SOURCE: Con Edison Co. of NY, Inc.

Con Edison Co. of NY, Inc.

February 09, 2011 11:00 ET

Con Edison Customers Double Their Use of Solar Power

Going Solar = Greener Wallets, Climate

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 9, 2011) - Solar power more than doubled in New York City and Westchester County last year as Con Edison customers installed 4.5 megawatts of photovoltaic generation.

Con Edison, which is working with the City University of New York (CUNY) on the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America City program, now has 8.5 megawatts of photovoltaic-generated electricity on its system. One megawatt can power up to 1,000 homes.

Customers completed 203 solar projects last year, up from 134 new installations a year earlier.

"We reached out to our customers and explained the economic and environmental benefits of using sun power in their homes and businesses," said Robert Schimmenti, Con Edison's vice president for engineering and planning. "We shortened our approval process for residential systems -- those under 25 kilowatts -- and created a website where customers can submit their applications."

Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability at CUNY and lead implementer of the NYC Solar America City plan, said: "The 2010 numbers show that by working together to improve the process we can help NYC adopt solar energy and other clean technologies. This is only the beginning. Later this year we will launch an interactive Solar Map that will be accessible to the public and that will help planners chart NYC's clean energy future."

Con Edison's website, http://www.coned.com/dg/solarenergy/, provides information about the process for installing solar panels and links to the NYC Solar America City website (www.sustainablecuny.org), along with sites that explain the financial incentives governments offer. The site also includes information on net metering, the practice of allowing customers to use their solar panels to reduce their bills and even sell excess power back to Con Edison.

Con Edison is working with city and state agencies and CUNY on the 100 Days of Solar program, which aims to reduce the time it takes a customer to get the approvals to install solar panels by improving coordination across agencies.

Here is an area-by-area breakdown of new solar projects installed in Con Edison's service area in 2009 and 2010:

    Installations   Kilowatts
    2009 2010   2009 2010
Area            
Brooklyn   15 29   91 861
Bronx   18 17   370 677
Manhattan 4 15   55 136
Queens   16 64   335 1,538
Staten Island 4 19   107 159
Westchester 77 59   905 1,148
Total   134 203   1,863 4,519
             

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $36 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. 

Consolidated Edison, Inc. is a Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) company. The global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has ranked Consolidated Edison, Inc. #1 among all S&P 500 companies in its 2010 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, as well as # 1 among utilities in the CDP's new Carbon Performance Leadership Index. Consolidated Edison, Inc. also has been recognized for its environmental performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations.

For additional information, visit us on the Web at www.conEd.com, at our green site, www.conEd.com/thepowerofgreen, or find us on Facebook at Power of Green.

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