DateMarch 22, 2017
ClientScarborough Manor Cooperative Residential Complex
Sunrise Solar Solutions was selected by a unanimous vote to install an expansive solar energy system at Scarborough Manor, a 205-unit cooperative residential complex in Ossining, N.Y.
The Scarborough Manor cooperative board conducted an exhaustive search for the best solar installer and the best value. They discovered Sunrise thanks to the company’s well-publicized history of successful Solarize Westchester campaigns, says president of the board Gary Montesano. Board members cited numerous reasons for their confidence in Sunrise. They were impressed with the expertise of Sunrise president and CEO Douglas Hertz, according to Mr. Montesano. “And the fact that they were local was a very big deal for the board. That was a game changer for us,” he says.
The exceptional value of the project was a major factor as well, he adds: The system is projected to generate enough energy to cover 25 percent of the coop’s electrical needs for its common areas, such as the lobbies, hallways, exterior lighting, clubhouse and gatehouse. And thanks to the combination of utility savings, tax credits and incentives, Mr. Montesano estimates the net cost of solar for the complex at an astonishing 45 percent of the gross cost.
“That’s a phenomenal investment,” Mr. Montesano says.
The system, installed on the rooftops of two seven-story residential buildings and one two-story amenities center, is one of the largest residential solar projects in Westchester County.