October 25th, 2012 NY, NY--GAL Manufacturing, a family-owned Bronx business located next to Yankee Stadium, is now home to one of the city’s largest commercial rooftop solar arrays. Visible to both fans attending Yankee games and commuters heading north on the Major Deegan Expressway, the 237-kilowatt systems was designed and installed by MC Solar Development and SolarCity, with additional project funds provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Comprised of 988 solar panels, the solar installation will allow GAL to save an estimated $50,000 a year on utility bills, and will generate power sufficient to offset roughly half of the building’s electricity usage. SolarCity, a national leader in clean energy services with New York offices in Westchester, Long Island and Albany; and MC Solar Development, an Energy Management Consulting Firm, have partnered to provide, install and maintain the installation.
“Going solar not only makes financial sense, it also has a positive effect on our local Bronx community,” commented Paul Seifried, Vice President of GAL Manufacturing, an elevator manufacturing company. “We’re excited to be a pioneer in New York City, and we hope other companies will take advantage of the opportunity to go solar, save money, and use cleaner energy.”
“The funding for this project is possible through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which is initiating the installation of solar PV systems across the state, and especially in New York City,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “Commercial building owners like GAL who install large scale PV systems play an integral part in the State’s efforts to meet its NY-Sun goals, expand its diverse renewable energy portfolio and help businesses reduce their energy costs.”
“We’re excited to be installing clean affordable solar right here in a classic New York location,” said Ed Steins, SolarCity’s Northeast Regional Vice President. “It’s a great time for commercial businesses across the region to look at the money they can save by going solar.”
“MC Solar Development is thrilled to have worked with SolarCity and our long-time client GAL Manufacturing to produce the largest commercial solar system in The Bronx,” remarked MC Solar Development Managing Member Jim Nadel.” New York City offers a very attractive opportunity for Commercial Solar Systems, and we are encouraged that the high visibility of this project with its proximity to Yankee Stadium will promote not only Solar Energy but all renewable energy in the City”
“I congratulate GAL Manufacturing for installing one of the largest commercial rooftop solar systems in the city, right here in the Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “This is proof that the Bronx continues to be a leader in embracing green technologies and the green economy. More than 30 percent of all solar energy, and solar panels, in the five boroughs are being installed right here in the Bronx, helping reduce the city's carbon footprint and putting our energy consumption on a more sustainable path. I am proud that our borough continues to lead the way in creating a cleaner, greener City.”
Solar energy has become more affordable in the state, and on October 4 SolarCity announced a major expansion in New York, opening new locations in both Westchester and Long Island. The combination of state and federal incentives, declining panel prices and new solar financing options makes it possible for New York homeowners and businesses to install solar for free and pay less for solar electricity than they pay for utility power.
GAL is a premier manufacturer of elevator components and the largest producers of door equipment in North America. From their Bronx New York location, GAL ships throughout the world and has been opening the doors for the elevator riding public since 1927. GAL also produces elevator control systems and push button panels found in and around the elevator. For more information please visit www.gal.com.
About MC Solar Development
MC Solar Development, LLC an affiliate of EPA/MEMO-Cogen, Inc., is a Commercial Solar Photovoltaic System Developer headquartered in Mamaroneck, NY. MC Solar Development develops, constructs, finances, owns and operates distributed generation solar electric systems. Through its unique vertically integrated business model, MC Solar Development enables its customers the ability to benefit from low-cost energy supply, reduced energy consumption, potential non-recourse state energy efficiency grants and low-cost, environmentally friendly Solar Electricity. For more information visit www.epa-mc.com
SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 15 states and signs a new customer every two minutes. Visit the company online at www.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.