Solar Energy Systems, LLC (SES) Designs and Installs the Largest Multi-Unit Residential PV System in New York City

    NEW YORK, Feb. 25 /CNW/ -- Having earned original acclaim for
world-renowned architect I.M. Pei's innovative use of cast-in-place exposed
concrete, the distinctly modern design of Kips Bay Towers stood in stark
contrast to the traditionally brick facades that had come to dominate many
cityscapes of the 1960's. Now, under the management of Cooper Square Realty
and in partnership with Solar Energy Systems, LLC (SES), Kips Bay has
distinguished itself once again. The 1,120 unit property installed the largest
multi-family residential solar array in New York City, a 54.28 kW DC solar
photovoltaic (PV) system, which is now located atop the 20 story towers.

    "Installing solar panels on the bulkhead of a 20 story building in the
middle of Manhattan presents an obvious physical challenge. From an electrical
standpoint, older NYC buildings can offer a variety of infrastructure
challenges as well," said SES President, David Buckner. "Fortunately, we
overcame that at Kips Bay by finding a code compliant interconnection point up
at the top instead of in the basement. Overall, this project was a success due
to the concerted effort of everyone involved," Buckner added.

    Care was taken to avoid disruptions to resident life during installation.
According to Yvette Diaz, Senior Property Manager at Kips Bay Towers, "We got
no complaints and no interruptions whatsoever when they did the electrical
turnover, which was amazing!" From a client perspective, "It was a pleasure
working with SES," Diaz added. "They kept us informed, assisted with a Q&A
packet for residents and helped get the community to vote 'yes' on the
project," said Diaz.

    Through the NYSERDA Solar Electric Incentives Programs, the project was
eligible for a rebate that covered nearly 50% of the cost. Additional
incentives (state and federal tax credits, a property tax abatement and annual
energy savings) made "going green" an exceptionally wise investment for Kips
Bay Towers.

    About Solar Energy Systems, LLC:
    One of the Northeast's leading full-service integrators of commercial
solar power systems, SES specializes in the delivery of cost-effective and
reliable solar energy technologies to a diverse range of clients in
government, private business, and non-profit sectors. For more information on
SES please visit:


    Press Contact:
    Nkechi Enere
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Solar Energy Systems, LLC
    718.389.1545 ext. 19


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