Author: Bright Power

19 Nov

Bright Employee: Daniel Chen

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We’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Daniel ChenMeet Daniel Chen, Project Manager, Western Region.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?
I like how Bright Power continues to adapt and innovate our business to meet the constantly changing client needs and incentive program requirements. Combined with working with an intelligent and collaborative team has allowed me to grow my skills quickly. It has given me the opportunity to effectively audit portfolios of properties and implement measures like steam heating controls and occupancy sensor thermostats.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
I’m proud that I’m one of the few to design and install heat pump water heating systems in the U.S. for multifamily applications. We have now installed a total of 9 systems in 7 different properties – with more to come! I’m helping to install a 150kW solar PV system in Sacramento. I also installed over 40 water heater plants in 2017. 

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?
Since starting in the West Coast office, I feel my role is constantly changing which has allowed me to learn and develop a holistic view of the business. I’m often required to put on different hats. I’ve been able to use a range of my skills like Auditing, Energy Modeling, Retrofit Installation, and Engineering Design. All while ensuring each project meets the requirements of half a dozen incentive programs across California. 

Who are some of the clients and partners you’ve worked with?
I’ve worked with some incredible clients. That picture of me is from my heat pump water heater work on a Mercy Housing retrofit. I’ve also worked with Equity Residential, AvalonBay Communities, AIG, National Church Residences, LivCor, Bayside Communities, MidPen Housing, Sares-Regis, and MG Properties Group.

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?
Providing turnkey design-build retrofits to clients are most beneficial because they result in actual energy and water savings. Our ability to audit, analyze, and execute seamlessly provides a client with a high chance of success in reaching their sustainability goals. It’s also very easy on their end.

You’ve worked with innovative technologies like heat pump water heaters on the West Coast. What do you think would help more building owners get excited about using a technology like heat pump water heaters or other new technologies?
I think the largest benefit of implementing heat pump water heaters is the ability to electrify your entire property. If you tie in solar PV and energy storage it could lead minimal emissions to net zero emissions for the property. With California’s goal to be 100% renewable by 2045, owners can look to incentive programs to reduce any financial hurdles in transitioning to these technologies.

30 Oct

Energy Management: Trick or Treat?

Bright Power efficiency, energy management

Real estate owners and managers are often spooked by energy and water investment projects for a variety of reasons. Maybe they’re haunted by unsuccessful past projects or maybe the results are just ghosting them. Whatever the reason may be, success lies in the approach. Below are some of our top tricks that will help you reap the treats of an intelligence-driven approach to energy and water management.

Don’t be Caught by Surprise

There’s nothing like an unsuspected scream or menacing shadow to scare the bejeezus out of you. However, scary situations are often avoidable with careful planning and awareness of your surroundings. For example, locking into a fixed-rate energy procurement contract is a proactive way to manage the cost of energy supply against volatile (and sometimes terrifying) market prices. This is a particularly useful strategy to consider in a mild autumn when prices are stable. If you’d like to learn more about this winter’s energy market predictions, check out our blogs on the state of the energy markets here.

Survey the Whole Scene (or don’t just grab the first pumpkin that you see)

When you hit the pumpkin patch, you need to survey your options before landing on the perfectly shaped, sized, and inspirational gourd. That’s how we recommend implementing energy projects too, especially across a large portfolio.

For example, take government and utility financial incentive programs. NYSERDA and ConEdison are offering matching incentives for cogeneration projects in ConEdison’s BQDM zones in New York City. The BayREN program in Northern California is another opportunity to upgrade properties at low cost. But which properties should you choose? By evaluating your entire portfolio, Bright Power can assess where your investment dollars will have the biggest impact and show the highest returns.


