Million Solar Strong New York Campaign In The News

The Million Solar Strong New York Campaign is calling on New York’s elected leaders to commit to enough distributed solar to power one million new homes with solar, including at least 250,000 homes in low-to-moderate income & frontline communities. Gov. Cuomo has made a huge step with a commitment to 6 GW of solar by 2025.

We’re calling on the state and legislature to implement the right policies and programs that will support solar access to all people, ensure an equitable transition and will pave the path to a million solar homes.

See the latest news from campaign events.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 | Amsterdam News: nFORCE Solar Cuts Ribbon On Bronx Solar Farm

The Million Solar Strong Campaign and Bronx officials, including Ruben Diaz Jr., urge New York State and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support the goal of powering 1 million households, including 100,000 low-income households, with solar by 2023.

Photo: Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. at the new OnForce Solar community solar array in the Bronx, with 3,000 solar panels that can power up to 145 homes. Credit: Gregg McQueen | The Bronx Free Press

 

July 18, 2019 | Vote Solar: Governor Cuomo Signs New York’s Landmark Climate Bill Into Law

This big win would not have been possible without the powerful voices of tireless community leaders and thousands of New Yorkers speaking up for a brighter, more equitable energy future.

 

June 20, 2019 | Vote Solar: New York Passes Most Ambitious Climate Bill in the Nation

In the early morning hours of June 20, lawmakers passed New York’s landmark Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act, the most ambitious climate bill in the nation! Thanks to thousands of New Yorkers who spoke out for solar jobs and savings, healthier air, and a more just energy future, we are now officially on the way to a Million Solar Strong New York and 100% clean electricity.

 

June 20, 2019 | Solar Power World: New York Sets Goal for Enough Solar to Power 1 Million Homes by 2025

The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act passed the Assembly early this morning and will now await the Governor’s signature. Solar advocates praised the State Legislature’s adoption of long anticipated legislation that will help New York’s efforts to fight climate change by boosting solar energy, requiring at least 70% of electric generation come from renewable sources by 2030, and providing needed funding to low-income and environmental justice communities.

 

June 17, 2019 | New York Times Opinion: New York Can Win on Climate and Racial Justice

Luz Velez became a climate change activist because she almost lost her life to pollution-related illnesses. She’s fighting back for bold and equitable climate action, with hundreds of New Yorkers who marched together through the state Capitol in Albany to pass critical climate legislation.

 

June 17, 2019 | Grist: On the Road to the Green New Deal, New York’s latest climate legislation may be the first stop

If the national Green New Deal is the dashing young hare in the race to enact sweeping climate law, then New York’s Climate and Community Protection Act is the persistent tortoise who, as of Sunday night, seems poised to cross the finish line. The Empire state’s long-suffering piece of climate legislation has been called a precursor to the national Green New Deal and, if passed on Wednesday as expected, will be one of the most ambitious attempts to tackle both climate change and environmental injustice.

 

May 17, 2019 | New York Daily News: Embracing solar could mean jobs and economic boost for New York, per report

Solar energy could be a real ray of sunshine for the Empire State’s economy. Solar energy advocates are unveiling a report Friday that predicts Gov. Cuomo’s ambitious goal of increasing the state’s reliance on solar energy will not only be good for the planet, but could lead to more than 11,000 new jobs and generate billions of dollars.

 

May 17, 2019 | State of Politics: Solar Energy Report Finds Economic Benefits To Renewable Shift

A plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration reach 6 gigawatts of solar energy in New York in the next six years could lead to the creation of more than 11,000 jobs, a solar industry group found in a report released Friday. The report from Vote Solar highlighted the economic benefits and effect solar jobs would have for the state’s economy as well as local governments. The report is being released as the state Assembly later on Friday will hold a public hearing in New York City on the broader Community and Climate Protection Act.

 

May 17, 2019 | Vote Solar: New Report – NY solar energy goal would create thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in economic benefits

Gov. Cuomo’s ambitious goal to develop 6 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy in New York by 2025 would not just benefit the environment but would create more than 11,000 new jobs and generate billions of dollars in economic benefits for the state and local governments, a new report Vote Solar reveals.

 

May 17, 2019 | Solar Power World: Vote Solar report finds Gov. Cuomo’s 6-GW solar goal would create thousands of new jobs in New York

Gov. Cuomo’s ambitious goal to develop 6 gigawatts of solar energy in New York by 2025 would not just benefit the environment but would create more than 11,000 new jobs and generate billions of dollars in economic benefits for the state and local governments, a new report from the non-profit organization Vote Solar reveals.

