Innovative Solar Programs


Governor Cuomo’s NY-SUN Initiative

  • $1 billion investment was made in 2014 to fund the expansion of solar throughout the state over ten years.
  • Incentives are offered to reduce the installation costs for residential areas and small businesses.
  • For households earning less than 80% of the area or State median income, incentives are doubled.
  • The policy has a Clean Energy Standard that will require 50% of all electricity in New York to come from renewable energy.
  • This initiative aims to achieve 3 gigawatts of installed solar capacity by 2023.
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Connecticut’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

  • This is a statewide public policy that mandates Connecticut utilities to supply 27% of their power with renewable energy by 2020.
  • Utility companies are fighting solar and Connecticut’s Renewable Portfolio Standard forces utilities to move towards renewable, sustainable energy.
  • Relies on a class based system to determine the quality of the renewable resources.
  • Class I renewable resources are solar power, wind power, a fuel cell, geothermal, and hydropower and will account for 20% of the total 27% goal.
  • Class II consists of energy that is derived from trash, or biomass. This accounts for 3% of the total aim.
  • Class III consists of combined heat and power facilities with an efficiency rate of no less than 50%. This account for the remianing 4% of renewable sources.
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North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

  • Signed on August 20, 2007 to make North Carolina the first state in the Southeast to adopt the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.
  • Investor-owned utilities in North Carolina are required to meet up to 12.5% of their energy needs through renewable or energy efficient resources.
  • Rural and municipal electricity suppliers are required to meet 10% of their energy needs through renewable or energy efficient resources.
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