Sometimes we get so caught up in the details of clean energy project finance and investment that we take for granted how cool these systems really are. But we ran into a website recently that reminded us what we’re missing when we’re “down in the weeds.”
www.untappedcities.com is a site that “unearths New York City’s most unique and surprising places, stories and events for the curious mind.”
What caught our eye in particular was a fantastic story about the cogeneration plant at One Bryant Park. Owned by the Durst Organization, One Bryant Park is a 55-story office building completed in 2010. It boasts more than 2.3 million square feet of office space and some of the most sophisticated “green building” technologies anywhere.
The core of these technologies is a 4.6 MW cogeneration plant. Powered by natural gas, the plant is two to three times more efficient than utility power. This efficiency is due to heat recycling and zero transmission loss.
Untapped Cities provides real behind the scenes access to the building systems, including pictures, and an excellent narrative. It’s a look at the various components that most people take for granted when they enter a commercial building of any size.
One Bryant Park’s cogeneration plant touts all the benefits that we at Windmill Capital Management discuss with investors considering distributed energy resources:
- Lower energy costs
- Reduced environmental emissions
- Greater energy reliability and security, and
- Higher tenant comfort and satisfaction
We highly recommend a look at Untapped Cities’ excellent feature for clean energy professionals and novices alike.