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New York is working against itself in securing a solar future, but the governor can change that

November 8, 2021

Crain's New York Business

T.R. Ludwig, David Schieren

LINK: https://www.crainsnewyork.com/op-ed/gov-hochul-must-secure-new-yorks-solar-future

NYSEIA and its member companies acknowledge and appreciate that New York is working on a long-term plan for solar energy in New York, but right now there is a significant gap in what should otherwise be a flourishing market. The combined effect of imposing a statewide solar tax [known as the Customer Benefit Contribution charge] and ending the Con Edison community solar program in New York City and Westchester County will be less clean energy, fewer jobs, and a slower transition to a sustainable future.

The governor should work with the Public Service Commission to replenish the community solar program in Con Edison territory (as requested by New York City in a March petition). Also, Hochul and the commission should postpone any new fees on businesses and homeowners for installing solar fixtures until the full impact of imposing a solar tax is analyzed by an independent party and considered in the larger context of New York's clean energy programs.

New Yorkers, and clean-energy businesses, need the governor's leadership today.