Sep 21 2015
Light it Up: Manhattan Skyscraper Now Powered by Queens Solar Panels
Aerial view of the Bloomberg-JFK Airport Park Solar Project.
Photo credit: EnterSolar
September 21, 2015
Light it Up: Manhattan Skyscraper Now Powered by Queens Solar Panels

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Solar power is hot, hot, hot in New York State. The industry is growing at a rapid clip, increasing more than 300% since 2011, and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon—especially in New York City. In fact, the de Blasio administration announced today that NYC solar installations have more than doubled since his mayoral term began.

Last week, EnterSolar, a New York City-based company, announced the launch of the landmark Bloomberg-JFK Airport Park Solar Project. Located in Springfield Gardens, the large-scale panel installation will allow Bloomberg, LP to partially power its global headquarters in Midtown Manhattan as well as its downtown data center using solar energy.

Looking north from the 43rd floor of 601 Lexington Ave. Credit: Andrew Mace https://flic.kr/p/7zMYCj

Bloomberg tower. Photo credit: Andrew Mace/Creative Commons

The project utilizes a program called “Remote Net Metering,” which enables sites with poor solar characteristics to benefit from a solar system on an alternative site with excellent solar characteristics.

In this case, a 1,500 kW solar installation across three adjacent warehouses at the JFK Airport Park in Queens, will generate power which will be converted to energy credits and applied to Bloomberg’s offices in Manhattan.

Councilman Donovan Richards cuts the ribbon at the launch of the Bloomberg-JFK Airport Park Solar Project in Queens. Photo credit: Donovan Richard's office

Councilman Donovan Richards cuts the ribbon at the launch of the Bloomberg-JFK Airport Park Solar Project in Queens. Photo credit: Donovan Richard’s office

The multi-building system is the largest rooftop solar array in Queens and among the largest rooftop solar projects in the state. Comprised of over 5,500 solar panels, the project is expected to produce 1.8 million kWh of clean energy annually, enough to power 244 homes and eliminate 535 metric tons of carbon per year.

A Continuing Ethos

This isn’t the first time Bloomberg has invested in solar energy. In 2012, the company launched a “ground-mounted” solar system in Skillman, NJ, consisting of 5,520 panels that provide their 100,000-square-foot New Jersey facility with 48% of its annual energy use. The company also has solar panels installed on top of their San Francisco office.

“The ethos that Mike [Bloomberg] brought to the city around Plan NYC and his approach to sustainability wasn’t just for the city—it’s also part of what he does with philanthropy and what we do with the company,” explained Michael Marinello,Global Head of Communications for Tech, Innovation and Sustainability. “We’re committed to it because our founder is committed to it and what he does, and it’s part of what we believe in, too.”

 

Aerial view of the Bloomberg-JFK Airport Park Solar Project.
Photo credit: EnterSolar