Brooklyn-based Architectural Grille goes solar


Solar Energy Systems completes construction of 312kW solar array for Architectural Grille, a metalwork company based in Brooklyn, NY.


Solar Energy Systems has completed the construction of a 312kW solar array for Architectural Grille, a metalwork company based in Brooklyn, NY. The project will produce 365kWh annually, offsetting the majority of the company’s energy consumption. The solar array reduces the factory’s carbon footprint by 258 metric tons of CO2 annually, the equivalent of the emissions produced by burning 30,000 gallons of gas per year. Architectural Grille’s array will produce electricity for more than 25 years and provide free electricity long after the initial outlay has been recouped.

Despite sustaining damages from Hurricane Sandy exceeding $7 million—with most of it exempt from coverage by insurance—Architectural Grille made decided to move forward on the solar project. The 80,000 sq ft solar project consists of 1,078 Trina panels and spans the majority of available roof space. Interior electrical work began in May 2013, with rooftop panel installation completed in early September 2013. 

Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA, commented: “I am pleased to see that, despite suffering substantial damage from Superstorm Sandy, Architectural Grille had the foresight to recognize the value of a large-scale solar power system,” 

The project was made possible with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative. With incentives through the NYSERDA Competitive PV Program, manufacturers, universities, office buildings, municipalities, and other entities can take advantage of funding to help invest in large-scale solar power.

“Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative is providing benefits to businesses throughout the state, from helping companies reduce expenses and stimulating economic activity to protecting the environment and growing our clean-energy resources. Architectural Grille is just one example of how the state’s investment in solar is making a difference,” Murray Jr. added.

“I’m excited to collaborate with Solar Energy Systems on an ecofriendly project that not only will save the company a significant amount of money, but also contribute to a clean environment in the manufacturing hub of Gowanus, while utilizing wasted space on the rooftop,” said Anthony J. Giumenta, the president of the company. “Architectural Grille is committed to reducing our consumption of energy and resources, and we are proud to be bringing our company into the next generation of environmentally friendly and sustainable manufacturing.”