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New York has a considerable amount of solar potential and has consistently been in the top 10 US solar markets.  Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s stated commitment to the NY-SUN initiative, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) recently announced a 10-year $1 billion commitment to developing a self-sustaining solar market in New York State. The program will lead to 3,000MW of PV installations across New York State by 2022.  The state has other policies in place to promote solar investment, including a feed-in tariff through Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and net metering.  Through its Reforming the Energy Vision docket, the Commission reviewing the regulatory and market environment needed to encourage a more efficient electricity system, including increased amounts of distributed generation.

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Facts on the New York Solar Industry

  •  Solar Installed: 1,066.0 MW (279.9 MW in 2016)1
  •  National Ranking: 10th (12th in 2016)
  •  State Homes Powered by Solar: 175,000
  •  Percentage of State’s Electricity from Solar: 0.89%2
  •  Solar Jobs and Ranking: 8,135 (6th in 2016)3
  •  Solar Companies in State: 760 companies total; 92 Manufacturers, 275 Installers/Developers, 379 Others4
  •  Total Solar Investment in State: $3,450.88 million ($774.45 million in 2016)
  •  Price Declines: 55% over last 5 years
  •  Growth Projections and Ranking: 2,683 MW over next 5 years (ranks 6th)

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SEIA New York State Policy Priorities

Work with state regulators on their regulatory overhaul, known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), to promote solar, maintain support for solar programs, and develop interim successor tariffs for net metering. Areas of focus: 

  • Ensure that the procurement guidelines for the 50% CES take into account factors beyond price in selecting CES resources, potentially providing new opportunities for utility scale solar
  • Design successor tariffs to net metering under the Commission’s new compensation framework for distributed solar (VDER)
  • Engage in New York’s efforts to overhaul the utility business model, advocating for a fair playing field for solar companies as the utility business evolves;
  • Promote effective implementation of the declining block incentive program.

Notable Solar Installations in New York

  • Long Island Solar Farm was completed in 2011 by developer BP Solar.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 32 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 5,264 New York homes5
  • Several large retailers in New York have gone solar including Anheuser-Busch, Bed Bath and Beyond and Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars. Owens Corning has installed one of the largest such installations with 2 MW of solar capacity at their location in Feura Bush.6
  • At 2 MW, Argos Solar LLC in Seneca is among the largest solar installations in New York. Completed in 2015, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 329 homes.7

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Solar Companies in New York

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New York Solar Policy Resources

New York State Energy Research & Development Authority - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, research, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics

New York State Public Service Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of New York public utilities

New York State Assembly - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in New York

DSIRE incentives database - New York - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in New York and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - New York State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government

EnergySage Solar Data Explorer – New York – Review the costs and benefits of installing solar panels in New York, based on real price data from solar quotes.

Footnotes

1All data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight unless otherwise noted: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight

2Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/#generation

3The Solar Foundation, State Solar Jobs Census: http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/states/

4SEIA, National Solar Database: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/national-solar-database

5SEIA, Major Solar Projects List: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/major-solar-projects-list

6Ibid

7SEIA, Solar Means Business: http://www.seia.org/campaign/solar-means-business-2016

MW Installed
1,066.04
Number Of Installations
84,750
Solar Jobs
8,135
National Ranking
10th (12th in 2016)
State Homes Powered by Solar
175,368
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar
0.89%
Solar Companies in State
760 (92 Manufacturers, 275 Installers/Developers, 379 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State
$3,403.57 million
Prices have fallen
55% in the last five years
Growth Projection
2,686 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 6th)