Solar 2: New York City’s solar-powered education centre

New York city will soon have its first-ever net-zero energy, carbon-neutral building, to replace its current environmental education centre, Solar 1. The new building is to be rather cleverly named Solar 2.

Mock-up of Solar 2, green screen and green roof--image from Solar 1 website
Mock-up of Solar 2, green screen and green roof--image from Solar 1 website

All the stops have been pulled out for this impressive project, which will feature a 90kW dc  solar photovoltaic module array on a canopy that sits above the building itself. The project will also showcase some of

Mock-up of Solar 2, facing south--image from Solar 1 website
Mock-up of Solar 2, facing south--image from Solar 1 website

the best elements of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and passive solar and sustainable design, including

a green roof, rainwater collection and water conservation features, and a vegetative ‘green screen’ which will provide shade and attract birds and butterflies.

(You can read more about the project on the Solar 1 website.)

Written by James Martin

© 2010 Solar Choice Pty Ltd

Sources and Links:

GE Reports, “Turning New York into Solar City”

Solar 1, Solar 2 project page

Previous related Solar Choice blog entries: Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)

James Martin II

Contributor at Solar Choice
James was Solar Choice's primary writer & researcher between 2010 and 2018.

He is now the communications manager for energy technology startup SwitchDin, but remains an occasional contributor to the Solar Choice blog.

James lives in Newcastle in a house with a weird solar system.
James Martin II