The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) have formalized a partnership to coordinate the resources of both organizations to promote the growth of New York's solar energy market.
‘With a growing population and high electricity prices, New York has a golden opportunity to be one of the leading solar markets in the U.S.,’ says Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. ‘The combination of SEIA's national resources and NYSEIA's on-the-ground efforts will give New York a big boost in meeting its solar market potential.’
According to the Solar Foundation's ‘2011 Solar Jobs Census,’ the state ranks fifth in the country, with more than 4,200 New Yorkers employed in the solar industry. There are 263 companies operating in New York's solar value chain, according to SEIA. Through the first half of 2011, solar electric capacity in the state stood at 64 MW.