Update on Skaneateles' solar quest

NYPA Grants like the one the village of Skaneateles is taking advantage of is part of this plan, even though village electric is relatively inexpensive, there is no guarantee the low cost will remain over time.

Paterson said, the beauty of the clean energy industry is its close proximity to those that actually utilize the power, which makes the jobs outsource proof.

The location of SUNY ESF was primary, as it's staff and students are at the root of encouraging the growth of this emerging industry. Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli noted that this project is a result of the public, private and academic sectors coming together.

"This is the largest solar initiative in the state of New York," NYPA's Richie Kessel said adding that the perfect partner of the offshore Great Lakes wind power project that was announced on Earth Day last year.

Kessel said 100 megawatts of solar power was enough to power 15,000 homes and that New Yorkers will start to see the results of this by the end of the year. This initiative is efficient requiring zero tax dollars, leading Kessel to believe that this will not raise consumer's rates.

Shaun Chapman from the national Vote Solar Initiative said we in the environmental community are often saying, "No," so it's a great day when a project such as this is announced. He said solar power produces more energy per kilowatt than any other energy source; then consider the fact it is also powering local jobs.

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