Applaud Mayor for Replacing Landfill with Solar Panels

11-28-13 Bloomberg NYC solar panels over landfill pic

Target: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Goal: Applaud Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to replace a landfill with solar energy panels and a park

Recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that what used to be the world’s largest landfill will be converted to the city’s biggest solar energy facility. Freshkills Park (previously the landfill) on Staten Island covers 2,200 acres and will become the largest park developed in NYC in over 100 years. Congratulate Mayor Bloomberg and the city teams that developed this sustainable and environmentally beneficial plan.

The developing park has space for waterfront activities like canoeing and boating, sports fields, open-air markets, sculptures, bicycle paths, and more. It has also been designated as a space for exploring more sustainable energy plans for the largest city in the United States. Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement means that 47 acres of the land will be dedicated to a solar panel facility. It will contain approximately 35,000 high-efficiency panels installed by Sun Edison at no cost to the city. The facility is expected to produce enough energy to power 2,000 homes.

The city is also harvesting methane gas, a byproduct of the decomposing landfill, and selling it to the National Grid. Not only has there been enough gas collected to power 22,000 homes, but NYC receives roughly 12 million dollars in annual revenue from the sale. Hopefully, a lot of the money will go towards developing this park.

Applaud Mayor Bloomberg and the city teams that developed the idea to transform this landfill into a sustainable park. Through their efforts, a space that was once a wasteland will soon be one for people to gather to play in the water, enjoy good food, and admire works of art. And even better, there is a space dedicated to solar energy, the only clean energy that doesn’t destroy the environment in efforts to provide power to buildings.


Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

I heard about your announcement concerning the solar panel facility in the Freshkills Park on Staten Island. I wanted to thank you and the city for your efforts to convert our energy systems into something more sustainable and environmentally friendly, like solar power.

According to the plan, the facility will cover 47 acres and contain approximately 35,000 high-efficiency solar panels. Even better news, Sun Edison will cover the cost of installation and operation, meaning this comes at no cost to the city.

I am grateful for this big step towards saving our planet and keeping our environment clean.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon via Wikimedia

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