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ConEd marks megawatt milestone in solar energy

Con Edison is marking a 250-megawatt (MW) milestone in solar energy production thanks to more than 26,000 New York City and Westchester County homeowners and businesses with panel installations.

Another 3,300 customers have 100 MW of solar projects in progress. Residential customers account for more than 90 percent of the projects and 50 percent of the overall capacity.

“When the first solar panels were installed in Westchester in 2001, the dynamic between the utility and the customer changed forever. It required a new business model and spurred ideas that informed the grid of future,” said Matthew Ketschke, senior vice president of Customer Energy Solutions.

The change is comprehensive. It includes continued upgrades to infrastructure to create a smarter, modernized grid able to accommodate a two-way flow of electricity.

The company continues its work with state and local agencies and solar installers to standardize regulations and policies. It also provides customers with information to help them decide whether solar energy is right for them.

Con Edison also plans to install panels on the roofs of its buildings and make the power available to low-income customers.

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