Javits Center to add NYC’s largest rooftop solar - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 20, 2019

Javits Center to add NYC’s largest rooftop solar

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today plans to install up to 1.4 megawatts of solar renewable energy on the green rooftop of the Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side, which will become New York City's largest rooftop solar generation project to date.

"New York State is leading the nation in advancing bold actions for a cleaner, greener energy system that also spurs economic growth," Governor Cuomo said. "Installing solar technology on the roof of the busiest convention center in the United States sets an industry standard for venues throughout New York and across the nation on how best to embrace renewable energy."

The project directly supports the Governor's Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda for 100 percent carbon-free electricity in New York by 2040 and a ramp up for 70 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy by 2030. Siemens, a technology company and infrastructure provider was selected in the New York Power Authority's competitive bid process and will now begin final designs and permitting for the rooftop project.

"This significant renewable energy project will help offset the Javits Center's electricity needs and continue to advance the state's aggressive clean energy goals," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're leading the nation in our efforts to ensure our environment is clean and safe for generations while supporting economic growth across New York State."

The project, led by the New York Power Authority, will help New York State on its path to economy-wide carbon neutrality and advance New York's nation-leading clean energy and jobs goals. The project is estimated to offset more than 1.3 million pounds of carbon emissions each year, which is equivalent to removing 262 cars from the road. More than 4,000 solar panels will be constructed over the HVAC units on the Javits Center's green roof so as not to impact plants on the building's rooftop. An additional street-level solar array would be constructed on 11th Avenue. The 17-story Javits Center has undertaken numerous projects to drive sustainability efforts in New York City, transforming the convention center into a LEED Silver-certified facility.   

A comprehensive renovation completed in 2014 at the Javits Center included a 6.75-acre green roof, complete with metering and sensors to control and customize temperatures throughout the facility, which led to a 26% reduction in energy consumption. 

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