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Michael Bloomberg will be in Orlando to Test out Floating Solar Arrays and Other Green Technology


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Then they'll attend a press conference where they’ll discuss new ways the city will be using alternative energy to become greener. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Then they'll attend a press conference where they’ll discuss new ways the city will be using alternative energy to become greener. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Mayor Buddy Dyer will tour a floating solar panel array and a solar carport and battery storage lab today with UN Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg and OUC CEO Clint Bullock. Then they’ll attend a press conference where they’ll discuss new ways the city will be using alternative energy to become greener.

It’s all because Orlando was chosen-along with Albuquerque, Austin, Denver, and San Antonio-to take part in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge program. The program provides each city with $2.5 million dollars along with the technical assistance it needs to cut carbon emissions.

Orlando has already pledged to use money from the initiative to increase the number of electric car rentals and charging stations in the city by 2020. It will also transition city buses to electric and give companies incentives to build more energy-efficient buildings.

Past recipients of the grant include Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Saint Paul, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, St. Petersburg, and Washington, D.C.

The program was originally designed to help American cities address climate change and honor the Paris agreement. President Trump withdrew the United States from the international climate agreement in 2017.

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