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Friday, April 14, 2017

In New York, neighbors trading solar energy electrify community

In New York, neighbors trading solar energy electrify community

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A quiet energy revolution is taking place in the homes that light up in the evening in the New York City neighborhoods of Gowanus Canal and Park Slope.

It isn't just power plant electricity that keeps this community lit at night, but also energy generated by neighbors across the street or a few houses away, who send one another their excess production of solar power.

The experiment, called TransActive Grid, aims to soon allow homes and businesses fitted with solar panels and "smart" meters to sell spare electricity to neighbors, rather than simply give it away as they do now.

The change could herald a revolution in the way power is produced and sold not only in New York but potentially across the country and around the world, with roof-mounted solar panels joined to become neighbourhood-controlled power plants.

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