31 Jul N.Y. Solar Trade Group Aiming High
The New York solar industry is turning its focus toward efforts to win state legislative approval for a plan to eventually generate 5,000 megawatts of solar electricity in the state.
That amount of generating capacity, during sunny daytime hours, would be approximately equal to the peak capacities of about five or six typical large conventional power plants using coal or nuclear fuels.
The New York Solar Energy Industries Association, having concluded a recent solar conference, will work with public and private partners toward its goals for solar-electric and solar water-heating usage, said the trade group’s president, Ron Kamen, senior vice president of EarthKind Solar.
The conference brought together 250 industry leaders, public officials and others to discuss the future of solar energy in the state.
“The NYSEIA conference is an important event for a rapidly expanding industry in New York state,” said Frank Murray, president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. “Solar energy is going to play a central role in helping New York reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, create clean-energy jobs and achieve the ambitious renewable energy goals set by Gov. David Paterson.”
Long Island Power Authority President and CEO Kevin S. Law said the conference “serves as an important tool for the solar industry and utilities to come together and share information on how we can expand our solar initiatives throughout the state while continuing to create clean-energy jobs.”