Talk about some sunny news! Just in time for Earth Day, Mayor de Blasio announced that solar power capacity in NYC has tripled since early 2014. In case you are thinking that this is sufficient for the Big Apple, well, de Blasio isn’t 100 percent satisfied. To further increase citywide access to affordable solar energy, the mayor has launched Solarize NYC, a new program designed to encourage community group solar purchasing campaigns.



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The NYC solar capacity of both private and public installations now reaches almost 75 megawatts. Public solar capacity has increased a whopping 13-fold since 2014, and private solar capacity has tripled from 24 MW at the beginning of 2014 to nearly 65 MW.

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The new program, Solarize NYC, will be a key feature in helping the city reach its ambitious OneNYC goal of moving toward renewables in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Specifically, the new solar program is designed to help achieve the goal of installing 250 MW of solar capacity on private property by 2025. To do so, Solarize NYC will be providing resources and discounted pricing in areas that, up until now, have had limited access to solar power.

“New York City is moving toward renewable, clean energy and away from fossil fuels, and making solar more accessible is a key piece of that puzzle,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’ve focused on cutting red tape and leading by example, and solar installations have already tripled since the beginning of this administration. Now, Solarize NYC means more and more New Yorkers across the city will have access to lower-cost solar – and can help us achieve our OneNYC goals of 80×50 and more.”

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