Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of Community Solar NY, a new initiative that will support community projects called “Solarize” campaigns – locally-organized community outreach efforts aimed at getting a critical mass of area homes and businesses to install solar.

This new program will provide marketing materials, technical assistance and funding, and share best practices.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“By helping local communities implement solar technologies, we are providing residents throughout the State with greater access to clean energy without the burden of high costs. Community Solar NY is another initiative that will help us deliver on our promise to build a cleaner and greener Empire State, and I encourage all interested communities to join us by taking part in this effort.”

We’ve spoken out about what a bad idea state-imposed solar mandates would be.  This is a much better approach.  Rather than require utilities to buy costly solar power, allowing communities that want to bring people together to purchase solar power makes much more sense.  In the long run it is the ability to compete in the markers – not state-imposed mandates – that will allow the solar energy industry to succeed.