Solar PV as Backbone of Sustainable Microgrid
  • Buildings

    22

  • Solar PV System

    479 kW

  • NYSERDA Incentives

    $400,000

L+M Development Partners | Marcus Garvey Apartments (MGA) is a 625-unit, electrically-heated affordable housing complex in Brooklyn, NY owned by L+M Development Partners, one of NYC’s leading affordable housing developers. All 32 buildings are master-metered on the same electric account, which made the development an ideal candidate for conversion to a microgrid.

Bright Power worked with L+M Development Partners to design and build a large-scale 479 kW solar PV array on 22 of the 32 buildings in the complex, which combined with a 300 kW / 1200 kWh energy storage system (ESS) and 400 kW fuel cell has transformed MGA into one of the first resilient microgrid projects in NYC. We also obtained over $400,000 in NYSERDA incentives for both the solar PV and battery storage systems.

With these changes, residents will never be without power in the face of another superstorm. And, this project proves that solar PV and battery storage systems (and even fuel cells) of this scale can and should be deployed at affordable housing properties.


ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

943,084 lbs of CO2 emissions offset annually 943,084 lbs of CO2 emissions offset annually
Carbon sequestered by 11,086 trees annually Carbon sequestered by 11,086 trees annually
91 passenger vehicles taken off the road annually 91 passenger vehicles taken off the road annually

Awards

2017 Building Brooklyn Award for Historic Preservation
2017 Affordable Housing Magazine Award of Excellence
2017 ESNA Innovation Award for Distributed Storage