Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Treehugger Tuesday

Beginning this week, I will be posting a single, weekly conservation/environmental news story. This week's posting concerns New York City's increased use of solar generated energy.

The following story was posted on CBS Interactive's "SmartPlanet" website:

New York City’s solar power generation doubled in 2010
By David Worthington, Feb 11, 2011

Solar power is beginning to take a bite out of the Big Apple’s energy demands. Installations of photovoltaics have more than doubled over the past year, says New York utility Con Edison.

ConEd customers in New York City and Westchester County, an affluent northern suburb of Manhattan, added 4.5 megawatts of renewable energy to the grid in 2010. 203 solar projects were added to the grid in 2010, up from 134 the previous year.

There is now a total of 8.5 megawatts of photovoltaic-generated electricity on ConEd’s system. The utility is partnering with the City University of New York (CUNY) on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America City program, which was initiated in 2007 to advance the adoption of solar technologies.

Read the entire article here.

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