New York State Becomes Top Community Solar Market in U.S.

J.M. Lesinski
The sun shines down on ARTPark in Lewiston, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently revealed that New York state is now the top community solar market in the United States, pushing further towards her climate goal to achieve 70% of the state’s electricity from renewable resources by 2030.

“Reaching this nation-leading milestone – with more than one gigawatt of community solar installed – is a testament to New York’s aggressive pursuit of clean-energy alternatives that will supercharge our economy and bring us one step closer to a carbon-neutral future,” Hochul stated. “New York is once again making clean energy history, and with many families facing the burden of rising energy costs, my administration remains committed to expanding access to solar energy, which will deliver savings and stabilize electricity bills while meeting our aggressive climate goals.”

Community solar enables those who may not have ideal conditions the ability to install solar panels and made up 70% of total solar installations across the state in 2021. The result for participants is clean energy and a credit on the electric bill.

“National Grid is pleased to lead in Community Solar installations across the state, and we have worked with NYSERDA to develop the Solar-For-All program to ensure that low- and moderate-income National Grid customers can realize the benefits of solar interconnections,” remarked President of National Grid NY Rudolph Wynter of the announcement. “We are continuously innovating new ways to make solar connections faster, cheaper, and more customer centric. I look forward to continuing our work with the Governor, NYSERDA and our other partners to enhance the communities we serve and make our clean energy future a reality.”

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

Buffalo, NY

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