U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Subway Station in Coney Island Features Integrated Solar Roof
July 27, 2005
Brooklyn, New York, now features the largest thin-film, building-integrated solar roof in the United States, a 210-kilowatt subway
station roof on Coney Island. RWE SCHOTT Solar provided the 76,000-square-foot arched roof, which consists of 2,730 translucent solar
panels that should generate about 250,000 kilowatt-hours of power each
year. The panels consist of thin films of amorphous silicon laminated
onto glass, and are themselves the largest thin-film solar panels in
the world: each panel measures 5 feet by 20 feet. The newly renovated
Stillwell Avenue Terminal is the first subway station in the New York
City Transit system to use solar energy and was part of the transit
system's effort to meet a New York State executive order on green
buildings and vehicles. See the press release from SCHOTT North America, Inc.
and the New York City Transit Web site.
Large solar power systems have been popping up all over the country in
recent weeks. In Chicago, Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is
building a high-efficiency, 82-kilowatt system on the roof of the
Social Security Administration building. Another Chicago entity,
Spire Solar Chicago, wandered a bit out of its normal territory
recently: the company installed its laminated solar panels at Denali
National Park in Alaska. See the press releases from ComEd and Spire.
Of course, the really large solar power systems continue to be built
in California. For instance, Chevron Energy Solution just finished
installing 780 kilowatts of solar power at Foothill and De Anza
Community Colleges in Los Altos Hills and Cupertino; Kyocera
Corporation installed a 235-kilowatt system at its facilities in San
Diego; Northern Power Systems announced that it is building a
401.8-kilowatt system at Timberland's distribution center in southern
California; and EI Solutions won a contract to install a 594-kilowatt
system in the San Francisco Bay Area. See the press releases
from Chevron Energy Solutions,
Northern Power Systems, and EI Solutions
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