As we mentioned in our previous post, Helping New York State Meet Green Energy Goals, New York aims to utilize renewable energy to power at least 70% of the state by 2030. By 2025, New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) targets 6,000 megawatts of solar production throughout the region.
What Does 6,000 Megawatts of Solar Energy Production Mean for New Yorkers?
One megawatt of solar energy can produce power for approximately 750 homes. This means 6,000 megawatts of solar energy can power around 4.5 million New York households. Although a notable percentage of solar energy will go towards powering commercial properties, this equation gives you a good idea of what solar power is capable of.
New York State currently distributes about 4,600 megawatts of solar energy.
The Benefits of Solar Power for New York Residents
By working toward New York’s renewable energy goals, residents throughout our state will realize various benefits, including:
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Lower energy costs
- Less air pollution
- Healthier environment
- A more sustainable future