NYC mayor wants to boost solar power capacity five-fold

2016-02-04 09:30
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Andrew Burton, AFP)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Andrew Burton, AFP)

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New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to increase the solar power capacity of city-owned buildings five-fold.

The push comes as part of a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the country's most populous city by 80% by 2050.

Aides say de Blasio will announce his plans to bolster the city's solar power when he gives his State of the City address on Thursday.

As part of the new initiative, panels will be placed on 88 additional buildings, including 66 schools, the Queens Museum, Bellevue Hospital and the Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink on Coney Island.

Currently, 35 city-owned buildings have solar installations, producing nearly 5 megawatts of power, up from 0.7 megawatts when de Blasio took office in 2014.

A megawatt can power more than 100 homes.

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