New York Solar Jobs Act

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A diverse coalition of stakeholders including many of New York’s largest companies, labor unions, small businesses and environmental groups are coming together to support a proposal to help create new local jobs; modernize our power infrastructure; protect our environment, and help New York regain its leadership position in the clean energy economy.

This proposal is a smart way to begin to put the state back to work while also helping New Yorkers save on their utility bills, invest in our local energy economy and support a healthier environment. At a time when New York faces the dual crisis of high unemployment and an aging energy infrastructure, this kind of policy would be a win-win for all New Yorkers.

The proposal has broad political and general support from across many fields in New York. Some of the prominent backers of recent similar proposals include:

  • American Lung Association
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • New York State AFL-CIO
  • Vote Solar
  • The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
  • New York League of Conservation Voters
  • Alliance for Clean Energy New York
  • Environmental Advocates of New York
  • Staples
  • General Electric
  • Dow
  • Saatchi and Saatchi
  • Mitsubishi
  • New York Solar Energy Industry Association (NYSEIA)
  • Consortium for Worker Education
  • NYS – Laborers
  • Western New York Sustainable Energy Association
  • STRIVE International
  • People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo
  • CleanEdison

New York can’t afford to continue to fall behind our neighboring states who are harnessing the power of the sun to help fuel their homes and economies – it’s time for strong solar policy that would create thousands of new jobs, update our aging infrastructure and help build a healthier, more sustainable New York.