Con Edison customers double use of solar power

New York City, February 10, 2011 — Solar power more than doubled in New York City and Westchester County last year as Con Edison customers installed 4.5 MW of photovoltaic generation.

Con Edison, which is working with the City University of New York on the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America City program, now has 8.5 MW of photovoltaic-generated electricity on its system. One megawatt can power up to 1,000 homes.

Customers completed 203 solar power projects last year, up from 134 new installations a year earlier.

"We reached out to our customers and explained the economic and environmental benefits of using sun power in their homes and businesses," said Robert Schimmenti, Con Edison's vice president for engineering and planning. "We shortened our approval process for residential systems — those under 25 kW — and created a website where customers can submit their applications."

Con Edison is working with city and state agencies and CUNY on the 100 Days of Solar program, which aims to reduce the time it takes a customer to get the approvals to install solar panels by improving coordination across agencies.

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