Photo voltaic panels are coming to seven Queens colleges, metropolis says — Queens Day by day Eagle
By Rachel Vick
Seven public schools in Queens will soon be generating enough solar energy to power 330 households for a year.
Each of the schools will be equipped with new rooftop solar panels, part of a city and state initiative to equip 47 public schools in the five counties, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the New York Power Authority said Thursday With.
“Our schools deal with climate change not only in the classroom, but also on the roof,” said DCAS Commissioner Lisette Camilo.
DCAS has not yet identified the specific schools but said the decision will be made by the end of the year. They will give priority to low-income communities with higher pollution levels to promote environmental justice, a spokesman said.
The city has signed a contract with ENGIE for the installation of the solar modules until the end of 2022.
“When solar panels in New York facilities in different parts of the city are powered by solar energy, they can deliver affordable, clean, and reliable power to all five boroughs,” said Gil Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA.
The roof slab of Queens alone will produce 1.3 megawatts of electricity from renewable energies – enough to supply 330 households with electricity for a year.
Public schools are currently responsible for nearly a third of the city’s building emissions, and the roof tiles will cut 413 tons of carbon dioxide emissions while providing the opportunity to include climate education in the curriculum, according to DCAS, NYPA and the DOE in a statement.
“Today’s young people are the heirs of our planet and it is our responsibility to do all we can to make a living, vibrant world for them,” said Kevin Moran, DOE chief school operations officer.
The initiative, which also includes an installation on Wards Island and urban facilities in the hinterland, aims to help meet the climate goals set by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council. The aim is to reduce emissions in the city by 80 percent by 2050 and to generate 100 megawatts of solar energy from public buildings by 2025.