NY COMMUNITY SOLAR
IPPsolar has completed the first community solar project in New York City.
We are constantly looking for new properties to install arrays. We are also looking for roofless subscribers who want to sign up.
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR LANDLORDS
IPPsolar is seeking to lease large rooftops or unused land in New York as potential sites for community solar projects involving installations of solar photovoltaic panels. The Sponsor intends to lease the roof for a term of 20-25 years and make payments under the lease agreement on terms and conditions to be negotiated. The Sponsor will be responsible for all installation, operation and maintenance activities in connection with the Solar Projects. For the property owner, this represents an annual income stream of 20-25 years from a resource not normally considered an income producing asset. And there is no capital requirement from the property owner. Customary provisions will be made for roof repairs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does this cost?
Aside from expenses for lease review, there is NO cost to the property owner.
How is the system mounted on the roof?
Except in rare circumstances, the array is ballasted on the roof in compliance with roof warranties, and no penetrations are made. The ballasts prevent the system from being lifted by the wind and designed to sustain wind loads of up to 110 mph. The racking systems are UL-listed and tested in wind tunnels.
Can the roof support the weight of the system?
The entire solar energy system weighs 3-6 pounds per square foot, which includes the panels, racking, wiring and ballasts. By way of reference, most buildings are designed to support 30-50 PSF of additional roof load. To determine if the roof can take the extra weight, measurements are taken of the building's structural framing and precise calculations are made by a state licensed Professional Engineer. The structural report and electrical diagrams are PE stamped and submitted to the building department for approval prior to any installation.
Do the solar panels damage the roof?
Rubber slip sheets are placed between the racking and the system to prevent any tears or other damage to the roof. Moreover, solar energy systems enhance roof life because solar panels block UV radiation, which is the main cause of roof deterioration.
What about roof repairs?
Although requiring labor, moving the array or sections of the array for repairs is not a complex effort. The array is modular so it can be disassembled and reinstalled in sections to prevent disruptions and accommodate HVAC units or the like.
What about roof warranties?
Most roof system manufacturers have approved the installation of solar systems for roofs under warranty. To maintain the warranty, they require certain steps to be taken. Below are the requirements by the three major manufacturers:
Firestone: Requires slip sheets under the racking system, same material
Carlyle: Requires slip sheets under the racking system and an inspection after the system is installed
Johns Manville: Requires slip sheets under the racking system + inspection before and after system is installed
What is the ideal roof condition for solar?
A new roof is ideal for solar because the roof life matches the system life. The solar panels come with a 25-year warranty and roof systems usually last 20-25 years.
Who installs the array?
A subsidiary of IPPsolar performs the installation. We have a very experienced team of installation professionals that has installed several megawatts, representing dozens of projects. We provide a complete turnkey engineering, procurement and construction service and have all appropriate licenses and insurance coverages.
What about insurance?
The PV system is fully insured against damages to people and property.