Million Solar Strong New York Campaign In The News

 The Million Solar Strong New York Campaign is organizing events across the state and calling on Governor Cuomo to commit to enough distributed solar to power one million new homes with solar by 2023, including at least 100,000 low-income homes. Gov. Cuomo has made a huge step with a commitment to 6 MW of solar by 2025.

We are also 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

 

Jan. 19, 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 in today’s State of the State briefing book, 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.

 

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.