In this week's Newsletter: SolarCity panel factory to bring lots of jobs to Buffalo, come out to the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Music Series, what's blooming in the Park and much more!
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New SolarCity Panel Factory to Bring Thousands of Jobs to Buffalo


SolarCity is the largest installer-leaser of solar systems in the US. In 2014 alone, they added 1 GW of solar generated electricity to the energy mix- about the same amount as a small power plant, spread out over tens of thousands of rooftops. The company is also a model of vertical integration, as it aims to cut costs and make solar technology more affordable. 

To that end, SolarCity is building a 1 million square foot solar panel factory in Buffalo, meant to compete with Chinese panel manufacturers. The factory, scheduled to open in 2017, will create thousands of local jobs, many at the factory itself, but almost as many in support and supply roles, providing services for workers and materials needed to keep the factory running smoothly.

SolarCity received $750 million in incentives to building Buffalo, as part of the governor's investment strategy to revitalize the northern part of the state. You can read all the details in the Buffalo News here.

Start Enjoying This Summer's Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Music Series on Monday June 22

Every summer, we like to take as much advantage of Solar One's beautiful vantage point on the East River. And every summer, the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association helps us do just that by presenting a series of free outdoor concerts for your listening and even dancing enjoyment.

The first night of music will be coming up on Monday June 22 at 6:30pm with Jason Green & the Labor of Love playing funk, blues, jazz and Latin music. We're excited to welcome them to the Cove for the very first time!

The full schedule can be found here, and you'll see some past favorites as well as some more newcomers. Concerts are suitable for all ages, and we hope to see you there!

What's Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove? Late Spring/Early Summer Edition

Summer is a mere 3 days away, and there's lots to see in Stuyvesant Cove Park as it transitions from spring to summer. Because the weather has been warm and mostly dry, some plants seem to be coming along a little faster than usual- there are already ripe mulberries in the Park!

Some of the stars of late spring/early summer include black cohosh (pictured, also used as a medicinal herb), lanceleaf coreopsis (they look like gigantic buttercups, kind of) and the divine-smelling Carolina rose. You can see the full list, with their Latin names and pictures, here. And of course, don't forget to visit the Park in person at this magical time of year! If you go around twilight, we have fireflies...
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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

6/22
The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents: Jason Green & the Labor of Love
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 6:30pm, free

6/25
Loft & Rooftop Films Present: Frances Ha
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 7:30pm, free

RSVP here.

Other Events


6/19
2015 Daylight Hour
Everywhere, 12-1pm

6/20
Urban Farming: Soil Health
La Casita Verde, 451 Bedford Avenue at Division Ave, South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 11am-3pm, free
RSVP required.

6/22
Urban Green Council 2015 EBie Awards
The Hard Rock Café LIVE Theater, 1501 Broadway bet 43rd & 44th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-10pm, $225 members/$250 non-members
Sponsorship packages are also available here.

6/23
Long Island Water Quality Forum
Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Asian American Center , Suite 302, Stony Brook, 8am-12pm, free
RSVP is required.

6/24
350NYC Presents Population and Climate Change: Intuition, Evidence and Action
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street bet Central Park West & Broadway, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free 

6/25
NY-Sun Industrial Solar Tour & Talk
GAL Manufacturing, 50 East 153rd Street & St. Nicholas Ave, Bronx, 11am-1pm, free
Please RSVP as space is limited.

Partnerships Academy: Stewardship 101: How to Get Involved with Your Community Park
Overlook Building Conference Room, 80-30 Park Lane, Kew Gardens, Queens, 7-8:30pm, free
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