The New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) is pushing state legislators to pass the “New York Solar Jobs and Development Act of 2010”, the landmark solar power bill that could create more than 22,000 jobs and US$20 billion in economic output over the next 15 years.
The legislation requires New York to install 5,000MW of solar power by 2025. In order to reach this target, each New York retail electric supplier, the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority must gradually increase the amount of solar energy produced, until they reach at least 2.5% of their sales over 15 years.
“The New York Solar Jobs and Development Act will jump start the state’s solar economy and create good-paying jobs with lasting security,” said NYSEIA president Ron Kamen. “This small investment now will spur continuous investment and save costly needed future investments in foreign fuel sources.”
“This legislation provides the long-term market security necessary for business investment and workforce development,” said NYSEIA executive director Gail Markels. “It’s a transparent and achievable blueprint for strong market growth.”
NYSEIA is among a coalition of organizations supporting the bill’s passage, including Vote Solar, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Solar Alliance, the Apollo Alliance and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York. The bill (S.7093a/A.11004) has also recently received approval from the Assembly Energy Committee.