Navy yard solar array

One of the largest solar farms in New York City can be found on a rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And the power it’s generating is crucial to the future expansion of this large industrial park.

The Navy Yard is home to more than 300 commercial tenants with about 7,000 employees.

Paciorek: “And we think that that number is going to increase to somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 people over the next few years.”

That’s Sukanya Paciorek, the Yard’s executive vice president. She says this expected growth created concern about how to meet the yard’s growing electricity needs.

The power for the Navy Yard comes from a combined heat and power facility, but Paciorek says it will not be able to generate the energy needed by so many tenants.

So the Navy Yard turned to rooftop solar. The new system is owned and operated by the local utility, and the Navy Yard purchases the electricity produced.

Rooftop solar now is 'a pretty substantial portion' handling energy needs at the Navy yard. Click To Tweet

With more than 3,000 individual solar panels, the installation generates one megawatt of electricity.

Paciorek: “It’s a pretty substantial portion of our overall consumption of the yard.”

New York City has pledged to reduce its emissions by 80 percent over the next 33 years, and this project is an important step toward this ambitious goal.

Reporting credit: Jenelle Davis/ChavoBart Digital Media.

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