“New York’s policies have helped build a strong local solar workforce and make the Empire State a leader in our nation’s clean energy transition, but our climate crisis demands more. This report shows that New York can make meaningful climate progress at the same time that it’s creating good jobs and spurring investment in more resilient communities with an ambitious solar plan,” said Sean Garren, Vote Solar’s senior northeast director and report co-author. “Now is the time for New York lawmakers to pass the Governor’s bold goal of enough solar to power a million homes, 6 gigawatts, into law and establish a strong policy roadmap that ensures low-income New Yorkers have the opportunity to participate and benefit.”

 

April 25, 2019 | NY State of Politics: Enviros Hope Cuomo Will Focus On Renewable Energy In Post-Budget Session

“We’re proud of our record on the environment including major wins in the budget, the launch of the Green New Deal, and real actions to significantly expand our portfolio of renewables toward a clean energy economy,” said Jordan Levine, a spokesman for Cuomo. “We have and will continue to engage with the legislature on meaningful environmental policy proposals to build upon this nation-leading progress.” Environmental groups, including entities that are pushing efforts to switch the state to renewable energy sources, are hopeful Cuomo will reconsider.

April 22, 2019 | Solar Builder: New York extends net metering to solar projects under 750-kW, among other changes to VDER tariff

The State of New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) issued its long-awaited order updating the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) tariff, which compensates distributed energy resources, like solar, for the collective environmental and societal benefits they provide to the state’s electrical grid.

“New York has set an ambitious goal of building enough solar to power one million homes by 2025, and the Public Service Commission’s order is one step on the path to achieving that,” said Sean Garren, Northeast Senior Director for Vote Solar.  

April 2, 2019 | NRDC Expert Blog: New York Is Poised to Pass a Comprehensive Climate Bill

With leadership from the New York Renews coalition, the state is poised to adopt a nation leading climate plan that invests in historically marginalized communities impacted by climate change. Now is the time for the state’s leaders to cooperate and cross the finish line together in this important battle for the Climate and Community Protection Act.

 

March 26, 2019 | Long Island Business News: Schieren: New York must charge forward on solar energy

For 15 years, EmPower Solar has helped build the Empire State’s renewable industry and deliver on the climate and clean energy goals set forth by state leaders. CEO David Schieren speaks out on the importance of codifying Gov. Cuomo’s solar goal into law to generate enough to power one million New Yorkers.

February 26, 2019 | Politico Morning Energy Roundup: Quick Fix  

Environmental advocates are worried that the latest storm surge options from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still doesn’t properly plan for sea level rise. Representatives of Vote Solar and advocates from groups including the Alliance for Clean Energy and the New York Solar Industries Association are in Albany lobbying for solar energy goals to be codified and for the state to power 1 million homes with solar.

 

Jan. 18, 2019 | PV Magazine: Cuomo’s Green New Deal starts with 1 GW of large-scale solar

 New York has also awarded 614 MW of wind, and three of the 20 renewable energy projects awarded are paired with energy storage. NextEra, Invenergy and EDF are each set to build solar projects larger than 100 MW.

 

Jan. 16, 2019 | Vote Solar: New York Gov. Cuomo commits to huge solar goal in State of State

Over the last year, Vote Solar has helped lead the Million Solar Strong New York campaign with a coalition of industry, environmental, clean energy advocacy partners, and with the support of dozens of lawmakers, calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to establish a goal of 1 million solar-powered homes across New York by 2023, the equivalent of 6 gigawatts (GW) of solar development.

We’re thrilled that Governor Cuomo committed to doubling New York’s solar development to 6GW by 2025. This is a huge and immediate victory for New York families and businesses as the state charges forward in its quest to transition to 100% carbon-free electricity and tackle climate change.

 

Jan. 16, 2019 | CleanTechnica: New York Governor Cuomo Announces Mammoth Offshore Wind & Distributed Solar Increases

In his annual State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday plans to significantly upgrade the state’s renewable energy targets, including quadrupling its offshore wind target to 9 gigawatts (GW) by 2035 and doubling distributed solar to 6 GW by 2025.

 

Dec. 24, 2018 | Coalition letter to New York Gov. Cuomo: Build a Million Solar Strong New York

 

The Million Solar Strong Coalition called on Gov. Cuomo to commit to a strong, near-term goal of 6 GW of distributed solar to focus him Administration’s clean energy efforts on one of the most concrete and beneficial ways to build New York’s clean energy economy and advance climate justice in the next few years. Solar can be the cornerstone of a Green New Deal as it is a tremendous economic engine for creating good local jobs all across the state, reducing families’ utility bills, and increasing investment in resilient infrastructure, while moving towards a just and equitable energy economy.

