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Arena Stage to Utilize the Sun to Power the Stars with Rooftop Solar Installation

Construction Beginning on Rooftop Solar Installation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 13, 2018) Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater today announced that it has commenced construction of a photovoltaic solar system on the theater’s roof. The 452-kilowatt (kW) project is consistent with the organization’s long stated commitment to give back to the local community. The system not only marks Arena Stage’s dedication to the greater Washington, D.C. area’s environment, but takes a leadership position in doing so among the region’s performing arts community and local businesses alike.

“It was always part of the dreams in designing the Mead Center that the building would be environmentally friendly,” shares Arena Stage Executive Director Edgar Dobie. “It took several years of research and discussion, and we are excited to have the beautiful and massive roof take advantage of such a natural energy source. I know that having solar panels on the roof would have delighted the building’s architect Bing Thom, and so I think of him and his passion in undertaking this endeavor. EnterSolar is doing great things and we are proud to partner with them on this project.”

Developed by EnterSolar, the 452.3 kW system is comprised of 1,145 panels atop Arena Stage’s roof. The system provides Arena with significant financial benefits, and yields significant environmental benefits to Arena and the greater Capital region as well. Arena Stage going solar is the environmental equivalent to saving 45,231 of gasoline annually, or taking 85 cars off the road.

“EnterSolar works with businesses of all types, nationwide. We are particularly proud to help Arena raise the curtain on solar in the nation’s capital. That EnterSolar can help not only facilitate solar in the region, but also use it to benefit American artists is particularly gratifying,” said Paul Ahern, president, EnterSolar.

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie, is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena Stage produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays, and impacts the lives of over 10,000 students annually through its work in community engagement. Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000. arenastage.org

EnterSolar is a leading national developer of solar photovoltaic solutions to the commercial marketplace. Unique in our combination of corporate business operations and solar expertise, we work with commercial enterprises to deliver optimal solar energy with compelling, long-term ROI. Expert in the dynamic legislative environment, EnterSolar provides clients with real-time guidance in order to best leverage tax credits and other financial incentives at federal, state and utility levels.  Our clients include multi-national retailers, REITS, global manufacturers, and distributors, as well as family-owned businesses.  The Company’s divisions include EnterSolarEDU, which helps schools, universities and non-profit organizations leverage solar and MaxSolar, which provides operations & maintenance, asset management and technical services for commercial systems nationwide.  EnterSolar is headquartered in New York City with offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina. In its last ranking, Solar Power World ranked EnterSolar the leading (#1) solar developer in New York State and in the top 10 nationally.  More information about EnterSolar, and its portfolio, can be found here.

New York-Based Startup Daroga Power Brings Solar Power to the Masses Through Local Developments and Online Platform

 Daroga Power is bringing community solar to New York City residents. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Daroga Power is bringing community solar to New York City residents. (Graphic: Business Wire)

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Daroga Power, a preeminent clean energy startup focused on community solar, is bringing solar power to customers for whom it would not ordinarily be feasible. This includes renters, owners whose rooftops cannot support solar, or those who are unable to finance the upfront cost of installing solar panels themselves.

“New York City is an urban mecca of renters who have a desire to lead the clean energy transformation”

Daroga is currently constructing the first two commercial-scale community solar projects in New York City. Located in East New York and totaling 1.2 megawatts of capacity, the projects are scheduled for completion in December. Additionally, Daroga has a pipeline of 20+ more projects planned throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, with a particular focus on bringing access to low and moderate-income areas. Altogether, these projects are slated to bring more than 10 megawatts of solar power to the residents of New York City by the end of 2018 – enough electricity to power more than 2,000 homes.

Community solar systems are installations on private properties that are optimally suited for capturing solar energy. Daroga’s first projects will be built on rooftops of industrial properties within the Con Edison territory, repurposing otherwise unutilized space. By subscribing, residential customers can have a portion or all of their electricity be sourced from community solar, thereby reducing their traditional utility bills.

Daroga also simplifies this subscription process through an easy-to-use online platform, launching in mid-November, which allows customers to view and select from multiple community solar installations. Through this platform, customers have the ability to learn about each installation in detail and shop for the one that best meets their needs and interests. Other solar developers can also post their installations on the Daroga platform to increase visibility to potential subscribers. “One of the biggest issues that community solar programs face is overcoming the lack of awareness and getting customers to participate,” said David Matt, founder of Daroga. “There is no easy place for customers to learn about community solar options, and the process for signing up is too complicated.”

Brooklyn city officials are supportive of Daroga’s pioneering work. According to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, “We must find alternative sources of energy for the future and upgrade our infrastructure to meet the demands of a dynamic and growing borough. Daroga Power’s installation of two solar power projects in East New York promises to present clean, low-cost, and renewable sources of energy. The installation of these and other solar panels in the future pipeline will expand economic opportunities for low-income Brooklynites burdened by excessive energy costs. It will also ensure that residents and businesses in the neighborhood can join the renewables market in an accessible and user-friendly manner.”

Matt, along with co-founder Ory Moussaieff, envision Daroga not only as a solar developer but also as creating a marketplace for solar power, particularly for traditionally hard-to-access areas. “New York City is an urban mecca of renters who have a desire to lead the clean energy transformation,” said Moussaieff. “Daroga provides customers not only with reliable renewable power but also empowers them with more information and control over exactly where their electricity comes from.” In the future, Daroga plans to expand its services to other parts of the state and eventually will offer service nationwide.

EnterSolar is proud to facilitate Daroga’s East New York projects, enabling community solar our own backyard in New York City.

“Daroga is a valued partner, and we support wholeheartedly their mission to bring access to solar to low and moderate-income areas,”  said Paul Ahern, president, EnterSolar.  “As a national developer of commercial solar projects, we help businesses leverage the power of solar energy to power their organizations.  Through large scale community solar installation like these, we are delighted to extend our work to benefit consumers and their neighborhoods as well.”

