01 May

Bright Power Wins RISE:NYC Competition with Innovative Resilient Power Hub

Bright Power

The RISE:NYC competition, from NYCEDC, awards innovative solutions that drive business resiliency and which will better protect New York City from the impacts of future storms, sea level rise and other effects of climate change. Bright Power’s Resilient Power Hub is a small-scale, storm-proof power plant, that will be deployed at three New York City locations using the prize money.

Stemming from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, RISE:NYC is a $30M competition administered by the NYCEDC to aid in the recovery and disaster prevention efforts of NYC’s small businesses. “Rise:NYC is part of the City’s comprehensive suite of initiatives to mitigate the effects of severe weather and climate change on New Yorkers, and all of the winning technologies will help support and strengthen small businesses across the city,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball. “Each of the 11 innovative winning technologies will make the City a safer, stronger and more resilient place, creating economic support and additional opportunities for New Yorkers and small businesses.”

The competition not only inspires innovation that targets the significant vulnerabilities in New York City’s buildings and infrastructure networks that the storm revealed, it also ensures that the highest impact, most scalable and replicable projects are implemented. Over 200 applications from 20 countries were submitted, finalists were announced in September 2014 and displayed their technologies at a demo night in October 2014.  The 11 winners were selected by a panel of esteemed advisors and announced at an awards ceremony on April 29, 2015.

“Competitions like RISE:NYC bring out the best in our creative, technical minds and allow us to dream up powerful solutions to widespread problems. With so many impressive ideas from the finalists, it’s an honor to be selected as an award recipient. We are thrilled that the competition has recognized our Resilient Power Hub as a potentially transformative technology for our city,” said Jeff Perlman, President of Bright Power.

Bright Power’s Resilient Power Hub is a small-scale power plant that provides buildings with instantaneous back-up power to critical systems when the grid goes down, as well as energy savings the rest of the time. It can operate as part of or independent from the utility grid. The technology combines solar photovoltaics (PV), combined-heat-and-power (CHP) and energy storage under one automated system that is easily scaled and replicated in various building types. Partners include Thread Collective, a sustainable architecture firm, as well as Growing Energy Labs, Inc. (Geli), a provider of the Geli EOS software solution for energy storage and microgrid systems.

“Geli is excited to work with Bright Power and Thread Collective to bring their Resilient Power Hub microgrids and microgrid networks solutions to local businesses”, added Ryan Wartena, Geli CEO. “Designing microgrid systems based on building-specific requirements will be the way to scale energy solutions that provide maximum benefit to both the project host and the grid through Geli’s Internet of Energy platform.”

To read the full press release, click here.
And don’t forget to check out our video on the story behind the Resilient Power Hub, here.
19 Mar

Liberty Village Wins Solar Project of Distinction

Bright Power

 

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Earlier this month at the PV America Expo, Bright Power gladly accepted the Solar Project of Distinction award on behalf of Liberty Village and the 127.5kW solar installation to which it is home, along with 60 veterans and their families for whom it provides clean, affordable power.

The Liberty Village residential complex is located on the grounds of the former North Amityville Armed Forces Reserve Center and was developed by Concern for Independent Living through the Base Closure Community Redevelopment and Homelessness Act of 1994. Today, Liberty Village provides affordable housing to 60 veterans and their families, most of whom come from homelessness. With the goal of preserving affordability, we partnered with Concern for Independent Living to implement a solar installation that is projected to save more than $800,000 over its 25-year lifetime.

Bright Power worked closely with the architect and general contractor throughout a 2-year design and build cycle. The townhouse-style design of the complex, with multiple roof elevations and orientations, proved to be challenging. Bright Power deployed microinverters which maximize production across various directions (East, West and South), and provide performance tracking down to a per-panel basis. With the aid of 3D computer modeling, the panels were arranged to avoid shading from the various roof elevations and flow with the architect’s aesthetic vision.

This solar array is structurally attached to trusses that hold the roofs together, posing unique challenges in the design process. To avoid creating a wind sail effect that would impose an unsupported load on the roof, Bright Power provided structural recommendations to strengthen the trusses to the point of being able to withstand hurricane-level winds.

Most importantly, this installation is built to last, keeping affordable housing affordable for many years to come.

