NYC Landfill to Be Turned Into a Solar Park

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Our Thursday green news bring you the latest on green architecture, climate change, energy and communities:clean energy, solar farms

  • NYC Landfill to be turned into a solar park:  The  mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has recently announced that once the world’s largest landfill called Freshkills on Staten Island will soon be converted into the city’s largest solar energy facility. When completed, the plant will produce up to 10 megawatts of power — enough to power about 2,000 homes. According to James Molinaro, Staten Island Borough President: “We’ll be turning something which was a disaster into a benefit for the people of Staten Island, and for the environment.” The project will comprise of about 35,000 high-efficiency solar panels and cover and area of 47 acres. The solar panels will be installed and operated by company Sun Edison at no cost to the city. And according to the city’s administration, the city is already working on the next phase of this project which would convert additional 1,500 acres of Freshkills into an actual parkland.
  • Climate change and shortage of Christmas trees: Due to an unexpected early heat wave in March and flash floods in summer, lots of tree crops in Vermont and New Hampshire have been seriously compromised this year. Although drought and heat in Wisconsin and Michigan caused the loss of about half of their Christmas tree crop last year, this is the first year on record when localized extreme floods were the cause of the tree crop decrease perhaps as a result of global warming. Most farmers stated that the loss of their trees will not impact prices of Christmas trees this year, however many farmers feel they won’t replant any more new trees following these weather extremes.
  • How hospitals are reducing energy consumption:  In order to solve the overwhelming energy consumption of U.S. health care facilities equaling to about $8.8 billion annually, the U.S. Department of Energy has recently released new guidelines called “Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Healthcare Facilities”. According to this new guide, there are numerous opportunities for retrofits that can bring energy savings of thirty percent and more. But these health care retrofits can provide other benefits as well, such as improved equipment longevity, reduction of patient recovery times and overall improvement in patient care and many others.
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