ENTERSOLAR AND ENEL-X RECEIVE MASSACHUSETTS “ACES” GRANT

Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) Program Serves to Advance Energy Storage in Massachusetts

New York, NY (January 15, 2018) EnterSolar today announced the receipt of an energy storage grant from the State of Massachusetts for a solar & storage system to be installed at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus.  The winning bid was submitted as a partnership between EnterSolar and Enel-X titled “Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage”.  The grant award is part of a larger $20MM program which reflects the state’s ambitious leadership position in the growing storage market.  

Through this program, the state intends to demonstrate various storage applications with an eye towards replicating them on a larger scale.  To that end, the projects show what’s often called the “Swiss army knife” nature of energy storage — its ability to solve a range of electricity problems.

The winners will use energy storage for backup power, resiliency, demand management, greenhouse gas reduction, non-wires alternatives, grid congestion relief, demand charge reduction, revenue enhancement, renewable energy integration and other purposes.

Judith Judson, commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), said that projects will “provide a roadmap for how Massachusetts can integrate storage into our diversified energy portfolio to lower overall energy costs, increase grid efficiency by decreasing peak demand, and more effectively utilize our strong clean energy sector.”

In all, the winning projects represent 32 MW/85 MWh of energy storage, of which 16 MW/45 MWh are within utility territories. There is already about 4 MW/7 MWh of advanced energy storage installed in Massachusetts.

Enel-X will install batteries at the University of Massachusetts Boston to improve grid resiliency and reduce greenhouse gases. Working with EnterSolar, the firms will create a living laboratory on the campus used for educational purposes. 

“We are proud not only to be a grant recipient but to further our work in the education sector and to work with Enel-X on a leading edge solar plus storage project,” said Paul Ahern, president, EnterSolar.

About EnterSolar
EnterSolar is a leading national developer of solar photovoltaic solutions to the commercial marketplace. Unique in our combination of corporate business operations and solar expertise, we work with commercial enterprises to deliver optimal solar energy with compelling, long-term ROI. Expert in the dynamic legislative environment, EnterSolar provides clients with real-time guidance in order to best leverage tax credits and other financial incentives at federal, state and utility levels.  Our clients include multi-national retailers, REITS, global manufacturers, and distributors, as well as family-owned businesses.  The Company’s divisions include EnterSolarEDU, which helps schools, universities and non-profit organizations leverage solar and MaxSolar, which provides operations & maintenance, asset management and technical services for commercial systems nationwide.  EnterSolar is headquartered in New York City with offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina. In its last ranking, Solar Power World ranked EnterSolar the leading (#1) solar developer in New York State and in the top 10 nationally.  More information about EnterSolar, and its portfolio, can be found here.

 

EnterSolar Announces Major Solar Installation for Cornell Tech Campus in NYC

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Government Officials and Community Leaders Unveiled New State-of-the-Art Technology Campus in New York City

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among other state and local officials gathered on September 13th for the official dedication of the new state of the art Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Cornell Tech campus brings together faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary results grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live in the digital age.

The campus features a major solar system installed on top of The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center, designed by Morphosis, and The Bridge, designed by WEISS/MANFREDI, that are now open on the Cornell Tech campus. The solar system was an integral design feature of both buildings, converging engineering requirements and architecture, and serves as one of the central elements of the 12-acre campus which is being hailed for its environmentally conscious and energy-efficient design.

The combined 850 kilowatt (kW) system is the largest solar photovoltaic installation in Manhattan, and will provide a significant portion of the energy required to power The Bloomberg Center. The system is comprised of over 2,200 individual solar modules, and includes innovative solar racking, inverter and data monitoring technology. In addition to providing clean renewable onsite energy, the array on The Bloomberg Center also provides shade for cooling purposes.

“We are entering a new era for tech in New York, and the Cornell Tech campus is at the heart of it,” said Dan Huttenlocher, Dean of Cornell Tech. “The Bloomberg Center is our main academic hub on campus and, inspired by the Bloomberg model, we’re reinforcing our commitment to innovation and sustainability by pushing the boundaries of current energy efficiency practices and setting a new standard for building in New York.”

In addition to the solar systems, the campus is employing additional strategies for its aspiration to reach net-zero energy efficiency at The Bloomberg Center, including geothermal ground source heat pumps, an energy-efficient façade balancing the ratio between transparency and opaqueness to maximize building insulation and decrease energy demand, and smart building features monitoring lighting and plug load use.

“We are extremely proud to be a significant part of this marquee project which will have such a meaningful contribution to New York City’s infrastructure for generations to come,” said Peyton Boswell, Managing Director, EnterSolar. “The innovation that will be “powered” by this tech campus will have significant ramifications on New York’s entrepreneurial and sustainability communities and we could not be more honored to be part of “powering” that thinking.”

The Cornell Tech solar project was also supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative to advance the scale-up of solar generated electricity and move New York State closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. NY-Sun is one of the key elements of the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision framework, which includes the goal of 50 percent of the electricity generated in the State coming from renewable resources by 2030.

About EnterSolar

Based in New York City, EnterSolar is a leading provider of solar photovoltaic solutions to the commercial marketplace. Unique in its combination of business operations and solar expertise, the Company works with commercial enterprises to deliver optimal solar energy alternatives with compelling, long-term ROI. Expert in the dynamic legislative environment, EnterSolar provides clients with real-time guidance in order to best leverage financial incentives at the regional and state levels. In 2017, Solar Power World ranked EnterSolar the leading (#1) solar developer in New York State and in the top 10 nationally. For more information, visit www.entersolar.com.