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Co-op has huge new solar energy system

Southern Flushing leaders celebrate with Georgetown Mews Owners Corp.

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Thu Oct 10, 2019.

South Flushing leaders joined the Georgetown Mews Owners Corp. last Friday to celebrate their newly installed 1,550,000-watt solar energy system.

The project is one of the largest solar energy systems in New York and the biggest completed residential project that the state Energy and Development Agency has given incentives for.

It is the first large cooperative apartment solar system installed in New York and the first large project of its kind in Queens.

The solar system’s estimated savings for Georgetown Mews is approximately $400,000 per year. It will provide electricity for the complex as well as the ability to sell excess power back to Con Edison.

The project manager, Steve Owen, calculated that the solar-generated energy from the newly installed equipment was the equivalent of recycling over 2 million soda cans, planting 21,000 trees, recycling 385,000 pounds of waste and not burning 36,000 barrels of gasoline. It’ll prevent about 920,000 pounds of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere annually.

Georgetown Mews Owners Corp. President Mary Fischer explained that this was the fourth energy-saving program the co-op has completed. It also insulated over 450,000 square feet of attics, replaced all the windows with energy-efficient models, installed electrical submeters and replaced 16 old boilers with energy-efficient models.

“This endeavor has set the bar for which other developments should strive to achieve,” Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) said in a statement. “We are proud to celebrate how the dedicated efforts of a few can make great contributions toward creating a greener, more sustainable New York.”

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