Solar Energy in New York
Solar energy is abundant, non-polluting and does not emit greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Even in the northeastern United States, where sunlight is variable, solar energy helps to warm and light many buildings and can make a significant contribution to meeting demand for electricity and hot water.
Solar technologies can be applied at both large and small scales. Large commercial scale solar power plants feed electricity directly to the utility electric grid. Smaller distributed solar electricity generation by individual homes, institutions or businesses is economically feasible because New York has adopted “net metering,” which allows excess electricity generated on sunny days to flow back into the electric grid, with credit or payment from the utility company for the power generated.
The above content is from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. More information can be found here.
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter’s “Switch to Renewable Energy” brochure