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In international news, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that state-supported solar power has increased by approximately 800% from December 2011 to December 2016.

In 2011, the state witnessed an installation of 83.06MW of solar power, with the total installed through 2016 hitting 743.65MW, an increase of 795%, CNBC reported.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Pic credit:NY gov

Cuomo said: “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.”

“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,” he added.

Solar power growth

According to media, the growth was supported by the Long Island Power Authority, the New York Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, as well as other public and private sector backers.

In addition, PV-Tech also highlighted another contributor to the growth, namely the NY-Sun Megawatt Block Incentive programme that established incentives based on a MW block structure.

The programme allocates MW targets to specific regions of the state and breaks those MW targets into blocks to which incentives are assigned awards.

Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, Richard L. Kauffman, commented: “Clean, renewable energy will help the state meet its aggressive energy goals, make electricity more affordable for New Yorkers and bring about a more resilient and versatile energy system.”

The American state has ambitious plans, which targets 50% of its electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Investments

It is reported that Cuomo made a $1 billion investment commitment to NY-Sun in 2014 with the aim to add more than 3GW of installed solar across New York by 2023.

This programme is reported to have also spurred solar growth in the state by stimulating the marketplace and increasing the number of solar systems in state.