• Governor Andrew Cuomo launched a $1 billion effort to transform New York’s solar industry last week, offering greater incentives to the industry to install more photovoltaic panels throughout the state through the NY-Sun program. The initiative doubles the amount of state money for solar power on Long Island from $28 million to $60 million, which will be allocated, in part, to subsidies for homeowners who want to install solar power.
• Real estate on the East End had a barnburner of a first quarter, with most areas on both forks showing sales growth, increased inventory and an upward trend in prices. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• This Tuesday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m., volunteers from the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will be refreshing Paumanok Path blazing. New volunteers are always welcome so long as they dress for painting. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Intrepid wheat farmers Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin of Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett were featured in a segment on WNYC’s “Last Chance Foods”on Friday. Their full interview is online here.
• Speaking of agriculture, Congressman Tim Bishop is urging East End farmers to apply for new grants for specialty crop production. The farm bill passed earlier this year contains $1.4 million million for New York State specialty farmers. The application, which is online here, is due May 2. The grants support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and are geared towards increasing nutritional knowledge and specialty crop consumption, improving distribution efficiency, enhancing food safety, controlling pests and diseases, creating organic and sustainable production practices, and establishing local and regional fresh food systems.
• Long Island Restaurant Week started on Sunday, and 18 East End restaurants are participating. If you’re in the mood for a $27.95 prix fixe, more information is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.