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New York breaks solar power records

Words by Tess Becker

Solar power continues to wrack up wins in the United States, and this time it’s in New York State. The state recently posted record-breaking solar power numbers.

New York state's power grid met about 20% of its electricity demand with energy from the sun for one hour last week, marking the highest-ever output from solar generation.

A record-setting 3,330 megawatts (MW) of solar power was produced during the noon hour on May 18. This amount of energy is enough to power anywhere between 2.7 million and 3.3 million homes.

“New York is one of the most robust solar markets in the U.S. with programs such as NY-Sun driving significant growth across the state,” said Doreen Harris, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

This is a big step toward New York’s climate mandate goals, with an act requiring all power generation to come from clean sources by 2040, including 70% from renewable energy by 2030.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

American Civil Liberties Union. This is one of the largest civil liberty defense organizations in the US. Find out more and support them here

Human Rights Campaign. This is one of the largest equality-focused organizations in the US. Find out more
The Trevor Project. They focus on suicide prevention and mental health support for queer youth. Support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

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