As some of you know, Brooklyn SolarWorks participated in Solar Power International at the beginning of this week. We sent a handful of our team members out to Las Vegas with a downsized version of The Solar Canopy to show the world exactly what our product is all about. The team got back yesterday and is still buzzing from the experience. It was really a landmark moment for our company. One where we were able to see distinctly how applicable the Solar Canopy can be in a larger context.
Most of our business relies on being Brooklyn-based. We pride ourselves on being hyper-local and building roots within our community. The Solar Canopy that we designed was really an innovation that was meant specifically to build around the NYC firecode and give 100-year-old brownstones a chance at more solar capacity. Although we’ve known that The Solar Canopy could be well-applied in many other cities around the country, Brooklyn has been our focus through and through. Because we live here. And it means something to see the design go up in the neighborhood. It’s also probably been the easiest way for us to concretely establish our proof of concept. This design really works. Our neighbors love it. And that’s gotten us some notable attention.
After our mention in the New York Times, a profile by Fast Company, and an award from Interior Design for being the year’s best “Green Innovation;” we’ve seen interest from solar installers around the country grow in leaps and bounds. People started calling us looking for access to the design from San Fransisco, Philidelphia, DC, and even cities abroad. So we started the UL product listing process for The Solar Canopy and have been dancing around the idea of distributing it nationally. We’ve been on the cusp of really pushing out this design for quite some time. The opportunity to go to SPI, in partnership with a national solar racking distributor Orion Solar Racking, really presented itself at the perfect time.
Although it’s too early to say exactly what will come from our participation in SPI this year; we’re feeling quite hopeful about the number of positive people that we spoke with. We really owe it all to the ecosystem here in Brooklyn that’s supported us along the way. Thank you SITU Studio and Here Comes Solar. We couldn’t do this anywhere else. As the solar canopy gets ready to go elsewhere around the country, it brings a bit of the borough with it.