18 Jun '11, 3pm

Rooftop Solar Power Could Meet Half of New York City's Peak Energy Needs

Solar power has been growing in New York City , but the installed capacity pales in comparison to the city's potential. That's at least according to a new study, illustrated by the map above, that found two-thirds of the city's million-plus rooftops are suitable for solar panels—and collectively could meet half the city's energy demand during peak hours, and 14 percent of the city's total annual use. (And that's accounting for typical weather conditions.) The New York Times reports that city officials are using the study to push for more solar power to supply the city's needs and to reduce emissions. The data for the map , a collaboration between the City University of New York, the city and the Department of Energy, shows 66.4 percent of the city's buildings have roof space that can accommodate solar panels. Even more impressive: that space could generate up to 5,847 mega...

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