Queens Co-Op Opts for Solar Power

Construction started last week on a large solar system (the "Project") for the Georgetown Mews Owners' Corporation in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, NY.

The Co-op, advised by the renewable energy experts at Sol Alliance, selected Green Street Solar Power to install the ambitious Project. Georgetown Mews, already known for its leafy, meticulously maintained campus offering "country-in-the-city-living," will continue to differentiate itself by delivering clean energy and significant electric utility savings to its residents.

When completed, the Project will be among the largest rooftop installations in the New York City area, and the largest solar system to date in Queens. Added to the remarkable $425,000 in annual electric savings, Georgetown Mews is receiving a NYSERDA grant, as well as city and federal tax credits valued in excess of $1,600,000, translating to a Project payback of less than 2.5 years.

The driving force behind the Project was the Board of Directors. "I've been an advocate for green energy from the earliest days of solar," says Co-op President, Mary Fischer. "I've been to countless "green" seminars in an effort to fight for cleaner energy. And when New York City began to aggressively promote solar, it was clear to me the time to install solar panels at Georgetown Mews had arrived. I couldn't be more excited to get this project underway." The Board of Directors places a strong focus on environmentally friendly initiatives. This is the Co-op's 4th large energy saving project in the last seven years, and its operation will have the equivalent environmental benefit of removing 285 cars from the road each year.

Sol Alliance worked closely with Georgetown Mews throughout the Project to select an installer and maximize Project value. "This is an incredibly complex solar project that will provide long-term benefits to the families living in these 930 garden apartments. We're implementing solar on 32 buildings and more than 90 separate roof surfaces, and all the work is happening in the middle of New York City.  With Green Street added to the team, we aligned Georgetown Mews with a combination of technical excellence, deep experience building solar in NYC, and a commitment to customer service that gave us total confidence in a successful outcome," said Stephen Owen, Sol Alliance's founder and President.

"I applaud Georgetown Mews for going solar," said Dave Kane, CSO and Director of Community Solar at Green Street. "This is a pioneering project, and certainly one of the largest Co-ops to employ solar in New York City. To give you an idea of the size of this job, we're installing more than 4,500 solar panels on the roofs of Georgetown Mews' buildings," Kane noted, "but it's our team's incredible work behind the scenes to even get us to this point that sets us apart. We have to connect to ConEd's grid at 32 separate locations, secure building permits, make the FDNY happy—it's extremely complex. We just cut the ribbon on the largest rooftop solar project in New England, and we're honored to be part of this groundbreaking project as well."

This solar installation is expected to be complete by July of 2017, with residents utilizing clean energy by the end of 2017.

Topics: Building Green, Rebates / Tax Credits, Solar Power, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Sustainable Communities

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