New York State is set to offer a total of $30m to support solar photovoltaic installers and developers.

The move comes as authorities attempt to increase solar generating capacity in downstate New York, through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the state Public Service Commission (PSC).

It is the first year of funding under a $150m, five-year program intended to increase the amount of solar electricity used in the region where energy use is highest, Cleanenergyauthority.com reports.

The funds can cover up to $3m or 50 per cent of a large-scale onsite PV installation.

“This is the first time we’ve done something of this scale,” said NYSERDA spokesperson Alan Wechsler.

The funds are intended to support projects that are largely behind-the-meter projects, wherein all the power produced onsite is used there, rather than going back on the grid, although in some instances the site can net meter.

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