Monday, May 11, 2009

Star Tower Reaches For The Sun: Solar To Power Common Areas



Just got word from Robert Roe of Roe Corporation that Star Tower, a 25 story luxury condominium under construction in Long Island City has decided to reach for the sun and install a 15 KW solar system on the roof. The system will provide some of the electricity for the common areas and will have a generate a modest reduction on power charges reflected in the common charges (already a low .40 cents/psf). The result will equate to an annual Five ton reduction in greenhouse gases. "It's a win/win situation" explained Roe, "various tax credits make the system affordable, while it helps the environment". Roe corp had previously announced a green roof on top of the retail space below which will create a 5000 square foot private park. That's not all- plans are afoot to also integrate solar water heaters on the roof. While Roe was mum about possible LEED certification, it sure seems like LEED points are adding up.

13 comments:

  1. Why has the work on this site stopped?

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  2. They had to re-engineer the foundation. Should be above ground in a couple of months.

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  3. That is fantastic,but i think 15KW system cannot generate enough electricity for the whole buiding.

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  4. I hope that retail space includes a super market ...badly needed in that area.

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  5. Awesome about the green initiatives!

    Like the previous post, a supermarket is desperately needed in this neighborhood. Would be a great use of the space.

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  6. A supermarket here? Not happening for the next few years at least, maybe decades.

    There is a wine/liquor store being worked on Queens Plaza South, near the subway. Great. More alcohol choices!

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  8. any updates on this project?

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  9. It appears that Star Tower will now be a hotel:

    http://www.roecorp.com/project_01.html

    So that reduces the impending glut of LIC condos just a bit . . .

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