NY Solar EnergyNew York is one of the nation’s leaders in the expansion of solar power, as many consumers have turned to their residential energy provider for rooftop installations. The state has recently shown that it has no intention of slowing down any time soon with the announcement of a statewide solar program for local schools.

The Solar Energy Industries Association, recently recognized New York’s effort to combine all of its different solar initiates into one single NY-Sun Incentive Program, which works even further at increasing the availability of solar power in the state and makes it much more convenient for consumers.

K-Solar increases NY’s solar success

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently introduced K-Solar as a part of the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative. The new program is aimed at decreasing the amount that New York public schools pay for electricity by using clean and affordable renewable energy sources. The program will provide schools with the technical skills, tools and easier financing to make solar a realistic option for K-12 schools, according to Niagara Frontier Publications.

K-Solar allows local schools to receive solar installations and benefit from statewide policies at absolutely no cost. The news source reported that there are currently a total of 40 school districts signed up to participate in the initiative, representing about 200 schools in New York’s communities.

“New York is becoming a national leader in the solar industry, and today we’re taking another major step forward by giving schools across the state the resources they need to tap into this innovative technology,” Governor Cuomo said, according to the Long Island Exchange. “Increasing the use of renewable energy at our schools will both protect the environment and modernize our electrical grid. I encourage all school districts to apply for this assistance today.”

How this could affect solar in the state

According to the SEIA, recent estimates indicate there is enough solar energy installed in New York to power 45,800 homes. Programs like K-Solar work to expand the use of rooftop solar power by home and business owners throughout the state. Initiatives like this also prove the significant benefits of the renewable energy source and serve as a model for consumers debating whether or not to make the switch.

The participating schools are expected to save a great deal of money each year and lower their carbon footprints in the process. As the cost of solar continues to fall and the state’s policies work toward making financing solar more convenient and affordable, the alternative energy source is expected to have even greater success in coming months.

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