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Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill


New York Manufacturer Goes Solar, to Save $50,000 Annually

October 29th, 2012 by  

A family-owned manufacturer located next to Yankee Stadium, GAL Manufacturing, has recently completed the construction of one of the city’s largest commercial rooftop solar arrays. The 237-kilowatt system was designed and installed by MC Solar Development, and SolarCity and is expected to save the company an estimated $50,000 a year on utility bills.

The solar array is comprised of 988 solar panels and will generate power sufficient to offset almost half of the building’s current electricity usage. The project received funds from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and SolarCity and MC Solar Development have partnered to provide, install, and maintain the installation.

“Going solar not only makes financial sense, it also has a positive effect on our local Bronx community,” commented Paul Seifried, Vice President of GAL Manufacturing, an elevator manufacturing company. “We’re excited to be a pioneer in New York City, and we hope other companies will take advantage of the opportunity to go solar, save money, and use cleaner energy.”

“The funding for this project is possible through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which is initiating the installation of solar PV systems across the state, and especially in New York City,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “Commercial building owners like GAL who install large scale PV systems play an integral part in the State’s efforts to meet its NY-Sun goals, expand its diverse renewable energy portfolio and help businesses reduce their energy costs.”

“We’re excited to be installing clean affordable solar right here in a classic New York location,” said Ed Steins, SolarCity’s Northeast Regional Vice President. “It’s a great time for commercial businesses across the region to look at the money they can save by going solar.”

“MC Solar Development is thrilled to have worked with SolarCity and our long-time client GAL Manufacturing to produce the largest commercial solar system in The Bronx,” remarked MC Solar Development Managing Member Jim Nadel. “New York City offers a very attractive opportunity for Commercial Solar Systems, and we are encouraged that the high visibility of this project with its proximity to Yankee Stadium will promote not only Solar Energy but all renewable energy in the City.”

“I congratulate GAL Manufacturing for installing one of the largest commercial rooftop solar systems in the city, right here in the Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “This is proof that the Bronx continues to be a leader in embracing green technologies and the green economy. More than 30 percent of all solar energy, and solar panels, in the five boroughs are being installed right here in the Bronx, helping reduce the city’s carbon footprint and putting our energy consumption on a more sustainable path. I am proud that our borough continues to lead the way in creating a cleaner, greener City.”

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  • Mr. Lucrative

    In Germany 65% of renewable energy is owned by people or cooperatives. But in the United States only 2% own our renewable resources. That means that 98% is owned by big corporations, probably the same ones that are telling us it doesn’t make sense, while they gobble up the money to be made. How ridiculous is it that we complain about how prevalent big corporations are in our politics and every other aspect of our lives. While at the same time we refuse to take advantage for ourselves in our own lives. I am making a commitment in my life to do what i can to make money for myself. I have invested in LED lights; sounds trivial to some, but $1 invested returns $6 in savings or better! There are many other things I do, this is just 1 example!

  • Robert

    Is there any way Dirty energy can help regular people save or make money? Or is Dirty energy ONLY a way for rich people to make money off of those beneath them? I argue that Renewable energy is more democratic because regular people have more ability to take control of their financial future. There are always upfront costs in any money making endeavor. That is a no brainer. We should also mention that the majority of small businesses fail within the first year. How many solar panel installations fail? None? Well you won’t get rich by putting solar on your home (unless you put solar on everyones home), but you will make money; we can’t say the same of every small business.

  • Matthew

    When was the last time Rich Oil men found a way to help a family owned manufacturing company save $50,000 annually?

  • youareme7

    I really don’t like articles that say how much you save in utility costs but completely neglect to mention capital costs for installation. I know the source is that way too so I’m not blaming Joshua, but without ROI at least this kind of story is very misleading.

    • Dimitar Mirchev

      Solar for self-consumption has interesting ROI mechanics. It reduces the risk of future rise of electricity prices, gives your company better image, etc. etc. But take a look at this: http://bit.ly/LrRWPW

    • bill

      I assume the installation by solarCity was free to GAL in exchange for a PPP.

    • karl

      I agree. Inclusion of cost and years payback would be nice to know especially with something this scale. I’m guessing they get pretty nice NYS and Fed tax credits. A large scale project like this would also be more cost effective than a simple residential due to volume purchasing. I’m sure its well worth it for th ecompany to go this route but wIth so many factors it would be nice to know how long this in initial investment pays for itself. 5 years ? 10 ?

      • Matthew

        I don’t disagree with this logic. At the same time, every project a company pursues has upfront costs. Here is my question, how many different ways can a family owned manufacturing company save $50,000 annually? I feel confident the list is short, and it doesn’t involve dirty energy in any way what so ever. Not once has dirty energy said to anyone, here is how I can save you money, by helping you produce your own energy. That is the point. Those who create energy have power over their finances. That is also why in this country the lions share of renewables is going to the already rich, those who control everything while in places like Germany, 65% of renewable resources are owned by people. There is correlation as to why the German economy is one of the strongest in the world. When people are allowed to succeed as easily as the rich, they will, and the economy will also do better. We already know that Trickle down economics doesn’t work for everyone. Think about it.

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