(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York and
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State-of-the-Art Solar Power Station at Freshkills Park Will Produce Enough 
Energy to Power More Than 2,000 Homes – Increasing City’s Renewable Energy 
Capacity by Half 
Mapping of Freshkills Park Would Bring City Total to 30,000 Acres of Parkland 
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White, Sanitation 
Commissioner John Doherty and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term 
Planning and Sustainability Sergej Mahnovski today announced the largest solar 
energy installation in New York City will be installed at Freshkills Parks on 
Staten Island. Approximately 47 acres of land will be leased to SunEdison, 
which was selected through a public bidding process to design, construct, 
install and operate a solar power facility with the potential to generate up to 
10 megawatts of power – five times more than any solar energy system in the 
city and enough to power approximately 2,000 homes. The solar power system will 
be an integral part of the Freshkills Park, and will increase the City’s 
current renewable energy capacity by 50 percent. Fostering the market for 
renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are two key initiatives 
of PlaNYC, the City’s long-term sustainability blueprint. This announcement is 
the latest in a series of solar initiatives the city has launched in recent 
years including significantly scaling up use of solar energy at City-owned 
sites and developing the NYC Solar Map, a web-based tool that estimates the 
feasibility of installing solar panels on any of the 1 million New York City 
buildings. The Administration is moving forward with steps to officially map an 
additional 1,500 acres of Freshkills into parkland, officially bringing the 
total for Freshkills Park to 2,200 acres and bringing total parkland in New 
York City to more than 30,000 acres for the first time in history. The Mayor 
made the announcement at Freshkills Park where he was joined by Borough 
President James Molinaro, Assembly Member Michael Cusik, Assembly Member 
Matthew Titone and Atilla Toth, General Manager for SunEdison, for the 
“Freshkills was once the site of the largest landfill in the world. Soon it 
will be one of the City’s largest parks, and the site of the largest solar 
power installation ever developed within the five boroughs,” said Mayor 
Bloomberg. “Over the last twelve years we’ve restored wetlands and vegetation 
and opened new parks and soccer fields at the edges of the site. Thanks to the 
agreement today we will increase the amount of solar energy produced in New 
York City by 50 percent and it is only fitting that Freshkills, once a daily 
dumping ground, will become a showcase urban renewal and sustainability.” 
“Developing solar energy on Freshkills Park shows that large-scale renewable 
energy projects are possible in New York City, but this is only a first step,” 
said Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway. “If we are serious about meeting 
New York City’s tremendous energy needs from renewable sources we need the 
State and federal governments, as well as our utility partners and others in 
the private sector, to work with us to make solar and other renewable energies 
easier to develop, install, and access the energy grid.” 
The Department of Parks and Recreation intends to file next month the 
application to the Department of City Planning to formally map an additional 
1,500 acres of the Freshkills site as parkland. Currently mapped for a variety 
of uses and under different jurisdictions, this application will include a 
provision for specific sites at Freshkills to develop renewable energy. The 
move will expedite and streamline the administrative process to build the 
Freshkills solar facility as a model of this Administration's commitment to 
long-range sustainability practices. This application represents hard work 
years in the making, highlighting the City's commitment to parks and 
sustainability, alongside the elected officials and local leadership here in 
Staten Island. 
In addition, once the application process is complete and with the 
area designated as parkland, the added land at Freshkills will put the City at 
over 30,000 acres of parkland - a size greater than the entire city of San 
Francisco. Specific to the ‘Borough of Parks,’ the mapping would give Staten 
Island the highest parkland acreage of the five boroughs, at 8,822 acres, 
representing 28 percent of the City’s parkland. In all, the City has added 871 
acres of parkland since 2001. 
“Freshkills Park is transforming into one of New York City’s most 
significant regional parks of the 21st century and, thanks to Mayor Bloomberg's 
vision, we are putting it on the map as a model for clean and renewable 
energy,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica White. “When you visit 
Freshkills Park today, it’s hard to imagine it was ever a landfill. Thanks to 
the leadership of former Borough President Guy Molinari, Borough President 
James Molinaro, a joint effort by Staten Island's elected officials, and 
brilliant engineering by the Sanitation Department, it is one of the best 
examples of land reclamation in the world. This Administration’s dedication to 
parks can be summed up no better than with this effort that aims to give New 
York City, for the first time in its history, over 30,000 acres of parkland.” 
“The goal of having a cleaner energy supply in New York City has always 
required projects as bold as the vision itself. This unprecedented solar 
project will be the largest in New York City and will help us understand how 
renewables can integrate into our energy networks at a much greater scale, and 
sends a signal to the market place that renewable energy is both achievable 
within the city, and that it will continue to grow and become a major component 
of New York City’s energy supply,” said Sergej Mahnovski, Director of the 
Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. “This project will 
also push existing regulations to their boundaries. Interconnection with the 
utility system will have to be clarified, State programs aimed at increasing 
renewable energy will have to be expanded, and landfill post-closure care will 
have to be rewritten; and these are only a few of the challenges ahead. But 
this is a necessary undertaking in order to shift our power sector to a 
cleaner, more reliable energy future.” 
