Monday, April 23, 2007

City plans new push for solar energy; could "solar zoning" emerge?

New York City's energy-related initiatives within PlanNYC2030 include a new push for solar energy:
--a property tax abatement for solar panel installations
--support for the city's first carbon neutral building, primarily powered by solar electricity
--creative financing to increase the use of solar energy in City buildings
--"work with the State to eliminate barriers to increasing the use of solar energy in the city."

One of those barriers is shadows caused by tall buildings, such as those planned for the Atlantic Yards project, which have already scotched the Fifth Avenue Committee's plan to implement photovoltaics in a new building just north of Atlantic Avenue.

Might the city entertain the notion of "solar zoning"? No such proposal is specified; however, the exploration of the tension between scale and solar likely will increase.

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