With Superstorm Sandy still fresh in people's minds and the looming threat of future cataclysmic events that many attribute to global warming, state and local elected officials passed legislation to push New York into the forefront of green technology.
In support of alternative energy solutions, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol has volunteered his district as the poster child of clean energy in the state by voting in favor of legislation that provides a 4 percent statewide tax credit for the installation of solar panels at homes and businesses.
“What better place to use solar panel technology than right here in North Brooklyn,” Lentol said. “Many businesses and residents have made the initial investment and are leading the way in the community.”
Broadway Stages in North Brooklyn has already taken the step toward solar power.
“Broadway Stages’ deployment of solar panel arrays covering the entire footprint of their sound studios is rather impressive,” said Lentol. “They clearly understand the importance of alternative energy and I am proud to have businesses in my district who are leading the way in preserving the future of our environment.”
While a crucial step in advancing the city toward environmental awareness, Lentol explained that without these incentives the initial costs for making the change will too heavy of a burden.
“We must provide incentives for people to switch over to renewable energy, as long-term benefits are not realized by residents in the short-term,” Lentol said. “We must find ways to curb our greenhouse gas emissions and utilizing tax credits is a step in the right direction.”
The legislation follows Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent appointment of Richard Kaufman to his newly formed Energy Policy and Finance Sub-Cabinet.
“The appointment of Mr. Richard Kauffman substantiates the state’s pledge to invest in energy infrastructure and provide solutions to the financial barriers that alternative energy poses,” Lentol said.
Lentol said it is possible to promote green energy and grow the economy.
“If we can find ways through legislation to make solar energy more affordable, then we can create new jobs, help save the environment, all the while saving people hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on energy costs,” he added.