Some are working hard to clean up the power industry via solar co-ops. Some are doing so through solar nonprofits that bring safer energy and lower, fairer energy rates. Some are working in giant corporate offices to bring about solar gigawatts at a time. In the following story, you have an interesting mix.
New York City is seeing good progress towards community-centered, decentralized, renewable energy sources. It is also see more interest in larger solar projects. Changes in New York City show signs of a city that continues to impress, with the transition toward cleaner energy and cleaner transit continuing its pragmatic as well as visionary reputation. Cleantech simply makes sense.
As one example, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) recently granted consent to a solar project on one of the most famous airports in the world (maybe the most famous). Up to 13 megawatts (MW) of solar panels will be installed at John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.
Renewables Now provides more details: “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said on Thursday it will work on the project together with the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The scheme calls for the installation of an on-site photovoltaic (PV) array of between 5 MW and 8 MW, to be used for the Port Authority’s own consumption, as well as a 5-MW plant that will sell electricity to low-income neighborhoods at reduced rates.”
“The community solar project is likely to be developed through a lease agreement with a solar developer. The selected developer will be in charge of designing and building the PV plant over a portion of JFK’s parking space, and will also be its owner and operator.
“The PV project is in line with the Port Authority’s long-term goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.”
Intelligent humans of New York, give us hope that the green transition will continue in New York City. The human element brings about one more solar panel, one more electric bus, and one more protected bicycle lane at a time.