As the solar industry continues its expansion to serve lower income communities, a New York solar leader, Quixotic Systems Inc. (QSI), has partnered with affordable housing developer Arker Companies to design and install rooftop solar energy systems for two low-income communities in the New York City area.
The first project, Bay Street Senior Housing, is a six-story building offering apartments for low-income senior citizens located along Staten Island’s Stapleton waterfront. QSI designed and installed a 35.3-kW roof-top system that includes 108 high-performance SunPower 327-watt solar panels. The system offsets 87 percent of the building’s energy use for shared-use areas that include computer facilities, a social services office and a fitness center.
Bay Street Senior Housing was partially financed with a grant from New York’s Low-Income Housing Credit Pro-gram (LIHC), which was established to promote private sector involvement in the retention and production of rental housing reserved for low-income households. The solar system helps reduce operational expenses and keep rents at an affordable level.
“QSI delivered a custom-designed, robust, aesthetically pleasing solar energy system that has performed extreme-ly well and exactly as expected,” said Alex Aker, principal of Arker Companies. “We are always looking for sub-contractors who can do high-quality work conforming to our own rigorous building schedule. QSI met that stand-ard.”
The second project, also developed by Arker Companies, is currently under construction in Queens. Both projects will benefit from rebates from NYSERDA’s NY Sun – Residential/Small Commercial program as well as the federal Investment Tax Credit for commercial solar energy systems.
— Solar Builder magazine