Metropolis To Set up Photo voltaic Panels On Queens Colleges
QUEENS, NY – According to official data and a news report, seven public schools in Queens will be equipped with solar panels by the end of next year as part of a city and state initiative to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy sources.
The Queens schools, which have not yet been selected, are among the 47 public schools in the five boroughs that will receive solar panels on their rooftops, the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the New York Power Authority said Thursday.
The solar panels of the seven schools in Queens alone will generate enough energy to supply 330 households with electricity for a year, reported the Queens Daily Eagle.
In total, the solar systems will reduce almost 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year – just like 1,500 cars are taken off the road according to a press release.
Public schools’ carbon emissions account for nearly a third of the emissions caused by city buildings, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services said.
“Our schools address climate change not only in the classroom but also on the roof,” said Lisette Camilo, NYC commissioner for citywide administrative services. “New solar systems in schools and other public facilities will generate green energy that will help meet Mayor de Blasio’s goal of cutting city-wide emissions by 80% by 2050.”
The city selected Ameresco and ENGIE North America to install the solar modules.
Schools in low-income communities with higher pollution levels will have priority in deciding where to place the solar panels, a ministry spokesman for citywide administrative services told Eagle.