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Green Design, Policy, Technology

NYC Sees an Increase in Solar Energy

By Dana Schulz, Mon, January 5, 2015

Solar Cells, solar energy, green energy

We’ve been talking so much about real estate trends and all the swanky new condo developments that we can expect to see in 2015, but there’s another, more subtle trend that’s already taking shape. And it’s environmentally friendly.

As CNBC reports, “New York City is experiencing a solar renaissance.” The city has seen a recent flurry of initiatives that advocate for green building, including Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion commitment to solar projects and his law that doubles tax breaks for those who install solar panels on their properties. Plus, in November, the City Council passed a bill that says New York City must cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

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Green Design, Policy

Solar Cells, solar energy, green energy

New York is serious about going green and Governor Cuomo just signed into law a bill to extend—and double—the possible tax breaks given to those who install solar panels on their properties. A press release notes that the break will offer a rebate of 5 percent on either the solar panel installation cost; property taxes the year panels are installed; or $62,500—whichever is less. The new bill is meant to offset the 25 percent higher cost of installing solar systems in the city due to stringent regulations and the complexity of building sites.

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Solar Charger Electree Mini by Vivien Muller

The design of this compact solar charging lantern, called Electree Mini, was influenced by bonsai trees and fractal patterns found in nature. Created by French designer Vivien Muller, it “provides solar-derived power to environments typically void of renewable energy.”

On the movable branches are small solar panels which capture sunlight — a play on photosynthesis. The solar energy is then stored in small batteries that can directly power up your gadgets. Electree Mini has the capability to charge AA and AAA batteries and comes with a USB port that will charge smartphones. At dusk, the tree automatically lights up, and when rotated the LED light sensors change colors.

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