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White Plains Installing More Than 1,000 Solar Panels In Push To Increase Renewable Energy

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New York is in a mad dash to increase renewable energy production from sources including the sun. CBS2's Tony Aiello reports.

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- New York is in a mad dash to increase renewable energy production from sources including the sun.

- Now, a new solar project in White Plains may light the way for many more across the state. CBS 2's Tony Aiello reports.

TONY AIELLO: Drone Force 2 showing us what's up on the roof of the DPW garage in White Plains, the first of more than 1,000 solar panels to collect energy from the sun-- energy that will flow through these inverter boxes and then into the Con Edison power grid. The city is leasing space at eight additional properties to a solar power company, bringing in almost a million in revenue and creating seven megawatts of electricity a year.

- It's enough energy to power 700 houses. It makes us the biggest municipal generator of electricity in the county, certainly.

TONY AIELLO: About 10 years ago, White Plains streamlined the process to make it easier for residents to put solar panels on their roofs, but a relative handful have done that. This new community solar project will be like putting panels on 1,000 roofs.

The Cuomo administration has an aggressive mandate. By 2030, the percentage of electricity generated by renewables must triple from 23% to 70%. It's a challenge. The White Plains project will produce in a year what the soon to be shut down Indian Point nuclear reactor makes in less than a day. That's why the New York Power Authority wants many more communities to follow White Plains's lead.

GIL QUINIONES: This is an example. We hope that we can continue to scale this one up with all cities and all counties across the state.

TONY AIELLO: The proliferation of solar panels will bring another benefit-- low income customers will be able to enroll in a community solar program and earn a 10% credit on their Con Edison bill.

In White Plains, Tony Aiello, CBS 2 News.