Atop a skyscraper in New York City utility Con Edison is using solar to power its headquarters. The company said today (April 21) that it installed a 40 kilowatt solar array using more than 200 Suniva PV modules on the 19th story of its building in Manhattan, which can power two of the building’s floors.
“Our customers are discovering that they can use the power of the sun to cut their electric bills and help ensure a safe, sustainable future for New Yorkers,” said John McAvoy, Con Edison’s president and CEO. “We wanted to share our customers’ experience by installing solar panels on our building. We’re reducing our own electric bills, and helping the environment too.”
The project was installed Gehrlicher Solar America, which handled the engineering and project management and Progressive Solutions, which advised on design and installation. The installation was completed in only five weeks, Con Edison said.
The Con Edison project was supported by a Department of Energy Smart Grid Stimulus grant. According to the company the project will save its ratepayers in New York City and Westchester County about $7,000 a year in electricity costs.
Con Edison’s ratepayers have already installed almost 40 megawatts of solar power through a total of roughly 2,000solar energy projects. “That’s more than enough to power these famed New York buildings: The World Trade Center site (14 MW), the Empire State Building (9.5 MW), 30 Rockefeller Plaza, known as 30 Rock (4MW), Madison Square Garden (3 MW) and Yankee Stadium (2 MW),” Con Edison explained. Overall the amount of solar production in the Con Edison’s coverage region has quadrupled over the past three years.
The news comes as New York and the big apple increase their efforts to add in more solar power. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has been quite vocal in his support for solar power throughout the large state and it looks like it is starting to pay off. In fact, NYC neighbor, Long Island has been helping the state lead the charge through the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), which has adopted a strong incentive program for residential and commercial installations.