New York’s Rooftop Solar PV Boom

24th Apr 2013

As part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to reduce New York’s carbon emissions by 30% by the year 2030, aggressive programs that focus on renewable energy have been growing stronger. According to recent data released by the City College of New York (CUNY), by the end of 2012 New York had 14 megawatts of installed rooftop solar photovoltaics, up from 5.5 megawatts in 2011.

14 megawatts when compared to some of the large solar farms installed around the world, which can have capacities greater than 100 megawatts at times, but these large facilities stretch across thousands of acres of land, whereas New York’s 14 megawatts are made up of hundreds, or thousands, of small, individual installations. The panels can be viewed on CUNY’s NYC Solar Map.

The 14 megawatts of installed capacity have added an estimated $116 million to the city’s economy through increased trade for supply chain services that support the solar installations. CUNY said that “the supply chain of services that provide support to the solar industry includes engineers, architects, and electricians. The improvements and growth in the NYC market have also attracted companies that offer solar leasing and third party purchasing agreements, providing opportunities for New Yorkers to install solar for relatively small upfront costs.”

By. Charles Kennedy