Scott Stringer slow-claps the mayor’s announcement on solar panels

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This morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference at the Flatiron offices of a energy-related tech start-up to announce that the city now has enough solar panels on city-owned buildings to power 143 households. New York City has a total of about 3 million households.

"In clean tech, New York City is leading by example and the solar projects we’ve completed will generate clean, affordable energy while cutting our carbon emissions and energy costs — goals that are central to our Administration’s sustainability agenda, PlaNYC,” said the mayor in a statement.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who would like to be mayor some day, was not impressed. Early this afternoon, his spokeswoman sent over a series of suggestions from the borough president that amounted to a round of sarcastic applause. The intended message is that Stringer plans to be lots more ambitious about renewable energy than the current mayor is.

From the statement:

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“I suggest that the Mayor re-read my report, 'Rooftop Revolution,' which offered constructive ideas for expanding the City's solar capacity. The increase in New York City's solar capacity over the last six years is welcome news. But to put the Mayor’s announcement in perspective, in the last two years, New Jersey installed over 440 megawatts of solar energy. Today, the City is announcing that we have increased our capacity to 8 megawatts. 

"My office has been dedicated to the expansion of solar energy for years, and I long ago put my money where my mouth is. We have pledged $3 million in capital funds for a pilot program to install solar panels on public school roofs in FY13. Additionally, I allocated $3 million in FY08 for a solar array atop BMCC, one of the largest in the City."  

"I commend everyone who has worked hard to make these increases a reality, especially the City's partners at Sustainable CUNY. However, the fact is that New York still has a long way to go in order to get up to speed with our neighbors.

"As 'Rooftop Revolution' noted, if the City developed a long term plan for installing solar panels on public school rooftops, we could install over 167 megawatts of solar on these large, publicly owned roof spaces. I look forward to working with the Mayor and with other concerned environmentalists to put the incentives in place that can help multiply New York's newly announced 800 percent gain by another 2,000 percent in the coming years.”