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October 26, 2007

Green building goes dark; Yards shadows KO plan for solar power

The Brooklyn Paper
By Dana Rubenstein

A cadre of local elected officials broke ground on what will be Brooklyn’s largest eco-friendly residential development to date — but the solar panels that were to be the building’s crowning feature had to be scrapped because they would never get light once the Atlantic Yards project is completed across the street.

“We were going to have solar panels, but the shadows from Atlantic Yards would make solar power basically irrelevant,” said Michelle de la Uz, the executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee, the non-profit group that broke ground on the Fort Greene affordable housing on Monday.

“[Atlantic Yards] pretty much eclipses significant portions of the building in all four seasons,” added de la Uz.


NoLandGrab: Looking beyond the Fifth Avenue Committee project, Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards megaproject threatens the viability of solar energy development for a significant part of the already existing neighborhood of Ft. Greene.

Posted by lumi at October 26, 2007 7:43 AM