POLITICO New York — On a sunny July afternoon, a small group of solar-powered enthusiasts is hanging out in a sunlit park on the edge of Brooklyn.
In the distance, a few rows of sun loungers are setting up, some on the same spot as the solar panels that will power the solar-panel farm that will be set up in the area.
These panels will be the centerpiece of a $250 million solar farm in the borough’s Westchester County.
They will also power an industrial park that is part of a new solar farm being developed in Westchester, and an ambitious project to install more than 30,000 solar panels on the roofs of 1,500 buildings in New York City.
This project is a culmination of a year of work by the city and the county to expand solar energy in New England, where many communities and businesses have opted for solar energy as a cost-effective and affordable alternative to traditional fossil fuel-based electricity.
The solar panels will provide energy for thousands of residents, according to city and county officials, and also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by generating electricity at a lower cost than traditional power plants.
The panels will generate power at a fraction of the cost of traditional plants, and the city plans to sell the energy back to the grid when it needs it.
But there is a catch.
To produce enough power for the entire solar farm, the city will need to have a huge amount of land available for the solar farm to be built on.
The borough of Brooklyn, home to 1.5 million people, is in the midst of a recession and has seen a surge in construction activity.
It has about 50 solar panels and plans to have another 100 in place by 2020.
The Brooklyn solar panels project, which was announced in April, is one of three solar farms in the region that are scheduled to begin operation by 2020, said Eric DeFranco, a spokesman for the city.
The other two are being built in South Jersey and in Connecticut.
DeFrancos said the county is in discussions with the state of Connecticut about financing the project.
“We’re trying to make sure we get all the approvals we need to get it done,” DeFrano said.
The city plans on using a solar energy system that will use panels on each block of land to produce electricity, said city spokesperson Brian Stellin.
Each block of solar panels would be about 25 feet by 25 feet, or about the size of a small house.
The system would generate power from sunlight and sunlight-absorbing materials.
The project, Stellis said, will be funded with a $150 million federal loan from the Energy Department.
“This project is the culmination of years of research and development to expand renewable energy in the U.S.,” said David Gossett, the deputy assistant secretary for economic development.
“With this loan, the state and federal government are providing a tremendous amount of capital to enable the construction of this solar farm,” Gosset said in a statement.
“As a state, we can play a role in creating jobs and economic opportunities, and we will continue to help New York build on its leadership in the renewable energy movement.”
The city is also working to get federal loan guarantees for the project, and Stellen said the city is in contact with other states and cities around the country.
The $250,000 project in West Nyack, New York, was a partnership between the city of New York and the New York Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
The first solar panels in the solar park were installed in 2013 and are set to be installed on the city’s solar farm by the end of the year.
The park, which is about a mile north of the site of the solar plant, is a popular spot for visitors to the boroughs parks and the Brooklyn Zoo.
“It’s a wonderful space,” said Christopher Brown, who is one the park’s founders.
“There’s a lot of people coming and coming here every day, and there’s a ton of people that are looking to see the zoo.”
The park is also home to a new zoo, the Brooklyn Aquarium, which opened in 2018.
The Bronx Zoo, which has a total of 30,500 animals, has also adopted solar panels, said spokesman Chris Littrell.
“They were in the process of installing panels, and they were going to be installing the panels on July 14,” he said.
Littell said the Bronx Zoo has been a champion of renewable energy.
The zoo’s mission is to conserve energy and promote sustainable tourism, he said, adding that the solar project has been part of the zoo’s “zero emissions strategy for the next several years.”
“It was a very important piece in the planning process,” Littler said.
“Solar energy is a very low-carbon, low-pollution, low greenhouse gas source, and it’s a very effective way to reduce our carbon footprint.”