Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “cutting red tape” will help the state meets its sustainability goals and recover economically from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The community solar program powers entire communities with renewable power and passes along guaranteed bill savings. But there’s a novel twist to it.
The approvals follow Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address and will help New York meet its 70% by 2030 renewable portfolio standard and climate goals.
In his 2021 State of the State address, Andrew Cuomo said, “Green energy is a pressing moral imperative and a prime economic opportunity.”
Also on the rise: Fluence gains an investor, Cap Dynamics buys an Arizona solar facility, and legislation would boost DER as a safeguard in wildfire-prone California.
The $2.2 million in funding comes through NYSERDA’s Smart Grid Innovation program, and is part of New York State’s strategy of a zero emission electricity sector by 2040.
“Because economies were shut down, we also had concerns about the companies in which we had investments, and we had to think about how we could help those companies get through the pandemic.”
In a report this May, the PEAK Coalition said that New York City’s gas peaker plants are “perhaps the most egregious energy-related example of what environmental injustice means today.”
As the state looks to achieve its its 70% by 2030 renewable electricity goal, community solar is taking center stage, with the announcement of New York’s first community solar-plus-storage project and a municipal opt-out community solar pilot.
Li-Cycle, a Canadian battery recycling firm, has chosen Rochester as the home for its planned $175 million recycling facility, which promises to deliver recycled battery materials, beyond just lithium-ion, at market scale.
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