PSC expands size of projects eligible to participate in clean energy program

By District Energy posted 02-22-2018 00:00


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The New York State Public Service Commission announced it would now allow even larger projects to participate in the state's fast-growing clean-energy program, which will allow more renewable energy projects to be built while driving down overall costs for consumers.

"Expanding access to cost-effective, clean energy is a primary goal of New York's clean energy standard, which will create enough renewable energy to meet half of the state's electricity needs by 2030," PSC Chair John B. Rhodes said. "Our decision to expand the size of the projects eligible for compensation will further reduce costs and spur the development of solar power, energy storage and other localized forms of electric generation."

In its decision, the PSC increased the maximum rated capacity for projects from 2 MW to 5 MW, a move supported by several key stakeholders, including the Coalition for Community Solar Access, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the Natural Resources Defense Fund, Pace Energy and Climate Center, New York Solar Energy Industries Association, Solar Energy Industries Association and Vote Solar.

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