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NYC announces plans for solar, wind power

NEW YORK — New York City is soliciting bids to build and operate a wind farm and solar power plant at the site of a closed landfill.

City officials put out a request for proposals on Tuesday to build solar and wind power facilities at Staten Island’s Fresh Kills landfill.

With 75 acres available for lease, city officials say the project could generate 20 megawatts of renewable energy. That’s enough to power 6,000 homes.

Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said that if it is successful, the project will more than double the city’s renewable energy capacity.

Andrew Darrell of the Environmental Defense Fund’s New York office said clean energy projects like this one “put us on a path to a future with healthy air and economic growth.”

—Copyright 2012 Associated Press

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