Solar PV Offsets Electricity Costs for Volunteers of America
  • Solar PV System

    38 kW

  • Built


Volunteers of America, Robert Sanborn Development, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC, Sisca Northeast, Inc. | Bright Power worked with the team to integrate the solar PV system into the building design. On a roof that many others would deem a bad fit for solar due to the location of the bulkheads, the orientation of the building, and the HVAC equipment, we knew a conventional design would not work.

To ensure the system would have a large enough impact, we greatly expanded on the pergola design we developed for Via Verde. The result is a system that maximizes the solar potential of the roof area while using standard solar and building components. Built in 2014, the pergola solar array acts as a canopy to the building’s green roof, utilizing structural steel as support and racking. The 38 kW-DC system helps offset common area residential electrical loads such as lighting, laundry, and elevator.

Annual Environmental Impact

52,834 lbs of CO2 emissions offset annually 52,834 lbs of CO2 emissions offset annually
Carbon sequestered by 825 trees annually Carbon sequestered by 825 trees annually
7 passenger vehicles taken off the road annually 7 passenger vehicles taken off the road annually


2017 AIA QUAD Design Award
2017 Supportive Housing Network NY – Project of The Year
2017 Multi-Housing News Design Award
NYCPDC Designing Quality Affordable Housing Publication – Selection of Exemplary Case Studies
2017 AIA Brooklyn-Queens Design Award for Excellence in Design, Multifamily Housing
2016 Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council Design Award of Merit
USGBC LEED Platinum Certification
2015 AIANY COTE Award Honorable Mention
2015 SARA Celebration of Architecture and Design Award
2015 Best in American Living Award
2015 AIANY Building Award, Queens Bronx Building Association
2015 Builder’s Choice Merit Award for Affordable Housing, Builder Magazine
2015 Best in Class for Residential Multifamily, Brick in Architecture Award