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10:00am - DSNY EV Testing Lab
Our first tour brings us to the NYC Department of Sanitation Testing Lab to explore how New York is adapting and modernizing municipal technology to mitigate waste, save energy, and become increasingly efficient. DSNY will conduct a live demonstration with one of its vehicles in the lab to showcase electrification and other upgrades to the fleet.
11:30am - Solaire Generation's Whole Food Solar Canopy Project
This project demonstrates the remarkable opportunity that exists for solar energy in the parking lots around retail establishments. Unlike typical retail solar roof installations, the Whole Foods parking canopies are a visible reminder of the store’s commitment to renewable energy – all while offering sheltered parking to shoppers. The impressive positive response from the community to the environmental benefits and architectural design is already fostering a loyal customer base.

This solar installation is a showcase for many reasons. It was built in a highly polluted area, the “Gowanus Canal,” a qualified Superfund site, and helped transform the once disaffected neighborhood into an energetic engine of the vibrant Brooklyn economy. The canopies also play a lead role in reducing the site’s water consumption. They feature an integrated water management system that collects storm water and feeds it through internal gutters to a 30,000-gallon tank beneath the parking lots where it is stored for filtration and reuse within the building.

The six PV canopies that form a 325 kW system and supply 20% of the store’s electricity complement a site that also includes sustainable features like a 20,000 square foot rooftop hydroponic greenhouse, on-site wind turbines, a combined heat and power system, and efficient ozone-free refrigeration. Since the greenhouse covers a large portion of the roof, the canopies were a unique way for Whole Foods to ensure the project still featured a large solar system while giving new purpose and value to what would otherwise have just been a parking lot.
3:00pm - 5:30pm: Cocktail Reception at Solar1 Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center at Stuyvesant Cove Park.
8:30am - Inertech's Ultra Efficient Data Center
Inertech is a mission critical solutions provider achieving unrivaled cost, energy, carbon, and water efficiency in the data center space. Sustainability Officers, Chief Energy Officers, Lead Engineers, and CIOs take note - data processing is and will continue to be one of your business' largest operational costs and boast an increasingly robust environmental footprint going forward. Reducing these risks and maintaining reliability is paramount to your bottom line. Inertech has been kind enough to offer a glimpse into how their technology is changing the market.
12:30pm - Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell
Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell is part of Project 150, a program sponsored by the state and supported by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) to increase renewable and clean energy projects in Connecticut by 150 megawatts. CEFIA is the nation's first full-scale clean energy finance authority that leverages public and private funds to drive investment and scale up clean energy deployment in Connecticut.
Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell is located in downtown Bridgeport, CT, along Interstate 95 and the Northeast rail corridor. The facility began commercial operations on Dec. 27, 2013, and produces 14.9 megawatts of clean energy using an electro-chemical process that efficiently converts natural gas into electricity.
3:00pm - 5:30pm: Cocktail Reception at Solar1 Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center at Stuyvesant Cove Park.
10:00am - NYCEDC Smart Grid Project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal
Demonstrating the viability of innovative energy management solutions, NYCEDC, in partnership with Con Edison, has developed a Smart Grid installation at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT). Located in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, BAT is a 97-acre site with 4 million square feet of space for New York City industrial businesses and entrepreneurs; a link to New York’s historic past, the facility once served to supply US Army troops overseas. The Smart Grid project integrates three main components: (1) a 100 kilowatt solar PV system, (2) a 170kW battery for on-site energy storage and (3). a building management system. Funded in part by a grant from the US Department of Energy, the system demonstrates the benefits of on-site renewable energy generation coupled with energy storage and management systems for reducing peak demand energy use and demand response. Through integration with Viridity Energy’s V-Power software, BAT can respond to demand response events issued by Con Edison and alleviate constraints on the grid. The tour will offer a chance to view PV and battery storage systems, as well as a demonstration of the value of Smart Grid technology to New York City.

Read more about the Brooklyn Army Terminal here
Read more about the smart grid project here
12:00pm - Brooklyn Navy Yard
This two-hour bus tour will explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard's transition from the nation's foremost shipbuilding facility to a national model for sustainable urban industrial parks. This tour will highlight many of the Yard's green initiatives, including adaptive reuse of historic structures and materials, alternative energy projects, and sustainable practices in manufacturing employed by some of the Yard's 300 tenants. While we'll use the bus to get from place to place, this tour will provide opportunities to get off the bus at several stops for a closer look at some of the Yard's most interesting sites, including a historic 1851 dry dock (which is still in use for ship repair today), a former machine shop that will soon be home to Brooklyn's Green Manufacturing Center, the site of an oyster restoration program operated by the New York Harbor School, and the LEED Platinum-certified Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. We will also visit the historic Naval Hospital campus, where we will learn about plans for a memorial park on the site that will become part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

Read more about the Brooklyn Navy Yard here

Maximum Capacity: 50 people
3:00pm - 5:30pm: Cocktail Reception at Solar1 Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center at Stuyvesant Cove Park.