SunPower Solar Cells Grace BIPV System in NYC

SunPower Corporation integrated its A-300 solar cells into curtain wall solar panels for the Millennium Towers high-rise building in Battery Park City, located in lower Manhattan, using Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV).

The new solar power system, which offers 27.3 kilowatts of peak power, was designed and supplied by altPOWER, and uses 126 BIPV solar panels connected to an industrial sized PV inverter. It was partially funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). “SunPower’s A-300 solar cells were the perfect fit for this project, offering the most efficient modules, the ability to meet our specific space requirements and seamless integration into the curtain wall of the building,” said Anthony Pereira, president of altPOWER. This is the second building to be powered by SunPower’s A-300 solar cells in New York City. The Tribeca Green, also in Battery Park City, opened its doors in 2005. “New York City has become a hotbed for creative use of solar power in urban buildings. The major challenges facing this project were aesthetics and space, always key concerns in dense urban areas such as Battery Park City,” said Pereira. SunPower’s solar cells have been used with other BIPV curtain wall projects such as the Biohaus headquarters facade in Paderborn, Germany.
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