Last week, Gov. Cuomo said that solar energy generation has grown by more than 300% in the state from 2011 to 2014, twice the rate of U.S. solar growth overall. As of December 2014, a total of 314.48 megawatts of solar electric was installed throughout the state, enough to power more than 51,000 homes.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“The Empire State is rapidly becoming a leader in clean energy technology, and that means greener and more sustainable communities for all New Yorkers.  Through the $1 billion NY-Sun Initiative, we’re making solar a reality in virtually every corner of the state and building a brighter future today. I am proud to see New York pulling well ahead of the national average for the growing solar industry, and look forward to seeing that momentum continue in the years to come.”

The Governor noted that expanding solar capacity throughout the state is a key part of his Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, a comprehensive state energy strategy that is intended to “help consumers make better and more informed energy choices, enable the development of new energy products and services, protect the environment and create new jobs and economic opportunity throughout the state.”