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New York Times

'“Gaelen McKee, the president of Brooklyn SolarWorks, worked with a structural engineer and a design firm to create a solar canopy that raises the entire PV system off the roof by about 10 feet with aluminum frames.

Mr. McKee said fire codes limit the typical rowhouse to about 16 roof panels, but a canopy system can more than double the number of panels by elevating the panels over the roof, thus using most of the building’s footprint. He said he now installs about eight canopy systems a month and expects to double his business over the next year.”


Bloomberg LP

“The company once lined up more than a dozen installations on a single block in Brooklyn after residents there noticed a crane hoisting up a canopy. Neighbors banded together over a series of four meetings, asked three companies to make presentations, and then chose Brooklyn SolarWorks”



“Incentives are designed to jump-start an industry while companies drive costs down, not sustain those companies forever. But shifts in energy policy affect customer decisions to switch to solar and, therefore, valuable jobs in the industry”



“The canopies are sleek, but not discreet. They're a conspicuous addition to the skyline. Ludwig considers that a good thing. "We think as more people go on their own roofs and they see their neighbors going solar with canopies, that’s going to add a viral effect to going solar,” he says. “That’s our dream of course.””


Fast Company

“While there are plenty of options for the slanting roofs in a typical suburban home–where most residential solar panels are now–there weren’t off-the-shelf solutions for urban roofs. The canopy also solves the problem of flat roofs; panels need to sit at an angle to get the most sun.”



“Other incentives include the price of electricity, since Con Edison is among one of the most expensive retail electricity markets in the country. Add state and federal incentives for solar power, which can cover between two-thirds to three-fourths of installations costs, according to Neidl, and it’s more than doable”


Solar Power World

“Once we saw our finished product up on a roof, we realized that we really, really had something that was going to be very much a game-changer here in New York City”


Habitat Mag

“In a dense city, solar used to be quite limited. Now we are looking at an indigenous form of solar that we can apply to other small or moderate-sized multifamily buildings”



“It’s this cool kind of grassroots experience that does make the pricing more competitive and the decision making process less risky for the homeowner”