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New York City solar capacity tripled since 2014

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said the amount of solar power installed across the city has tripled since the beginning of 2014.

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De Blasio launched Solarize NYC, a citywide program designed to further increase access to solar through community group purchasing campaigns over the next nine years, expected to lower costs by 10 to 20 percent and increase solar capacity in communities that have historically had limited access to solar.

Solarize NYC is a core component of New York City's OneNYC goal of expanding renewable energy for all New Yorkers as the City moves away from fossil fuels and toward renewables, part of Mayor de Blasio's sweeping commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

"New York City is moving toward renewable, clean energy and away from fossil fuels, and making solar more accessible is a key piece of that puzzle," said Mayor de Blasio.

"We've focused on cutting red tape and leading by example, and solar installations have already tripled since the beginning of this administration. Now, Solarize NYC means more and more New Yorkers across the city will have access to lower-cost solar - and can help us achieve our OneNYC goals of 80x50 and more."

Over the last two years, since the start of 2014, the amount of solar capacity installed in the city has tripled, with private and public installations now totaling almost 75 megawatts (MW).

Public solar capacity has increased 13-fold since the Mayor took office, to nearly 9 MW. Private solar capacity has nearly tripled since the Mayor took office, from 24 MW at the beginning of 2014 to nearly 65 MW.

Through One City: Built to Last, Mayor de Blasio committed to installing 100 MW of new solar on public buildings and 250 MW of new solar on private buildings by 2025.

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