Con Edison installs solar energy array at NYC headquarters

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Con Edison is installing a solar power array capable of lighting two floors of its office tower in Manhattan.

The utility has installed more than 200 panels atop a 19-story roof at 4 Irving Place. The panels, manufactured in the U.S. by Suniva Inc., generate 40 kW of renewable power.

Con Edison customers in New York City and Westchester County have installed 2,000 solar energy projects, generating nearly 40 MW — or 40 million watts — of power for their homes or businesses.

That's more than enough to power these famed New York buildings: The World Trade Center site (14 MW), the Empire State Building (9.5 MW), 30 Rockefeller Plaza, known as 30 Rock (4 MW), Madison Square Garden (3 MW) and Yankee Stadium (2 MW).

Con Edison's project was made possible by a U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Stimulus grant. The project will save Con Edison ratepayers about $7,000 a year in electricity costs.

The company has also connected the solar array to a remote monitoring system that is updated every 15 minutes and enables Con Edison operators to monitor the production of the panels in real time.

Working with Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., which handled the engineering and project management, and Progressive Solutions LLC., which advised on design and installation, Con Edison completed the installation in only five weeks.

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