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Published on June 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


NYC Solar Map Should Get Boost from NYC Stars

June 25th, 2011 by  

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The “New York City Solar Map” was launched last week. The map shows both existing solar PV & solar thermal installations in the Big Apple as well as solar PV rooftop potential across the city. As you can imagine, the potential is HUGE.

Solar rooftops could provide the city with about 50% of its peak electricity demand!

“The New York City Solar Map is a tool that all New Yorkers can use to learn about the potential for solar on their buildings and across the city. It also provides practical information and steps for installing solar,” the site for the map says.

Now, this is a great-looking project and hopefully it will help to spur a lot more solar projects in NYC. But rather than just leave it at that, the folks over at txchnologist came up with a rather cool idea: get some NYC stars on board to get this thing really going!

In particular, the folks over there picked out the homes of a number of NYC icons and celebrities who could solar up. Looking at Madonna’s $30-odd million Manhattan townhouse, Denzel Washington’s, Yoko Ono’s, Calvin Klein’s, Jennifer Aniston’s, Henry Kissinger’s, Ed Koch’s, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s, and a few others’ NYC homes, they found that these high rollers could create hundreds of kilowatts of solar power (the typical home solar array can create 5 kilowatts).

Good idea! Hope some of these stars will pick up on the challenge and look to install some solar power. “New York’s solar revolution has to start somewhere and celeb rooftops seem as good a place as any,” the txchnologist writes. Certainly!

Here’s a great follow-up idea from one of our Facebook readers: “How about a competition between NYC and Hollywood, CA.” Love it!

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  3. Solar Power Graphs to Make You Smile

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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