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Solar Power Advocates Are Disappointed With Policy Changes

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Solar power advocates say some recent decisions by the state have hurt the economics of solar in New York and are taking their case to the governor.

The solar advocates say in December, the public service commission reduced the value of solar by large solar arrays such as schools and businesses. They say this decision pairs with another by NY-SERDA which lowered incentives for solar energy. They have organized an online letter writing campaign to Governor Cuomo.

"The immediate solution to this problem and to the other that we flagged is to simply go back to what was before, or in the case of large solar NY-SERDA can simply up the incentive to make up for the decision of the Commission," said Adam Flint of the Energy Democracy Working Group.

The public service commission is meeting tomorrow. The solar advocates worry large scale solar projects may not be reasonable to include in upcoming regional economic development competitions without the changes they are calling for.