Finger Lakes solar installations increase


Solar-power capacity increased significantly in the Finger Lakes region between 2011 and 2014, according to newly released data from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

The data shows the growth of solar power across the state. At the end of 2011, the Finger Lakes had 2.1 megawatts of installed solar capacity spread across 249 projects, according to the data. By the end of 2014, it had a total of 730 projects with a capacity of 13.3 megawatts; Monroe County accounted for 4.87 megawatts of that total.

In terms of both growth and total installed capacity, the Finger Lakes lags several other areas of the state. The Capital Region had 51 megawatts of installed capacity as of 2014, up from 8.5 megawatts in 2011. Long Island and the Mid-Hudson region led the state with 96 megawatts and 63 megawatts of installed capacity, respectively.

In 2014, Western New York had 15.8 megawatts worth of solar projects; the Southern Tier had 12.3 megawatts; and Central New York had 9.9 megawatts. Statewide, 314.5 megawatts of solar capacity had been installed by the end of the year. 

As of May, an additional 304 megawatts of solar installations were under contract across the state but hadn't yet been installed, says a NYSERDA press release. And applications for another 65.6 megawatts had been accepted, but were not yet under contract.