NYSEIA lobbying for solar jobs bill approval

15. April 2011 | Markets & Trends | By:  Becky Stuart

The New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) has applauded the Assembly Energy Committee for passing the New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act of 2011. It is now lobbying for its legislative approval.

NYSEIA president, Ron Kamen speaks at Solar Lobbying Dayin New York

NYSEIA president, Ron Kamen speaks at Solar Lobbying Dayin New York. Image: NYSEIA.

The NYSEIA states that the bill that could create tens of thousands of new high-quality jobs and make New York a solar leader.

It adds that in its current form, the bill would help to develop 5,000 megawatts of photovoltaics in New York, in addition to creating 22,000 new jobs and generating a $20 billion boost in wages and economic output.

Speaking during the Solar Lobbying Day in the city, NYSEIA president Ron Kamen, chief development and public policy officer of EarthKind Solar in Kingston stated: "The Solar Jobs Act help to reverse the trend of New York falling behind neighboring states like New Jersey in solar development.

"This legislation would provide an effective framework for long-term solar market growth and job creation in the state."

NYSEIA has lobbied for the bills passage since last year’s initial introduction. The bill now moves to the NYS Assembly Ways and Means committee.

The bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) and co-sponsored by Energy Committee Chair Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess). It is sponsored in the Senate (S-4178) by George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane).

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