Don’t be on the Losing End of Dramatic Irony

If only you could explain to the horror movie lead that answering the door is a poor choice because you know what is lurking on the other side. Alas, they can’t see the whole picture. Buildings are complicated environments with sprawling, interrelated systems and you want someone who can think holistically across all of them in order to effectively manage energy and water. Just because there is a heating problem doesn’t mean that the solution is in the boiler room. In fact, sometimes the source of the problem isn’t related to the equipment at all. In multifamily buildings, residents are as important a factor as any to consider when diagnosing any problem. This is why we recommend whole-building audits and continuous energy management services. Having our engineers go inside a building, speak with residents, and examine all of the systems’ functionality is crucial in diagnosing the root of an issue and presenting an informed solution. Providing continuous expertise and energy management lets us help you anticipate problems and recommend how to avoid them. Otherwise, you’re liable to be frightened purely because you’re operating with incomplete information.

Don’t Jump to (Scary) Conclusions

As any parent can attest, some of the scariest things are the things that we don’t understand. And the only way to combat that is to probe a bit deeper and to figure out what is actually going on. It’s like in the Wizard of Oz when they finally peek behind the curtain…or those big, spooky Halloween displays that make your five-year-old scream and cry until you show him that it is just a toy (with an on-off switch), not a real skeleton coming to life.

For example, one of our clients always found water on the floor of their boiler room. Noticing that it appeared to be leaking from the bottom of their water-tube steam boiler, they called the manufacturer’s representative to come out, drain, and inspect the boiler. When he opened it up and saw corrosion on the tubes, the rep said: “it’s all gotta go.” Our client was looking at frightening repair costs, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Before rushing into anything, we helped our client select a nondestructive testing (NDT) company and supervised a more thorough ultrasonic testing of the boiler tubes. When the results came back, they were surprising. The corrosion had looked bad, but there was actually minimal loss of tube wall thickness. When we leak-tested the boiler, there were just two pinhole leaks and a leaking joint. The root cause was likely that this boiler had run much more than the standby boiler, and therefore experienced many more heat up and cool down cycles. The rep replaced the two leaking tubes, we fixed the control logic so that the lead boiler would rotate weekly, and together we filled, started, and tested the boiler – just in time for heating season.

There is so much to gain from strategic energy and water management. From avoided capital costs to utility bill savings and resident retention, the list of benefits is hard to pass up. But in order to get the treats, it’s important to bear in mind these tricks.

Happy Halloween!

 

This blog was originally posted October 31, 2016. It was updated October 30, 2018, to highlight different incentive programs.

04 Oct

Bright Employee: Samantha Pearce

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We’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Samantha PearceThis month, we’re excited to introduce you to a new member of our team, Samantha Pearce, Director of Energy Management Services.

What made you decide to join Bright Power?
Having worked with Bright Power for the last 8 years as a client, I am most excited to actually get to work WITH the people I have a collaborated with over the years. There’s something about the people who choose to work at Bright Power. They are such a talented and passionate group of individuals who genuinely seem to care about their work, and that really inspires me to bring my A-game. It’s getting to work with people who put action behind their words that excite me the most!

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
I am really truly excited about Energy Management Services (EMS) and that I get to provide a much needed, impactful suite of services. I have watched Selfhelp expand their capacity, make smarter efficiency decisions, and save money because of the work and joint efforts of Selfhelp staff and the Bright Power EMS team. I am really proud to have set up this service “on the inside” at Selfhelp working with Bright Power and now am excited to shape what the service will grow into for others to meet their unique needs.

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?
I think this role, and my career trajectory, was a bit more fortuitous than it might seem. I have a degree in and had wanted to be an Architect since I was probably seven. But then I decided it wasn’t the best fit for me. So, after a short stint as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity, I ended up working at Enterprise Community Partners on their Weatherization team, without even knowing what the program was really about when I took the job. It was the best happy accident and introduced me to working on sustainability initiatives to help owners. Not all journeys follow a straight line – and for this hyper-organized planner that was a tough lesson to learn! I became a LEED AP about 10 years ago because I love the environment, and I worked with Bright Power when there were only 12 or so employees, so perhaps the universe was telling me something all along.