 

Dec. 18, 2018 | Utility Dive: New York Gov. Cuomo pledges 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to bring New York to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 in a speech laying out his agenda for the first 100 days of 2019. The pledge follows the New York Public Service Commission’s order approving plans to implement the third stage of its Clean Energy Standard (CES), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, with 50% of the state’s electricity coming from renewables by 2030. The commission also approved the most ambitious energy storage target in the country — 3 GW by 2030 and 1.5 GW by 2025 — as well as a target aimed at doubling utility energy efficiency progress by 2025.

 

Dec. 17, 2018 | Vote Solar statement on Governor Cuomo’s 100% clean energy commitment

 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced a number of 2019 priorities in a speech at Hunter College in New York City. As part of this, the Governor committed New York to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. This goal would be among the most ambitious in the country and is 5 years ahead of California’s new goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. We welcome this announcement and we urge Governor Cuomo to consider important new-term steps to achieving this goal, including adopting policies that will unlock one million solar-powered homes in the next 5 years.

 

Dec. 17, 2018 | Governor Cuomo Unveils Agenda for First 100 Days – 2019 Justice Agenda

 

Key provision includes 100% carbon neutral commitment

 

In the face of the federal government’s assault on New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his “2019 Justice Agenda,” urging the legislature to act in the first 100 days of the next legislative session. The Governor’s agenda “represents a suite of ambitious proposals to ensure the promise of full, true justice for all, including economic justice, social justice, racial justice.”

 

The agenda includes a commitment to “Launch the Green New Deal: The federal government still denies climate change, remarkably turning a blind eye to their own government’s scientific report. New York will be the most progressive state in the nation in moving to renewables and growing the new sustainable green economy. The Green New Deal will make New York’s electricity 100% carbon neutral by 2040 and put the state on the path to eliminating its carbon footprint.”

 

Nov. 30, 2018 | News East Hampton Star: Thiele Supports Solar Expansion Campaign

 

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. has announced his support for the Million Solar Strong campaign, an effort to power one million New York households, including 100,000 low-income households, with solar energy by 2023.

 

Nov. 23, 2018 | The Bronx Chronicle: Bronx County Elected Officials Join Call for More New York Solar

 

Bronx County elected officials are joining advocates to urge New York State to support the bold new goal of powering one million New York households–including 100,000 low-income households–with solar by 2023. The effort is being organized by the Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement of leading industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations. The Million Solar Strong Campaign is gaining momentum with a number of prominent state and local leaders endorsing the call for more New York solar.

 

Nov. 16, 2018 | The Brooklyn Reader: Could Solar Energy Power 1M Households by 2023? Brooklyn Pols Say Yes!

 

On Tuesday, State Senator Kevin Parker and Assemblymember Latrice Walker joined solar energy advocates for a town hall at Brooklyn Botanical Garden to discuss the benefits of solar energy, how to create and implement solar policy, and how residents of all income levels can participate. The town hall was organized by the Million Solar Strong Campaign, a coalition of industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations. The group emphasized that the emerging solar industry will create local jobs, save New Yorkers on utility bills, increase economic investment while cutting harmful air pollution.

 

Nov. 14, 2018 | Senator Parker and Assembly Member Walker Join Call for One Million Solar Households at Brooklyn Town Hall

 

Key Lawmakers endorse Million Solar Strong Campaign, reiterate benefits of building Brooklyn’s solar deployment and workforce

 

Senator Kevin Parker and Assembly Member Latrice Walker joined advocates in calling for making New York a Million Solar Strong at a Town Hall last night at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Town Hall was organized by the Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement of leading industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations, launched earlier this year to urge the goal of powering one million New York households, including 100,000 low-income households, with solar by 2023. Senator Kevin Parker, the ranking member of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee, and Assembly Member Latrice Walker, Chair of the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy, discussed the benefits of solar, how residents can participate, and opportunities for solar policy in the coming year.

 

Nov. 7, 2018 | News Next City: Harnessing the Sun to Power Equitable Development in NYC

 

The Hope Program is developing a local workforce in the South Bronx to install solar panels. The panels are increasingly utilized for community solar, a solar power array whose electricity is shared by more than one household.

