Date of Award

Fall 1-22-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Peter J. Marcotullio

Second Advisor

Ines M. Miyares

Academic Program Adviser

Jochen Albrecht


This paper investigates the drivers and distribution of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in New York State using statistical analysis and GIS. Rooftop residential solar projects were found across the state but were most heavily concentrated around the cities of New York, Schenectady and Ithaca. Larger scale, ground-mounted projects were located upstate and the less densely populated areas of the Lower Hudson Valley. Although there were more projects and kW generation downstate, individual solar PV installations were more likely to be larger in size upstate.

Included in

Geography Commons



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