Last week during Climate Week NYC New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the amount of solar power in the city has nearly quadrupled since he took office, with 96 megawatts of solar installed. However, that’s small potatoes compared to the goal the big apple goal the city has set for 2030—1,000 megawatts of solar power.
When de Blasio took office in 2015 the city only had 25 megawatts of solar power installed, the mayor’s office stated. At that point, there were only 1,819 solar installations in the city. With an expected approval of 3,000 solar installations in the city this year New York City should surpass 8,000 installations by the end of 2016, the office said.
“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,” de Blasio said. The 80 x 50 goal seeks to reduce the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. “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.”
The mayor’s office also set ambitious goals for new energy storage, 100-megawatt hours (MWhs) by 2020. The energy storage systems will help solar and wind be more reliable sources of energy by helping to stabilize the amount of electricity they put on the grid. Moreover, they can provide backup energy when the grid is offline.
“Mayor de Blasio's continued and expanded commitment to powering the city with solar is positioning New York to lead the nation in both addressing climate change and transitioning to a clean energy economy,” said Adam Browning, Executive Director of Vote Solar. “New York City's commitment to solar is an investment in local health, local resiliency, and local jobs fit for the 21st century economy.”
“The exponential growth of solar in New York City has been fueled by the largest mayoral commitment in the country that sets direction for the actions of the NYC Solar Partnership,” said Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability at CUNY and lead for the NYC Solar Partnership. “Solar+Storage offers opportunities to add resiliency and confront climate change. The Smart DG Hub, led by Sustainable CUNY, is working with the mayor's office to connect stakeholders and to lay the pathway to the storage market in NYC and is proud to support these new and important, industry transforming storage goals."
The city will build on the goals it set In 2014, through programs like Solarize NYC for residents and the Solar Schools Initiative, which is helping over 100 schools go solar. The city’s Department of Buildings is helping by streamlining the process of going solar as well by making it easier to certify small installations, hiring additional examiners and providing examiners with more solar training.Tweet