Grant given to help promote solar power

The organization is teaming up with Catskill Mountainkeeper, Sustainable Hudson Valley, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.

Part of the effort will include raising awareness of the need for students to be educated about clean energy and the job possibilities.

Those aren't all in installation, but also include financial, manager, and communication positions. 

The groups also want to get more people to install solar panels on their homes and businesses.

The sustainability coalition's efforts last year doubled the number of solar power systems in Broome and Tioga counties compared with 2013.

Now, more counties will be concentrated on, including Chenango and Delaware.

Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager Adam Flint said solar is presenting opportunities for jobs now, unlike the proposals for fracking and a casino.

"This is here now. This is the bird in the hand. These jobs are coming now. I would urge everyone to check it out and find out what opportunities exist to both deploy solar on your business, on your school, to meet your municipal needs and home needs, as well as people looking for work. I think this is going to be a job driver," said Flint.

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