Solar Growth in the Big Apple

Wed, 2012-04-11 09:35

With a record 1,855 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity in the U.S. last year, solar power generation is on a rapid incline. Fueled by declining solar panel costs, numerous cities across the country are beginning to develop strategies to offset growing energy costs.

As reported earlier this week, New York City has tripled its solar power generation with the completion of 10 new solar panel installations atop city buildings. According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, these panels, spread throughout the five boroughs, have increased solar capacity in New York City to 8.4 megawatts. The city’s sustainability plan, PlaNYC, is expected to provide close to $32 million a year in energy savings, while simultaneously reducing utility costs.

In discussing the city’s solar initiatives, Tony Scaramellino, founder and CEO of Efficiency 2.0 underlined how “the city’s commitment to clean energy makes it the best place in the world for innovative technology companies to start, grow, and succeed.” However, many city officials including Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, criticized Bloomberg for not developing more aggressive strategies. “The increase in New York City’s solar capacity over the last six years is welcome news,” Stringer noted. “But to put the mayor’s announcement in perspective, in the last two years, New Jersey installed over 440 megawatts of solar energy.”

Despite the minimal generation of solar energy in New York City, the development of alternative energy strategies will continue to evolve, allowing for the generation of solar power on a grander scale. As one of the largest cities in the world, and the largest city in the United States, the continued development of solar power installations across the city will drive increased renewable energy consumption.

As more cities begin implementing renewable energy strategies, the demand for qualified professionals will dramatically increase. To become a part of the movement, you’ll need to learn the basics of solar energy and achieve industry certifications to get you qualified to do the work. Read more about renewable energy on Everblue’s Solar Training page.

By Peter J. Bock

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