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New York's Nation-Leading Commitment to Clean Energy

For businesses already in the cleantech and renewable energy industries that are looking for a location that “gets” what they do, or looking for a state that offers businesses cleaner alternatives to traditional energy sources at competitive prices, New York State is a leader.

Our state leads the U.S. in wind- and clean-technology patents, renewable energy resources, the development of new energy storage products and systems, and biofuel manufacturing and production. The state’s commitment to cleaner energy development and use is a priority as New York strives for 50% of its electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. To accomplish this significant goal, the state offers support via established university/industry collaboration and state initiatives, like the state’s Clean Energy Fund and Green Bank.

80%

of New York State’s renewable energy comes from hydroelectric sources

2,000

megawatts of wind energy is produced in New York State — enough for 3% of the state’s demand

1,000+%

growth in solar power in NYS from 2011-2017

Key facts

Already a leader in cleantech and renewable energy, New York State is uniquely positioned to expand the industry with strategic programs, incentives and R&D support. Here’s how New York sustains growth:

  • New York State is leading the way for clean energy adoption, with a goal of 50% of the state’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030.
  • Since 2011, solar in the state has increased more than 1,000% and leveraged more than $2.8 billion in private investments. There are 12,000+ people in solar jobs across New York.
  • Governor Cuomo has announced an accelerated energy efficiency target – by 2025, cutting the equivalent of energy used by 1.8 million homes– to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • One of the largest wind farms east of the Mississippi River, capable of producing 320 MW of clean, renewable energy, is located in upstate New York off the eastern end of Lake Ontario. 
  • The nation's largest offshore wind farm – and the first offshore wind farm in New York – will create jobs and energy to power 50,000 homes.
  • New York State ranks #2 in the nation in academic R&D expenditures, giving cleantech companies access to potential partnerships and the latest technological developments.
  • Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) funds Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs) and Centers of Excellence (COEs) that foster industry-university collaboration, including several with a clean energy focus.
  • New York is #2 in the U.S. for battery technology patents and #3 in the nation for wind and clean technology patents.
  • Investments in R&D facilities are eligible for a 9% corporate tax credit.

Abundant resources for companies focused on renewable resources

Both New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York Power Authority (NYPA) are vital partners for cleantech initiatives in New York State.

The $20 million 76West competition, administered by NYSERDA, is growing clean energy innovators in the Southern Tier. Clean energy companies have been among the winners of the $5 million 43North startup competition,  fueling innovation, investment and entrepreneurship in Western New York.

A broad spectrum of financial and technical assistance is available to help New York State firms capture the economic benefits of clean manufacturing and greener, low-cost power.

Industry Contact

Brenda Grober
Director, Industry Development; Clean Technology
  • Cleantech and Renewable Energy
(518) 292-5200