8. Solar Panels on Stuyvesant Town

Stuyvesant Town (known locally as StuyTown), the apartment complex just north of the East Village, is making additional moves toward becoming more green. Beginning this winter, solar panels will be installed on 22-acres of the complex’s rooftop. The $10 million project, slated to be completed in 2019, would create the largest private multifamily solar installation in the country.

To be installed by the New York City-based renewable energy developer, Onyx Renewable Partners, the 9,671 high efficiency solar panels will be spread out across 56 buildings, and are expected to reduce approximately 63,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. (That’s comparable to taking 12,000 cars off the road each year.) While the solar panels will not provide power to all of StuyTown’s residents — only about nine percent of the 80-acre complex, or 1,000 apartments, will be receiving the energy — this installation could triple Manhattan’s solar power generation capacity.

This is not the first time Stuy Town has used energy management technologies. Some past initiatives include the installation of LED lighting, high efficiency hot water heat exchangers, and domestic water flow control valves. The apartment complex has also earned an ENERGY STAR certification for a third year.

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