Last Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state has awarded $54 million for 79 large-scale solar projects throughout the state under his NY-Sun initiative, which will add 64 megawatts to the state’s solar capacity.
The best news is that this is money that is already being collected from ratepayers. Once again, the legislative session ended without a new solar energy mandate put on utilities that would require them to spend billions of dollars to buy above-market solar energy.
Don’t get us wrong – we love the sun. But Upstate ratepayers who are already paying some of the highest energy rates in the nation shouldn’t be required to pay more just because solar generators can compete with other energy sources.
One other thing — I know we keep beating the same drum on this one – but when is the administration going to approve high-volume hydraulic fracturing so that Upstate can take advantage of this tremendous resource that is creating jobs and economic activity in a number of other states throughout the country? Instead, our domestic oil and gas industry is literally dying a slow death (not unlike our Southern tier counties).