Solar power is energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy. Solar technologies use this energy for generating electricity, providing light, and heating water. This section provides resources and information related to solar energy and solar technology.

The Office of Energy & Renewable Energy provides information directly related to how solar technologies convert sunlight into electrical energy. Learn about this process.

NYSERDA provides information on how New York State is making solar energy more accessible to homes, businesses, and communities. Learn more about solar technologies in New York.

NYSERDA’s Solar Guidebook contains information and instructions to support local governments who are managing solar development in their communities. Access the guidebook

Local municipalities may wish to reference the decommissioning template when developing and/or updating their local laws specific to decommissioning of utility scale solar projects.  Access the template.

This application was developed by the Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Development to review resources relating to municipal concerns.  Access the map.

 The Office of Energy & Renewable Energy provides and resource guide for community solar projects and highlights best practices. Access the guidebook.

Federal, State, and Local government entities can utilize best practices and resources developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Technologies Office. Learn more.

NY-Sun provides information on incentives and financing for homeowners who are looking to go solar. Learn more.

The Department of Taxation and Finance provides information on who is eligible for the credit, how much the credit is, and how to claim the credit. Learn more.

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