Voices For a Million Solar Strong New York

  Quay

Syracuse, New York

I am proud to live in a solar powered home. As a home renter, I would not traditionally have the ability to go solar, but I was excited to find an apartment in a multi-family house that is powered by solar.

I think it’s important that all people have access to solar including home renters. Solar empowers you to help save the planet but also save money in utility costs. I’m excited to see there are new options for home renters like community solar, and I’m excited to support the Million Solar Strong campaign calling for solar on all homes and for all people!

By going solar, Nazareth Housing is able to take the money we save each month and put it back into our programming – the critical eviction prevention work that helps keep our clients in their homes.

The panels also serve as an important example to others – if a homeless shelter can go solar, any building can. Renewable energy should be accessible to everyone, no matter their income.

  Chris Barrett

Foundations & Grants Manager, Nazareth Housing

  Chris Barrett

Foundations & Grants Manager, Nazareth Housing

By going solar, Nazareth Housing is able to take the money we save each month and put it back into our programming – the critical eviction prevention work that helps keep our clients in their homes.

The panels also serve as an important example to others – if a homeless shelter can go solar, any building can. Renewable energy should be accessible to everyone, no matter their income.

Elected Leaders

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I am excited to bring [the] Solar Strong Town Hall to my district and the larger Brooklyn community. The ability for us to reduce our carbon footprint and reliance on outdated energy sources while creating good-paying jobs and spurring the green collar economy is a win-win for our communities.

New York State Senator Kevin Parker

Democratic Conference Whip, Chair of Energy and Telecommunications

New York can be a national leader in renewable energy and solar power is a great place to build our green energy future. I am pleased to join the Queens community in pushing for a strong plan for the future of our state. New York State Senator Michael Gianaris

Chair of Democratic Conference

We must embrace a bold vision for New York when it comes to solar energy. Creating one million homes powered by solar by 2023, including 100,000 low-income households will kick start this effort. Expanding solar energy will create jobs, save New Yorkers on utility bills, cut harmful air pollution, and accelerate an equitable transition to our clean energy future. New York State Senator Neil Breslin

Assistant Democratic Conference Leader for Floor Operations

It is important for New York to be at the forefront of renewable energy, and powering one million homes with solar energy is a great start. I am proud to jump on board the Million Solar Strong Campaign as this initiative will not only help improve the quality of life for residents, but will also bring thousands of green jobs to our state. New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr.

Transforming our energy system into a more green economy will improve the lives of New Yorkers and will make New York a leading green state. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is to encourage the transition into solar energy. I am proud to support the Million Solar Strong campaign, which aims to having over one million households in New York powered by solar energy by 2023. New York State Senator Jamaal Bailey

Investing in green technology is a common-sense way to protect our environment and ensure our long-term economic success. New York State can be a leader in the new economy by investing wisely in renewable resources and green jobs today. I am proud to promote greater use of sustainable energy sources like solar power because I know that these good jobs will help ensure Long Island and New York State thrive for generations to come. New York State Senator John Brooks

Climate change is an alarming reality, and now more than ever it’s critical that we support affordable, accessible solar for New York households. I am proud to support the Million Solar Strong Campaign as a vital way of leading our state forward in clean energy goals. New York State Senator Jim Gaughran

One million solar-powered homes in New York — 100,000 of which are low-income — in the next five years is an incredible and worthwhile feat to accomplish. I support local efforts in building our solar strong state, all the while creating more jobs and a cleaner future. New York State Senator Roxanne Persaud

For too long, the Bronx has been at the epicenter of failed environmental policies that have largely affected the well-being of its residents. Expanding solar will help our borough, our City, and our State generate new revenue streams while connecting residents to innovative economic opportunities through effective partnerships. Further, this effort will help our State move away from harmful fossil fuels and towards adopting cleaner and more reliable renewable energy sources. I am pleased to join the Million Solar Campaign and look forward to helping them reach the goal of one million homes in New York State powered by solar by 2023. New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera

As New Yorkers, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy showed us that climate change is not a distant concern. We cannot afford to wait another day; we must take decisive action by supporting the Million Solar Strong Campaign in urging Governor Cuomo to invest in our future. I fully support the ambitious and necessary goal of powering one million New York households with solar energy by 2023. New York State Senator Julia Salazar

Solar panels save energy and money, which is good for the earth and good for residents. Solar energy is a positive alternative to fossil fuel because it is renewable at absolutely no cost and the supply is infinite. Under those conditions, I support the Million Solar Strong Campaign and its mission to increase solar usage. New York State Senator James Sanders Jr.

