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NYC adjusts rooftop solar, EV zoning to simplify installation

The New York City Council approved the "City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality" proposal, a set of zoning reforms to cover New York City, dedicated to removing barriers to rooftop solar energy, electrical automation in engineered buildings, and charging of new energy sources such as electric vehicles (EVs).

The proposal is one of three "City of Yes" proposals to upgrade the zoning layout of the New York City system. On the premise of this proposal, the other proposals - the "City of Economic Development Opportunity" and the "City of Residential Opportunity" (each of which favors economic development opportunity and housing) - are undergoing Mass and Environmental Verification.


The "City of Carbon Emissions Trading" proposal will take effect on December 16th. According to New York City officials, the proposal upgrades some of the requirements that have previously prevented New Yorkers from doing many of the things they do, such as renovating their homes to be more energy efficient or resilient, assembling heat pumps or solar photovoltaic panels, or converting to new energy sources such as electric vehicles.


Rooftop Solar System Zoning: removes the zoning limit on the total area of the roof covered by solar photovoltaic panels. This policy is committed to the assembly of solar battery storage infrastructure to provide assistance to promote individual and support grid system solar energy and community distributed power (especially in low- and middle-income neighborhoods) of the rapid development of the above house remodeling personal behavior in residential neighborhoods was previously prohibited. This policy change will also add solar photovoltaic panels to more than 8,500 square feet of local underground parking lots. New York City officials said that if the above new project is completely finished, this solar photovoltaic panels can be more than 130,000 households home power system.


Electrical Automation for Engineered Buildings: Liberalization of Depth and Thickness Limits for Engineered Walls. Previously, these initiatives were used to qualify engineered building automation and energy efficiency projects. The current policy has been updated to improve coordination and preserve the design of the city's neighborhoods while retrofitting buildings.


This initiative will also assist in the environmental retrofit of more than 50,000 buildings, including more than 1 million homes that are now subject to the zoning restrictions of the Metropolitan System.


Electric Vehicle Charging: the measure will promote electric vehicle charging facilities equipment commercial and residential land more than doubled. The updated current policy also clarifies regulations and improves bicycle and electric vehicle parking safety. Officials said the changes indicate that more than 400 million square meters of new space is now available for electric vehicle chargers across the city.


Officials said the "Carbon City" proposal received strong support from 25 community boards, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens borough clerks, and their Bronx and Manhattan borough councils before it was approved by the House. The City Planning Commission also voted in favor of the proposal by a wide margin of 11 to 1.


Earlier this year, Galileo Synergy Electric (Con Edison) announced that its customers have connected 55,000 solar systems software to the grid, totaling more than 500 MW of power generation.


Queens is the single largest market for solar sales in New York City, with more than 18,501 customer systems totaling 131 MW of generating capacity, followed by Staten Island (11,475 systems), Brooklyn (10,051), the Bronx (4,723) and Manhattan (388). On top of that, Westchester County is a dynamic sales market with 10,380 system software and a total generating capacity of 138 MW.


In 2001, the first solar system software in New York City was connected to the distribution network of Galileo Synergy Electric Co. It took 15 years for this system to reach 100 MW of capacity.


By 2022, the local market will have installed a record 89 MW per day, and Galileo Synergy predicts that the installed capacity in New York City will remain stable or increase over the next decade or more.


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