New Affordable Housing for Artists Boasts Top of the High Line Solar

Solar Installation Design by Bright Power, NYC
Solar Installation Design by Bright Power, NYC

Bright Power recently partnered with Related Companies on a new construction project that takes a unique approach to affordable housing in New York City. Situated on West 29thStreet in Chelsea, this project was designed to house local artists, meaning that  the lifestyle and mindset of its future occupants have been integrated into its design while also keeping efficiency a high priority.

Midway through the construction process, Bright Power joined the design team to assess the feasibility of a solar PV installation and assist them in reaching their LEED goals. The 28kw solar PV installation was especially challenging to design due to conditions at the site. Overlooking the Highline and subsequently the Hudson River, the solar system needed to be able to withstand very high winds in order to stand up to the heavy, nearly constant breeze coming off the water. The installation uses the highest efficiency solar modules on the market in an effort to optimize the system within the confines of the space and zoning regulations. Thanks to this investment, the owner will save upwards of $180,000 in utility costs over the system life.

Bright Power worked with the developer to combine tax credits including both energy and Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) with other available incentives pertaining to solar systems to make this solar project financially viable.

Bright Power is the leader in solar energy for the affordable housing community. We look forward to continue working with affordable housing partners to keep efficiency accessible to all. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are a critical part of preserving the long-term affordability of housing, ensuring that rising energy costs don’t hurt the individuals and families who can least afford it.