Why are energy management services so critical to the health and long-term performance of a building?
Think about a building like a body. The same way you need to get checked out by a general physician, a building needs to be checked out holistically as well via EMS. If you have a cough, you do not go directly to the lung specialist and ask them to diagnose the ailment. That would be ridiculous and expensive! Instead, you visit your primary care physician who not only listens to your lungs but also takes your temperature, checks your throat and perhaps even ends up diagnosing you with a sinus infection  not even in your lungs at all! 

This sounds extreme, but I think that is how most current operators oversee their buildings. Most owners aren’t themselves ‘primary care physicians’ yet they call in a specialist as soon as there is an issue. No one is monitoring or keeping track of how the systems are functioning, or training the owners how to diagnose issues on their own. And while a direct problem might be fixed when a specialist is called, often larger systemic issues are left undiagnosed because no one is looking at the whole building as a system.

Keeping all the systems in a building working well together helps keep operations costs down and preventative maintenance costs manageable, if not highly predictable. All of this leads to a building that is more efficient to manage and can, therefore, keep costs stabilized.

11 Sep

Bright Employee: Paul Banel

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We’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Paul BanelMeet Paul Banel, Front End Developer.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?

I like working with bright, like-minded people who care about the impact of their work and who can see beyond the small steps that lead to that impact. It’s great to create software to enable that work and to help find ways to promote energy efficiency and reduce waste on a large scale.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?

One of my early projects was to create custom Microsoft Office software to streamline the process of creating energy audit reports. Now our engineers spend less time writing and more time fixing and improving buildings. In another project, we created a small web application to work with building system designs from an ancient engineering software. That application reduced design time from hours to minutes and allowed us to scale those projects quickly.

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?

Paul runningI kind of founded Bright Power Boulder, an unofficial outpost. Another software teammate moved here in the summer. I moved to Colorado for running. I train with Run Boulder AC to race anything from 1500 meters on the track to 100 miles in the mountains of Leadville.

When I started at Bright Power I worked with a lot of different people to solve their random problems and created process improvements that have saved hours of work and are still used today. I aim to reduce waste in all aspects and I love using data and scripts to do that.

You work remotely in Colorado. How do you stay connected to folks in the NY and CA office?

I started working for Bright Power in the New York office and was there for a little over a year before I moved, so having those relationships helps. We use Slack and it allows me to stay in the loop. I can find the information I need to easily and if I need to reach out to people, they are there. It’s almost like being in the office with them and Slack is fun to use. 

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?

I think MoBIUS, our energy management service, has the potential to be the most impactful service on a day-to-day basis. Seeing what’s happening at a building in real time allows issues to be fixed before a resident notices and before it becomes a major problem for a client.

14 Aug

Bright Employee: Pete Peterson

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Jeffry Pete PetersonWe’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. This month, we’re excited to introduce a new member of our team.

Meet Pete Peterson, Chief Financial Officer.

What are some of the things you are excited about in your new role at Bright Power?
The entrepreneurial spirit of the people at Bright Power. Not only is everyone proud of the company’s growth to date, but they are excited to continue to grow and scale. Everyone has been welcoming, encouraging, and eager to help me do the things I’m here to do.

Bright Power has done a great job of becoming the organization it is today: sustainable and impactful. My expertise is in helping companies of this size get to the next level, and, only a few weeks in, I can say that we’re well on our way to get there.

Tell us about a project or accomplishment for which you’re proud.
I’ve been able to hit the ground running at Bright Power thanks to cross-departmental collaboration. Before Bright Power, I was with a company that grew from $30M to over $350M with global reach over the course of 15 years through 8 acquisitions and 3 startups. We ended up with a group of 15 small companies. That experience turned me into a small company expert.

What’s something people might not know about you?
I build wooden boats as a hobby. I started with one of my sons who is a clammer and needed a boat.  I’ll take wood I find and turn it into something beautiful. Take a look at this canoe I built out of an old cedar deck. Now, I’m in the middle of making my three kids surfboards made out of a recycled redwood picnic table.

