Here Comes The Sun: Bringing Solar Energy To Bed-Stuy And Crown Heights

Illustration via Here Comes Solar

As Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces that 900 solar projects are underway to encourage homes and businesses across New York to install solar panels, campaigns like Brooklyn SolarWorks and Here Comes Solar are working to phase out New York’s reliance on fossil fuels for solar energy.

With New York State goals aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent while generating 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, a date shared with President Obama’s goal of increasing the share of renewables–embracing geothermal, solar, and wind energy, as well as hydropower–in the US electricity generation mix to the level of 20 percent, these organizations are bringing solar panels to Brooklyn as a part of the NY-Sun program and Solarize campaign.

According to DNAinfo, Here Comes Solar’s Campaign Organizer, Jeremy Friedman said they launched their efforts to help homeowners and multifamily buildings in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights install the rooftop solar technology in order to show the community that it is possible “to make [alternative-energy generation] cost-effective and save homeowners money.”

With 55 homeowners in their sights (149,945 short of Governor Cuomo call for solar panels to be installed at 150,000 homes and businesses by 2020, but still), Brooklyn’s future never looked so bright.

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