Restart Solar: How NYC Can Renew Its Solar Program To Benefit Workers & Community

by Josh Kellermann; Daisy Chung; Lenina Nadal; Alex Gleason; Annel Hernandez; Leslie Cagan; Jeanne Bergman

Sep 22, 2016

New York City intends to install 100 MW of solar on the rooftops of public buildings by 2025. Over the next nine years, this upgrading of public infrastructure could provide significant benefits for New Yorkers, and not just in terms of reducing emissions. These solar installations, impacting over 300 public buildings, can create thousands of good, union jobs for New York residents, and significantly reduce the City's electricity bill, freeing up funds for new and innovative programs that generate wealth in our communities. Despite the clear opportunities for leveraging this solar program to the benefit of communities and workers, this report finds that New York City's public rooftop solar energy initiative can do more to address the needs of our City's low-income communities and workers.