New York State Has Increased Its Solar Power Capabilities By 800%
New York state is really taking climate change seriously and is keeping up with its clean energy commitment. The state can boast with the fact that it has increased its solar power capabilities by 800 percent over the past five years.
This is what Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had to say about it:
“New York is a national leader in clean energy, and the tremendous growth of the solar industry across this state demonstrates this renewal technology’s increased accessibility and affordability for residents and businesses.”
To put it in numbers, the state has generated 83.06 MW of solar power in 2011. Last year, however, has grown to 743.65 MW with an increase of about 795 percent. New York state has invested some $1.5 billion in renewable sources of energy, a development which has also created a series of other benefits for the state.
“Our investments in this clean energy resource create jobs, reduce carbon emissions, support economic growth, and help build a cleaner, greener New York for all,” said Cuomo.
On a National Level
New York state is not an isolated case in the United States as other states, too, are moving towards decreasing their dependence on fossil fuels. Today, solar power is the cheapest form of energy there is, surpassing even oil. Nevada, for instance, is pushing to have 80 percent of its energy demand supplied by green energy. Massachusetts is aiming at going 100% fossil free by 2035.
With current-day technology, the US is able to generate 25% of its current electricity demands solely from rooftop solar panels. There were some predictions that by 2017, nobody will rely on fossil fuels for their energy demands. And while this is clearly not the case, it does seem that they were not too far off with their predictions.
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