“I am pleased to announce that the City has entered into an exclusive 
negotiation agreement with SunEdison,” said DSNY Commissioner Doherty. 
“SunEdison has done many comparable installations at other closed landfills in 
the northeast.  This will be the first of its kind in NYC. The designs will 
take into account that during the installation and operation of the solar 
panels, the city (DSNY) will continue its post-closure monitoring and 
maintenance obligations, which are mandated by a Consent Order with the state. 
In addition, the East Site, where we are standing now, will about the future 
Freshkills Park.” 
"Promoting solar energy is a critical component of our goal to make 
New York City more sustainable and resilient over the long term,” said New York 
City Economic Development Corporation President Kyle Kimball. “With today’s 
announcement, this Administration is, once again, reactivating underutilized 
land in an innovative way that will help the City thrive for years to come.” 
“SunEdison applauds New York City’s innovative approach to environmental 
sustainability,” said Attila Toth, SunEdison’s General Manager. “The solar 
systems we intend to build at Freshkills Park will be tangible proof of the 
Mayor’s commitment to renewable energy, and will serve as a model of public 
private partnerships by providing economic benefit to both the city and 
businesses located within the five boroughs.”
Today’s announcement builds on the work the City has already done to cultivate 
more renewable energy. In April, the City entered into an innovative 
third-party ownership agreement to install almost 2 megawatts of solar energy 
on four City-owned buildings including the Port Richmond Waste Water Treatment 
Plant, two Bronx High Schools, and the Staten Island Ferry Maintenance 
Building. Almost 700 kilowatts already exist on City-owned buildings such as 
police precincts, park buildings and firehouses.
In addition to bringing renewable electricity to New York City, solar power 
will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local pollutants. During the 
hottest summer days, demand for electricity forces the activation of 
inefficient in-city “peaker” plants, some of which burn heavy fuel oil. The 
solar and wind facilities at Freshkills will reduce the need for peak 
electricity generation at these facilities, and help to meet the PlaNYC goal of 
a 30-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. 
“I am pleased to see one of the objectives I proposed at the 
beginning of my administration finally come to fruition. The development of 
environmentally-friendly green energy sources at Freshkills promises a future 
in stark contrast from the days when Freshkills was an environmental 
nightmare,” Borough President James P. Molinaro said. “I commend Mayor 
Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway for their perseverance and commitment 
to this project.” 
"I am thrilled that this idea we had, to turn the environmental 
nightmare of Fresh Kills Landfill into an environmental dream that will be 
Fresh Kills Park and Renewable Energy Fields, has finally become a reality,” 
staid State Senator Diane Savino. “I thank Mayor Bloomberg for taking this 
concept and having his team at Parks run with it." 
“This announcement signifies a turn for Freshkills Park as a site that 
represents clean and renewable energy,” said Assembly Member Michael Cusik. 
“This is the perfect symbol of Freshkills moving from the designation of an 
environmental nightmare when it was a landfill to a site responsible for 
renewable energy. I applaud the Mayor and the PlaNYC initiatives for including 
the Freshkills Park site as a location for a solar power facility.” 
“I applaud the multi-use purpose of Freshkills Park where we not only return it 
to nature but incorporate public use, education, and a commitment to clean, 
renewable energy,” said Assembly Member Matthew Titone. “We need electricity, 
we need open space, and we need clean air, and we can have all three.” 
“Con Edison has been working with many of its customers who choose 
to install solar systems for their homes and businesses,” said Con Edison 
President Craig Ivey. “We commend Mayor Bloomberg for his leadership on the 
Fresh Kills project, which will increase the amount of solar generation in New 
York, promoting cleaner air and a more reliable electrical grid.”
“Not long ago, few could have imagined that Freshkills would be transformed 
into a park, let alone into a clean-energy facility,” said Marcia Bystryn, 
President of the New York League of Conservation Voters. “This is one of the 
most exciting clean-energy projects in development in the entire city, and it 
will serve as a powerful symbol of the environmental renaissance now underway 
on Staten Island. We applaud Mayor Bloomberg for this important accomplishment, 
and for making environmental sustainability one of the hallmarks of his 
"At Fresh Kills, a mountain of trash is becoming an oasis of green, 
with room for parks, wildlife and renewable energy," said Andy Darrell, 
Regional Director and Chief of Strategy for Energy at the Environmental Defense 
Fund.  "The price of solar panels is at historic lows, and it's innovation like 
this that can help make the benefits of solar power available to more New 
Freshkills spans 2,200 acres on the western shore of Staten Island and served 
as the City’s principal solid waste landfill until 2001. In 2006, the New York 
City Department of Parks and Recreation began working to develop Freshkills 
Park, which will incorporate the solar and wind power installations. The use of 
capped municipal landfills to develop renewable energy facilities was outlined 
in PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg’s unprecedented program to prepare the City for more 
residents, strengthen the economy, combat climate change, and enhance the 
quality of life for all New Yorkers. 
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