorsement for solar power as part of a responsible approach to a clean energy future. Solar is a job-creating American economic engine that will bring affordable and clean electricity to the Empire State for many decades to come.”
“A 50 percent RPS is a significant milestone toward addressing New York’s climate goals, and reaffirms the state as a leader in seizing the economic advantages of clean energy,” said Resch. “We applaud Governor Cuomo for this ambitious and vital policy measure and look forward to working with him and with all New Yorkers as they make this imminently achievable move to bring what is now a widely available and cost-effective power source to all corners of the state.”
Solar power generation in New York has been on the increase for years and if Cuomo mandates state regulators to generate energy from more renewable energy sources, generally speaking, the infrastructure is already there. The NY-SUN initiative is a billion dollar commitment that already supports New York solar power generation. By making an even stronger commitment to renewable energy production, an estimated 3,000 MW of PV solar could be installed in the state over the next seven years. Solar energy rebates and tax credits would also be integral to support the production increase in both residential and commercial PV solar across the state.