California became the first state to require solar panels to be installed on almost all new homes built after 2020.

Solarize NYC Expanded to Brooklyn Neighborhood

"New York City continues to lead the fight against climate change. We're lowering greenhouse gas emissions, preparing for rising seas and more intense storms, and taking the fight directly to the fossil fuel interests that have caused this problem," said Daniel Zarrilli, the city's senior director for Climate Policy and Programs and chief resilience officer.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new community group purchasing campaign for the community of Brownsville, Brooklyn, that is part of Solarize NYC, a citywide program administered by the NYC Solar Partnership. It is designed to increase adoption of solar in communities that have historically lacked access to clean energy.

"We're expanding access to solar across the city and are thrilled to now include Brownsville in our community solar group purchasing program," said de Blasio. "Through Solarize and other initiatives, we have already quintupled the solar capacity of New York City. We are well on our way to the goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 and are building a cleaner, healthier, and fairer city for all."

Solarize NYC campaigns are among the city's efforts in support of the mayor's goal of installing 1 gigawatt of solar capacity citywide by 2030, which is sufficient to power 250,000 homes. Since the start of the de Blasio administration, solar power has more than quintupled, providing more than 140 megawatts of electricity with another 60MW currently being installed.

For the group purchasing campaign in Brownsville, the NYC Solar Partnership selected Nehemiah Economic Development Inc. The Solar Partnership will work alongside NED and Brownsville community leaders to design a tailored program that will provide group discounts to qualifying residents for solar panels; the award includes technical assistance from CUNY solar ombudsmen, funding support for staff of NED to lead the campaign, and marketing and outreach plans tailored to the needs of the community.

"New York City continues to lead the fight against climate change. We're lowering greenhouse gas emissions, preparing for rising seas and more intense storms, and taking the fight directly to the fossil fuel interests that have caused this problem," said Daniel Zarrilli, the city's senior director for Climate Policy and Programs and chief resilience officer. "Thanks to Nehemiah Economic Development Inc. for their partnership as we expand access to clean, affordable solar power across the city."

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