Did you know that Long Island has the highest average sunshine in New York State?
Why solar makes even greater sense on Long Island:
High electric rates. Long Island ‘s electric rates are among the highest in the nation, and have climbed an average of 5 to 7% annually over the past fifteen years as the cost of fossil fuels that generate electricity skyrocketed, and Long Islanders' usage has exploded. Only Hawaii and some towns in California have higher electricity rates than Long Island -- that means we are the third highest in the nation, but solar energy can alleviate those staggering costs!
Q. Is it true that the geography of Long Island allows for above-average sunshine, making it ideal for solar energy? A. Absolutely. Although the largest solar market in the world is Germany, the country has much less sunshine than most of the United States. Interestingly, when it comes to New York State, Long Island is the area that receives the greatest amount of sunshine. The sun coming from the south reflects off the ocean and increases the light intensity. And, because Long Island is the largest landmass in the north to have a beach facing south to the Atlantic Ocean, it gets an extraordinary amount of winter sunlight. The coastline faces East/West and is considered by scientists to have the most of any reflected winter sunlight in the world.
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A few other reasons many Long Islanders have switched to solar energy:
• Other financialincentives. Federal and state tax credits, and state and county sales tax exemptions are available for solar installations. There is also a 15-year state real property tax exemption for the increased assessed value a solar system provides. • Grid relief. Remember the regional outages caused by too much drain on the power grid? By installing solar, the electricity you use comes from the sun, not the grid. And, any solar power you don’t use goes back to the grid to help alleviate overload and you are credited for that! • For our children. Probably the best reason is it’s the right thing to do for future generations. With all the recent media coverage on global warming and Americans’ ongoing disproportionate consumption of fossil fuels, you can proudly say you are part of the solution when you install solar. Renewable energy is the right decision for our children and the generations to come, particularly in view of preserving Long Island’s precious natural resources. • Emerging status symbol. Many celebrities have embraced the idea of using solar energy as their way of saving the earth — it’s fast becoming a status symbol from Hollywood to the Hamptons, from Malibu to Montauk.