Other legislation recently approved by Cuomo supports farmers in their efforts to reduce their energy bills with the installation of clean energy projects such as solar and fuel cells. Specifically, legislation approved by Cuomo increases from 25 kilowatts to 100 kilowatts the maximum electricity generation for the solar electric systems eligible for net metering without the need to move them to a commercial meter. Also, another bill authorizes the remote net metering of fuel cells installed on farms and nonresidential buildings.
Agriculture Committee Chairman Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson said: “This is wonderful news, and I applaud the governor on his efforts to support farms all across the state. For too long, farms have been faced with significant increases in energy costs, fuel, fertilizer and many other burdens keeping them from getting ahead. This program will certainly help farmers grow and allow them to stay viable in New York State.”
State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Milford said, “Agriculture is a key piece of our area’s economic fabric and way of life. As a long-time member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I have helped develop laws to reduce the high energy costs farmers face, cut unnecessary government red tape, and open up new markets for our agricultural products. Farmers are true stewards of the land and initiatives like the Dairy Acceleration Program and measures to increase the use of anaerobic digesters will make it easier for them to take advantage of new technology and help our agriculture industry grow and thrive.”