White Plains Installing More Than 1,000 Solar Panels As Part Of Push To Increase Renewable Energy – CBS New York

WHITE PLAINS, NY (CBSNewYork) – New York is at an insane pace to increase the production of renewable energy from sources including the sun.

Now a new solar project in White Plains could pave the way for many more across the state.

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As Tony Aiello of CBS2 reported, Drone Force 2 recently revealed what’s on the roof of the DPW garage in White Plains: the first of more than 1,000 solar panels that collects energy from the sun, energy passed through inverter boxes and then into which flows Con Edison power grid.

The city rents eight additional properties to a solar energy company, has sales of nearly $ 1 million and generates 7 megawatts of electricity per year.

“There is enough energy to supply 700 houses with electricity. That makes us the largest municipal power producer in the county for sure, ”said Tom Roach, Mayor of White Plains.

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About 10 years ago, White Plains streamlined the process to make it easier for residents to put solar panels on their roofs. But only a relative handful have done that. This new collaborative solar project will be like putting panels on 1,000 roofs.

The Cuomo administration has an aggressive mandate. By 2030, the share of renewable energies in electricity generation must triple from 23% to 70%. It’s a challenge – the White Plains Project will produce in a year what the soon-to-be-decommissioned Indian Point nuclear reactor will do in less than a day. Because of this, the New York Power Authority wants many more communities to follow the example of the White Plains.

“This is an example. We hope we can expand this with all cities and counties across the state,” said Gil Quiniones of the New York Power Authority.

The proliferation of solar panels will bring another benefit. Low-income customers can sign up for a community solar program and receive 10% credit on their Con Ed bill.

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The solar panels for the project are made in Malaysia. The renewable energy company says panels made at a Cuomo administration facility near Buffalo are not suitable for commercial projects.

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