Big Apple goes big on solar

The Big Apple’s world-renowned skyline could soon become famous for a new reason: solar power. Researchers at the City University of New York (CUNY) have created a new Solar Map […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Big Apple’s world-renowned skyline could soon become famous for a new reason: solar power. Researchers at the City University of New York (CUNY) have created a new Solar Map that shows what solar panels exist on the roofs and skyscrapers of the city.

The interactive online tool also estimates the solar potential for every rooftop in the city’s five boroughs by inputting an address.

Professor Sean Ahearn, Director of the C.A.R.S.I. Center at CUNY where the map was built, said: “The map analyzes the solar potential for every square meter of each of NYC’s one million buildings.”He added that thetotal usable roof area for solar PV installations couldrepresent over 40 percent of the City’s electrical demand at peak times.

Stephen Goldsmith, Deputy Mayor of New York said the technology could usher in a new ‘green’ awareness: “By putting valuable data and analysis at the public’s fingertips, the solar map will allow New Yorkers to better understand the potential impact that pursuing solar energy can have on the power grid.”

The map can be found here: https://nycsolarmap.com/