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.