What are some trends that you are seeing in the industry that excite you?
At the beginning of the industry, there were the very green early adopters. But now, sustainability has become mainstream and widely accepted – it’s hard not to when it will save you money. The growth is almost endless.

23 Jul

Bright Employee: Jesse Petersen

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We’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Meet Jesse Petersen, Sales Operations Manager.

 

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?

I like working with people who can think for themselves and are discerning when presented with information. We have a working environment where my colleagues strive to be constructive, challenge you to question what you think you know, and they work hard to help each other learn. This approach accelerates one’s growth in their everyday job.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?

Putting rhyme and reason to our pricing process through collaboration with the Account Management, Engineering, and Operations teams. This includes formalizing our service products and standardizing our scopes of work for each of Bright Power’s 83 (yeah that many) service offerings. I don’t think Google even has that many service offerings!

Establishing stronger relationships with the implementation contractors and utilities as a key incentive program partner. Many programs look to us for direction in their program design and often elicit our input before rolling out new or revised incentive programs. I think I’ve made a positive contribution to that process in advocating on behalf of our clients’ interests be it with the Public Service Commission, ConEdison, NYSERDA, PSE&G, the NJ BPU, or with the implementation contractors in California.

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?

I have a hand in many facets of our business and have worked with each executive and their teams on various projects. I work regularly with the Engineering Directors to develop our scopes of services and price our contracts, and have even occasionally taken on project management duties. I also provide our engineers advisory support on incentive program project staging and incentive payment coordination. In the recent past, I’ve worked with the Energy Analysts on generating utility usage data sets to identify sites for potential Distributed Energy Resource (DER) applications, developed Salesforce re-designs for our pricing intake process with the Operations team, assisted Legal with modifying the terms and conditions of our contracts, and have co-authored responses to RFPs&Qs for our Executive and Strategic Initiatives teams.

As Bright Power’s Sales Operations Manager, I combine the work I do across divisions to build the infrastructure we need to improve our business and operational needs with the work of distilling technical and programmatic information (including incentives, financing, and public policy) for the Account Managers and their clients.

What are some of the incentive programs you’ve worked with and which of these have worked really well for our clients?

As primary liaison for Bright Power’s incentive program partnerships, I’ve worked with NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program (MPP), NY-Sun, Combined Heat-and-Power (CHP), and Real-Time Energy Management (RTEM) programs as well as ConEdison’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency (MFEEP), Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency (CIEEP), Demand Management (DMP), and Non-Wires Solutions programs here in New York. I’ve also worked closely with the Board of Public Utilities’ clean energy programs and the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) in New Jersey. Other states and programs I’ve been active in include Connecticut’s Energize CT Program, the Mass Save Program in Massachusetts, Pepco’s Multifamily programs in Maryland and Washington D.C., as well as California-based multifamily programs in the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCal Gas service territories.

I think the NY-Sun incentive program has worked pretty well in making solar more accessible for our clients. It shaves a good percentage off our costs for installing solar systems and is structured in a way that’s transparent and easy to understand. The MW-block structure allows us to know in advance the amount of incentives a project is eligible for before the work begins and that predictability makes the prospect of installing solar a more convincing proposition. This incentive has also been bolstered by the federal investment tax credit (ITC) and the precipitous decline in the cost of solar PV modules over the last decade but the NY-Sun incentive has made the investment decision easier, particularly in New York City where it can still be quite expensive to do solar work. Since 2000, the NY-Sun program has incentivized over 217 MW of installed capacity (DC) in the “small commercial” sector alone–that’s the project sector Bright Power participates in the most. This sector represents 20% of all the installed capacity in the state that’s gone through the NY-Sun program. Bright Power has installed over 6 MWs of solar since 2010 which is an impressive chunk of that market, especially when you consider the constraints of working with limited roof space in the five boroughs of New York City.

