altPOWER Completes Largest BIPV Facade System in Manhattan

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

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 New York State Energy and Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The building, known as the Visionaire, is a 35-story U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Platinum green residential condominium designed by architects Pelli Clarke Pelli and constructed by Turner Construction.

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.

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