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Friday, August 6, 2010

Andrew Cuomo's Solar Energy Platform

New York State's Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has released a solar energy platform with goals to make New York State a leader in solar energy and create jobs. The plan was well received by the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) who quickly gave its support. Gail Markels, Executive Director of NYSEIA said "It is refreshing that there are elected officials, such as Andrew Cuomo who understand the nuances of the solar industry" and that "NYSEIA hopes to continue to work with the Cuomo campaign to bring green jobs to New York State and fulfill our shared goal of making solar energy the least expensive and most widely used energy source in the state."

The plan encourages the growth of solar photovoltaic, the creation of solar renewable energy credits and the adoption of solar thermal water heating. Cuomo has identified solar photovoltaics as the perfect fit for New York's dense urban areas with high energy demands and little extra space for other renewable energy sources such as wind.

In his plan, Cuomo outlines the cost effectiveness of employing solar thermal technology to heat water on both commercial and residential scales and establishes an aggressive program to install solar thermal in public, private and commercial buildings in the State of New York.

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