City Hall to Get Solar Panels

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

New York City Hall could be come one of the city’s largest providers of solar energy, if Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to install as many as 158 solar panels on its roof goes through, according to the Post. The green upgrade is part of the nearly two-centuries-old building’s $100 million makeover, and could help the building achieve silver LEED status. If the maximum 158 panels are put in place, they would comprise about a 10th of the roof’s total 20,000 square feet. Although the panels won’t “zero out the [traditional] electricity” consumption in the building, Ken Vogel of Long Island-based Solar Power, said, they will help encourage environmentalism among New Yorkers. “It’s more symbolic than anything else,” Vogel added.

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