New York's largest solar facility set for park atop landfill
A park on the site of what was once the world’s biggest garbage dump will be home to New York City’s largest solar energy facility.
According to Climate Progress, the solar installation at Freshkills Park will cover 47 acres, feature 35,000 high-energy solar panels and produce about ten megawatts of energy – enough to power 2,000 homes.
New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg notes in his announcement that the facility, to be operated by SunEdison, will increase the city’s renewable energy capacity by 50 percent. Promoting clean energy and reducing fossil fuel emissions are key priorities of PlanNYC 2030, the mayor’s vision for a greener city.
Climate Progress adds that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is a strong solar energy proponent who launched a public-private partnership, The NY-Sun Initiative, in 2012 to expand reliance on the technology. Upon completion, Freshkills Park will be nearly three times the size of Central Park.