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New York Sets a New Record in Renewable Energy Generation

Updated October 13, 2023

NY Leading Record Renewable Energy

New York, NY – A frontrunner in the transition to clean and sustainable energy, NY has marked an unprecedented achievement in its pursuit of renewable power. The state, driven by its ambitious Climate law, is determined to rely entirely on 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040.

During the third week of May, New York soared to new heights by generating an impressive 20% of its electricity from solar power, setting a remarkable record for the state.

According to the New York Independent System Operator, the entity responsible for managing the state's electrical grid, a combination of residential and commercial solar installations contributed a staggering 3,330 megawatts of electricity between noon and 1 p.m. on May 18.

This remarkable achievement translates to powering between 2.7 million and 3.4 million homes solely through solar energy.

Of the total solar energy generated, 3,200 megawatts came from behind-the-meter solar, produced and utilized on-site, demonstrating the significant impact of solar power adoption across New York. Front-of-the-meter solar, which feeds energy back into the grid, contributed an additional 130 megawatts.

Doreen Harris, President of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, expressed enthusiasm, saying,

"New York is one of the most robust solar markets in the U.S., with programs such as NY-Sun driving significant growth across the state."

This milestone on May 23, 2023 aligns the state with its ambitious Climate Act, which mandates that 70% of energy must originate from zero-emission sources by 2030, with the ultimate goal of reaching 100% by 2040.

NY-Sun, renowned for offering some of the most attractive tax incentives for solar panels in the United States, empowers residents to qualify for a generous 25% credit, capped at $5,000, to offset the cost of their solar systems.

In the Solar Energy Industry Association's state solar market ranking this year, New York was positioned at a commendable 10th place. The state boasts a substantial 4,259 megawatts of installed solar capacity, with an impressive 711,327 homes benefiting from the power of solar panels.

New York's record-breaking achievement underscores its unwavering commitment to a sustainable future and positions the state as a leading force in the journey toward clean and renewable energy sources.


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