“Sorry, I have a flat roof.”

Last weekend, Brooklyn SolarWorks spent the day out in Park Slope at the Seventh Heaven Street Fair on Seventh Avenue. Our tent hosted solar powered toys, a solar powered television, and even a solar powered phone charger. As we passed out flyers about solar, one Brooklyn local shouted, “Sorry, I have a flat roof!” Sorry they have a flat roof?!

Physical obstructions and NYC’s fire codes and regulations make implementing solar surprisingly difficult on flat-roof buildings. Often times, people we talk to have been turned away by other solar installers and don’t realize that there is a solution; Brooklyn SolarWorks circumvents these problems by elevating solar panels 9-10 feet above flat rooftops through the solar canopy design.

BSW at the Seventh Heaven Street Fair on Seventh Avenue

BSW at the Seventh Heaven Street Fair on Seventh Avenue

Our solar powered phone charging station

Our solar powered phone charging station

We conceptualized the solar canopy because we believe in solar – we believe in harnessing solar energy to power NYC, more specifically Brooklyn. But when we look out onto our office rooftop overlooking Gowanus, we realize that there’s still a lot of unused roof space and untapped potential.

Don’t be sorry about your flat roof if solar hasn’t worked out for you before. Just know that you’re not alone, and there is a solution.

As always, shine on!