In this week's Newsletter: The state of NYC solar in the NY Times, Hurricane Matthew, October storms and climate change, make your voice heard- Participatory Budgeting in Brooklyn's District 33 and much more!
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S1 in the News: Solar Has Finally Arrived in New York City

This week the NY Times ran this piece about new solar development in NYC, and Solar One and our community solar initiative, Here Comes Solar, were prominently featured. We couldn't be more proud of the HCS team!

Among the interesting tidbits in the article:
  • Since 2011, the number of solar installations in the city rose from 186 to over 5,000 today, with another 1,900 on the way.
  • The cost of solar installation has fallen about 70% over the past few years.
  • The number of solar installers operating across the city has risen from 5 in 2005 to 5,500 in 2015.
  • Governor Cuomo has set a goal of getting 50% of NYS's energy from renewables by 2030; Mayor de Blasio has set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.
  • The city also plans to install 100 MW of solar on public buildings by 2025.
Click through to read what HCS director Chris Neidl had to say about costs and regulations for solar installation, plus more facts and figures about how much it costs to go solar in NYC and where the most people are doing so. 

Solar in the city has come a long way, thanks to a lot of vision and hard work by policy advocates, educators, outreach workers, installers and customers. Everyone at Solar One is looking forward to being part of the next exciting chapter!

Hurricane Matthew Stomps Haiti; Is Climate Change Making October Storms Worse?

This week, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti with winds up to 145 miles per hour, precipitating another catastrophic disaster for the Caribbean island country. Eleven people have been killed, and Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas have declared states of emergency and called for evacuations from coastal areas likely to be hit as Matthew makes its way north.

The tropical storm season in the Atlantic doesn't officially end until November, but storms usually peak in August and September, when ocean temperatures are highest. But as we wrote in this newsletter two weeks ago, ocean temperatures and rising- and staying warmer- because much of the excess heat caused by climate change is absorbed by the oceans. Higher ocean temperatures mean more violent storms, with higher costs to human life, property and livelihood. 

Scroll down to the  middle of this column to read more about how October storms could become scarier over time from Grist.org.

Live in North Brooklyn? Get Involved in Participatory Budgeting

If you live in North Brooklyn and are interested in helping to decide how to spend $1 million in discretionary city funds, become a volunteer budget delegate.

If you live in Brooklyn District 33 and Stephen Levin is your Councilmember, let your voice be heard. Participatory budgeting is your big chance to let the city know how you think tax dollars would best be spent in your neighborhood.

Solar One's favorite politics maven, Rachel Eve Stein, described the process like this on Brokelyn.com:

“Just when you thought politics couldn’t get anymore local, enter the rise of participatory budgeting. It is one of the most direct forms of democracy we have in this city. New York residents can literally decide where their tax payer money goes! Anyone can come up with a project, and get face-to-face meetings with City agency officials to discuss feasibility. What’s also great is that younger teens can vote, in addition to anyone living in the district–even people who don’t have citizenship or who aren’t registered or eligible to vote in the traditional electoral system.”

Want to learn more, District 33? Check out the rest of the article on Brokelyn.com here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

10/15
Community Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street and the East River, Manhattan, 10am-1pm, free
RSVP to liza@solar1.org.

Other Events


10/8
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Little Neck
St. Anastasia Church, parking lot entrance on Alameda Ave, Queens, 10am-4pm, free 

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Maspeth
56-18 69th Avenue, enter parking lot on Clinton Ave, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

Rooted in NYC
Ehrenreich-Austin Playground, 76th Road & Austin Street, Queens, 11am-3pm, free

Rally for Reform at NYC ACC Animal Shelters
Columbus Circle, 59th Street & Broadway/Central Park West, Manhattan, 1-5pm, free

Water Is Life- Solidarity Concert
55 Walker Street bet Centre St & Broadway,Manhattan, 6-9pm, $10 suggested donation

10/9
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Flatbush
Flatbush Food Co-op, Cortelyou Road bet Rugby & Marlborough Rds, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: College Point
134-01 20th Avenue parking lot bet 132nd St & Petracca Pl, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

10/12
Combined Heat & Power Informational Webinar
Online, 11am-12pm, free

10/13
NYC Drinking Water Online Forum
Online, 4-6pm, free

Energy Vision's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Ramscale Studio Penthouse, 463 West Street, 13th floor, bet Bank &  Bethune Sts, Manhattan, 6-9pm, $150+
 
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