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Solar energy will shine at city schools, de Blasio says

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced $28 million is being used to install solar panels at 24 schools across the city.

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Speaking at John F. Kennedy Campus in the Bronx, the mayor said they will help cut gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050.

"The 24 school projects we're starting with will generate a total of 6.25 megawatts of solar power, tripling the amount of solar power currently gathered on city building roofs, and it's also again an important teaching tool, it's an opportunity to show the next generation of leaders and citizens and activists how this can be done," De Blasio said.

The mayor unveiled his green building initiative during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly last week.

The mayor has committed to installing 100 megawatts of solar power on the roofs of some 300 city-owned buildings. He also said panels could be coming to City Hall.

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