NYC power company hopes to develop solar energy projects throughout city

Solar energy may be hitting the bright lights of Broadway.

New York City energy provider Con Edison has requested permission from the New York State Public Service Commission to back their development of 25 megawatts of solar energy projects throughout the city in the next five years.

In order to get underway with the project, the proposal by Con Edison – which provides electric, gas, and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York – calls for $24.8 million from the state’s renewable energy funds be set aside to fund the project.

In total, the project would offset 16,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year – the equivalent of taking 2,400 cars off the road – while supplying enough solar energy to power 38,000 air conditioners.

"We believe that New York City, with its urban roofscape, has great potential as a center for solar power and we are confident that we can use our unique knowledge of our customers to make that a reality," said John Mucci, Con Ed’s vice president of Engineering and Planning. "We’re eager to take a greater leadership role in helping the state meet its ambitious renewable energy goals."

Con Ed has already submitted a separate proposal to the commission for an additional $125 million to create larger solar installations throughout the city over the next five years. If both proposals are approved, the combined solar energy would total 100 megawatts and offset 60,000 tons of CO2 every year.
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