Remember when Governor Cuomo said he’d ensure that half of New York state’s consumed energy would come from renewable sources by 2030? It turns out that, unlike the MTA and the endless battles around it, this project is actually seeing action.
A 1.2 MW solar array system is now up and running in Brooklyn, according to the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The 3,325 panels can be found on the rooftops of two areas on Pitkin Avenue around Cypress Hills, in the same general area as the Pitkin Avenue Business Improvement District. The project follows the massive uptick in solar energy installation across Brooklyn, after years of solar power companies avoiding New York City.
The Pitkin Ave installation is the largest community solar project in New York City; some 196 Brooklyn businesses and residents will now receive power from the array. Of those, 70% are residential customers, 20% are small businesses, and 10% are residents of low to moderate income.
Using the state’s NY-Sun program, NYSERDA dedicated over $850,000 to fund the project. They’ve supported over 84,000 statewide solar installations to date, including the 5,004 projects that are currently in various stages of construction and planning.
The NYSERDA is not the only company helping Brooklyn go solar. About a month ago, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced the selection of UPROSE, Solar One and Co-op Power to handle the building and operation of a Brooklyn Army Terminal community solar garden. It’s slated to be the first cooperatively owned project of this nature in the state, and will use a subscription-based service so that local residents and businesses can tap into the garden’s solar energy. The subscribers will collectively own the Brooklyn Army Terminal garden, have a say in how the garden operates, and it’s possible they may even eventually earn dividends.
The 80,000 square foot garden will be housed on the roof of the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Building B, and will become operational in late 2019.