August 04, 2009

altPOWER Completes Largest BIPV Fa§ade System in Manhattan

By: by Anthony Pereira, President, altPOWER


August 4th 2009 - altPOWER has received approval from the local utility to turn on the largest building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system installed in a façade in New York City to date. The 48kW solar power project, located in Battery Park City, is altPOWER's eighth BIPV project in NYC and their seventh in Battery Park City.

"We are honored to have once again been the company of choice for this type of demanding and high-profile solar project," says AnthonyPereira, President & CEO of altPOWER. "Our multiple success stories prove that BIPV can be aesthetically appealing and still meet strict electrical and structural requirements."

Building integrated photovoltaic modules produce clean renewable electricity and replace traditional exterior building materials such as glass or brick. BIPV systems allow owners to capture available incentives which promote the use of solar energy systems, while avoiding material and additional labor expenditures.

The building, known as the Visionaire, is a 35 story U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum green residential condominium designed by architects Pelli Clarke Pelli and constructed by Turner Construction for the Albanese Organization.

altPOWER designed and supplied the system using altPOWER BIPV modules and managed the construction and integration of the system into the building's facade. The building is also designed to meet the Battery Park City Authority's stringent Green Building Standards, required for all new construction in Battery Park City. The PV system was partially funded through a direct grant by the NewYork State Energy and Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The BIPV modules used on the project, designed and manufactured by altPOWER, feature solar cells made from 100% post-industrial recycled silicon and manufactured within 135 miles of the project site, creating jobs for Americans and allowing for a reduced carbon footprint for the project. Visit altPOWER's web site for live system performance feeds and weather data:

About altPOWER
altPOWER Inc was founded to provide expertise in the field of renewable energy with a focus on solar electric systems, including large rooftop, ground mount and building integrated photovoltaic's (BIPV) where solar panels are integrated into the shell a new building. The market leader in New York City, altPOWER offers equipment supply, system design and installation, consulting services, feasibility/cost studies and other renewable energy services.

About the Albanese Organization
The Albanese Organization (AO) is a privately held, full-service real estate firm dedicated to creating commercial and residential buildings of distinction, quality and architectural merit that optimize value, are environmentally responsible, and enhance the communities in which they are located.

About the Battery Park City Authority
The Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) is a New York State public benefit corporation whose mission is to plan, create, coordinate and maintain a balanced community of commercial, residential, retail, and park space within its designated 92 acre site on the lower west side of Manhattan.

For more information, please contact:
altPOWER Inc
125 Maiden Lane, Suite 308
New York, NY 10038 USA
Tel: 212-206-0022