Solar energy accounts for the production of less than 0.02% of New York's electricity, according to the . Instead of attracting investment, New York has diverted capital and clean energy jobs to neighboring states with smarter energy policies. [Photo courtesy of Solar Liberty]
The New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act of 2011 will dramatically change that situation. This legislation also represents a vital step in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign to help New York transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy while also promoting economic growth.
HOW DOES THE BILL WORK?
- Sets a goal of developing over 5,000 megawatts of solar power capacity in New York by 2025.
- Produce 22,198 direct and induced jobs, not including potential manufacturing jobs and other indirectly induced jobs.
- Generate enough to clean, renewable energy to power 1 million New York homes or 50,000 schools, improving the quality of New York's air and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Contact your elected officials and let them know that the New York Solar Jobs and Development Act must pass in 2011.
More Than 100 Corporations, Groups Sign On To Solar Effort
GE, Mitsubishi, Saatchi & Saatchi, Staples and many other corporations and groups support legislation that would transform New York's economy with a robust solar energy program. More than 100 memorandums in support of the Solar Industry Development & Jobs Act were submitted to key members of the Senate, Assembly and Governor's Office.