Bright Power completes 575-kW solar array at NYC apartment complex
Publication: Solar Power World
By: Billy Ludt
Ocean Bay Apartments is shining light on how to combine affordable housing preservation and climate change mitigation. The 24-building, 1,395-unit complex now boasts a 575-kW solar PV system, designed and installed by Bright Power.
As the first New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property to undergo a conversion under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), Ocean Bay Apartments is leveraging private funds to preserve and improve affordable public housing. RDC Development, a joint venture between MDG Design + Construction and Wavecrest Management, rehabilitated and operates the property.
“Sustainability is a key consideration in how we must approach the revitalization and long-term viability of our housing stock, and was paramount in our work at Ocean Bay. Bright Power’s partnership was instrumental in the seamless design and implementation of our energy-efficient measures and solar power system. Thanks to their expertise and dedication, over 4,000 residents at Ocean Bay will experience lower utility costs and a healthier, greener place to call home,” said Michael Rooney, Jr., principal of RDC Development.
After the complex was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, RDC Development worked with Bright Power to install energy efficiency and storm resiliency measures. In addition to the 575-kW solar PV system, these include the conversion to building-specific hydronic heating from a centralized steam distribution system and relocating the boilers to avoid floods.
“RDC Development’s commitment to resiliency, sustainability and long-term affordability enables thousands of Ocean Bay residents to have safe, comfortable and affordable homes. We’re proud to have partnered with them on this project,” said Jeffrey Perlman, president and founder of Bright Power.
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