Leyna O’Neill

19 Feb

Announcing Bright Power’s Acquisition of Ecological Partners, LLC

Bright Power

New York City, NY. Feb. 19, 2015 – Bright Power, Inc., New York City-based energy management provider, has announced its acquisition of Ecological Partners, LLC, an energy efficiency service provider previously owned by Root9b Technologies, a cybersecurity and regulatory risk mitigation company.

Bright Power is a leading provider of strategic energy solutions for real estate portfolios across the country. The company’s full suite of services ranges from energy benchmarking and auditing to resiliency solutions and energy procurement. The acquisition of Ecological Partners, whose primary focus was energy-related local law compliance, allows Bright Power to enhance its existing business while continuing to expand its robust product offerings. “This is an exciting moment for us to incorporate a competitor, grow our team and cement our position in the NYC market. Ecological is a natural addition to Bright Power’s strategic vision as we work more closely with our clients, taking them beyond compliance and into long-term energy management solutions,” said Bright Power President and CEO, Jeff Perlman.

Bright Power views Ecological’s success in the compliance market as a stepping stone to more in-depth energy efficiency projects. “This is a big win for our clients who are now gaining access to the full range of energy management services that Bright Power provides. While we have built a business on local law compliance services, we’ve realized that compliance is only the first step to true energy management. The joining of our two companies means we will not only reach more buildings, but also that we will have the capacity to manage energy on a deeper level at those buildings,” said Ecological Vice President, Tim Howell.

With the addition of Ecological’s client base, Bright Power now provides local law compliance services to over 1,000 buildings in New York City, making them the single largest provider of both LL84 and LL87 compliance services.

04 Feb

Marlton Manor Rooftop Sets the Stage for Gov. Brown Announcement

Bright Power

California Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, announced a new project which will boost funding for solar energy projects in California’s multifamily housing market. The announcement was made from the rooftop of Mercy Housing’s Marlton Manor, featuring a very familiar solar installation. Bright Power worked with Mercy Housing to develop and commission on the solar thermal and solar photocoltaic system installed at the property. To read the full press release, click here.

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28 Jan

Bright Power Opens West Coast Office

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Bright Power is pleased to announce the opening of its first satellite office, located in Oakland, CA. In late 2014, Bright Power closed a $5 million round of fundraising from WindSail Capital Group, a portion of which will be allocated to the opening of this new office.

This expansion better situates Bright Power to help its large and quickly growing client base of national owners and operators act on opportunities found through its database of multifamily building energy and water usage, the largest in the nation. “On our tenth anniversary, we are excited to put down roots on the West Coast! We have had clients there for many years, and recognize that we have a lot to offer in helping address the unique energy and water challenges that building owners face there. Now we are more ready than ever to dive into the opportunities that such a forward-thinking state like California can offer,” said Bright Power CEO and President, Jeff Perlman.

Spearheading the opening of Bright Power’s West Coast office will be former Vice President of Engineering, Greg Sherman, who will now carry the title Vice President of Western Region. Sherman set up shop in the Bay Area earlier this year. “California’s energy and water concerns are well known yet still getting worse. It became abundantly clear that this is a market that could utilize our services and we are excited to make an even greater impact in the buildings of our West Coast clients,” said Sherman who will focus on building partnerships with owners, managers, developers, architects, local government agencies and other key stakeholders.

Bright Power headquarters will remain in New York City as the West Coast office opens its doors. For more information on Bright Power’s national expansion please contact Greg Sherman. Contact information can be found on Bright Power’s website.

To view the full press release, click here.

06 Jan

Via Verde Wins 2015 Civic Trust Award

Bright Power

The awards just keep on coming for Via Verde. The Bronx affordable housing complex can now add Civic Trust Award Winner to the long list of accolades it has received. The Civic Trust Awards are given to projects that demonstrate excellence in architecture, design, sustainability and positive community impact. For more information on the Civic Trust Awards and other award winners, click here.

20 Nov

Multifamily Now Eligible for ENERGY STAR Bragging Rights

Bright Power

The ENERGY STAR label is synonymous with efficiency. New homes, commercial buildings, even refrigerators have been eligible for the EPA’s recognition for over twenty years, yet existing multifamily buildings have been historically left out, until now.

