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NY-Sun Initiative should spur growth in solar industry

Saugerties, NY — Hudson Solar, a leading solar company located in Rhinebeck, and serving customers throughout the Hudson Valley and New York State as well as Southern Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, expects to see a lot of growth in the near future as a result of Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive NY-Sun Initiative released at the end of April.

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Cuomo’s Initiative intends to double the amount of solar power installations in New York State this year, and quadruple that amount by 2013. In order to do this, Cuomo has placed the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and New York Power Authority (NYPA) in charge of coordinating a solar expansion plan with state funding. According to John Wright, Vice President of Hudson Solar, “One of the inhibitors to growth in New York State is a lack of funding to these projects.” With the funding, solar energy businesses such as Hudson Solar, anticipate a lot of skilled job openings. Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative outlines aggressive growth in the solar industry, as well as a plan to make solar energy more affordable for New Yorkers. Although Wright said that he doesn’t yet know the specifics, “we have a strategic growth plan in place.” “All the specifics should be rolled out within the next two weeks,” Wright explained on Monday. The benefits of solar energy are numerous, and Wright said that the cost savings in the long run outweigh all the initial costs of installing solar panels. Hudson Solar also offers financing so that the payback is immediate. According to Governor Cuomo’s Press Release, “NYSERDA and NYPA are providing at least $40 million to promote research into reducing the overall equipment and installation costs so that future solar energy is competitive with other forms of electricity and require no government subsidies.”

Hudson Solar is going into their 10th year in business, and is a combined effort of the former Adirondack Solar and Hudson Valley Clean Energy. For more information on Hudson Solar services, call 866-452-7652, or visit them online at hvce.com. To see Cuomo’s entire Comprehensive NY-Sun Initiative, visit www.governor.ny.gov/press/04192012-sun-initiative.

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