Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) signed a package of bills August 17 offering tax breaks for solar energy systems installed at residential, commercial, and industrial properties. One bill (S. 3203), which takes effect January 1, offers state and local sales tax exemptions for the installation and purchase of solar energy systems for commercial properties. A second bill (A. 34), which took effect immediately, offers a state tax credit of up to $5000 to homeowners who lease solar energy equipment or purchase solar power. A third measure (A. 10620) extends the real property tax abatement for solar equipment installed at residential, commercial, and industrial properties through 2014. The tax abatement gives eligible taxpayers a 2.5 percent break on the cost of solar equipment.