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Top Solar Friendly States Lead US in CO2 Cuts



The US made CO2 cuts of 10% in the first thirteen years of the 21st century, per the EIA, primarily thanks to the solar friendly states.

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) has released a report looking at carbon emissions by state. Just counting from 2000 till 2013, 37 states have reduced their emissions and 13 other states raised them in that time. Tallied together, the US has cut its total CO2 emissions by 9.6%.

As of 2013, the solar-friendly states now have the lowest CO2 emissions per capita.

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New York Could Change Solar’s Relationship with Utilities

Much like California, New York has set some seriously ambitious goals towards cutting emissions — 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. And also like the Golden State, New York is one of the country’s leader in solar power. Currently, it ranks ninth overall for installed solar. But how is New York changing the way utility companies and solar would work together?

New York and Distributing Solar Power Systems

Thanks to record-breaking growth in the solar industry, particularly in rooftop solar, the demand for electricity has lessened, and New York utilities are required to buy extra power from buildings that produce more solar than needed (also known as net metering).Continue reading

New York Solar Panel Rebates

New York State Solar Panel Rebates

New York has excellent solar rebates that pay homeowners a lot of money back after they’ve installed solar. Some rebates you can even get up front through the solar installation company.

New York’s Basic Solar Rebate: $1,750 back for every 1kW of installed solar.

The only caveats here are that there is a cap of $12,500 and you can only claim up to 40% of the total system price. For an average-sized system of 5kW, this rebate will give you $8,750 off the cost of the system.

Note: some solar installers in New York may offer to pay you the rebate up front so that you don’t have to wait to get the money back.

New York’s Solar Tax Credit: 25% off the cost of the system

This is another great credit because it pays for a huge chunk of system cost. All you have to do is file for the tax credit with the IRS after you’ve purchased the system.

Where do I learn more?

The best place to learn more about solar panel rebates in New York is to get a free estimate with a local solar installation company.