Beechwood plans to increase group solar energy initiative

The Beechwood Group, Lengthy Island’s most prolific multifamily dwelling builder, is planning to increase its group photo voltaic power program.

Beechwood grew to become the realm’s first residential developer to supply discounted energy to a handful of its tenants and householders in January, when it launched a group photo voltaic pilot program.

The corporate contracted Farmingdale-based EmPower Photo voltaic to put in photo voltaic panels on the roof of its sprawling 175,000-square-foot headquarters at 200 Robins Lane in Jericho, which allowed Beechwood to supply 10 p.c financial savings on the electrical energy payments for a few dozen tenants who dwell at The Vanderbilt house advanced in Westbury and a few apartment house owners at Nation Pointe Meadows in Yaphank.

Because the pilot program proved profitable in decreasing electrical payments, the developer is seeking to set up extra photo voltaic panels at its Jericho headquarters and different roofs, reminiscent of The Vanderbilt and Beechwood’s 237-unit Selby rental advanced, at the moment below building on Merrick Avenue in Westbury. The growth may present discounted energy to lots of of Beechwood’s tenants and householders.

“It’s been nice,” Beechwood principal Steven Dubb mentioned concerning the group photo voltaic program, “which is why we’re seeking to increase it.”

Group photo voltaic received its begin on Lengthy Island in 2017, when a number of early packages examined the thought of distributed energy generated by distant installations. However these days, the observe is starting to realize traction, in keeping with EmPower CEO David Schieren.

The photo voltaic panels on the roof of Beechwood’s Jericho headquarters powered the developer’s group photo voltaic pilot program. (Picture courtesy of Beechwood Group)

“People who find themselves traditionally not capable of take part, whether or not they dwell in an house constructing or whether or not their roof just isn’t appropriate for a photo voltaic set up, can now profit via group photo voltaic,” Schieren says. “It supplies advantages to all of the members. The constructing proprietor can host a system and instantly present a profit to tenants within the type of decrease power charges.”

And constructing house owners can anticipate a big return on funding as properly. The rooftop photo voltaic set up serves as a further tenant, and Dubb estimates that the corporate’s present group photo voltaic set up will present a ten p.c annual return on funding, however that return may develop with the addition of extra subscribers.

Dubb provides that having the photo voltaic set up off-site is an efficient various for householders who wish to be part of the renewable power motion.

“They don’t should put up the preliminary funding of putting in a system they usually don’t have to have a look at photo voltaic panels on their roof,” Dubb mentioned.

The way in which it at the moment works, taking part residents get an electrical invoice from Beechwood and, in the event that they use further energy, they get a second invoice from PSEG-Lengthy Island. Nevertheless, the state’s Public Service Fee lately authorised an order to consolidate group photo voltaic funds into one single invoice that may be break up between the constructing proprietor and the utility.

EmPower has launched into a number of group photo voltaic installations within the final 12 months or so. The corporate is at the moment constructing a 2-megawatt system on the roof of the 250,000-square-foot Holbrook headquarters of 4 Seasons Sunrooms. The set up will present energy for about 200 Lengthy Island properties.

Schieren known as group photo voltaic “transformative” for house owners of business buildings.

“Beforehand there wasn’t a mechanism for constructing house owners,” he mentioned. “The vast majority of industrial constructing house owners don’t use the power themselves, as a substitute it’s their tenants. It’s unlocking all of those roofs owned by actual property corporations.”

Beechwood plans to increase its group photo voltaic installations earlier than the tip of the 12 months.

“What I like about it, whether or not you care about local weather change and the atmosphere otherwise you don’t, it’s nonetheless a good suggestion since you’re saving cash,” Dubb mentioned. “We now have an intensive ready record for the discounted energy from Beechwood tenants and householders.”

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