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Speak Up for Solar in New York Now

A call to action from our friends at VoteSolar.com:

There is some serious solar momentum in New York State. More than 100 state legislators have signed on to co-sponsor strong new solar policy. Governor Cuomo called for more solar in his “State of the State” address. Thousands of New Yorkers have already spoken up in support of the New York Solar Jobs Act. But naysayers are doing all they can to derail that solar progress. We need your help keeping it on track!


To become a real power in the solar industry, New York’s decision makers must make a long-term solar commitment that shows the world that the Empire State is open for solar business. The bi-partisan Solar Jobs Act would do just that by developing gigawatts-worth of New York solar power over the next decade.

With such legislation, New York can become a solar leader:

  • Powering 500,000 New York homes with clean, reliable, local electricity
  • Creating thousands of new, well-paying New York jobs in the solar employment sector, which grew 10 times faster than the general economy nationwide last year
  • Delivering $3.3 billion in savings for New Yorker ratepayers by reducing the need to fire up our dirtiest and most expensive fossil power plants
  • Driving billions of dollars of private investment in the state’s growing clean energy economy
  • Protecting our communities by reducing harmful emissions of mercury and smog-causing pollution. Over 65 percent of New Yorkers currently live in counties where air pollution endangers lives.
  • Reducing climate change causing emissions equivalent to taking 2,697,326 cars off the road

There’s no question that New York has what it takes to be a real solar powerhouse. And yet in just the first two months of 2012, our neighbors in New Jersey installed more solar than New York has in its entire history.  Time to bring those economic and environmental benefits to the Empire State!

Please ask your representatives to make New York a solar leader and support the New York Solar Jobs Act today.


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For Raina Brett Russo, taking care of the environment is a necessity, not an option. Having grown up in Israel, a place where conservation is required and solar hot water heating is the norm, Raina knows the importance of solar energy. Through her work with the EcoOutfitters.net team, Raina found a way to help grow the solar industry in a significant way. As the founder and host of #SolarChat, a bi-monthly "gathering" on Twitter, Raina and her team have created an engaged solar think-tank community that comes together regularly for collaboration and networking with the ultimate goal in mind of spreading the solar message.

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