In a recent NY Times article Ronda Kaysen writes about an apartment complex that is being renovated with a new goal in mind: “renovate an apartment building so it generates as much energy as it uses.” The $1 million rehabilitation of a 19th-century brownstone in the Park Slope neighborhood should be completed in 2013 according to the developer, Voltaic Solaire.
According to the article, the facade will be covered with a solar skin and a solar awning will be mounted on the roof. The solar photovoltatic system is expected to generate 18,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity throughout the year. The developer is confident that the system will provide enough power to offset the annual electric consumption for all six units in the 7,000-square-foot building.
As a demonstration, Voltaic has nearly completed demonstration project called the Delta in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood. Even without a southern exposure, the solar system generates enough energy to power the 2,700-square-foot property.
Visit the full article in the NY Times: Off-the-Grid Living in Brooklyn