Solar projects in the Finger Lakes region grew from 266 to 2,257 in the last six years, or 748 percent. Statewide, projects soared to 78,323 from 9,079 during the same period.

Solar power, in terms of megawatts, jumped more than 1,000 percent December 2011 to December 2017, leveraging more than $2.8 billion in private investment, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said.

The largest percentage increase in solar power was in New York City, followed by the Mohawk Valley, Mid-Hudson, Central New York and the Capital Region.

In 2014, Cuomo committed nearly $1 billion to the NY-Sun program to stimulate the marketplace and increase the number of solar electric systems across the state over 10 years. NY-Sun aims to add a total of three gigawatts of installed solar capacity in New York by 2023. One gigawatt equals 1,000 megawatts. New York now has more than 12,000 workers engaged in solar jobs.

The following table highlights the significant expansion of solar power under New York State Energy Research and Development Authority  in each region of the state from the end of 2011 through the end of December 2017:

Region Projects Installed Through 2011 Projects Installed Through Dec. 2017 Percent Megawatt Increase (%) Percent Projects Increase (%)
Capital Region 991 9,914 1,463 900
Central New York 185 1,970 2,393 965
Finger Lakes 266 2,257 2,275 748
Long Island 4,756 26,077 520 448
Mid-Hudson 1,353 17,511 1,518 1,194
Mohawk Valley 162 2,211 2,510 1,265
New York City 404 12,326 1,634 2,951
North Country 200 1,250 1,092 525
Southern Tier 402 2,348 1,396 484
Western New York 360 2,459 887 583
Total 9,079 78,323 1,071 763