 

Sept. 26, 2018 | The Bronx Free Press: A bank of brightness – Community solar farm unveiled in Bronx |Un banco de brillo

 

Officials recently unveiled a new solar power installation that aims to provide Bronx residents and businesses with clean energy while reducing energy bills. Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. expressed support for the Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement to increase the use of solar power in New York State, with the goal of powering one million New York households with solar energy by 2023.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 | Amsterdam News: nFORCE Solar Cuts Ribbon On Bronx Solar Farm

 

The Million Solar Strong Campaign and Bronx officials, including Rubén Díaz Jr., urge New York State and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support the goal of powering 1 million households, including 100,000 low-income households, with solar by 2023.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 | Solar Power World: Million Solar Strong coalition urges Governor Cuomo to build more New York solar

 

The Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement of leading industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations, was joined by Albany elected officials and community leaders to urge Governor Cuomo and New York State to support the bold new goal of powering one million New York households—including 100,000 low-income households—with solar by 2023. The group chose the Million Dollar Staircase at the New York State Capitol for the announcement to highlight the role solar energy can play in meeting growing the region’s economy and create new jobs, while standing-up the the Trump Administration’s attacks on solar and clean energy.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 | Bronx Borough President Official Release: Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. Joins Bronx Advocates And Business To Call For More New York Solar

 

The Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement of leading industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations, was joined by Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. and Bronx community leaders to urge New York State to support the bold new goal of powering one million New York households–including 100,000 low-income households–with solar by 2023. The groups came together at a major new community solar project. Located on Commerce Ave, the solar farm is the largest Community Solar farm in the Bronx with more than 3,000 solar panels installed by OnForce Solar.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 | News 12 The Bronx: Ribbon-cutting held for community solar farm in the Bronx

 

Efforts to make the Bronx more green are underway with the Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement that pushes the state to have cleaner energy by using solar. Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., along with environmental and community organizations, are urging the state to support the mission to power 1 million households with solar by 2023.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 | North American Clean Energy: Albany Advocates, Businesses, and Elected Officials Call for More New York Solar

 

The Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement of leading industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations, was joined by Albany elected officials and community leaders to urge Governor Cuomo and New York State to support the bold new goal of powering one million New York households–including 100,000 low-income households–with solar by 2023.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 | Public News Service: Albany Rally Calls for 1 Million Solar Households

 

Environmental groups are calling on the state of New York to support a major push for more solar power, including for low-income households. The Million Solar Strong Campaign rally in the state capital on Tuesday to say rapidly expanding solar power will create thousands of jobs, help low-income families save millions of dollars on their electric bills and help reach the target set by New York’s Clean Energy Standard.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 | Times Union: Albany officials, advocates call for solar energy expansion

 

Albany’s Sen. Neil Breslin and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy joined advocates Tuesday to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stand-up to President Donald Trump by supporting their goal of powering one million households with solar energy by 2023. The Million Solar Strong campaign announced the initiative — which specifies the inclusion of 100,000 low-income households — on the Million Dollar Staircase at the New York State Capitol, highlighting the role solar energy can play in growing the region’s economy, creating jobs, cutting air pollution, and improving health outcomes throughout the state.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 | Times Ledger: Queens electeds urge Cuomo to expand solar initiative

 

Activists stood with Queens legislators last week to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to adopt the goal of making a million homes across the state, including 100,000 low- income dwellings, solar-powered by 2023. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), City Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) gathered under the solar canopy of the new Hunters Point South Park Aug. 14 to set the scene for their statement promoting renewable energy.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 | News 12 The Bronx: New solar program aims to help Bronx residents save money

 

A new solar program in the Bronx is aiming to help residents save money on their electric bill. The Community Solar Program allows homeowners, churches, small business and renters to switch to natural energy.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 | Western Queens Gazette: Call For More New York Solar Energy

 

The Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement of leading industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations, was joined by Queens elected officials and community leaders to urge New York State to support the bold new goal of powering one million New York households—including 100,000 low-income households—with solar by 2023.

 

Aug. 21, 2018 | Queens Ledger: Solar energy advocates push for new goal

 

A coalition of industrial, environmental and energy advocates are calling on state leaders to support the goal of powering 1 million New York households with solar energy by 2023. Last Tuesday, Queens elected officials joined members of the Million Solar Strong Campaign at the Long Island City waterfront to talk about the importance of solar energy. They were joined by EmPower Solar, a Long Island-based company that opened an office in the neighborhood just this month.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 | Queens County Politics: Queens Officials Urge Solar Energy For New York Residents

 

