SES Projects: Big Sue, LLC, Sustainable Construction and Consulting


Location: Brooklyn, NY
Sector: Industrial
System Size: 39.6 kilowatts (kW) System Installed: 2008
Module: SunPower
Inverter: Satcon
Annual Energy Output: 44,947 kilowatt-hours  (kWh)
Emissions Offset:
Carbon Dioxide: 57,530 lb/yr
Nitrogen Oxides: 51.24 lb/yr
Sulfur Dioxide: 0.2697 lb/yr

First Commercial Net-Metered PV System in NY

Big Sue’s customized solar array is the first commercial net-metered system in the state of New York. John Mucci, Con Edison’s Vice President of Engineering and Planning, said the Big Sue project was a “clear fit” to become the utility’s first commercial net-metering venture. “SES is intimately aware of the ins and outs of the interconnection process and the requirements, which assure that Con Edison's networked distribution system is not adversely impacted,” Mucci explained.

Background

Big Sue, LLC, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, is a general contracting and consulting firm that specializes in design-build green building construction. The 55,000-square-foot commercial space, built in the 1880s, was home at one time to the Nassau (Budweiser) Brewery, then later was used by the Monti Moving and Storage company. Big Sue’s co-owners, Susan Boyle and Benton Brown, were familiar with the uses and benefits of renewable energy sources when they made the decision to integrate solar power at their Bergen Street property. After renovating, they brought in SES to design and build the 40 kW PV system.

SES’ reputation as an experienced and knowledgeable installer influenced Big Sue’s decision to work with the company to implement its solar energy plan. According to Susan Boyle, “We wouldn’t have worked with anyone else; because of SES’ track record, they were the only choice."

The installation and interconnection performed by SES were seamless and the system at Big Sue was hailed as an “excellent example” for other commercial property owners by Michael Coddington, a Senior Engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) who toured the site.

The Result

Utilizing substantial tax credits and incentives, Big Sue will realize a 100 percent return on its investment in three to five years.

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