New York City‘s private homes and businesses managed to double the city’s private solar power generation in 2010. Solar power production went up from 4.0 megawatts (MW) to 8.5 MW in the Big Apple and nearby Westchester County last year. Though that might seem like a small number, doubling the output is no small feat. Solar energy output increased through most of the area, but the clear winner was the New York City borough of Queens which quadrupled their installations from 16 to 64!
Con Edison, the local power provider in the area, credited the increase to a recent push to make it easier for customers to install their own solar panels. “We reached out to our customers and explained the economic and environmental benefits of using sun power in their homes and businesses,” said Robert Schimmenti, Con Edison’s vice president for engineering and planning. “We shortened our approval process for residential systems – those under 25 kW – and created a website where customers can submit their applications.”
New York City residents installed 203 solar arrays in 2010, compared to 134 in 2009. Con Edison’s easy to use and informative website can certainly be attributed as a big help to those who were looking to install solar panels, or for those wondering if renewable energy was a good fit for their business or home. The thorough website offers answers to frequently asked questions and issues had by local residents, as well as an easy online application for their installations.
We’re hoping that Con Edison’s helping hand will entice people to install increasing amounts of solar power in the coming years, moving that 8.5 MW mark to an even higher number.
Lead image by Bernd Untiedt