NYC solar project provides renewable energy bridge from Queens to Manhattan

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EnterSolar, a leading New York City-based provider of solar solutions to commercial enterprises, recently announced the launch of a landmark project in the New York City solar landscape.

The Bloomberg–JFK Airport Park Solar Project, a state-of-the-art large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project, will enable Bloomberg L.P.’s global headquarters in midtown Manhattan and its downtown data center to partially convert to clean solar energy.

“This marquee solar initiative is a tangible demonstration of the power of partnership,” Peyton Boswell, managing director for EnterSolar, said in a press release.

In addition to being the largest remote net metered project in New York City, the project is the first to use remote net metering to power a midtown Manhattan skyscraper with a remotely-sited solar PV system.

While New York has been a pioneer in its support of using renewable energy, the JFK Airport Park project is a particularly innovative for New York due to its use of remote net metering (RNM), which allows sites with poor solar characteristics but significant onsite load to benefit from solar systems installed on an alternative site with excellent solar characteristics.

The project is comprised of a 1,500 kilowatt solar installation across three adjacent logistics facilities at the JFK Airport Park in Springfield Gardens, Queens. The multi-building system, with more than 5,500 solar panels, is the largest rooftop solar array in Queens and is among the largest rooftop solar projects in New York state. The power generated will be converted to energy credits and applied to Bloomberg’s offices in New York City.

On an annual basis, the project will generate 1.8 million kilowatt hours, enough clean renewable electricity to power more than 244 typical homes. The solar PV systems will provide significant environmental benefits to both Bloomberg and the NYC community, including the avoidance of almost 1.1 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.


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