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May 7, 2012 | Posted by Winefsky, Josh | Permalink

Earlier this year, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer published a report entitled “Rooftop Revolution,” which proposes to install solar panels on the rooftops of New York City public school buildings.  The report estimates that installing solar panels on all of NYC’s public school roofs that could support them would increase solar capacity in the five boroughs by over 2,500 percent, eliminate approximately 76,696 tons of carbon from the air each year (the equivalent of planting over 400,000 trees), and could create an estimated 5,423 green collar jobs. 

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March 7, 2011 | Posted by Winefsky, Josh | Permalink

Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, enacted in February 2009, created a grant program applicable to new installations of certain energy property, including solar property (e.g.,  equipment used to generate electricity, or provide heating, cooling or illumination).  The grant program was due to expire at the end of 2010.  Fortunately, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, enacted in December 2010, extended the program through 2011.  This post explores the intracies of Section 1603, as it applies to solar property.

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