Various Queens public officials spoke in Long Island City asking their colleagues across the state, such as Governor Andrew Cuomo, to power one million homes throughs solar energy. The campaign behind the initiative, called The Million Solar Strong Campaign, seeks to power many homes, including 100,000 low-income households at the Long Island City Lansing, through solar power by 2023. To accomplish its vision, the organization’s plan is to ensure fair customer compensation, facilitate affordable financing for solar growth, and more.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 | Queens Chronicle: Queens leaders call for more solar

 

Queens leaders joined the Million Solar Strong Campaign on Tuesday to urge Gov. Cuomo to support initiatives to power one million state households with solar energy by 2023. The event took place in Long Island City next to the Hunters Point South Ferry Landing. An existing solar project at the park facing the East River overlooking the Manhattan skyline was the site of the announcement. Those at the event said they also hope to also bring solar energy to 100,000 low-income households.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 | Politico: Queens’ solar push

 

Queens officials have joined a nascent solar campaign calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to increase solar installations throughout the state — a move they say will benefit a borough that has been blighted by power plants.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 | Astoria Patch: Get Solar Power To 1M Houses By 2023, Queens Advocates Urge State

 

Surrounded by families basking in the sunlight, Queens advocates gathered at the Long Island City waterfront park Tuesday to rally support for the “Million Solar Strong New York” campaign, which aims to power 1 million New York homes – including 100,000 that are low-income – with solar energy by 2023.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 | Solar Power World: Advocates and elected officials in Queens call for more New York solar

 

The Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement of leading industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations, was joined by Queens elected officials and community leaders to urge New York State to support the bold new goal of powering one million New York households—including 100,000 low-income households—with solar by 2023.

 

More Queens event coverage:

 

Aug. 14, 2018 | North American Clean Energy: Queens Advocates, Businesses, and Elected Officials Call for More New York Solar

 

Aug, 14, 2018 | AltEnergyMag: Queens Advocates, Businesses, and Elected Officials Call for More New York Solar

 

Jul. 9, 2018 | PV Magazine: Elected officials and advocates call for more solar to serve low-income communities in New York

 

Jun. 29, 2018 | Kings County Politics: Reynoso Pushes More Solar Energy In Low-Income Households

 

City Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint) joined members of the Million Solar Strong Campaign yesterday at Dunn Development Corp’s most recent project, The Meekerman apartment complex in Williamsburg to call on the state and Governor Andrew Cuomo to support more solar power for low-income households.

 

Jun. 29, 2018 | The Energy Source: Reynoso Pushes More Solar Energy In Low-Income Households – Kings County Politics

 

Kings County Politics City Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint) joined members of the Million Solar Strong Campaign yesterday at Dunn Development Corp’s most recent project, The Meekerman apartment complex in Williamsburg.

 

Jun. 28, 2018 | Solar Power World: Million Solar Strong Campaign tours NY low-income solar housing development

 

The Million Solar Strong Campaign, a movement of leading industry, environmental, clean energy and community organizations, was joined by Brooklyn Councilman Antonio Reynoso to urge New York State and Governor Cuomo to support more solar for low-income households. The group came together to tour one of the most successful local low-income solar housing developments at The Meekerman in Williamsburg.

 

Jun. 7, 2018 | WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Coalition Calling On Cuomo To Amend NY Solar Power Goals

 

A new coalition is calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to amend solar power goals statewide. The 1 Million Solar Strong Coalition gathered Wednesday at the capitol in Albany. It’s proposing a goal of powering one million New York homes, including 100,000 low-income households, with solar energy by 2023. The coalition is made up of industry, environmental, justice and community organizations from across the country. David Gahl is Director of State Affairs Northeast for the Solar Energy Industries Association. Gahl highlighted the impact of the coalition’s goal.

 

Jun. 7, 2018 | Renewables Now: Coalition calls for 1 million solar households in NY by 2023

 

A campaign was launched on Wednesday that calls on New York governor Andrew Cuomo to set a goal of powering one million New York households with solar by 2023.

 

Jun. 6, 2018 | Solar Power World: New York coalition wants the governor to mandate one million homes with solar

 

A new and diverse coalition is calling on Governor Cuomo to stand-up to the Trump Administration by setting a bold new goal of powering one million New York households with solar, including one hundred thousand low-income families, by 2023, doubling the existing NY-Sun goal. The Trump Administration’s reckless actions on climate, the environment, and energy require an equally bold response from New York.

 

Jun. 7, 2018 | Solar Industry Magazine: New Solar Coalition Pushes For Bold Goals In New York

 

A newly formed coalition is calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., to set a bold new goal of powering 1 million New York households with solar, including 100,000 low-income families, by 2023.