When the Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU) decided to open a branch in Troy, NY, rather than commission a brand new building, they chose to renovate an existing 40-year old one. By implementing a re-use and recycling program, local renewable building materials, sustainably-harvested lumber and a 5 kW solar energy system from RGS Energy, the renovation earned the branch LEED status as a leader in environmentally-friendly design.
While many of the environmental improvements were made on the inside, the solar energy system, which produces about 10% of the electricity the building uses, serves as “a visible means to demonstrate HRCCU’s participation in the green movement,” explained Dave Sadowsky, the building’s architect. And, of course, it’s saving the credit union money on its electricity costs every month.
The 24 PV modules that make up the 5.04 kW system’s solar array are mounted on the roof of the Troy HRCCU and produce 5,100 kW-hours of clean, inexpensive electricity each year.