Scott Stringer: Let's Put Solar Panels on School Roofs

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is likely to run for mayor, released a report yesterday that called for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of city public schools.

Releasing reports -- it's the thing to do if you want to be mayor, apparently!

This one here is one of those win-win things -- thousands of new jobs AND clean energy.

To be specific here, the borough president's report says the solar panels could provide 5,423 green collar jobs and remove 76,696 tons of carbon from the air each year. (That's the same as planting more than 400,000 trees).

Stringer presented this as a no-brainer and one that is important if New York City wants to stay ahead.

(The mayor -- who sometimes clashes with Stringer -- could agree on this one, given his love of innovation).

"Solar energy installations and public schools are a perfect match," Stringer said in a press release sent out yesterday. "This is an idea whose time has come -- a cost-effective, sensible program that will create jobs, lower energy bills, and save tax dollars for decades to come."

Similar programs have been successfully launched in Denver and Portland, Ore. And New Jersey! And Germany and China, too.

"New York City should be a global leader, not a follower, in expanding our region's solar economy," he said.

His report draws on the City University of New York's NYC Solar Map -- showing how these installations could host 169.46 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity. This could be economically feasible through so-called Power Purchase Agreements, he said, where private vendors use renewable energy credits to set up and maintain solar panels in exchange for a portion of future savings.

He urged the state legislature to pass the Solar Jobs Act, currently pending, which would encourage power purchase agreements and, he argues, generate tens of thousands of jobs and generate billions in new revenue.

Schools are just the start, he said.

"If every rooftop in the city were properly fitted with solar energy installations, estimates from CUNY suggest we could generate half of New York's peak energy supply."

[SamTLevin / @SamTLevin]

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solar power victoria

 The sunlight reaches the earth year long, therefore it is a renewable source of energy. To know what are the advantages of solar energy one needs to look at what we most commonly use as an energy source, which is oil. Oil takes millions of years to be naturally created; therefore it cannot be called a renewable source of energy.

solar power victoria
solar power victoria

 This company also offers a solar energy option. You'll just need to arrange for a licensed installer to set up your solar panels in your home. You can then request for Red to place a solar power meter in your home.

solar power victoria
solar power victoria

 Humans have been making use of the sun's energy since the beginning of its existence. This energy that naturally reaches the earth can be used to produce heat and electricity.

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