An array of shimmering panels covering 3 acres in New York's Finger Lakes is a sign of the state's latest push to catch up to its neighbors, which have moved more aggressively in recent years to promote solar energy.
The project in Romulus that will produce much of the electricity for the Seneca County sheriff's department was funded in part with a grant of almost $1 million from the NY-Sun program. The initiative by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration provides tens of millions of dollars annually for public and private projects producing at least a megawatt of solar power, the equivalent of about 200 residential installations.
One aim of NY-Sun is to help meet goals for increasing the share of the state's energy needs covered by renewable sources, now dominated by hydropower.