solar energy

Clean-gen investment firm shines in megawatt deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // Alternative-generation startup CleanCapital has announced its second major solar acquisition in one month – another impressive forward step for the innovative New York City-based online marketplace for clean-energy investing. CleanCapital’s second solar acquisition of the season comes from G&S Solar, a New York-based developer that builds, develops and operates solar systems in numerous Northeast states. The additional portfolio of 10.2 megawatts comes less than a month after CleanCapital announced the acquisition…


With 20 MWs (and counting), ‘Solarize’ initiative shines

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York State program created to fund statewide solar-power initiatives is pumping out dollars and helping to pump up the Empire State’s supply of renewable megawatts. An update issued Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office shows the NY-Sun Solarize Initiative, launched in 2014 and administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, has supported 81 different statewide campaigns through its first three rounds of funding – backing…


With new ‘partner,’ it’s sun-for-all and all for SUNation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Trumpeting a “strategic partnership” benefitting a wider regional customer base, a Long Island-based solar-system installer has executed a non-hostile takeover of another Island solar firm. Ronkonkoma-based SUNation Solar Systems, self-billed as “the premier provider” of solar photovoltaic systems for residential and commercial customers across Long Island and New York City, has taken the reins of Northport-based solar-engineering contractor Energy By Choice. Terms of the takeover, which was completed Feb. 1, were…


Digital maps show Island is a clean-energy leader

A national nonpartisan business group has flipped the switch on an interactive “mapping resource” that tracks the spread of clean-energy technologies across New York State. Environmental Entrepreneurs, a Washington-based consortium of business leaders and investors advocating for sound ecological and economic policies, has launched Mapping Clean Energy: New York, a series of digital maps showing the breadth and depth of the Empire State’s “thriving clean energy industry,” according to the organization. The maps are a…


state support for solar

Long Island looks into the eyes of the sun

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State is lapping the nation in solar-power growth – but Long Island may be hitting its head on solar’s technological ceiling. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that solar power usage in New York increased by more than 300 percent between 2011 and 2014 – twice the U.S. growth rate, according to a press release from the governor’s office. That makes the Empire State “a leader in clean-energy technology,” noted…