From Real Estate Weekly:
Con Edison has begun installing solar panels across New York City Housing Authority developments with a program that creates jobs for residents and saves them money on energy bills.
Twelve newly trained solar installers are placing the panels on roofs at Glenwood Houses in the Flatlands area of Brooklyn. From there, they’ll move to Kingsborough Houses in Crown Heights. They already completed installation work at Carver Houses in northern Manhattan.
The solar arrays at the three developments will be capable of generating about one 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.”
Con Edison is working on the project with NYCHA and lead partner, Solar One, which provides training and education to make sustainable energy and green jobs more accessible for all New Yorkers.
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