What is Sunset Park Solar?
Sunset Park Solar will be New York City’s first community solar project owned and operated by a cooperative for the benefit of local residents and businesses. Households and small businesses are invited to sign up for more information about how they can participate in the project and start saving money on their Con Edison bills while supporting local clean energy.
The solar energy system will be installed on the roof of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, a dynamic industrial campus on the Sunset Park waterfront owned and managed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). In November 2018, NYCEDC awarded a solar roof lease to a project team comprised of local non-profits UPROSE and Solar One, Co-op Power, 770 Electric Corp., and Resonant Energy. The solar energy system and will be owned and managed by Co-op Power’s New York City Community Energy Cooperative in partnership with UPROSE, a Sunset Park-based environmental justice organization. The solar project will provide local employment to Sunset Park job trainees and electricity bill savings to nearly 200 households and small businesses.
March 2022 Project Update!
First, on behalf of UPROSE we’d like to thank everyone for signing up for Sunset Park Solar! This is a first of its kind community solar cooperative that is by the community for the community. This project is an example of a frontline community-led model for clean energy, and how solar can be used to support communities and operationalize climate justice solutions.
We deeply appreciate your excitement about the project and patience as we navigate our way through the tedious & difficult development process in the midst of so many challenges and COVID-19 pandemic- recognizing our community and team has endured so much loss in the last 2 years.
We are happy to share that in the last year, we’ve made huge progress in project development and are on path to start building summer 2022! We are currently in the process of closing on financing and preparing everything to be construction ready for the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
In terms of personal information you have shared through signing up for the project, all of it is 100% protected. In the coming weeks & months, you can expect regular updates as we prepare to finally see this project up and running!
Again, we’d like to thank you for your continued commitment to this project. It really takes a community to realize transformational work like this. As a subscriber of the first community-led, developed, and owned solar cooperative in NY, you are a part of helping center equity & justice in clean energy.
As we start to return to in-person events, be on the look out for future opportunities and exciting updates.
Watch this short video to learn more!