New York City expands 2030 solar target

New York City expands 2030 solar target

New York City has set a new target for solar power capacity of 1,000MW by 2030, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced this week.

The mayor also reported that solar capacity has nearly quadrupled since the start of his administration, now providing 96MW of electricity compared to 25MW.

The new target will see solar power produce enough energy to power more than 250,000 of the city’s homes.

New York City currently has 2,700 solar related jobs and that number is also set to grow as de Blasio expands solar power capacity.

“As part of our OneNYC plan, and in order to meet our 80 x 50 goal, we made a commitment to install 100MW of solar power on public buildings and 250MW on private buildings by 2025,” said 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.’

The Department of Buildings will issue permits for more than 3,000 solar panel installations this year alone and that will bring the city wide total to more than 8,000 installations in 2016.

“The exponential growth in solar installations during this administration is encouraging for the future sustainability of our city, and is pivotal to realising an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050,” said Building Commissioner Rick Chandler.