Premier Solar Solutions is installing solar on 45 buildings in Queens

A landlord in Queens has installed solar panels on more than half of the buildings he owns in the borough as part of an ambitious project that should eventually become the largest solar power portfolio in the New York City borough.

Solar panels have been installed on 26 of the 45 buildings that Zara Realty owns and manages in Queens. When completed, the Zara portfolio should produce 2.7 million kWh annually. The common areas of the buildings will all use solar energy on the property.

“Climate change is one of the most pressing crises our world is facing and New York City will be particularly vulnerable to its impact,” said Amir Sobhraj, Co-Managing Partner at Zara Realty. “We have a collective responsibility to do what is in our power to reduce CO2 emissions, and as landlords we have a unique role to play. This solar upgrade means cleaner air, a brighter future for generations to come, and it will ultimately reduce costs. “

The $ 6.5 million installation project is being undertaken by Premier Solar Solutions, a veteran-run solar installation company in New York. The project supports 50 jobs.

“Zara Realty has shown tremendous vision and commitment to renewable energy and this project should serve as a model for other New York landlords,” said Chris Hoffmann, president / founder of Premier Solar Solutions. “The city and state have mapped out a path to decarbonising, and this is exactly the kind of work it takes to get there. As a resident of Queens, it makes me so happy to see my hometown on the cutting edge of this effort to achieve the goal of clean, renewable energy to secure our future. “

The project is in line with the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), which aims to reduce greenhouse gases by 40% and generate 70% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, in addition to the OneNYC The city’s plan, which aims to reduce CO2 emissions 80% by 2050. According to OneNYC, nearly 75% of the greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere in New York City comes from buildings.

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