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Sunnier Future in Sight For Solar Power in Rochester Area

Alternative Energy Solar PowerThe forecast for the future of solar power in the United States is bright — as highlighted by the fact that a solar photovoltaic (PV) system is now installed every four minutes. While the Rochester area isn’t known for being especially sunny — quite the opposite — the future of solar power in western New York State is about to get a whole lot brighter.

Compared to other cities in the Empire State that have jumped on the solar power bandwagon, the Rochester area has lagged behind in the amount of electricity derived from solar panels. Insiders feel this is due to Rochesterians’ dim outlook, as many feel western New York skies simply aren’t sunny enough for solar power to be a viable source of energy.

According to experts, however, this sentiment is flat out wrong. In fact, New York state is ranked among the nation’s top 10 solar states. New York’s installed solar capacity grew by an impressive 60% last year, and greater growth is expected this year, with the Rochester area slated to join in.

Solar power can and does work in the Rochester area, and implementing it on a larger lexapro 10mg scale means more cost and energy savings for both residents and businesses. Of course, it would also help to reduce the Rochester area’s carbon footprint.

“We’ve seen a huge uptick in interest. We had our largest solar installation year by 500 or 600 percent compared to recent years,” said Kevin Schulte, president of Sustainable Energy Developments in Wayne County, which installs a variety of solar PV systems, from massive solar farms to small rooftop systems. “It’s definitely moving in the direction of more solar.”

Compared to last year, installation of both residential and small commercial solar PV systems is already expected to double — and this is before the launch of new government and local initiatives to educate property owners about the benefits of solar energy as well as price discounts.

Solar installers and a local electricians’ union recently rolled out an initiative in Monroe County, while an official state “Solarize the Flower City” program in the city of Rochester will first focus its efforts on the city’s southeastern neighborhoods. The two programs are designed to be complementary, not competitive.