StuyTown has rooftops. A lot of rooftops.
And we have an idea.
StuyTown Property Services is proud to announce… (drumroll please) Project Solar! Project Solar will see the installation of 9,671 solar panels distributed over our 22 acres of rooftops, making it the largest private multi-family rooftop solar array in the United States. We’ve been working closely with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, conEdison, SolarOne, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and Onyx Renewable Partners to bring this initiative to reality, and we couldn’t be more excited – our solar array alone will triple Manhattan’s current solar capacity.
Why are we doing this? Because it’s the right thing to do. As the largest rental community in not just the city of New York but the nation, we are committed to improving the community every day and making the property as energy-efficient and eco-friendly as possible. A series of environmental sustainability initiatives have already reduced our on-site greenhouse gas emissions by 10% since 2007, and the technologically sophisticated building management tools we’ve installed over the past 10 years have earned us ENERGY STAR® certification three years in a row. We’re the first multi-family building in NYC to receive this distinction, and we’re proud to be the leaders in multi-family sustainability.
Once complete in 2019, Project Solar will generate enough energy to power 1,035 typical NYC apartments each year. This is the equivalent to removing 11,972 cars from the road and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 62,472 tons. We hope our project will have ripple effects for other building owners and managers not just in NYC, but the country.
As with all projects SPS undertakes, the impact this will have on our residents is important to us. The solar panels will be mounted to all rooftops with a 5-degree tilt, and won’t be visible from the ground. They also won’t affect the integrity of the rooftops and will not interfere with our native wildlife. We’re taking the opportunity to create educational areas for the community to learn how the system works, with the help of the non-profit organization Solar One. And the best part? No portion of the cost of Project Solar will be passed on to residents.
To learn more about StuyTown’s other green initiatives, click here