On November 13, 2014, ENERGY STAR announced the first seventeen existing multifamily residential buildings in the nation to receive their prestigious certification. Bright Power is proud to have worked with Related Management on three out of the five New York City properties:

  • 30-50 21st: Owned by NYSANDY2 30-50 21ST LLC, managed by Related Management and with technical assistance from Bright Power
  • Terrific Tenements 423 W 48th Street: Owned by Clinton Housing Preservation, LP, managed by Related Management, and with technical assistance from Bright Power
  • Terrific Tenements 527 W 47th Street: Owned by Clinton Housing Preservation, LP, managed by Related Management, and with technical assistance from Bright Power

These three affordable housing properties were primed for certification thanks to Related Management’s commitment to sustainability. With existing technologies like bi-level lighting in all corridors and public spaces, occupancy sensors and high efficiency ventilation fans, boilers and domestic hot water systems, these buildings were already bringing their A-games when the certification process began. That’s right, all three properties were already receiving A grades in EnergyScoreCards.

Our engineers went on site to examine the systems, search for inefficiencies and speak with residents to make sure that the buildings’ needs were being met on the grounds of energy and comfort. The buildings got a clean bill of health on all counts which came as no surprise to our team of analysts who have been following the buildings’ performance in EnergyScoreCards for over a year.

“We are thrilled to be among the first owners recognized with the ENERGY STAR multifamily certification. It is a great acknowledgement of our continued commitment to environmental responsibility across all asset classes and we are especially proud that these apartments are not only more sustainable, but also affordable.” said Jeff Brodsky, President of Related Management.

The expansion of the ENERGY STAR program is a win for the multifamily industry. The impact of building efficiency on the lives of tenants is significant and will no longer go unrecognized by the public. We look forward to helping more of our clients achieve certification for years to come.

To read the full press release click here.

Leyna O’Neill

13 Nov

Related Management Recognized by EPA for Being Among First Multifamily Properties to Earn ENERGY STAR Certification at Three NYC Properties

Bright Power

Three of Related Management’s affordable housing properties, 30-50 21st St., Terrific Tenements at 423 W 48th St and 527 W 47th St, have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as being among the first multifamily housing properties to earn ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance.

Thanks to technical assistance from Bright Power, these three properties join just fourteen others across the nation to make up the inaugural set of multifamily buildings to achieve the prestigious ENERGY STAR multifamily certification. The recognition signifies that these pioneering properties are more energy efficient than 75 percent of similar properties nationwide.

By reducing the amount of energy consumed, these properties will help cut utility bills for tenants and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with producing energy. Current estimates show that multifamily properties can become 30 percent more efficient by 2020, unlocking $9 billion in energy savings and preventing annual greenhouse gas emissions roughly equivalent to the average annual output from over four million U.S. households.

“We are thrilled to be among the first owners recognized with the Energy Star multifamily certification. It is a great acknowledgement of our continued commitment to environmental responsibility across all asset classes and we are especially proud that these apartments are not only more sustainable, but also affordable.” said Jeff Brodsky, President of Related Management.

“We are proud to be able to help our longstanding client, Related Management, to achieve the ENERGY STAR multifamily certification on these three properties. It is a great recognition of their industry leadership in energy management and sustainability,” said Jeff Perlman, President of Bright Power.

A combination of the following measures were taken at the three properties by Related Management prior to the multifamily ENERGY STAR rating, making the certification process simple:

Continuous monitoring of energy use at all sites using Bright Power’s EnergyScoreCards (www.brightpower.com/energyscorecards) to make energy efficiency capital improvement recommendations for the future
Installation of new, high efficiency condensing boilers and domestic hot water storage tanks
Bi-level lighting systems in corridors and public spaces
Installation of occupancy sensors in unoccupied spaces such as basements and boiler rooms
High efficiency ventilation fans

Along with Related Management’s three properties, 14 other multifamily buildings were also among the first to earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR for existing buildings. They are:

680 North Lake Shore Drive, in Chicago, Ill.: Owned and managed by Golub & Company, with technical assistance from Goby, LLC
The Ashley at RiverHouse, in Arlington, Va.: Owned and managed by Vornado/Charles E. Smith
Aspira Apartments, in Seattle, Wash.: Owned by TIAA-CREF, managed by Riverstone Residential Group and with technical assistance from JDM Associates
Avalon The Albemarle, in Washington, D.C.: Owned and managed by AvalonBay Communities, Inc
Castle Square, in Boston, Mass: Owned by CSTO Winn Owner LLC and managed by WinnResidential
Circa Green Lake Apartments, in Seattle, Wash.: Owned by TIAA-CREF, managed by Pinnacle and with technical assistance from JDM Associates
ECO Modern Flats, in Fayetteville, Ark.: Owned and managed by Specialized Real Estate Group
Harvard School of Public Health – Shattuck International House, in Boston, Mass.: Owned by President and Fellows of Harvard College and managed by Energy Management Associates, Inc.
Jeffery Parkway, in Chicago, Ill.: Owned and managed by Nautilus Investments, with technical assistance from Elevate Energy
MidAtlantic – DC: The Statesman, in Washington, D.C.: Owned and managed by AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Peter Cooper Village, in New York, N.Y.: Owned and managed by CompassRock Real Estate
Prescott Wallingford, in Seattle, Wash.: Owned by TIAA-CREF, managed by Riverstone Residential Group and with technical assistance from JDM Associates
River City, in Chicago, Ill.: Owned and managed by Marc Realty, and with technical assistance from Goby LLC
Stuyvesant Town, in New York, N.Y.: Owned and managed by CompassRock Real Estate

“Related Management’s achievement demonstrates that it’s possible to overcome the many traditional barriers to energy efficiency in the multifamily housing market and reap significant energy and cost savings,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR program for Commercial and Industrial Buildings. “Through the example they’ve set, we see how we can all help to make properties more cost-effective for renters, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions and protecting human health.”

Energy costs for renters have risen by 20 percent on average over the past decade, so energy efficiency represents a significant opportunity to reduce utility costs and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of energy, which contribute to climate change. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR, such as office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

The new 1-100 ENERGY STAR score and certification for existing multifamily properties is based on nationally representative survey data collected by Fannie Mae from a number of companies, including Related Management and Bright Power. It is the first time existing multifamily properties have been able to be certified as ENERGY STAR. Previously, only new construction multifamily properties have been able to earn certification by meeting prescriptive design requirements for high performance.

More on the first multifamily properties to earn the ENERGY STAR: www.energystar.gov/multifamilyhousing

ABOUT BRIGHT POWER

Bright Power, Inc. was founded in 2004 on the principle that it’s a good idea to know how your building uses energy and it’s an even better idea to use this knowledge to reduce energy use and improve your bottom line. Bright Power specializes in multifamily apartment buildings, saving clients energy, money and time. Bright Power’s energy management solutions include EnergyScoreCards benchmarking software, energy audits, energy procurement, solar energy, green building, and construction management of energy improvements. Our services are designed to help our clients make smart decisions and investments that maximize energy efficiency and minimize costs.

More about Bright Power: www.brightpower.com

ABOUT RELATED MANAGEMENT

Related Companies is the most prominent privately-owned real estate firm in the United States. Formed 42 years ago, Related is a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance, marketing and sales. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, Abu Dhabi, Sao
Paolo and Shanghai and boasts a team of approximately 2,500 professionals. The Company’s existing portfolio of real estate assets, valued at over $20 billion, is made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office, trade show and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Related has developed preeminent mixed-use projects such as Time Warner Center in New York and CityPlace in West Palm Beach and is currently developing the 28-acre Hudson Yards project on Manhattan’s west side. Related also manages
approximately $3 billion of equity capital on behalf of sovereign wealth funds, public pension plans, multi-managers, endowments, Taft Hartley plans and family offices.

More about Related Management: http://www.related.com/

ABOUT ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.

Find ENERGY STAR certified buildings: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist

More about ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings: www.energystar.gov/buildings

24 Jun

Multifamily Retrofit Study Report Released

Bright Power

Bright Power and the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) are proud to announce that the results of our collaborative study, titled Energy and Water Savings in Multifamily Buildings, have officially been released.