25 Jun

Mercy Housing Wins NAA’s ROE Energy Retrofit Award

Bright Power affordable housing, California

“On June 16 Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partner Mercy Housing was honored with the National Apartment Association’s (NAA’s) Return on Energy (ROE) Energy Retrofit Award. The award recognizes smart, innovative solutions that successfully reduce energy in a quantifiable way by showing estimated return on investment (ROI) at an individual property.”

In partnership with Mercy Housing and Affordable Community Energy Services Company (ACE), Bright Power provided the following services at 205 Jones Street Apartments:

  • Installed heat pump hot water heating system
  • Installed Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)
  • Insulated pipes
  • Upgraded LED lighting in common areas & resident apartments
  • Implemented low-flow fixtures on faucets & shower heads
  • Installed ENERGY STAR® washing machines

Read more here via Better Buildings.

 

20 Jun

Two of Many Reasons We’re Proud This Pride Month

Bright Power affordable housing

Bright Power is especially proud this Pride Month to share two groundbreaking projects we’re working on: Crotona Senior Residences and Ingersoll Senior Residences. Both projects will provide quality affordable homes for low-income seniors in an LGBT-friendly environment. They will each house SAGE (services and advocacy for GLBT elders) Centers onsite. Each marks the first LGBT-friendly, low-income senior housing in its borough – Cortona Senior Residences in the Bronx, and Ingersoll Senior Residences in Brooklyn.

These two inspiring projects will meet the unique needs of their future residents. And, by integrating sustainability, they will be comfortable, healthy, and enjoyable spaces that also keep operating costs low, ensuring long-term affordability.

“I’m proud that we can deliver energy efficiency and solar power to a diverse array of clients and populations across the City. We’re able to give residents high quality, healthy places to live, while at the same time minimizing environmental impact and keeping operating costs low. We look forward to working on more projects with HELP USA, BFC Partners, and SAGE.”Jeffrey Perlman, President & Founder

Crotona Senior Residences

Crotona Senior Residences

“Crotona Senior is a prime example of a well rounded, integrated project that hits all three pillars of sustainability equally (environment, social, economic). I’m proud to work on this project, in particular, because it addresses the unique needs of LGBT seniors. Times have changed, and I’m thrilled that Bright Power can be a part of projects that prioritize the needs of demographics that would have historically been looked over.” – Andrea Mancino, Director of New Construction

Developed by HELP USA and SAGE
Located in Bronx
General Contractor: Procida
Architect: Magnusson Architecture and Planning
MEP: Johnson & Urban

Design Details:

  • Balanced ventilation for enhanced indoor air quality
  • Airtight and high-performance building envelope
  • High-efficiency HVAC system
  • High-efficiency lighting and controls strategies to enhance the ambiance
  • Solar PV design and installation
  • Active design to promote physical health
  • Community spaces to designed to enhance well being
  • Non-toxic finishes and materials

We are ensuring long-term sustainability by providing these services:

  • Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) Certification services
  • 90kW solar PV system design and installation
  • Commissioning (Cx)
  • NYSERDA New Construction Program incentive procurement and services

Read more about the project in NYREJ.

 

Ingersoll Senior Residences

Ingersoll Senior Residences

BFC Partners with SAGE is developing Ingersoll Senior Residences and will be Brooklyn’s first senior living environment that promotes diversity and safety for LGBT elders. Ingersoll Senior Residences will be a 17-story, 145-unit building that will ensure apartments are affordable to those earning below 60% of AMI while 30% of the units will be reserved for formerly homeless seniors. The onsite SAGE center will provide social services and supportive services for all residents. 

Developed by BFC Partners and SAGE
Located in Brooklyn
General Contractor: BFC Partners
Architect: Marvel Architects
MEP: Rodkin Cardinale

Design details:

  • Balanced ventilation for enhanced indoor air quality
  • Airtight and high-performance building envelope
  • High-efficiency HVAC system
  • High-efficiency lighting and controls strategies to enhance the ambiance
  • Active design to promote physical health
  • Community spaces to designed to enhance well being
  • Non-toxic finishes and materials

We are ensuring long-term sustainability by providing these services:

  • Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) Certification services
  • Commissioning (Cx)

BFC won CHPC’s Impact Award for Housing this April for their work on this project. Learn more about the project in NYHC.

