Legislation A.9598/S.8648 which requires a prevailing wage for renewable energy projects one megawatt and larger has been signed into law in New York State.
This legislation involves the procurement of renewable energy credits from a public entity supporting Governor Hochul’s new goal for ten gigawatts of distributed solar by 2030, enough to annually power nearly 700,000 average-sized homes. New York’s ten-gigawatt roadmap, provides a comprehensive strategy to expand the state’s successful NY-Sun initiative into one of the largest distributed solar programs of its kind in the nation.
The public investment to achieve ten gigawatts of solar will spur over $4.4 billion in private investment. 6,000 additional solar jobs will be created across the state, including with the State’s first application of prevailing wage requirements for solar projects between one and five megawatts.
State Senator Jessica Ramos, Chair of the Senate Labor Committee, said, “Putting prevailing wages and organized labor at the helm of our State’s transition to renewable energy will allow New York to lift up communities with family-sustaining wages while leading on our efforts to tackle the climate crisis. I’m thrilled that my bill with Assembly Member Joyner is being signed today, and hope it is one of many steps to build a climate future with working families as the priority.”
Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, said, “This bill-signing represents a significant investment by the state in efforts to advance our energy efficiency goals and create thousands of high-quality, middle-class jobs with benefits. We applaud Governor Hochul for her unwavering commitment to trailblazing these projects and ensuring the tradesmen and tradeswomen involved are thoroughly supported. Now more than ever, we need clean energy projects that create opportunity and stability for New York’s working people and continue to position our state as a leader in modern efficiency standards.”