Here’s the money quote from the Governor’s speech (full text found here).
Extend the NY-Sun Solar Jobs Program (page 31)Last year Governor Cuomo created the NY-Sun solar jobs program to bolster the use of solar power in New York, while also protecting the ratepayer. The goal of NY-Sun is to install twice as much customer-sited solar photovoltaic capacity in 2012 as was added in 2011, and to quadruple the 2011 amount in 2013. The NY-Sun program is authorized through 2015. This year, Governor Cuomo proposes to extend the successful NY-Sun program, continuing through 2023 the existing annual funding levels established under the program. The extended solar jobs program will provide longer program certainty to solar developers than current programs, funded through 2015, and is expected to attract significant private investment in solar photovoltaic systems, enable the sustainable development of a robust solar power industry in New York, create well-paying skilled jobs, improve the reliability of the electric grid, and reduce air pollution.
We’ve spent the last several years building support for these ideas, and calling for a long-term solar program to unleash solar throughout New York. We’re pleased that the Governor is stepping forward with leadership.
Now comes the hard part: turning talk into reality. The legislature needs to do its part, but a Governor sponsored bill is a very helpful step.
Original Article on The Vote Solar Initiative