I fervently hope that we have not reached a point where it is too late to turn global warming around. But unless the world community understands that a massive effort is needed to simply even slow it down, I fear for my children’s and their grandchildren’s future. We must focus wherever we can on pushing for safe, sustainable alternate forms of renewable energy. Solar power is, I believe, is one of the keys to that solution. I join with the Million Solar Strong Campaign in urging Gov. Cuomo and the state to support its goal of one million solar powered homes by 2023. New York State Senator Luis Sepulveda

I support the efforts of the Million Solar Strong Campaign to increase the number of solar powered households in the Empire State. Not only will it help save the environment, but it will also provide lower income households with a cheaper and more sustainable form of energy. New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky

New York should help lead the nation in solar power. As we strive to end our reliance on fossil fuels and work to improve Planet Earth and the environment, use of solar power and other methods will help us in so many ways. Let’s do our part and pitch in. Powering one million New York households — including 100,000 low-income households — with solar by 2023 will make a major difference. New York State Assembly Member Felix W. Ortiz

Assistant Assembly Speaker

The Solar Strong program is an important component in the journey to the state's Clean Energy Standard. As the chair of the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy, I’m constantly advocating for the retrofit of solar panels for all communities. It just makes sense. The installation of solar panels lowers resident’s energy bills and simultaneously reduces their carbon footprint.

New York State Assembly Member Latrice Walker

Chair of the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy

I would like to applaud all of the member organizations and elected officials for their drive in bringing more attention to the need for a cleaner environment through the Million Solar Strong Campaign. Having one million households receive solar panels that will create jobs in the community, reduce utility costs for homeowners, and cut harmful pollution just makes sense.  The inclusiveness of powering 100,000 low-income homes by solar is certainly a step in the right direction and a win for us all. I would like to give special recognition to my colleague Senator Kevin Parker, the ranking member of the Energy and Telecommunications committee, for his leadership. New York State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte

As the main sponsor in the Assembly of both the solar electric generating system and electric energy storage equipment property tax abatements, which passed both houses of the Legislature last year, I know that investing in solar is a major component to New York meet its renewable energy goals. I am proud to support the Million Solar Strong Campaign, which sets an ambitious goal of powering one million New York households — including 100,000 low-income households — with solar by 2023. New York Assembly Member Robert Carroll

As the needs of the world change it is our responsibility to respond and evolve along with certain demands. As climate change continues to show us it’s very real impacts; we must act and create pathways that lead us to the resources we need in order to avoid the risks. I commend Million Solar Strong as they look to power 100,000 low-income households with solar power by 2023. This is an essential step towards creating sustainable growth, reducing poverty and essentially transitioning to a real green economy. New York Assembly Member Marcos Crespo

Solar energy saves money and has the potential to help keep more low-income New Yorkers in their homes. It is important to support an initiative that not only has environmental benefits but will move forward our mission to preserve affordable housing and keep our communities stable. New York Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz

The Million Solar Strong Campaign sets the bar on the essential need for solar power amongst New York Households – leading New York into a clean energy future that is sustainable for the environment and affordable for many low income families, homeowners and renters. I support solar power as it aims to better our community. New York Assembly Member Maritza Davila

Given the ever rising demand for electricity to power our electronic equipment and devices, the daily depletion of fossil fuels, and the higher and lower temperatures we experience that are caused by climate change, it is both prudent and wise for federal, state and local governments to implement aggressive renewable energy projects to meet our constituents growing energy needs. In addition to the benefits we receive from sustainable energy reliance, there will be jobs created for members in our communities in this expanding industry. Therefore, I applaud and fully support “The Million Solar Strong Campaign” and look forward to its presence in my Harlem Community. New York Assembly Member Inez Dickens

With every intense storm that batters our coast, the need for climate action becomes more dire. In the face of a federal administration that rejects an overwhelming body of scientific evidence about the impact carbon emissions have on our climate, New York State must help to fill this leadership void. We must transition towards clean and renewable energy infrastructure immediately or else risk another Hurricane Sandy destroying our city. I applaud the goal to power one million New York households with solar energy by 2023 and encourage the Bronx to help make our voice heard in this call for a renewable tomorrow. New York Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz

