Digital maps show Island is a clean-energy leader

Dot matrix: Long Island is thick with renewable-energy businesses, according to Mapping Clean Energy: New York.

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 first for Environmental Entrepreneurs, a networking and advocacy group that goes by “E2” and is known primarily for state-by-state clean-energy employment tracking.

The interactive breakdowns – compiled by E2 along with New Yorkers for Clean Power, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York and the FracTracker Alliance, a watchdog on the scent of gas and oil developers – illustrate precisely how and where clean-energy tech like electrical vehicles, commercial-scale wind turbines and residential solar-photovoltaic systems are being deployed across the state.

Among other search criteria, Mapping Clean Energy shows visitors the size and location of every registered New York wind farm, pinpoints electric-vehicle charging stations and lists addresses and other information for geothermal contractors and installers.

One interactive display shows how use of the state’s residential solar-photovoltaic incentives programs spread from 2000 – when incentives were behind just 2.4 kilowatts on Long Island – to the end of 2016, when the programs helped generate 475 statewide megawatts.

Speaking of Long Island, the maps show New York’s southern locales – including New York City, Westchester County and the Island – well ahead the rest of the state in solar-photovoltaic installations and the deployment of government-owned electric vehicles.

Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, along with NYC, also boast a majority of the state’s renewable-energy businesses, including designers, manufacturers and distributors.

But New York’s northern environs lead in wind-generation efforts, according to Mapping Clean Energy.