Winner of NYCEDC’s 2015 RISE:NYC competition, a combination of solar, cogeneration and battery storage will provide power security and savings
Brooklyn, NY | Bright Power is currently constructing Resilient Power Hubs at two small businesses in Brooklyn—Linda Tool and Banner Smoked Fish. These projects are funded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) through the 2015 RISE:NYC competition.
Bright Power’s Resilient Power Hub is a small-scale hybrid 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), cogeneration and energy storage under one automated system that is easily scaled and replicated in various building types.
Linda Tool’s Resilient Power Hub will consist of a 7 kilowatt (kW) solar PV array, a 10 kW cogeneration unit and a 48 kilowatt hour (kWh) energy storage system with an 18 kW inverter. Banner Smoked Fish’s Resilient Power Hub will consist of an 11 kW solar PV array, a 10 kW cogeneration unit and a 60 kWh energy storage system with a 30 kW inverter.
The first fully-operational Resilient Power Hub was turned on earlier this year at a 126-unit supportive and affordable housing property in the Bronx, owned by Community Access. Another is being designed into a 380-unit affordable housing property in Queens developed by Omni New York.
“Bright Power is proud to have developed the Resilient Power Hub, creating a solution to deliver power security, resiliency and ongoing energy savings. We’re thrilled to see both businesses and multifamily properties recognize its value,” said Jeffrey Perlman, Founder & President of Bright Power.
NYCEDC launched the RISE:NYC competition in 2014 to spark the creation of innovative technologies that drive business resiliency and better protect New York City’s small businesses from the impacts of future storms, sea-level rise and other effects of climate change.
“Small businesses are critical to our economic strength and the vitality of our communities, but are also susceptible to the risks posed by climate change,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “RISE:NYC technologies help ensure that our small businesses are better prepared to withstand and recover from the effects of climate change. We’re proud to partner with Bright Power and congratulate them on today’s achievement.”
Linda Tool and Banner Smoked Fish were unable to open or operate for weeks after Superstorm Sandy, but once their Resilient Power Hubs are completed, they will have power security should there be an electricity outage, and can also serve as a point of refuge for others in the community. Additionally, the technology provides electricity and natural gas savings and shaves peak demand, which will keep the businesses’ utility costs stable.
Both projects are expected to finish construction in the fall of 2019, with final sign-offs from the Department of Buildings and utilities in early 2020.
About Bright Power, Inc.
Bright Power provides strategic energy solutions to building owners and operators in NYC and across the nation. Specializing in multifamily apartment buildings, Bright Power has worked with over 1.4 million apartments that cover 1.2 billion square feet. Bright Power’s energy management solutions include EnergyScoreCards benchmarking software, energy audits, energy procurement, on-site generation, green building design services, turnkey installation of energy improvements, and ongoing energy management. For more information, please visit www.brightpower.com.