Solar power

It’s green-o vino as Paumanok turns up SunPower

By GREGORY ZELLER // The sun is doing more than nourish grapes at Paumanok Vineyards. The award-winning Aquebogue vineyard is now partially powered by a 51-kilowatt solar-energy system installed by Island Park-based EmPower Solar, Long Island “master dealer” for California-based solar-energy company SunPower Corp. The system, which complies with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Remote Net Metering program, is predicted to save the vineyard more than $8,000 in its first year…


Leibowitz: New York poised to lead on renewables

By HEATHER LEIBOWITZ, ESQ. // Ten years of progress has positioned New York to take renewable energy to the next level. Since 2007, New York has seen a 6,548 percent increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 473 percent increase in wind-power production, according to a new report released by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. Co-authored by The Frontier Group, the report also highlights advances in the…


Solar jumped 17% in 2015, topping natural gas

The United States installed 7,286 megawatts of solar power in 2015, the largest total ever and a 17 percent jump over 2014. In another first, solar additions topped the expansion of the nation’s natural-gas capacity, with solar adding 29.5 percent of all new electric generating capacity in the United States in 2015. Total U.S. solar installations have now topped 25 gigawatts, up from just 2 gigawatts in 2010. The almost 7.3 gigawatts installed in 2015 is 8.6 times…