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Solar One Energy

ACe natural

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Project Overview

ACE NATURAL is the largest Organic and natural food wholesaler to restaurants and retailers throughout the northeast USA. Solar One was asked to consult on their selection of new facilities to ensure solar power would be possible in a new larger facility. The company must refrigerate most of their grains and other products because of their organic nature. SOE evaluated numerous facilities to determine the power potential for various new facilities they were considering for their new distribution facility.

SOE Consulted with ACE management and the board of directors to complete feasibility studies and economic analysis. We supported their needs for financing and provided multiple funding options for the project.

SOE Roles as Consultant and Prime Contractor

  1. Feasibility Study/Economic Analysis
  2. Permitting
  3. Financing
  4. Engineering and Design
  5. Project Management
  6. Procurement
  7. Construction
  8. Commissioning
  9. Documentation and Training
  10. Warranty/Maintance

Project Objective

Project Objective

  1. Reduce cost of energy by 50%
  2. Reduce Demand Charges (Peak Demand) by 30%
  3. Enable 100% operations to continue if grid power fails for minimum of ten days without refueling backup generator, unlimited off-grid operation with bi-weekly refueling.
  4. Allow per year payments from utility for voluntarily going off-grid when requested

System Summary

  • 350kW Rooftop Solar
  • 250kW/548kWh Battery Storage System
  • 2000 Amp Automatic Transfer Switch
  • 210kW Diesel Generator
  • Microgrid Controller System (Hardware & Software)
  • Power Consumption Monitoring and reporting system

kAUFMan Astoria Studios

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Project Overview

Kaufman Astoria Studios was where many early films were made in the 1920's. The studio was expanded in 2012 with a new 40,000 sq ft facility that is busy every year with filming many movie and television series including "orange is the New Black", "The Affair", "Nurse Jacky" and other well Known productions. Filming involves huge lighting and HVAC loads. The service for the facility is 4000 amps. Management has a strong sense of fiscal and social responsibility and they asked Solar One Energy to evaluate the facility for a solar power plant on the rooftop.


SOE designed a 135kW system for the facility which was 70 feet above grade. This system was installed in four weeks and was designed to be complaint with New York City Fire Department's stringent Fire Code 504 regulations, because of the size of the service the utility, Con Edison required extensive engineering review and approvals because of the local grid architecture limitations.


the system was operational within six weeks once permitting and approvals from the agencies involved were complete. The system provides 25% of the facilities power requirements. Economic break-even was within four years

SOE Roles as Consultant and Prime Contractor

  1. Feasibility Study/Economic Analysis
  2. Acquire approval from New York City Public Design Commission
  3. Acquire Approval from NYC Electrical Advisory Board
  4. Permitting
  5. Financing
  6. Engineering and Design
  7. Project Management
  8. Procurement
  9. Construction
  10. Commissioning
  11. Utility (Con Edison) Engineering Inspections
  12. NYC Department of building Electrical Inspections
  13. Documentation and Training
  14. Warranty/Maintance

Project Objective

Project Objective

  1. Reduce cost of energy by 25%
  2. Reduce load on local grid during peak periods
  3. Provide reduction in CO2 emissions from electrical use by facility.

System Summary

  • 135kW Rooftop Solar
  • Reverse power sensing relay with certified Engineering Calibration
  • Solar Power Production Monitoring and reporting system
  • Warranty and Maintance