Brooklyn Solar Strong Town Hall

With Senator Kevin Parker and Assembly Member Latrice Walker

New York State Senator Kevin Parker and Assembly Member Latrice Walker joined with other clean energy leaders calling for a #SolarStrongNY, in this Million Solar Strong New York Town Hall conversation with local communities held at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Learn about the benefits of solar and the critical importance of climate justice and clean energy progress for New York’s communities. Find out how you can access solar whether you rent or own. Explore policy solutions in a rich discussion with energy experts on the panel and in the audience.

Senator Kevin Parker, the ranking member of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee, and Assembly Member Latrice Walker, Chair of the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy, joined Chris Collins, Executive Director, Solar One; Annel Hernandez, Associate Director, NYC-Environmental Justice Alliance; Sean Garren, Northeast Director, Vote Solar; and moderator Betta Broad, Outreach Director, New Yorkers for Clean Power.

I am excited to bring this Solar Strong Town Hall to my district and the larger Brooklyn community. The ability for us to reduce our carbon footprint and reliance on outdated energy sources while creating good-paying jobs and spurring the green collar economy is a win-win for our communities.

New York State Senator Kevin Parker

The Solar Strong program is an important component in the journey to the state's Clean Energy Standard. As the chair of the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy, I’m constantly advocating for the retrofit of solar panels for all communities. It just makes sense. The installation of solar panels lowers resident’s energy bills and simultaneously reduces their carbon footprint.

New York State Assembly Member Latrice Walker

Join the Movement for a #SolarStrongNY

We’re calling on Gov. Cuomo to commit to the goal of powering one million New York households with solar by 2023, including 100,000 low-income households. Add your name to The Million Solar Strong New York Campaign join the call to build a #SolarStrongNY.

The Solar Strong Town Hall was co-sponsored by Vote Solar, Acadia Center, NRDC, New Yorkers for Clean Power, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Alliance for Clean Energy NY, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Brooklyn 350, Brooklyn for Peace, Brooklyn Solar Canopy, Sane Energy Project, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, PowerMarket, CleanChoice Energy, Solar1, Solstice, Earth Day Initiative, Solar Energy Industry Association, Frack Action, and the Coalition for Community Solar Access.

Many thanks to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for hosting us.

The Million Solar Strong New York Campaign is organizing events across the state and calling on Governor Cuomo to commit to enough distributed solar to power one million new homes with solar by 2023, including at least 100,000 low-income homes. We are also calling on the state to implement the right policies and programs that will support solar access to all people, ensure an equitable transition and will pave the path to a million solar homes by 2023.

E-mail sean@votesolar.org for more info.