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Energy

Solar and Storage

Investing in solar and energy storage

To reach  the City’s carbon neutrality goal by 2050 requires a shift to 100% clean electricity, and widespread solar and energy storage deployment are critical to meeting that goal.

Graph showing cumulative solar deployment by year in New York City. Before 2014, there were approximately 25 megawatts of solar installed citywide. By August of 2022, the City had approximately 350 megawatts.

Solar deployment has grown substantially in New York City in the past decade. As of Summer 2022, there were 350 megawatts installed, which can produce enough energy to cover approximately 90,000 average NYC households’ electric bills.

Supporting Clean Energy Training

The Department of Education (DOE) partners with Solar One on two programs that support climate education and climate-related workforce development opportunities for public schools:

  • NYC Solar Schools Education Program offers robust, free professional learning to all DOE teachers to prepare them to integrate climate-related educational content into classrooms across all grade levels. As of June 2022, nearly 1,125 teachers have participated in the program!
  •   Solar Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program is currently in 14 CTE high schools to expose students to the solar industry, giving them hands-on experience with solar installations and clean energy technologies as well as help to prepare them for professional certifications and employment.
  • The Office of Sustainability is also hosting the fifth year/cohort of their Youth Leadership Council in the 2022/23 school year so that high school students citywide can engage in the critical topics of climate change and climate justice. Their Climate Education Leadership Team is in its third year, working with 40 DOE teachers to lead other teachers citywide to integrate climate education into curriculum and instruction.

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When we bring our voices, our action, and our advocacy to our schools, our homes, and our workplaces, we can create a more sustainable and resilient future for the 8.6 million people who call our five boroughs home.

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