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NYCEDC Seeks Construction Manager to Install Solar Photovoltaic System at Brooklyn Army Terminal

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today issued a Request for Proposals for a construction manager to oversee the installation of a $10-million Smart Grid Demonstration Project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) and other City-owned sites. The Project will include a solar PV system at BAT capable of producing at least 600,000 kilowatt hours of electric power annually (approximately 2% of BAT’s electric usage or the equivalent of 120 City households), while simultaneously offsetting 400 tons of carbon dioxide each year. The installation will also include a battery storage system and building management system at BAT, as well as building management systems at several other City-owned locations. “By demonstrating the feasibility of a solar project of this scale, we believe that we are blazing a trail towards significantly more renewable energy projects throughout the City,” said NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky. “We are excited to be involved in this project, which utilizes an innovative financing structure that leverages our contribution with private sector and federal funds, and federal tax credits, thereby creating a model for unlocking additional funding for these types of projects in the future.” NYCEDC is providing up to $2.65 million toward the cost of installing the system, while investors seeking the federal tax credits produced by this project will pay for the balance of the solar PV installation. Additionally, the Smart Grid Demonstration Project will receive up to $4.5 million from Con Edison, which is part of $181 million that was awarded to the company under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the installation of such projects. “The federal grants are an opportunity to work with New Yorkers to develop smart grid technologies while incorporating renewable energy sources that could reduce peak electrical use and enhance reliability,” said Aubrey Braz, Con Edison Vice President in charge of smart grid programs. “The demonstration project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal will allow us to monitor solar panels, building energy management systems, and energy storage. The goal is to reduce energy consumption based on grid conditions, especially on the hottest summer days.” All projects will be equipped with monitoring equipment to provide hard data, which will help other private and public stakeholders make informed investment decisions about Smart Grid installations. Viridity Energy is building and integrating the software at the City-owned buildings to conduct data collection, analysis, and forecasting. Boeing will provide the cyber-secure software platform for the entire Smart Grid demonstration project system. The plan to install a solar PV system at BAT was announced in October 2009 as part of the Bloomberg Administration’s Green Economy Plan, a suite of initiatives dedicated to strengthening the City’s economy and supporting and attracting green businesses in the City. The 30 total initiatives comprising the Green Economy Plan were a culmination of more than two years of analysis and hundreds of interviews with experts from across the industry to develop initiatives that best foster a supportive environment for the green sector. The Plan focuses on four target areas that will account for 70 percent of green sector jobs in the City over the next decade: green buildings, onsite renewable energy, carbon trading and finance, and greener neighborhoods. To obtain a copy of the complete RFP, please visit Responses are due on December 22nd at 4 p.m. About NYCEDC New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.


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