Together We Rise.
When New York set its landmark Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) to reach 50% clean and renewable energy by 2030, we decided to help the state shatter its goals by helping bring solar power to the people.
We are a Long Island, New York-based solar company that works to facilitate NY – Sun. NY – Sun is a taxpayer benefit program that allows homeowners to make the easy switch to solar.
We Need You!
Whether you are passionate about the environment, are looking for a new challenge, want a job in a burgeoning industry, or something different altogether, we are hiring for multiple positions within our organization. We welcome you to attend our free career fair to learn more about our organization, engage with current staff, learn about our available openings, and submit your resume in-person.
When You Shine, We Shine.
We are looking for folks who are passionate about their work, respect people’s communities and time, and want to help improve our local and global environment every single day. We view our work as both essential and fun, and hope you can join our mission to bring New York far beyond its goal of 50% clean and renewable energy.
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There’s an unspeakable reward to working for New York State Solar.
Working in the solar industry is something that I now deeply cherish.
As a media studies and social justice graduate student at Queens College, working in an environment that actively feels like I’m contributing to society is a huge part of the lure. A normal corporate environment was never going to cut it for me. I like to work in different settings, engage with different people and ideologies, and not feel like time is my biggest obstacle to overcome.
Working for New York State Solar provides me all of these opportunities.
Before I began with New York State Solar in late-2016, I knew that solar energy was epic...I just didn’t understand the industry or the technologies. Learning about the amazing opportunities both the federal and state level provides was the first opportunity to step into a new world.
Then the fun part came: Applying that knowledge to Long Island’s communities.
I started with the company as part of the outreach team. It was my job to study the program and walk around neighborhoods to see which houses appeared to be a good fit. If a homeowner had a southern-facing roof in good condition with adequate sun exposure, I usually stopped by to speak to them.
Most homeowners are reluctant to speak to you. They no doubt have conjured memories of gimmicky salespeople trying to spread an agenda that will spur an immediate profit through an impulse buy — so when I was told that going door-to-door was part of the job, I was naturally a little reluctant to begin working. I did just finish my bachelor’s degree and believed I should be doing something more conventional — but what that meant I wasn’t sure.
This is different. You can honestly tell homeowners that you are not looking to sell anything.
We work with local installers to find houses that qualify for a New York taxpayer benefit program. If the homeowner meets all of the qualifications of NY – Sun, they keep paying the same PSEG bill that they currently do, lock-in their energy rate, oftentimes see immediate savings, and help support the local economy and environment.
NY – Sun is a New York State taxpayer-benefit program created to help New York’s Clean Energy Initiative, which states that 50 percent of the state’s energy must come from clean and renewable sources by 2030.
That’s not to say there aren’t obstacles.
There are days when the outreach team battles in-climate weather. There are days when your feet will hurt, nobody seems to be home, or you aren’t feeling motivated. But if you are part of outreach and you work for the company for one day or five years, you have made a difference that you can feel positive about.
I’ve been there. Curling my toes underneath my desk, extending my feet to try to stretch, laser-focused on a computer screen for eight hours as I try to battle tears from forming in my eyes. The labors of a desk job are many.
Taking a big leap forward to join New York State Solar has supported my quest to earn a master’s degree, work with the local community, and feel proud of my day’s work. We have many new opportunities for people to join our team — from outreach to project managers to system designers.
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70 United States mayors from 26 states committed to make solar a hallmark of their communities’ future, according to a press release issued by Environmental America.
The press release highlights solar’s immense local community benefits: The booming industry provides jobs, keeps spending local, and reduces pollution.
“The U.S. has the potential to produce 100 times more solar power than the total amount of energy we consume each year,” the release writes. As public officials look to improve their constituent’s lifestyles, solar is among the most viable options.
Though solar energy jobs are growing 17 times faster than the United States economy, this pledge represents a significant step for an industry that faces immense lobbyist challenges. Fossil fuel companies have spent over $93 million lobbying congress in 2017 compared to less than $1 million spent by the solar industry.
As the United States looks to create a self-sufficient and clean future, solar energy is a platform most agree on. For New York residents, the time has never been easier to look into a taxpayer benefit program to make the transition.
New York State mandates that 50 percent of the state’s energy must come from renewable sources by 2030. The New York – Sun program was created to provide an easy path for homeowners to go solar. The $5 billion taxpayer benefit program allows qualifying residences to make the switch to solar so long as their house meets the state’s requirements. A southern-facing roof in good condition with adequate exposure to sunlight is a primary qualifier, though you can click here to learn more about if NY – Sun is right for you.Read More
General Electric (GE) Power last week announced plans to layoff 12,000 workers as it looks to slash $1 billion from its budget, according to Madison. GE Power’s layoffs will come from its power plant division as clean and renewable energy sources continue to dominate the future of domestic energy consumption and production.
The United States solar industry in 2016 continued its sharp ascent when it employed 260,077 workers, a 25 percent increase over 2015, according to The Solar Foundation. Last year marked the first year that clean and renewable energy jobs surpassed jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
Optimism surrounds the future of solar energy as the price of producing solar arrays and panels continues to plummet. Jobs in solar are projected to grow 10 percent in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy and Employment Report.
The average annual cost of fossil fuels increases every year. Standard inflation and decreased demand drive prices higher. What was once a niche market for green enthusiasts is quickly becoming the standard bearer.
The ability for businesses and homeowners to take control of their energy production is a huge contributing factor in the shift, especially for residences that produce more energy than they consume and can earn money back on what they don’t use.
How do I make the switch?
New York State Solar helps Long Island residences and businesses make the transition to solar energy through the NY – Sun program. The NY – Sun program is a taxpayer benefit program between New York State and PSEG to help New York become the nationwide leader in solar energy. To speak to a solar representative to learn more about if NY – Sun is the right decision for you, click here.Read More