Solar power in New York City nearly quadrupled

Solar power in New York City nearly quadrupled

In celebration of Climate Week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that solar capacity has nearly quadrupled since the start of his Administration, and will provide 96 MW of electricity, compared to 25 MW at the beginning of the de Blasio Administration.

The Department of Buildings will issue permits for more than 3,000 solar panel installations this year alone and that will bring the citywide total to more than 8,000 installations in 2016. That is an increase from 1,819 installations at the start of the administration. This solar growth puts the City on track to meet its OneNYC goals of installing 100 megawatts (MW) of solar power on public buildings and spurring the installation of 250 MW on private buildings by 2025.

Because of the role these targets play in catalyzing the city’s solar market, Mayor de Blasio announced an expansion of the City’s 2025 commitment to identify and remove barriers to solar adoption in order to facilitate over ‘1,000 MW of citywide solar capacity by 2030. 1,000 MW of solar capacity can meet the power needs of more than 250,000 households.

To ensure this renewable energy is available consistently, the Mayor also committed to the City’s first ever energy storage deployment target ‘ 100 megawatt-hours (MWh) by 2020. One MWh is the amount of energy produced by a 1-MW power source, such as solar panels or wind turbines, operating continually over an hour. This target will help reduce reliance on the grid by making variable sources of energy production, such as solar panels, usable for more of the day. Energy storage also helps increase the City’s resiliency by providing backup energy when the grid is offline.

With already more than 2,700 solar jobs in the city, the expanded solar capacity target will enable high-paying local job opportunities and solidify the city’s position as a leading solar job hub in the northeast while extending access to clean energy for communities throughout the city. This solar target is an important step in fostering a dynamic and inclusive economy, and to develop an industry with a significant potential for new jobs and initiatives that provide more just environmental outcomes for all New Yorkers. Through an unprecedented emphasis on community energy solutions, the City will work to identify areas for community shared solar installations that enable renters and those without suitable rooftops to become solar adopters as well.

‘As part of our OneNYC plan, and in order to meet our 80 x 50 goal, we made a commitment to install 100 MW of solar power on public buildings and 250 MW on private buildings by 2025,’ said Mayor Bill de Blasio. ‘I am happy to announce we’re on track to meet that goal having quadrupled solar capacity since 2013. This rapid progress has inspired us to expand that goal to 1,000 MW of solar power citywide ‘ which has the potential to power more than 250,000 homes. There’s only one New York, and we must do everything we can to ensure it’s protected for future generations.’

Source: City of New York

Date: October 2016

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