Solar shining bright
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Dear Editor:

We already think of cities as centers of business, fashion, and the arts. Now, thanks to a nationwide solar energy boom, cities are increasingly becoming centers for clean energy production, and New York City is right at the center of it.

A new Environment New York Research & Policy Center report, Shining Cities, found that New York City ranks 9th in the nation for solar power installations, with enough solar online at the end of last year to power more than 6,300 homes.

As centers of population and energy consumption, cities like New York City are taking the logical lead in this solar energy boom. Through creative and forward-thinking policies like New York City’s “Solar Empowerment Zones,” cities nationwide are encouraging local lending for solar projects, facilitating community-owned solar, and making it easier for residents to go solar.

And right now, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) is considering establishing a program, called Community Net Metering, to allow expanded access to clean energy. This could be an innovative program that would empower low-income families, renters and millions of other New Yorkers to choose solar or other renewable energy sources for the first time.

With the cost of solar going down and concern about global warming going up, solar power is growing rapidly in New York City and across the state.

By building on the progress already made, New York City can continue to be a center of solar growth in the state and an example for other New York cities to follow.


Heather Leibowitz


Environment New York

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