Solar Power Heats Up New York State

Syracuse, New York is American’s snowiest large city, with an annual snowfall of 115 inches. In fact, 10 of the top 14 cities with the highest annual average snowfall are in upstate New York. Despite all the cold weather, Solarize Syracuse, a coalition of planners, activists, and environmentalists, is working to move Syracuse along the road to adopting solar power, despite its Number One snowy ranking. According to energy experts, there’s enough sunlight in Syracuse to run today’s advanced solar technology, despite the heavy snowfall. If it works out, the initiative could prove that solar energy could work for all of snowy central New York State. So far, 200 homeowners have signed up to install solar panels on their roofs. That’s a real vote of confidence for the renewable energy of the future—now.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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