Energy and Water Savings in Multifamily Buildings

From the SAHF website:

Energy and water consumption represent some of the largest operating costs in multifamily properties, estimated at $22 billion per year in the US. The newly released Energy and Water Savings in Multifamily Retrofits report provides a detailed analysis of 236 multifamily properties that underwent energy and water retrofit projects from 2009 to 2012. The report includes results for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Green Retrofit Program and the Energy Savers Program in Illinois and finds that there were significant energy savings and cost reductions for participating properties.

This is the first study to examine a large and diverse national data set containing pre- and post-retrofit utility data for both owner- and tenant-paid energy and water accounts. In addition to the findings themselves, the challenges faced in performing this research provide useful insights for others seeking to understand and execute energy and water retrofits in multifamily properties.

The report found that the Green Retrofit Program (GRP), implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, reduced building energy consumption by 18%, and reduced water consumption by 26%.  Energy Savers, a project of Elevate Energy and the Community Investment Corporation that targets heating systems in multifamily properties in the Chicago area, reduced gas consumption an average of 26%.

Please click here to read and download the full report.

The report was written by Bright Power, issued by SAHF, and made possible by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

13 Jun

Bulk Energy Procurement Initiative is Active

Bright Power

We are proud to finally have the recently announced NY Bulk Energy Procurement Initiative for the Affordable and Supportive Housing communities up and running!

NY Bulk Energy Procurement Initiative

For more, see the official press release included in full text below:

JPMORGAN CHASE, HOUSING AND SERVICES, INC., AND BRIGHT POWER LAUNCH BULK PURCHASING ENERGY PROGRAM FOR NEW YORK’S AFFORDABLE/SUPPORTIVE HOUSING COMMUNITY

New York, NY (June 13, 2014) – Housing and Services, Inc. and Bright Power today announced an Affordable/Supportive housing bulk utility purchasing pool in New York, funded by a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Philanthropic Foundation.

The program, named the NY Bulk Energy Procurement Initiative for Supportive and Affordable Housing,(BEPI)was designed to organize owners of supportive and affordable housing buildings, pooling resources to purchase gas and electric supply services in bulk.

Unlike Con Ed, NYS Energy Supply Companies (ESCOs) offer fixed-rate and fixed-term energy supply contracts, reducing risk exposure and increasing budget security.

“Negotiating energy supply costs with ESCOs as a large group of buildings, versus individually, will lower gas and electric supply prices and help stabilize operating costs for affordable housing owners – many of whom operate on extremely thin margins,” said Jim Dill, executive director of Housing and Services, Inc.

Housing and Services, Inc., a Manhattan congregate of 515 housing units, has worked with Bright Power in the past to develop an energy management strategy that mitigated their own risk and were quite pleased with the results they saw during the harsh weather conditions of the 2013-14 winter season. By securing a fixed rate for HSI’s natural gas and electricity contracts, Bright Power’s energy market experts helped HSI reduce annual energy spending by more than 25 percent last year.

“Because of economies of scale, providers will get the most competitive utility prices and also gain budget certainty with effective energy cost control measures,” said Richard Meister, Director of Procurement at Bright Power. “Participation in the pool will not only reduce exposure to volatile energy markets, but will also give them a track record of energy usage and access to Bright Power’s expertise in energy conservation and sustainability.”

JPMorgan Chase delivered a $120,000 check to the partners as they introduced the program at the New York Nonprofit Times Facility Management Conference on June 12, 2014 at Baruch College. The NY Bulk Energy Procurement Initiative for Supportive and Affordable Housing will be piloted in New York City, and throughout New York State.

“By joining together, supportive and affordable housing providers can combine their purchasing power to lower utility costs and create efficiency across communities. Relieving some of the burden on providers gives them the capacity to invest in and grow their own local economies,” said Michael Haberman, head of JPMorgan Chase Philanthropy in the Northeast region.


About JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

About Bright Power

Bright Power is a trusted energy management partner for real estate owners, managers, and their residents. The company’s practical energy solutions – including efficiency, solar energy, benchmarking, energy auditing, and commodity procurement – save building owners energy, money, and time. With particular expertise in multifamily residential buildings, Bright Power provides clients with energy solutions that reduce waste, improve cash flow, and achieve energy law compliance. Learn more about how your building can better use energy at www.brightpower.com