17 Jun '11, 12pm

New York Rooftops Could Power Half The City

New York Rooftops Could Power Half The City

There are roughly one million buildings in New York City, which, as the New York Times reports, means there's quite a bit of room for solar panel installations. In fact, two thirds of those million buildings could be used to generate rooftop solar power. This adds up to a hefty 615.4 million square feet, which, according to the report, could produce enough energy to power half of the entire city during peak summer hours. In order to determine which buildings could be used, laser-equipped airplanes flew over the top of the city to gather information. The Lidar laser system was able to determine the size and shape of a rooftop, as well as pertinent information like the amount of shade it receives. Currently New York produces around 6.5 megawatts of solar electricity, but at it's full potential that number could grow as large as 5,847.

Full article: http://www.goodcleantech.com/2011/06/new_york_rooftops_co...

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