New York City Mayor de Blasio announced today the funding of 24 installations as part of the administration’s new green buildings plan, tripling the amount of solar currently planned on City-owned buildings, and marking another step forward as the City works to dramatically reduce its contributions to climate change.

The 24 new installations will be funded by $5 million in grants from under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative and a $28 million investment by the City. The planned 6.25 MW of solar power at these 24 installations will result in a reduction of more than 2,800 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year, as well as offer students an environmental curriculum where they can track in real time what the systems are generating and the emissions offset.

The new solar projects are part of a larger commitment, One City, Built to Last, announced at the start of Climate Week. Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City is committed to an 80 percent reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions over 2005 levels by 2050.

“These 24 new solar installations at our schools mark a significant step forward, tripling the amount of solar currently on City buildings,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “In the next 10 years, we’ll retrofit every single public building with significant energy use, and catalyze the private sector to begin to do the same, charting a path toward an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050 and a total transition from fossil fuels. Our very future is at stake, and New York must continue to lead the way.”

One City, Built to Last focuses on dramatically reducing emissions from buildings, which account for nearly three-quarters of the City’s carbon emissions and commitd to installing 100 MW of solar power.

(SOURCE: NY City Mayor’s Office)

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