A project that involved 1.8 megawatts (MW) of solar power, 500 geothermal wells, and fuel cells could potentially reduce energy consumption at a Cornell University campus by 75%. The campus has the name “NYC Tech Campus” and is a project of Distributed Sun.
The project, if it were already built today, would have the largest solar power installation in New York City, the largest geothermal system in NYC, and the largest net-zero building in the eastern U.S.
Distributed Sun CEO Chase Weir has this to say about the project:
“This story has so many superlatives. A $2 billion sustainable campus, an anonymous $350 million gift, a new venture fund, the promise to spawn 600 new tech companies, jobs and more jobs, tens of billions in economic impact. We’re a small but inspired part of a very big ambition, and our real work has only just begun. Distributed Sun looks forward to working with Cornell to build New York City’s largest solar and geothermal systems, and with our friends at Washington Gas to provide the next generation in fuel cells — all delivering innovative power and finance solutions to this visionary project.”
The whole project is building designed around the Sun, in a way…. “The $1-billion-plus campus is being situated toward the arc of the sun to maximize solar energy potential,” Greentech Media writes.
“This is a remarkable testament to the advance of solar in the U.S. and around the world, to have an entire campus and an architectural landmark designed and pointed toward the arc of the sun for maximum solar output,” Weir comments.
“That’s a good indication of where tomorrow’s energy generation is truly headed.”
h/t Greentech Media