Friday, May 11, 2012

Queens Rays-ing the Bar on Solar

Big Manhattan buildings cast an even bigger shadow on the borough’s ability to make energy from the sun.
Tall Manhattan skyscrapers blocking out the sun have once again

Those sun-blocking skyscrapers have paved the way for Queens to become the city’s leader in solar energy generation, according to analysts and data recently released by Con Edison.

But experts say that’s still good news for people living and working in Manhattan — solar customers in the outer boroughs take pressure off the power grid.

Overall, Con Ed’s 452 solar using customers in the city generate up to 8.5 megawatts of power — enough to power roughly 8,500 homes. That’s up from just 1 megawatt citywide in 2007, according to the NYC Solar America Partnership.

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