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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.

 

Arlington Plaza Anchor Supermarket Tenant to Utilize Solar Power

EnterSolar Completes Rooftop Solar Installation on Super Foodtown Store

EnterSolar, a leading New York-based provider of solar solutions to commercial enterprises, today announced the completion of a 217.7kW rooftop solar system making solar credits available to a Jack's Super Foodtown location in North Arlington, NJ.  The project, the result of a partnership between the landlord and the grocery retailer, will generate credits equal to 16% of the supermarket‚Äôs annual power usage.

EnterSolar worked with the owners of the shopping center and the supermarket to create the financing, development and engineering solutions for the solar installation which included the use of the NJ SREC program.  The SREC registration program allows solar projects in New Jersey to generate Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) which can be traded as commodities to meet state's Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements.

The environmental benefits of the system include the equivalent of saving nearly 19,500 gallons of gasoline and the carbon sequestered by nearly 164 acres of trees every year.

"We continue to see landlords, and property owners alike coming back to us for additional projects," said Peyton Boswell, Managing Director, EnterSolar. "It is especially gratifying to work with a client who has already recognized the benefits and efficiency of solar and wants to expand that value across their portfolio."

This project is EnterSolar's second with this property owner and the first with the retail tenant underscoring the compelling use of solar energy.