The administration of American state of New York within the frameworks of fight against global warming decided to transfer part of schools and other municipal buildings to the sun energy. Solar panels will appear on the roofs of 47 educational institutions and several water treatment facilities, writes Bloomberg with reference to the statements of the governor of the state Kathy Hochul.
According to the head of New York, by 2025, the state capital (New York City) must provide 100 megawatts of electricity from renewable sources in buildings belonging to the administration - a quarter of this amount (25 megawatts) will be generated in the near future at the expense of new solar panels on the roofs of schools.
In addition to the solar panels, the schools will be equipped with 6.6 megawatts of storage, so that the electricity supply will not be interrupted on cloudy days. Installation of the energy systems will begin in 2022 under the supervision of the New York State Power Authority. The systems will be commissioned gradually, and by 2024 the work is planned to be fully completed.
Most metropolitan areas prefer to install wind and solar power plants outside densely populated areas. Although solar panels at 47 schools will be able to generate a small fraction of clean energy on the scale of New York City, they will serve as an example of the successful implementation of such projects in the urban environment.
In mid-August, California state authorities launched an initiative to make the installation of solar panels on the roofs of new homes mandatory. According to the government, in this way it will be possible to abandon fossil fuels faster and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The city administration compared the effect of installing "solar roofs" to getting rid of 2.2 million cars on the roads.