PowerLight Unveils NY Solar Power System

October 08, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

PowerLight Corp. (Berkeley, CA) joined with Clean Air Communities, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Con Edison, and the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) to unveil New York City's largest commercial rooftop solar power system.

The $900,000 project was jointly funded through a public-private partnership by Clean Air Communities, NYSERDA and GMDC. The system was built and installed by PowerLight using solar technology and zinc-bromide batteries. The photovoltaic panels and advanced battery will collectively work as a solar energy system to generate and store electricity in coordination with Con Edison's network system.

The 115kW solar power system, located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, covers 11,500ft² of roof area and reduces the peak electricity demand on New York's power grid while simultaneously improving local air quality. When fully powered, the solar system will generate the equivalent energy to light 100 homes.