State of Play With New York Solar Bill

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Here’s the state of play with the 2.2 GW New York solar bill.

Last week, the Assembly passed their version (5060d), 76-16. Earlier, in April, the Senate passed their version (S2522) unanimously.

The good news: both bills are for 10 year, 2.2 GW solar programs that will transform New York’s solar industry, and there was overwhelming support for solar in both chambers.

The bad: the bills differ in minor details, and they need to be reconciled and delivered the the Governor’s desk before the end of session before it can become law.

The people have spoken — polls show supermajority support for solar. Democracy has spoken: both chambers passed, overwhelmingly, bills for a 10 year, 2.2 GW program. The PSC got the job done on a tripling of the net metering cap.

Now its up to leadership to get it together and make it happen. The only thing that stands in the way of progress is politics.

Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

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