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Solar Power Rivalry Heats Up Between New York and New Jersey

New York and New Jersey will fight about practically anything; their rivalry is nearly legendary. Who owns the Statue of Liberty? Why is the Jets football team, which plays in a New Jersey-based venue, called the New York Jets? Which state has the worst drivers? (Let’s not go there.)

But this time, the New York-New Jersey rivalry is for a good cause, and it’s the environment, along with the solar energy industry, that will come out the winner. The Huffington Post recently reported that New York has introduced new legislation, the New York Solar Industry and Jobs Act, that, if passed, would institute a program to develop more than 5,000 megawatts of solar power capacity in the state by 2025.

How the Solar Industry and Jobs Act Works
If the program is approved, anyone using solar electricity — businesses and homeowners — would be given a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate, which could then be sold to power suppliers, ensuring a good return on the investment of solar panel installations. Power suppliers, such as local electric companies, would be required to purchase a specific number of certificates each year, and that number would rise as we approach 2025.

Solar Energy in New York: A Long Way to Go
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, New York is in the list of top 10 states for solar, at number seven. New Jersey is number two, behind California. But the gap between the first place and runner-up states is staggering.

With 971 megawatts of solar power generated, California gets 47 percent of its state’s power from solar, while New Jersey derives only 14 percent of its power from solar, with 293 MW produced per year. If New York is looking to match Jersey, it has a long way to go, currently generating only 3 percent of all its power, 54 MW, from solar installations.

At EcoOutfitters, we’re all for a good solar energy race. Check back to stay up-to-date on the status of the New York legislation — and find the best solar PV installers so that you can take advantage of the incentives — and see which other states may look to New York, New Jersey and California as a model and adopt solar energy incentives themselves.

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A full-time freelance writer, Dawn frequently covers energy efficiency, green living, and topics like LED lighting and whole home control systems for a number of blogs and technology trade magazines. Dawn is proud to live in New York as the state vies to beat out New Jersey as the East coast top dog of solar energy and is waiting for the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate legislation to pass before installing solar panels on her Long Island home.

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  1. [...] The solar array will reduce costs for the arena, thanks to New Jersey’s generous incentive programs for solar energy installations, which put the state near the top of the list for most solar power produced in 2010. (It also gave New York incentive to up the ante on its own solar goals. Get the full story in this post about New York and New Jersey’s solar rivalry.) [...]