Region ranks No. 2 in N.Y. for solar installs

Region ranks No. 2 in N.Y. for solar installs

The Finger Lakes region saw the second-highest growth in solar installations across the state in the last five years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

Totals on the numbers of state-supported solar installations from the end of 2011 through the end of 2016 were released. The stats show there were 1,870 solar projects installed in the Finger Lakes region through the end of 2016, an increase of 603 percent.

Solar power for all regions across the state has increased an average of 800 percent, the governor said, leading to $1.5 billion in private investment and helping New York reach his clean energy target that 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

The state-supported projects total nearly 744 megawatts of solar power installed, which is enough electricity to power 121,000 homes.

Officials attribute the significant solar growth to several factors including the NY-Sun Megawatt Block Incentive Program, a decline in solar equipment prices and an increase in installer businesses marketing directly to customers.

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