18 Jun

Bright Employee: Michael Brusic

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Michael Brusic Technical DirectorWe’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Meet Michael Brusic, Technical Director.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?
Bright Power has allowed me to indulge my curiosity with a fascinating breadth of projects. In the last two weeks I’ve troubleshot variable speed drives on a cooling tower in Manhattan, kicked off repairs on a standing column well geothermal system in the Bronx, scoped out the fire protection system for an energy storage project in Brooklyn, and helped lobby for changes to New York State’s energy policies on distributed generation. I don’t think I’d get to do all that – and more – anywhere else. Bright Power encourages curiosity, and our leadership gives us the space and freedom to pursue interests like these because they understand that doing so will only grow our experience and capabilities.

I also feel fortunate that the impact of our work goes far beyond saving energy.  Improving the spaces where people live and work can help to reverse historical injustices and improve lives.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
There’s a project we’ve been developing for almost four years that is closing on its construction financing this month. It will be one of the largest deep-energy retrofit projects on affordable housing in New York City. It will involve fuel conversion, a new heating plant, controls, rehabilitation of the ventilation system, lighting, and distributed generation. At the conclusion of the project, Bright Power will be acting as the complex’s energy manager to help make sure that the project remains a success post-construction. I see that as a culmination of many different services that Bright Power provides.

I’m also proud to be able to work on our distributed generation projects, many of which are helping to define the business case for, and drive forward the regulation of, complex multi-technology distributed generation.

Finally, I am honored to have served as the official commissioning agent for Bright Power’s new kegerator system and am excited about our plans to take it partially off-grid.

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?
Though it’s hard to pick, I think our commissioning and retro-commissioning services are unique. The goal of these services is not to deliver a product, but to deliver performance. Many traditional architectural and engineering firms don’t take responsibility for how a building performs operationally. There is tremendous value in having someone on your team who is willing to take the responsibility of both ensuring that the systems that were designed are installed and set up correctly, and also to ensure that they continue to operate effectively and efficiently. I think this can and has been valuable to our clients.

What are some of your hopes for the future of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) in NYC?
REV, and the sub-efforts of VDER, represent a tremendous leap into the unknown for New York State and for the energy industry globally. I’m concerned about how fast the first phase of VDER was put into place and about possible negative impacts to the solar industry in New York State. But in the long term, I think the state’s willingness to “move fast and break things” represents an opportunity to revolutionize how a vast spectrum of technologies interact with energy markets. I hope that the State and the many diverse stakeholders in the REV proceeding will work together to tackle the vast amount of work that will be necessary in the coming years to do REV and VDER correctly with just the right amount of disruption.

 

04 Jun

Village East Towers Gets Their Cogen Units Delivered

Bright Power CHP, Resiliency
Village East Towers receives their two 65 kW Capstone cogeneration units and backup generators. Generators are on the left and the cogeneration turbines are on the right.

 

Village East Towers (VET) had their two 65kW Capstone cogeneration units delivered the last week of May.

The project design pairs the two cogeneration units with backup generators for added resiliency. The cogeneration units will provide electrical and thermal energy savings for the residents along with backup power in the event of an electrical blackout.

Bright Power first began working with the board of VET, a 434-unit Mitchell-Lama multifamily residential cooperative located on East 10th Street and Avenue C, in 2016 to conduct a feasibility analysis. VET’s architect then hired Bright Power to provide Design and Implementation services to ensure project success. The scope of work also includes replacing some of the electrical infrastructures at the property.

Bright Power has been working with VET’s architects, contractors, and the board to complete the project – set to be completed later this summer. To help offset the cost of the project, the co-op received a $9.95 million federal resiliency grant from HUD that was locally administered by the HDC.

Read more about the exciting project here.