Solaria Provides Customized Architectural Solar Solution for New Cornell Tech Campus Building Aiming for Net Zero Energy

15 Jun 2017

Solaria Corporation, global provider of solar module technologies, announced that it provided 2,300 PowerXT® and customized PowerView modules to buildings on Cornell Tech’s innovative new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.  Combined, the Bloomberg Center – designed by mOrphosis Architects – and the Bridge building – designed by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Urbanism/Landscape – utilize 47,000 ft2of Solaria PV panels, the equivalent of a 900 kW system, part of a strategy to generate all of the power needed for the Bloomberg Center on campus. Solaria was selected for its ability to deliver the unique combination of attractive aesthetics, high degree of customization, competitive cost performance and high power generation in the quest for net zero energy (NZE).

The Bloomberg Center is the first academic building on the Roosevelt Island campus and is scheduled to open in September.  It plans to achieve NZE by employing multiple strategies including solar power, geothermal ground source heat pumps, an energy-efficient façade balancing the ratio between transparency and opaqueness to maximize building insulation and decrease energy demand, and smart building features monitoring lighting.  This strategy prioritizes reduction in energy demand through load reductions as well as maximizing passive and energy efficient design, and using renewable energy to power the building systems. 

“Solaria could not be more proud to be selected as a technology partner in helping this cutting edge campus achieve its ultimate goal of net zero energy for the Bloomberg Center,” said, Udi Paret, GM Building Solutions, Solaria Corporation.  “This is a truly historic moment for the building industry and we commend Cornell Tech’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.  They have proven that if you push the boundaries of current energy efficiency practices we can set new, financially viable, standards for green building in demanding urban centers.”

Solaria’s rooftop solar solutions provide high-performance solar panels that produce up to 20% more energy than conventional modules.  These high-density solar panels are optimized for rooftop applications and leverage a highly refined manufacturing process which results in a significantly higher energy yield than typical PV modules.  It not only delivers high power but also improved shading tolerance, premium appearance and durability.  Solaria’s architectural glass solutions that deliver the unique combination of high performance and high power density. This enables the optimization of thermal performance, effective daylighting, glare control and power generation. Solaria’s solar windows are easily customizable and offer design flexibility to adjust for a wide variety of sizes, glass type dimensions, coatings, Vt, and voltage.  

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