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Whole Foods

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Solaire Canopy: The Premium

Number of Canopies: 6

System Size: 325 kW

Number of Panels: 1,044

Panel Size: 315W

Panel Manufacturer: SunEdison

Inclication: 12º / 1º

Number of Columns: 22

Video:

Whole Foods

Product:

The Premium

Solaire’s installation at the new Brooklyn Whole Foods Market was awarded both the Intersolar Award for Projects in North America and the SPG Award for the Best US Solar Project in 2013. The Premium canopies supply approximately 380,000 kWh of clean electricity annually (about 25% of the site’s load) and comprise the largest solar parking system in New York City.  The rooftop hosts a 20,000 square foot greenhouse, leaving no room for a traditional rooftop solar installation, so Whole Foods and SunEdison turned to Solaire to provide a solar solution for the parking lot. Solaire hired local labor to build the installation on time and on budget. The solar carports feature an integrated storm water management system to lower the building’s water use and reduce storm runoff into the Gowanus. The system collects storm water and feeds it into a 30,000-gallon tank beneath the parking lots where it is stored for filtration and non-potable reuse within the building. Shoppers have greatly enjoyed the benefit of covered parking during New York’s harsh 2013-2014 winter.