2017-10-04 / Front Page

DDC Goes More Solar

The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is turning a deeper shade of green, installing two solar charging stations to power up its fleet of 31 electric vehicles at its headquarters at 30-30 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City.

The price tag for the two solar panels is $61,000, DDC officials said. The new panels will be able to generate approximately 39 kilowatts of power each day – enough juice to charge a Chevy Bolt EV in just nine hours.
Each solar charging station features a 17’x 0’ generating surface that automatically tracks the sun during daylight to power up the battery back, DDC officials said.
The charging stations can accommodate up to three vehicles at one time, including overnight.
“The use of all-electric vehicles that are charged by clean and sustainable solar energy directly supports the mayor’s initiative to reduce the city’s greenhouse emissions by 80 per cent by the year 2050, “ DDC acting commissioner Ana Barrio said.

–Liz Goff

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