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Eldorado Coffee Roasters Shines; Powers NYC Operations with 240 kW Solar Array

As covered by Market Watch on February 15 2012.

MASPETH, NY— February 7, 2012 — Eldorado Coffee Roasters proudly announces the commissioning of a 240.24 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic PV system at its worldwide headquarters in Maspeth, Queens. The solar array will produce in excess of 280,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy annually, enough to satisfy the entire facility’s yearly demand for electricity. By choosing solar energy for its consumption, Eldorado Coffee Roasters becomes “the only green coffee roaster in New York City.” Andres Martin, the firm’s VP, says Eldorado Coffee Roasters is always seeking better ways to roast and pack “the finest coffees in the world,” and the solar project will be the “perfect fit” for its green initiative. Eldorado’s solar system will eliminate more than 500,000 lbs of CO2, 500 lbs of NOx and 2000 lbs of SO2 emissions from the air annually. “We will be much more energy efficient and be able to fulfill our commitment to the world and its environment,” said Martin.

The project was engineered, constructed, and financed by Solar Energy Systems (SES), one of NYC’s premier solar integrators. Headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, SES will operate and maintain the system, selling the solar kWh generation to Eldorado at a discounted rate via a power purchase agreement (PPA). David Buckner, President of SES, says “Eldorado continues to be a great partner in helping SES launch its first solar PPA in New York City. Its commitment to deliver a more environmentally responsible product has been the driving force behind the whole project. With funding provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), combined with federal, state and local tax incentives, the project is also a financial winner.”

To finance the project, SES obtained Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds through NYSERDA, and a federal tax incentive. “By investing in solar energy, the State is not only able to drive down the cost of doing business for Eldorado Coffee Roasters, but also helping to improve power reliability in New York City by reducing demand on the electric grid,” said Francis J. Murray Jr, President and CEO of NYSERDA. “The public-private partnership in these renewable energy projects is a critical component to New York meeting its renewable energy goals.”

About Eldorado Coffee Roasters

Founded in 1980, Eldorado Coffee Roasters is a full-line vertical coffee roasting firm.  From its large-volume capacity roasting plant in Maspeth, Queens, it roasts and packs for several hundred coffee services, food and vending services, and food distributors in 42 states.  Locally, Eldorado services tristate area restaurants, delis and supermarkets with its Eldorado-branded coffee products.


NYSERDA, PSC Award $30 Million for NYC/Westchester Solar Projects; Five-Year Program to Grow Renewable Energy Use

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the state Public Service Commission (PSC) have awarded $30 million to help fund large-scale solar power projects that will assist facilities in New York City and the lower Hudson Valley generate electricity for their own use. The $30 million represents the first year of five years of planned funding under the $150 million RPS Customer-Sited Tier Regional Program.

The money was awarded to solar installers, solar developers and real estate owners, including Solar Energy Systems, LLC (SES) of Brooklyn, NY. David Buckner, president of SES, says “SES has received a substantial financial commitment with this award that is now available for some of our projects currently under contract as well as for a few upcoming opportunities that will benefit from this funding.  NYSERDA and the PSC are making it possible for companies like SES to continue to grow and expand the clean tech sector of NY State.”

Potential projects include a wide variety of businesses, all of which are major consumers of electricity -- department stores, discount stores, apartment complexes, Postal Service distribution centers and other sites in New York City and the Hudson Valley. 

"The enthusiastic response to our solicitation confirms the important contribution that solar technology can play in addressing the energy, environmental, and reliability needs of the metropolitan New York City area," said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA.  "The success of this program is another example of New York's leadership in supporting investment in a wide range of renewable energy technologies."

Garry Brown, Chairman of the state Public Service Commission, said: "We are very excited about promoting the growth of solar energy in New York City and the surrounding region. Developing renewable energy resources is a primary goal of the Commission. Programs that encourage renewable energy development will help ensure a cleaner environment and will enable us to take command of our energy future."

In mid-2011, NYSERDA launched the $150 million RPS Customer-Sited Tier Regional Program encouraging large businesses, especially manufacturing facilities; colleges and universities; schools; and other large buildings to take advantage of renewable energy incentives specifically for New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. The incentives are for large-scale photovoltaic and biogas power initiatives, selected through a competitive process. The NYSERDA incentive pays up to 50 percent of the cost of a project, up to $3 million.

NYSERDA will award up to $30 million each year, of which $25 million is targeted for New York City or Westchester County and $5 million is for the Hudson Valley region. The goal is to promote more clean-energy production in a part of the state that traditionally has been a large consumer of fossil fuels. The projects are meant to produce power for on-site use, not for direct sale to utilities. Under certain circumstances, however, unused power can be added to the grid in exchange for future utility credit.

The program is funded under the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The RPS, created by the state Public Service Commission in 2004 to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, is administered by NYSERDA using a surcharge collected from ratepayers served by investor-owned utility companies. The funds help pay for more than a thousand clean-energy projects every year, ranging from large-scale wind farms to photovoltaic panels on private homes.

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.  NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.


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NYC’s Broadway Stages Powers Facilities with Solar Energy

Broadway Stages, New York's premier Film and Television Production facility, has made an unparalleled commitment to renewable energy by installing 50,000 square feet of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the roof-tops of seven of their sound stages in Greenpoint Brooklyn. By going Solar, Broadway Stages, home to the CBS Emmy award-winning TV series, The Good Wife, is making a powerful financial and environmental impact on this Greenpoint Brooklyn community. Broadway Stages has seized the opportunity to offset 30% of their annual electricity consumption, while realizing a short-term return on their investment. Facing rising utility costs coupled with their expanded business plan, Broadway Stages’ executives Tony and Gina Argento needed to reduce their operation’s dependence on the NYC electric-power grid. Broadway Stages teamed up with Brooklyn-based Solar Energy Systems, LLC (SES), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to develop an energy plan to generate their own power. The plan begins with seven solar PV systems, and continues to grow their renewable portfolio as future stage roofs become available.

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DAVIS & WARSHOW FLIPS THE SWITCH ON NEW YORK CITY’S LARGEST PRIVATE SOLAR POWER INSTALLATION (MASPETH, NY— January, 2011) — Davis & Warshow, an 85-year-old family-owned business that is the region’s premier dealer of kitchen and bath fittings, has powered up New York City’s largest private-sector solar installation at its Queens headquarters. The initiative crowns the company’s Practically Green program, a pragmatic, small steps approach to going green that was inaugurated two years ago. The installation, which encompasses 1,038 panels affixed to the roofs of three buildings within the company’s 250,000-square-foot complex on Maspeth Creek, will produce in excess of 270,000 kWh of clean energy annually, enough to satisfy more than a third of the facility’s usage. The energy output potential of this system makes it the largest private-sector installation in New York City, according to Sustainable CUNY, the lead implementer of the New York City Solar America Cities Partnership, a U.S. Department of Energy Program. Other benefits of the PV system include the elimination of more than 480,000 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution, more than 1,650 pounds of sulfur dioxide pollution, and 568 pounds of nitrous oxide annually.

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