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NYS sees 1000% solar growth

Governor Cuomo announced Monday the state has seen 1,000 percent solar power growth since 2011.

BUFFALO, NY -- New York State has seen 1,000 percent growth in solar power since 2011, Governor Cuomo announced Monday.

Between December 2011 and December 2017, the growth was possible through more than $2.8 billion in private investment into the state's clean energy economy.

According to Cuomo, the growth also fueled 12,000 jobs across New York.

"We will continue to support the development of solar, helping to spur economic growth, creating new jobs and helping to build a cleaner, greener and more sustainable New York for all," Cuomo said in his announcement.

The growth was supported by, according to Cuomo, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) $1 billion NY-Sun Program, the New York Power Authority, and the Long Island Power Authority.

President and CEO of the NYSERDA, Alicia Barton noted, "New York is rapidly marching towards our commitment to meet 50 percent of our statewide electricity needs with renewable energy by 2030."

You can find out more about the NY-Sun program here.