The first winter storm of the season is wrapping up here in New England. As we gather our shovels, ice scrapers, salt, and other winter gear out of the closet, we embark on another journey and battle against mother nature. Skiers and snowboarders rejoice as the fresh snow evokes dreams of carving down the mountain. Others are less enthusiastic about having to deal with another 4-5 months of scraping, shoveling and shivering.
This past week, 20,000 renewable energy professionals flocked to Salt Lake City for Solar Power International and North America Smart Energy Week. Nestled in the spectacular Wasatch mountains, Salt Lake City was the perfect host for the conference. The people of the city were warm and friendly, and the views were breathtaking.
Last week, I had a sit down with Andrew Breiter-Wu, President of Breiter Planet Properties. I asked him a few questions about himself and the company, and got to know more about his story. As we walked through the Prudential building in Boston, looking for a place to sit down and talk, Andrew noted: “I love this area, because there is always something going on. It’s great to be in the action.” In the solar world, Andrew is definitely “In the action”.
The Big Apple? More like The Big Array! New York City is now home to the biggest array of solar panels on top of an apartment complex in the United States. This solar array sits proudly atop Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan with over 9,671 solar panels spanning 22 acres of roof space. Nearly doubling the solar capacity in Manhattan, this project adds 3.9 Megawatts of power. Installing this solar array will have the same effect as removing nearly 12,000 cars off the road, and reducing carbon emissions by 62,472 tons!
On March 14th and 15th, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association held the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference. Among the attendees were building professionals, educators, homeowners, students, and energy & environment professionals. One of the presentations given at BuildingEnergy Boston was titled Solar Access for the Underserved. Three different speakers addressed the problem of accessibility of solar, and provided specific solutions to this problem.
According to reporting from WBUR, the town council of Watertown, Massachusetts unanimously voted to approve a zoning ordinance requiring commercial real estate developers to put solar on new buildings.
With the rise of new developments across the world, the residential real estate market has become fiercely competitive. Our team at Breiter Planet Properties has compiled a list of 8 ways for our network of property owners to make their residential buildings more attractive to tenants.
When preparing for the construction of a new building, it’s the perfect time to make your property Solar-ready. Whether or not you’re ready to go Solar now, making the property Solar-ready helps ensure a smoother process when you are. If you plan to install Solar on a new construction, here are some tips for you:
When it comes to managing a property, the roof is often the most neglected part of it. The roof, however, is the most crucial part of a property - it protects us from snow, rain, and excessive heat. Being exposed to these elements, the roof is also most susceptible to damage. The average roof lasts 15-30 years, depending on how well you maintain it. Replacing a roof is expensive, and typically requires refinancing, which is why you must try to prolong its life as best you can. Here are 7 tips on how to maintain your roof to prolong it's life: