Solar projects in New York have been awarded $28.6 million (£17.2m) which will add 33.6MW of renewable capacity in the state.
A total of 29 large scale solar projects have been given $25.8 million (£15.5m) while another eight projects, which were chosen to reduce the costs of installing solar power, will get the rest of the cash.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said: “With these awards, we aren’t just investing in clean, renewable energy: we are investing in New York’s future. New York State is continuing to expand its clean-energy economy by partnering with the private sector to support innovative solar projects.”
The funding was awarded under the NY-Sun initiative, which brings together and expands existing programmes for a well-funded solar energy expansion plan.
A total of 299MW of solar capacity has been installed or is under development in the past two years in New York, which is expected to cut 145,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year.