838 Park Place is a quintessential NYC walk-up. A limestone apartment building located in Brooklyn, New York was experiencing all the common heating and energy issues; high energy bills, drafty windows, and uneven heating.
With help from BlocPower and a team of other organizations, the cooperative members at 838 Park Place HDFC, were able to find a long-term solution.
Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) connected 838 Park Place and two sister cooperatives with Bloc Power, who completed an energy efficiency study, through NYC Community Retrofit. The study helped inspire the building to do a retrofit project.
The solar project was coordinated by Solar One and installed by Brooklyn Solar Works. Royalty Heating installed the heat pumps, which currently supplement the existing boiler. The cooperative paid for the entire project up front, using revenue from their flip tax.
838 Park Place is a co-op building with 8 apartments inside in a historically sound district of Brooklyn. Each apartment has an area of 1600 square feet with 4 bedrooms. The apartments are stacked upon each other and the East Wing mirrors the West Wing.
Each apartment received 6 indoor heat pumps and 2 outdoor units. The construction project took a week with 6 workers to complete about 48 indoor heat pump units. It also took 2 days for workers to install 16 outdoor units, at a cost of $100,000.
For the solar panels, they received an installation of 84 solar panels which all together provided 25,460 watts of power. This will save Annabelle thousands of dollars in the long run. The original cost was about $100,000 but with an incentive they received, they will be paying only about $6,000 of that price for their retrofit.
This is a very good example of what we want to do at BlocPower. We aim to provide affordable energy efficiency to people who want to have a better space and home.
To hear more about 838 Park Place’s journey, check out their story in The World We Are Fighting For.