BSW in the Community
Brooklyn SolarWorks was founded in 2015 with the goal to make solar appealing, easy and available for Brooklyn’s urban homeowners. We’ve installed more than 1,000 systems across Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx and are extremely proud that NYC homeowners are continuing to invest in solar energy.
We know that homeowners aren’t the only ones in need of solar. We want to support our local community partners and non-profit organizations that do so much for NYC, but do not have the budget to invest in clean energy. Nonprofits dedicated to education & youth achievement, community development, health & human services, sustainability, and cultivating public outdoor spaces are our first priority for complimentary solar installations.
Through our Community Project Request Form, interested groups can apply for BSW assist in providing solar capabilities. We will engage selected groups and provide labor and materials to meet your solar goals. Scroll down for an outline of what we can provide.
How It Works
On a case by case basis, Brooklyn SolarWorks will grant a Goal Zero Yeti 1000X and 1 solar panel to non profit organizations looking to power some of their outdoor operations with solar. While we wish we could help everyone our projects will be limited to 5 per calendar year. In addition to the equipment grant, Brooklyn SolarWorks will consult regarding panel placement and basic charging questions.
Solar Capabilities: For community installations, we use LG Solar Panels and Goal Zero power stations. Connected to the panel is the portable power station which stores the energy generated by the panel. The power station can handle surges from power tools, medical devices, and home appliances, including full-size refrigerators. There are lots of devices that can be powered by these stations. The best way to figure out what is possible is by looking at the “Tech Specs” section of the Goal Zero website.
Example: Tiny House Project
When KoKo NYC asked if BSW could provide and install a solar panel on the Tiny House roof, we did not hesitate. First, we needed to determine how much energy was necessary to meet the needs of the program. Their goal was to produce enough solar energy to power their electric tools, some lights, and the engineering projects that students create.
The structure had a few wood beams beneath the aluminum we were able to fasten our rail to. We waterproofed the holes as well as some existing holes in the roofing. There were no difficulties attaching the modules to the roof.
The power station is very small, which allows the house to stay portable. Part of Tiny House’s mission is to show students the possibility of remaining mobile and not tied to a grid. This scenario is ideal because the portable power station stores all of the harnessed solar power which can be accessed any time, anywhere.
Community Project Request Form