ARKANSAS, Nov 30 (Future Headlines)- New York state officials have proudly announced a significant achievement in the realm of solar energy, revealing that over 2 GW of community solar has been successfully installed across the state. This milestone not only contributes to the overall distributed solar capacity, reaching 5 GW, but also underscores the state’s commitment to its Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal of installing 6 GW of distributed solar by 2025, with a vision to further expand to 10 GW by 2030. In this comprehensive exploration, we delve into the statistics, progress, and implications of New York’s flourishing community solar initiatives, shedding light on the state’s broader renewable energy objectives.

New York has achieved an impressive milestone with over 2 GW of community solar installations, a substantial capacity that can serve approximately 393,000 homes. This accomplishment marks significant progress towards meeting the state’s ambitious renewable energy targets.

The 2 GW of community solar contributes to the overall distributed solar capacity in New York, which now stands at 5 GW. The distributed solar landscape continues to evolve, with an additional 3.3 GW in development, showcasing the state’s commitment to expanding clean energy resources.

New York’s achievement in community solar reflects a crucial step in fulfilling the objectives outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The state aims to install 6 GW of distributed solar by 2025 and set an even more ambitious target of reaching 10 GW by 2030.

Community solar plays a dominant role in New York’s solar landscape, constituting 61% of total solar installations throughout the state in the current year. This underscores the popularity and effectiveness of community solar initiatives in diversifying the solar energy mix.

Last March, New York celebrated the achievement of the 1 GW community solar milestone, emphasizing the rapid growth and adoption of community solar projects. In 2021, community solar accounted for a substantial 70% of the overall solar additions in the state, showcasing its integral role in New York’s renewable energy transition.

New York’s distributed solar pipeline comprises over 8,700 projects, indicating a robust pipeline of solar initiatives across the state. Once completed, these projects are anticipated to contribute a significant 3,297 MW of clean energy to New York’s power grid.

The state’s distributed solar pipeline and successful installations demonstrate tangible progress toward achieving its renewable energy targets. New York’s commitment to developing a substantial pipeline aligns with its forward-looking goals and aspirations for a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.

In October, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) initiated a second round of solicitations for the Inclusive Community Solar and Expanded Solar for All programs. These programs collectively aim to secure over 1,140 MW of community solar capacity dedicated to low- and moderate-income (LMI) households and disadvantaged communities.

Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White