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
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.