New resilient power hub at Brooklyn Public Library aiming to cut down on carbon emissions

This is part of an initiative to install renewable energy systems at four library branches in Brooklyn--along with several other community facilities in the coming months.

News 12 Staff

Nov 16, 2021, 10:22 PM

Updated 972 days ago

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Tuesday was a big day for renewable energy in Coney Island. 
The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery announced the completion of a new resilient power hub at the Brooklyn Public Library. 
This is part of an initiative to install renewable energy systems at four library branches in Brooklyn--along with several other community facilities in the coming months. 
The aim is to bring the state closer to its goal of drastically cutting down on carbon emissions. 
Officials behind the project say it started to improve neighborhood facilities, flooding and damage during Superstorm Sandy. 
"When we started building this library back, we were serious about resiliency and making this library more resilient for the future than it had been when the storm hit. "We know how people relied on this branch when the storm hit, not only for warmth and shelter, but when FEMA came to help people apply for emergency funds, they came here,” said Linda Johnson, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library. 
This is the first branch to get the solar power upgrades, but they will also be installed at other libraries and community centers in Brooklyn and the Bronx. 
This includes areas like Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie, Flatlands, Throgs Neck, Gerritsen Beach and other locations expected to be finished by February of 2022.


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