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Solar project adds storing unit

Gwen Kaufmann, m+a - Friday, November 8, 2019    

Solar project adds storing unit
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The 1.4-MW solar energy project planned for the Javits Center, New York, will now include up to 2 MW of battery storage, an addition that will allow excess generation from Manhattan's largest rooftop solar array to be stored for use during times of peak power demand, reducing energy costs and helping New York State meet its solar and energy storage targets to fight climate change. Nearly 4,000 panels will be installed on the rooftop and 11th Avenue sidewalk side of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. On the roof, the canopy-style solar arrays will be placed over existing air conditioning units. The project will offset more than 1.3 million pounds of carbon emissions each year, which is equivalent to removing 262 cars from the road. The battery storage element was added during the design phase. The addition will enhance the efficiency of the electric grid by storing extra energy to use during periods of high electricity demand. Shifting generation to more valuable periods will result in greater savings and contribute to reduced carbon emissions. "As a new model of sustainability, the Javits Center is helping to redefine the role of large buildings in a dense urban environment such as New York City", said Alan Steel, president and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, which operates the Javits Center. "In collaboration with NYPA and Siemens, we are thrilled to add storage capacity to our rooftop solar array, which will be the latest addition to a sustainability programme that has made tremendous strides in energy conservation and wildlife protection."

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