New York announces plans for solar energy and wind power

City officials put out a request for proposals on Tuesday to build solar power and wind energy 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."