May 7, 2023
New York City has pledged to reach 1,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2030 — enough energy to power 250,000 homes, according to the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Justice. But state data shows that its current pace of installation will land short of that goal, leaving officials and advocates looking for ways to break down barriers to installation.
“It’s the right kind of ambition that we need, but we’re only a third of the way there,” said Louise Yeung, chief climate officer at the city comptroller’s office. “We need a different response to dramatically accelerate solar adoption among other kinds of renewable energy strategies in order to meet our climate goals.”