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Con Edison and Partners Placing Solar Panels On NYC Housing Authority Developments

Twelve newly trained solar installers are placing panels on New York City Housing Authority developments to provide clean power at discounted rates for low- and moderate-income subscribers.  

These workers, who are NYCHA residents from across the city, are currently atop roofs at Glenwood Houses, a development in the Flatlands area of Brooklyn. From there, they’ll move to Kingsborough Houses in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. They already completed installation work at Carver Houses in northern Manhattan. .

Photo courtesy of Con Edison

The solar arrays at the three developments will be capable of generating about 1 megawatt – that’s 1 million watts – of electricity.  

At least 400 low- and moderate-income Con Edison customers will benefit from this power, saving about $120 a year each on their electric bills. Lease revenue from use of the roof space will go to the host NYCHA developments.

“We are determined to build an inclusive clean energy future with opportunities for all,” said Tim Cawley, the president and chief executive of Con Edison. “Our Community Power program is giving apprentice installers the chance to develop a marketable skill in a growing field, while providing low- and moderate-income customers with access to clean energy and savings on their utility bills. Our customers across New York City and Westchester County are showing they want access to solar energy and we want everyone to be included.”  

“We are proud to facilitate solar teams that connect NYCHA residents to green careers, both in their communities and throughout New York City,” said Vlada Kenniff, vice president for Energy & Sustainability for NYCHA. “These partnerships provide our residents with low-cost solar energy and a wider opportunity to participate in the clean energy workforce.”   

Con Edison is working on the project with NYCHA and other partners that have proven records of contributing to New York City’s sustainability. The lead partner, Solar One, provides training and education to make sustainable energy and green jobs more accessible for all New Yorkers.   “Community Power shows how public, utility, and community partnerships can develop successful renewable energy projects that provide good jobs and utility bill savings to those who need it most,” said Juan Parra, director of Community Solar for Solar One. “This model can be replicated with other public rooftops in NYC and beyond. It’s the Green New Deal in action.”

Con Edison customers can confirm their eligibility and sign up to learn more at communitypower.nyc.  

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