Massive solar power increase in New York City reported
To mark Climate Week 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the New York City solar power capacity has surged almost 400% since he took office in January 2014.
Solar power in New York will provide 96 megawatts of electricity, up from the previous 25 megawatts that were produced prior to de Blasio’s election. It’s a step toward the mayor’s goal of reducing New York’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Building Department will issue permits for 3,000 new solar panels
The City of New York’s goal was to have more than 8,000 solar panel installations by the end of 2016, an increase of 1,819 in January 2014. The growth will allow the city to meet its overall goal of 100 megawatts of solar energy generated by public buildings by 2025.
Officials hope that growth will encourage growth to the tune of 250 megawatts of solar power on private buildings in the same period. The city also plans to identify solutions to enable renters and others without their own rooftops to take advantage of solar power as well.
The city also plans to provide capacity for more than 1,000 megawatts of solar power citywide by 2030. Should that goal be achieved, that capacity could fuel more than 250,000 homes.
There are currently more than 2,700 jobs in New York’s solar power industry, and officials expect expanding the city’s solar capacity will encourage the growth of high-paying local jobs. Officials also hope to promote New York as a hub for solar power jobs in the northeast.
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