ALBANY, USA: A landmark solar power bill pending in the New York State legislature would create thousands of green jobs and billions of dollars in economic output for the state, according to a new report released by Vote Solar, a national grassroots solar advocacy group.
A coalition of organizations – including Vote Solar, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Solar Alliance, the Apollo Alliance, and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York – urged state legislators to pass the Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act and make New York a leader in the nation’s growing solar economy.
By supporting the development of enough solar to power about one million homes by 2025, this legislation would drive significant economic opportunity in the state while adding less than the price of one postage stamp to New Yorkers’ monthly energy bills.
* Job Creation: 22,198 direct and induced jobs. Solar creates more jobs per megawatt than any other electricity resource. These are high quality local employment opportunities across a broad range of education requirements, salary levels and fields.
* Economic Output: $20 billion dollars. This includes wages, salaries and revenues that can be reinvested into the state economy, creating a significant new economic engine for New York.
* Average Residential Electric Bill Impact: $0.39 per month. Through the smart policy framework included in the Solar Jobs Act, New York can build a new solar market with minimal cost added to New Yorkers’ electricity bills.