Being a fervent environmentalist and a member of New York State Assembly’s Environmental Conservation and Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry committees, I am a proponent of promoting and using solar energy. As a society, we must all work as a community to protect our planet, its inhabitants and its resources. The sun’s energy is a clean type of energy which doesn’t use fossil fuels and reduces our carbon footprints. More jobs are created as additional buildings owners are converting to using solar power and its consumers will save on their energy bills. I am in favor of creating more opportunities for everyone to be able to convert to using solar energy. We want to achieve the goal of being independent from fossil fuels, and to become users of 100% clean renewable energy such as solar, wind and others. New York Assembly Member Anthony D'Urso

I am proud to stand with The Million Solar Strong Campaign in building a resilient green economy that will create more clean energy in New York. As we move towards more solar power in our state, it is important that we ensure cleaner energy is a possibility for all New Yorkers. Social justice and environmental justice are undeniably linked. The campaign’s work to increase access to renewable energy for low-income residents is invaluable because we can’t truly protect the environment unless we tackle social justice issues too. New York Assembly Member Harvey Epstein

I am proud to stand with the Million Solar Strong Campaign in part because it seeks to ensure solar will be accessible to many of my constituents. The benefits that solar provides should be accessible to homeowners, renters, low and middle income residents and people who for some reason can’t install solar on their home. More solar deployment, including community solar, will also play a key role in meeting New York’s clean energy goals. With new policies in place we can ensure New York once again becomes a top solar state. New York Assembly Member Patricia Fahy

Brooklyn families and businesses are ready to take part in our nation’s growing clean energy economy. We’re calling for Governor Cuomo and New York’s commitment to one million solar homes to create good jobs, local investments, and healthier communities right here in our city. We want everyone in Brooklyn to benefit from a thriving solar industry. New York Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus

Solar energy offers a potentially limitless source of renewable energy and lessens our dependence on fossil fuels that harm air quality and contribute significantly to global warming.  New York State should develop more incentives to quickly increase the use of solar and wind power and help produce a healthier future and environment for all of us. New York Assembly Member Richard Gottfried

As the threat of climate change grows, New York must lead with bold environmental initiatives. Investing in clean energy jobs lifts communities and grows our local economies. A greener New York, with one million solar powered homes by 2023, will generate high-paying jobs and low-cost energy—building a cleaner and more affordable future for our children. New York Assembly Member Judy Griffin

Our reliance on fossil fuels has greatly contributed to the deterioration of some of our finest natural resources. With rising costs of living and a rapidly-changing climate, it’s essential for New York to take the lead and commit to investing in clean, renewable energy like solar so that we can grow our local communities and protect our environment. New York Assembly Member Kimberly Jean-Pierre

Clean energy and a green economy represent our future, and it is time for New York to lead the way in embracing these and other initiatives. Climate change has become one of—if not the most—serious threats to our world, and this an opportunity to not only preserve our planet but also transition towards clean, renewable energy and a more sustainable economy. I stand with the Million Solar Strong Campaign in urging the governor to support 1 million homes powered by solar energy—including 100,000 low-income households—by 2023. New York Assembly Member Ron Kim

New York is now ready to “boldly go” where it’s not ever gone before.  We have the clear vision that defines our need for clean energy, now we must set the goal on attaining it.  I look forward to creating bold objectives, particularly for stimulating urban solar projects as we move into the next legislative term. New York Assembly Member Joseph Lentol

Building a better tomorrow takes more than just words, it takes action. New York has always been a leader and now it’s time for us to once again be on the forefront of the renewable energy initiative. Increasing our energy from solar power is one of the ways we can lead the fight against climate change. I am proud to join The Million Solar Strong Campaign and embrace a bold vision for New York with one million homes powered by solar by 2023, including 100,000 low-income households. Expanding solar energy will create jobs, save New Yorkers on utility bills, cut harmful air pollution, and accelerate an equitable transition to our clean energy future.  It’s time to dispel the myth that what is good for our planet is not good for our economy. Let’s lead the charge of clean energy innovation while building a cleaner and stronger New York. New York Assembly Member Walter Mosley

Solar energy can be expanded to help our communities and environment. I look forward to continue having these discussions at the state level. New York Assembly Member Catherine Nolan

Each year the consequences of our carbon footprint on the environment become more and more visible. Thankfully, with commitments to invest in solar technology, Solar energy is no longer just the most responsible choice, but is trending to being the most affordable choice as well. I look forward to us reaching our goal of 1 million homes and 100,000 low income homes powered by solar ahead of time so we can expand the program and set an example for other states. New York Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell

The realities of climate change require bold and innovative responses such as investing in solar power to make renewable energy more accessible in our communities. I applaud Million Solar Strong for their leadership and look forward to the work ahead in ensuring that New York is at the forefront of environmental conservation. New York Assembly Member Nily Rozic

Recognizing the need to improve our quality of life and protect our environment, The Million Solar Strong Campaign’s has a goal of powering 1 million homes in New York through solar. This can only be properly achieved through policies that increase accessibility, reduce costs for municipalities and consumers, and increase investment on clean energy. I am committed to raising awareness, pressing forward these goals to ensure New York becomes the leader of the energy revolution and to protect the future of our children. New York Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright

New York needs to stand-up to the Trump Administration’s anti-climate and anti-clean energy attacks. Setting the bold goal of powering one million households with solar energy is exactly what we need. Expanding solar will create jobs, reduce and stabilize energy bills, clean-up air pollution and send the strong message that New York cares about climate and clean energy. New York Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon

The cost of energy in Nassau County is negatively affecting homeowners as well as stifling the growth of businesses. Solar energy is the key to solving Long Island’s energy crisis. By harnessing the limitless energy of the sun, we can create a sustainable future for the next generation of New Yorkers. I stand in solidarity with the members of the Million Solar Strong Campaign in urging New York State to make significant investments in the future of clean energy. Solar growth is the vital to reducing wholesale electricity prices. New York Assembly Member Michaelle Solages

It is so important that we preserve our precious environment both now and for generations to come. Solar is a critical part of the smart renewable energy mix we need to ensure efficient and reliable service for our local communities.  As a member of the Assembly Energy Committee, I will continue to support a clean, affordable and environmentally-friendly energy policy that benefits all of our residents throughout New York State. New York Assembly Member Steve Stern

I proudly support Million Solar Strong’s vision for our energy future, and applaud their goal of powering one million New York households with solar by 2023, including 100,000 low-income households. These efforts will help combat climate change, reduce emissions and build a more environmentally-friendly, resilient and affordable energy system. It is imperative that we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and support initiatives that seek to advance New York’s clean energy future – one that is available to all New Yorkers, regardless of income level. New York Assembly Member Fred Thiele

I am happy to stand with the Million Solar Strong campaign as we strive to make clean energy accessible to more New Yorkers. New York must lead as an innovator and economic driver with investments in clean energy and the green economy. I look forward to working with my colleagues in government, business and community to grow this industry. New York Assembly Member Tremaine Wright

Our green economy is creating the jobs of the future, and it is important that New York be at the forefront of the shift to a ‘green collar’ economy. As we move away from fossil fuels, we must be prepared to replace traditional fuels with cleaner, renewable energy sources like solar. It is time for New York to take the lead and commit to solar energy. With smart planning and a true commitment at all levels of government, we can reach the goal of powering one million households with solar energy in the next five years. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

I am proud to join The Million Solar Strong Campaign in calling upon Governor Cuomo to embrace a bold vision for New York with one million homes powered by solar by 2023, including 100,000 low-income households. We can no longer look at environmental justice and social justice as two separate causes with competing interests. It is time that we get rid of that notion and recognize that environmental justice is social justice. The Million Solar Strong Campaign has demonstrated that an investment in solar can have tremendous pay-offs for low-income residents. I urge the Cuomo administration to invest aggressively in solar energy, particularly in low-income communities, to ensure the health of our shared environment. New York City Council Member Antonio Reynoso

As more and more extreme weather and massive storms drive home the reality and dangerous impacts of climate change, it is critical that we support a new, clean energy economy. Building enough solar to power a million homes here in New York by 2023 is a good first step. We must also take this as an opportunity to make our economy work for vulnerable communities. Here in the Bronx, we have witnessed the impact of a dirty energy system- negative health outcomes, pollution and other issues- so I am excited to see this project get off the ground to build a new energy economy. New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres

As we reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels, we also see the reality of renewable energy taking shape. Solar energy is a big part of that and needs a robust support system to make Queens a greener, cleaner place to live. In Astoria, we are in the process of installing more solar panels on schools as well as the Steinway Library, one of the most frequented in the Queens Library system. I look forward to seeing these efforts continue grow. New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides

Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection

We have a duty to our city and our planet to make clean energy like solar power more accessible. Investing in solar energy must be a key part of our strategy for economic innovation and sustainability in Queens moving forward. Million Solar Strong has a real and attainable goal of powering 100,000 low-income households with solar power. We can achieve our green energy future, but it takes investment today. New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer