College home to New York's largest solar array
Photo courtesy of BMCC
The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is now home to the largest solar photovoltaic facility in all of New York City, reports Energy Manager Today.
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) installed 947 solar energy panels on the main roof of BMCC’s four-block-long 199 Chambers St. building. The 5-by-3-foot panels of 327 watts, many of which are visible from the streets of Tribeca, are hung vertically on the cooling tower enclosure walls and flat on the western lower roof facing the Hudson River for maximum exposure to the sun.
According to bmcc.cuny.edu, the BMCC solar array is now the largest photovoltaic facility in Manhattan, the site said. It has the added distinction of being the first vertical solar facility in all of New York City — given its unobstructed views of the Hudson River.
First proposed in 2008, the project’s design has improved as technology changed and after BMCC removed its old roof, installed four inches of R-25 insulation and recapped the four-block-long roof.
Capable of producing more than 1MWH of electricity each day, the BMCC solar array is expected to save the college more than $42,000 each year on its power bill.
Scott Anderson, vice president of administration and planning at BMCC, said on the site that the concentration of buildings in New York City is so dense that local leaders have come to embrace more aggressive policies that center on saving energy.
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