Best New York Government Project – Solar Liberty in Buffalo for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) facility project, a 250 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic system providing about 6 percent of the electricity required by the Frontier Garage, one of three bus garages that the NFTA operates in Buffalo. Some 1,100 solar panels are providing on-site generation for the facility and helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 150 tons a year.
Best Solar Thermal Project of the Year – Bright Power of New York, for the BronxPro Real Estate Management University Avenue Consolidated III project. One of the city’s largest and most sophisticated solar thermal installations, the project included 92 flat plate solar collectors atop four multi-family affordable apartment buildings within a two-block radius in the Bronx. This system with advanced monitoring helps to keep affordable housing more economical by saving over one-third of the energy that would have been spent on domestic hot water heating at these buildings.
Best Commercial Roof Top Project – Hudson Valley Clean Energy of Rhinebeck for installing a clean energy system at Brotherhood Winery, America’s oldest winery in Washingtonville. The 81.7 kilowatt (kW) system installed in November 2010 is helping to offset the electrical needs of the bottling plant by 33 percent and saving approximately 73 tons of CO2 from entering the earth’s atmosphere each year.
Best Ground Mount Project – Eldor Contracting Corp. of Holtsville, for a 50 kW project situated atop the Town of Islip Blydenburgh Landfill in Hauppauge. The power produced from this project will reduce the consumption from onsite methane gas pumps that run mostly throughout the year.
Best Integrated/Innovative Building –The Radiant Store in Malta for a radiant pool at the Koumanis residence in Saratoga Springs. This project is the first to incorporate solar thermal radiant with a “green” high efficiency pool in the U.S.
Best Federal Government Project – SunWise Technologies of Kingston for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ solar electric installations at facilities in Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse. The three rooftop systems will generate 113 kW DC or almost 125,000 hours of electricity a year, saving $18,000 annually in utility costs and eliminating an estimated 115,000 pounds of CO2 per year.