Resiliency Provides Ongoing Savings & On-site Security
SOLAR PV53 kW
BATTERY STORAGE18 kW
COGENERATION UNIT10 kW
Bronx, NY | Community Access is developing a 126-unit affordable and supportive housing building on 172nd in the Bronx. As with many affordable developments, it was important to build housing with low long-term operating costs. With operating efficiency and resiliency a priority, Community Access worked with Bright Power to install our Resilient Power Hub (RPH)—a combination of 53 kW solar PV, 18 kW battery storage, and 10 kW cogeneration unit.
The solar PV and cogeneration systems would create much-needed cost savings while the battery system, during an electric grid disruption, would run critical equipment to keep residents safe.
By installing the RPH, the project team was able to use a small emergency generator to meet code-required loads. Without the RPH, the building would have needed to install a larger, more costly backup generator. While a large generator would have powered critical equipment in the event of an electric grid disruption, such a system would have provided no operational savings to Community Access.
With these technologies, Community Access will not only be able to avoid peak demand times, but in the event of a power outage, they will have backup electricity to power an elevator, water pumps, lighting to the corridors and exit stairwells, and the fire alarm. Importantly, the RPH will produce ongoing cost-savings so Community Access can provide resilient power that pays for itself over time, unlike the traditional generator.
Developer: Community Access
Architect: Peter L Woll Architect, PC
Resilient Power Hub Design & Installation:
- 53 kW Solar PV
- 18 kW Battery Storage
- 10 kW Cogeneration