senate Bill S4862

Amended

Establishes the solar feed-in tariff pilot program

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 27 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 10 / May / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 21 / May / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 21 / May / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 4862A

Summary

Establishes the solar feed-in tariff pilot program; defines terms; directs the Long Island Power Authority to pay all costs associated with the interconnection of solar energy generation facilities; requires the Long Island Power Authority to prepare an annual report describing and summarizing the solar feed-in tariff pilot program; makes related provisions.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4862
S4862A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Ren §§1020-hh - §§1020-jj to be §§1020-ii - 1020-kk, add §1020-hh, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S8286

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4862

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public authorities law, in relation to creating the solar
feed-in tariff pilot program

PURPOSE:
To establish the solar feed-in tariff pilot program in the state of
New York to be instituted by the Long Island Power authority within
the service area of such authority.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Legislative Intent.

Section 2. Establishes the terms of the solar feed-in tariff pilot
program

Section 3. Severability clause.

Section 4. Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION:
This solar feed-in tariff pilot program would require the Long Island
Power Authority to initially pay $0.32 per kilowatt hour for solar
energy produced by solar energy generation facilities located within
its service area. Feed-in tariff programs such as this have been
successfully implemented in Germany and Spain; and in March of 2009,
Gainesville, Florida became the first United States city to introduce
a similar program for solar power.

Installation of photovoltaic devices that generate electricity by the
collection and distribution of solar energy can be expensive. A solar
feed-in tariff would provide an incentive for homeowners and
businesses to invest in an opportunity which will ultimately result
in sustainable green power sources that will deliver electricity to
public utilities.

Not only will this program encourage the rapid and sustainable
development of electricity from renewable sources, it will create
green jobs in New York State. The German solar energy
industry created over 50,000 jobs in less than five years, with the
entire renewable energy industry creating as many as 200,000. More
than 25,000 solar energy workers are employed in Spain. In the short
time this program has been tested in Gainesville, a surge of capital
investment in community solar systems has been experienced, and local
contractors have been hiring to meet demand. A solar feed-in tariff
program would provide a simple and transparent means for solar
investments to earn reasonable and reliable returns, allowing capital
to flow into clean and renewable energy systems.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: A.8679A/S.8086.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.

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