April 25, 2017
By Neal Tepel
New York, NY – Solar capacity continues to expand in New York City. In the last three years, solar power has more than quadrupled, providing nearly 105 megawatts of electricity and directly supporting over 2,700 jobs across the five boroughs. The City is on track to reach more than 140 MW of solar capacity this year.
“We have been aggressively expanding New York’s solar capacity so we can deliver on our goals of creating a more sustainable, resilient and just city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “By making solar more accessible and affordable, we are combatting climate change and reducing the burden of air pollution. New York is now leading by example, rapidly deploying solar installations on city buildings, putting us on track to hit even more ambitious goals. With the launch of the first two Solarize NYC campaigns this week, more and more New Yorkers across the city will have access to lower-cost solar.”
To further support the City’s goal of installing 1 gigawatt of solar capacity citywide by 2030 – enough to power 250,000 homes – the City is launched
Solarize NYC, a citywide program designed to further increase access to solar through community group purchasing campaigns.
“Almost three years ago, New York City became the largest city on the planet to commit to meeting an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. And every day, we are pushing forward with the investments that will be necessary to meet this aggressive target,” said Daniel Zarrilli, NYC’s Senior Director for Climate Policy & Programs and Chief Resilience Officer. “We are excited to announce that solar capacity in New York City has more than quadrupled since 2013, with much more on the way. And we are excited to expand community solar access through Solarize NYC, ensuring greater access to new and affordable energy solutions. Together, we are building a more sustainable, more resilient, and more equitable city.”