27 Sep

Turning Data Into Action

Bright Power efficiency, investment

Turning Data Into Action, Habitat Magazine, September 2018.
By Frank Lovece, Habitat Magazine

The Building Energy Exchange, in collaboration with Bright Power and Sustainable Energy Partnerships, has published a report called Turning Data Into Action. These folks analyzed nearly 16,000 datasets from Local Law 84 (Benchmarking) and Local Law 87 (Energy Audit Law), using Python programming to analyze the submissions that New York City buildings have been filing.

And then they turned all this data into easy-to-read, color-coded tearsheets containing energy upgrade opportunities matched to key points in a building’s financial life-cycle. Each sheet lists retrofit measures to consider, ranging from capital-intensive measures best implemented when a building is refinancing, to low-cost measures that can be funded out of operating expenses, and to those in between. “This is by no means meant to replace a comprehensive energy audit or feasibility study,” says Dave Sachs, a technical expert at Bright Power, “it’s meant for folks who don’t have the budget for that to identify their particular building type and see what opportunities exist.”

27 Sep

This Bronx Pilot Project Is Not Science Fiction

Bright Power affordable housing, bronx

This Bronx Pilot Project Is Not Science Fiction, Habitat Magazine, September 26, 2018.
By Marianne Schaefer, Habitat Magazine

“There will be solar panels on the roof,” says Marion Ligneau, an energy-efficiency expert with Bright Power, which was awarded $75,000 for the design phase work by RetrofitNY. “We’ll inject blown insulation into the cock-loft (the space between top-floor ceilings and the roof membrane). We’ll add about six inches of insulation outside the exterior brick walls, install a new heating system, double- or triple-pane windows, as well as LED lighting, motion sensors in common areas, and energy-efficient appliances and fixtures.”

With a boost from such technology, the Bronx pilot project might indeed be replicable throughout the entire housing industry. And that’s good news for co-ops and condos.

26 Sep

NYCHA Accounces Partners to Design Rooftop Solar Gardens for Communities Citywide

Bright Power affordable housing, solar

NYCHA Accounces Partners to Design Rooftop Solar Gardens for Communities Citywide, NYCHA, September 25, 2018.

“The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced today that it is partnering with five teams led by local non-profits and small businesses that will each design and propose rooftop solar gardens that will increase New Yorkers’ access to sources of low-cost solar power.

“Kinetic Communities Consulting, Solar One, Fifth Avenue Committee, Sol Purpose, and BlocPower will design proposals for up to 6 megawatts of solar capacity generated on 189 rooftops across 28 developments as part of NYCHA’s ACCESSolar program, which stands for ‘ACcelerating Community Empowered Shared Solar.'”

Bright Power is a part of Sol Purpose’s team, including Green City Force, and Solstice.  Bright Power will will provide design and construction for up to 2 megawatts of solar power at 73 buildings in 9 developments.

26 Sep

N.Y. Developments Take Part in Energy Retrofit Pilot

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N.Y. Developments Take Part in Energy Retrofit Pilot, Affordable Housing Finance, September 26, 2018.

“In the Bronx, Bright Power, a firm that provides strategic energy and water solutions to building owners, is working to transform a property owned by Volmar. The team also includes Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), Dagher Engineering, and Olive Branch Consulting.

“’Other than coming up with the best solution that will transform the property in the Bronx into one that only uses as much energy as it generates, we aim to create a replicable solution,’ says Marion Ligneau, manager in energy efficiency and sustainability for building rehabs at Bright Power.”

26 Sep

Omni New York, LLC Breaks Ground on Archer Green Apartments in Queens

Bright Power affordable housing, Resiliency

NYCEDC, HDC, HPD and Local Elected Officials Break Ground on 100% Affordable Housing & Mixed-Use Development in Jamaica, Queens, NYCEDC, September 21, 2018.

Omni New York, LLC is bringing over 380 units of 100% affordable housing in the Archer Green Apartments development in Jamaica, Queens. Committed to sustainability, they are working with Bright Power to design and install a Resilient Power Hub, which will not only provide onsite resiliency and protection against power outages but will also provide ongoing savings through shaving peak demand.

Bright Power is providing the following services:

  • Resilient Power Hub design, installation, and incentive procurement which includes the design and installation of 73 kW solar PV, 250 kW battery storage, and 140 kW cogeneration
  • LEED NC consulting services
  • Enhanced commissioning
26 Sep

RiseBoro Community Partnership Breaks Ground on Harry T. Nance Apartments in Brooklyn

Bright Power affordable housing, passive house

Officials celebrate groundbreaking ceremony for Harry T. Nance apartments and a new true holy church in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

RiseBoro Community Partnership has started construction on Harry T. Nance Apartments, a Brooklyn affordable housing development with 67 apartments for low-income residents, including formerly homeless veterans and their families. In addition to providing affordable homes, the development will be built to Passive House standards, creating a high-performing, sustainable, comfortable and healthy home for its future residents.

Bright Power is providing the following services:

  • Passive House consultant
  • Enterprise Green Communities certification services
  • Code commissioning
  • NYSERDA MPP NCP services

Read more here.

25 Sep

Nonprofit Uses Pay from Savings Plan for Upgrades

Bright Power affordable housing, California

Nonprofit Uses Pay from Savings Plan for Upgrades, September 19, 2018, GlobeSt.

“Mercy Housing partnered with Bright Power and Affordable Community Energy Services Company to help upgrade approximately 80 properties in the Bay Area and Sacramento. The properties are located in Daly City, Half Moon Bay, Mill Valley, Oakland, San Francisco, San Rafael and Folsom, which is the majority of its California portfolio.

“Through this ongoing collaboration, Mercy Housing is able to utilize a pay-from-savings financing model to complete efficiency improvements when needed most, rather than waiting for refinancing or taking out a secondary loan.” – GlobeSt

20 Sep

The Greening of the Grinnell Co-op

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The Greening of the Grinnell Co-op, Habitat Magazine.

“The Grinnell is not just going solar – it’s going community solar. The 83-unit co-op has installed a 320-panel photovoltaic (PV) system and is awaiting final Con Edison approval to throw the switch. Once the system is operational, it will harvest approximately 112,000 kilowatt-hours of energy from the sun each month – approximately 40 percent of the building’s total electricity usage. Under the community solar model, that power is sent into the Con Ed grid in exchange for energy credits, which are then divvied up among shareholders, resulting in savings on the electric bills at the individual unit-level. With traditional multi-unit solar projects, the energy credits are tethered directly to the building, which in turn uses the credits to defray the electric bill in common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, and elevators.” – Adam Janos, Habitat Magazine

“The Grinnell’s solar array was designed and installed by Bright Power. Husna Anwar, the Bright Power project manager who oversaw the installation, says that the co-op can expect a full return on its investment in a little over seven years, ‘not including tax incentives.’ Once the investment is recouped, Gardner estimates shareholders should see savings on their monthly electric bill between $50 and $100.” – Adam Janos, Habitat Magazine

20 Sep

AHF Announces 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Winners

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AHF Announces 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Winners, Affordable Housing Finance, September 20, 2018.

Congratulations to our friends at Pennrose Properties, Jonathan Rose Companies, and Preservation of Affordable Housing for receiving AHF awards on their recent projects! We look forward to celebrating your achievements at AHF Live: The 2018 Affordable Housing Developers Summit, November 12-14 in Chicago!