Statewide legislation takes C-CARE in new direction

NORWICH – New legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that makes solar energy more affordable for businesses and residents statewide has rejuvenated the Chenango Community Action for Renewable Energy (C-CARE), pushing the organization to advocate for alternative energy in the county.

The series of bills signed by the Governor in August work in conjunction with the NY-Sun initiative, an act the governor signed in April as part of an effort to double the amount of sited solar pannels installed annually and quadruple that amount by 2013. New solar power incentives include statewide tax credits for the lease and power purchase agreements of solar equipment, and tax exemptions for solar equipment used for commercial purposes.

According to C-CARE Chair Kenneth Fogarty, the new statewide incentives have led to increased response from residents across the county. Solar efforts are a step up for the renewable energy coalition, he added, and uphold its mission to promote renewable solar energy to residents, businesses and municipalities within the county.

“It’s a nice step forward,” Fogarty said. “All of these things take us further into the direction of where we would like to see things going ... We’re moving in a direction where we call for local sustainability. As grids go down, you need local production of electricity and we see solar power as a source of energy that is not getting scarcer and scarcer.”

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