- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The City University of New York has won an $800,000 federal award for a solar energy project.

The three-year project will delve into the critical role that solar energy systems could have in supplying emergency power.

Officials say 672 solar arrays on New York City rooftops suffered little or no damage during Superstorm Sandy. But they were unable to supply critically needed power during the outages that followed.

The state now has more than 18,000 solar electric systems and is one of the fastest growing solar markets in America. But there are few known systems with battery storage in the city or state.

CUNY Chancellor James Milliken says that in addition to developing resilient energy options, the initiative could lead to more jobs in the growing solar power market.

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