Bright Employee: Alex Mason, Project Engineer, On-site Generation


Alex Mason at Arverne ViewWe’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 Bright Power team member Alex Mason, Project Engineer, On-site Generation.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?
I’ve particularly enjoyed how we work with some new technologies and how much fun it can be to fit all the pieces of each project’s puzzle together! I’ve met and had the pleasure of working with a lot of incredibly talented people from many different backgrounds. Together we’re building some innovative energy generation and storage technologies, from the design and coordination side, all the way through construction, commissioning, and maintenance long after installation. 

Alex Mason at Arverne View
Alex at Arverne View

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
Providing solar-coupled energy storage systems to Arverne View and Via Verde were two of the first projects I got involved with at Bright Power. I’ve learned an incredible amount from each project and believe they will serve the people at the buildings well for many years, both for back-up power and peak-shaving abilities.

I’ve also enjoyed helping to commission our first Resilient Power Hub at 111 E. 172nd Street, and am excited that we are wrapping up our first lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) installation at Banner Smoked Fish in Coney Island. This project is a Resilient Power Hub using bi-facial solar modules and a micro-combined heat and power (CHP, also known as cogeneration) unit. I’m grateful to work so closely with our incredibly talented construction crew who put together this exciting and impressive project. I’m looking forward to doing the same again at our next Resilient Power Hub this summer!

Who are some of the clients and partners you’ve worked with?
I’ve done a lot of work supporting solar installs and maintenance for L+M Development Partners at Marcus Garvey Apartments, Arverne View, and several other sites. I’ve also done a lot of work on the engineering and construction side of our Resilient Power Hubs as part of New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) RISE:NYC competition, and am incredibly grateful for all that I’ve learned and contributed. Additionally, I’ve worked on a lot of other cool projects involving solar, CHP, and energy storage with Phipps Houses, The Community Builders, and a particularly large solar project with NYCHA!  

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?
I think that our paired on-site generation offerings are becoming quite impressive and I hope to see this become a larger and larger part of Bright Power’s business. We are a leader in combining solar PV, CHP, and energy storage systems, providing power security for residents and peak-shaving abilities to building owners and operators. Whether it’s a grid-tied solar PV system or a full RPH, I think getting on-site generation technologies onto as many buildings as possible is the best and quickest path towards a cleaner and more stable NYC.