Paradise Energy Solutions Releases List of The Top 10 Solar Counties in New York

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In the list, counties are ranked based on the amount of solar energy installed in the county, as well as the number of individual solar systems.

According to data from NY-Sun, New York State has 2,990 megawatts (MW) of solar installed, split across 149,596 individual projects as of April 2021. That amount has more than doubled since 2017, and it’s not letting up.

As New York moves towards its emissions goal set in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, solar energy will play an important role in creating a zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040.

But how well-suited is solar energy to New York? While counties in the southeast of the state may fare better, the weather in the state’s northern and western counties is notoriously cloudy. Will this weather pose a problem for an energy source dependent on sunshine?

To see how well solar fares in these cloudier climates, Paradise Energy Solutions of Geneva, NY analyzed NY-Sun installation data to determine which counties were best suited for solar energy. Their report focused on the cloudier parts of the state by excluding the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island.

While southern counties like Orange and Westchester top the list, the majority of spots are held by counties further north. This suggests solar is not only working in these cloudier areas of the state, but it’s thriving.

Paradise Energy attributes this in part to decreasing material costs, federal and state incentives, and increasing energy prices.

In the list, counties are ranked based on the amount of solar energy installed in the county, as well as the number of individual solar systems. By including the number of solar systems installed, the system helps to control for counties with several utility-scale solar projects that may act as outliers and distort that data.

These ten counties are showing that despite New York’s cloudy weather, solar can be a practical source of renewable energy for those across the Empire State.

To see which New York counties are the best for solar, visit the article on Paradise Energy’s website: https://www.paradisesolarenergy.com/blog/top-10-counties-in-upstate-new-york-for-solar

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