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New York City’s Largest Solar Project Unveiled

The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is now home to the largest solar photovoltaic facility in all of New York City.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) installed 947 solar energy panels on the main roof of BMCC’s four-block-long 199 Chambers Street building. The five by three foot panels of 327 watts, many of which are visible from the streets of Tribeca, are hung vertically on the cooling tower enclosure walls and flat on the western lower roof facing the Hudson River for maximum exposure to the sun.

According to bmcc.cuny.edu, the BMCC solar array is now the largest photovoltaic facility in Manhattan. It has the added distinction of being the first vertical solar facility in all of New York City—given its unobstructed views off the Hudson River. First proposed in 2008, the project’s design has improved as technology changed and after BMCC removed its old roof, installed four inches of R-25 insulation and recapped the four-block-long roof.

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