San Francisco, CA – 1/10/2014
Sunrun, the nation’s leading home solar company, applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for his continued commitment to building a thriving solar market in New York. This week in his State of the State address, Gov. Cuomo affirmed this commitment, highlighting the significance of the NY-Sun program.
“Governor Cuomo’s leadership gives more New Yorkers access to affordable clean energy and creates an environment conducive to business growth,” said Sunrun co-CEO Edward Fenster. “His thoughtful approach will help New York continue to develop a robust solar market.”
Governor Cuomo introduced the NY-Sun initiative in 2012 to encourage solar deployment in New York and facilitate solar cost reduction. Recently, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) authorized the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to extend this initiative through 2023.
In short order, NYSERDA requested funding for 3,000 Megawatts of statewide solar deployment – a budget of ~$1 Billion. If approved, NYSERDA’s petition for immediate access to the entire budget will set in motion a rebate structure designed to facilitate further cost reduction and long-term solar success.
The New York solar value chain comprises more than 411 solar companies and employs more than 3,300 workers. NYSERDA’s request and Governor Cuomo’s solar commitment will help jumpstart this growing market.
Sunrun pioneered solar as a service, a way for homeowners to go solar without the high upfront cost, and is the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S. Sunrun provides end-to-end service for homeowners to choose cleaner, cheaper, solar energy and fix their electric costs for 20 years. The company designs, installs, finances, insures, monitors and maintains the solar panels on a homeowner's roof, while families pay just for the electricity at a lower rate than their current utility. Since Sunrun introduced solar as a service in 2007, it has become the preferred way for consumers to go solar in the nation’s top solar markets. Sunrun has deployed more than $2 billion in solar systems and has raised more than $300 million in equity capital. For more information please visit: www.sunrun.com.