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New York City to boost green energy production

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A huge solar array planned for Staten Island is expected to increase New York City's renewable energy capacity by 50 percent.

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The solar power station is due to be built in Freshkills Park, where approximately 47 acres of the parkland will be leased to the company SunEdison to build and operate the system, which is expected to produce enough energy to power more than 2,000 homes.

"Over the last 12 years we've restored wetlands and vegetation and opened new parks and soccer fields at the edges of the site. Thanks to the agreement today we will increase the amount of solar energy produced in New York City by 50 per cent and it is only fitting that Freshkills, once a daily dumping ground, will become a showcase of urban renewal and sustainability," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A push to increase green energy and reduce emissions is integral to the city's sustainability strategy, PlaNYC, which also includes a goal of replacing all NYC's street lights with energy-efficient LED lighting by 2017.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says 12 new solar units accounted for 504MW or around 72 percent of all new capacity in October, as the effects of policies such as the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) start to pay dividends.

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