Solar power is an environmentally friendly, renewable energy source that creates no pollution while generating electricity. New York State’s climate works for solar power. The NY-Sun Initiative aims to increase the number of solar electric (also referred to as photovoltaic, or PV) systems across New York State by stimulating the marketplace, so that costs associated with installing solar electric systems for residents and businesses are reduced.

The NY-Sun Initiative is part of the Governor Cuomo’s commitment to protect the environment and lower energy costs for all New Yorkers by improving the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid.

In the first two years of NY-Sun, a total of 316 megawatts (MW) of solar electric has been installed or is under contract, which is more than was installed in the entire prior decade. In April 2014, following those two successful years, Governor Cuomo made a historic commitment of nearly $1 billion to NY-Sun.


NY-Sun brings together and expands existing programs administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), PSEG Long Island, and the New York Power Authority (NYPA). This coordinated, well-funded effort will further expand the use of solar installations across New York State.

For more information see the NY-Sun Initiative Fact Sheet [PDF] and the NY-Sun Initiative FAQs.