The New York City Council has awarded $1.25 million to the construction of the City's first net-zero energy and net-zero water building, Solar 2.
Solar One, a NYC nonprofit that provides public programs on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment, will expand its operations into the LEED-Platinum building once it's built.
The building will serve as a destination for cutting-edge environment exhibits and public activities, and provide classroom space and learning tools for Solar One's K-12 environmental educational programs. It will also add a reconstructed native wetland exhibit to Stuyvesant Cove Park. It's expected to host over 100,000 visitors in the first year alone.
The grant is in addition to the $6.1 million raised to date to meet the $10 million necessary to commence construction.
Located on the East River at 23rd Street, the 13,000 square foot building will feature the most advanced sustainable engineering and design, resulting in net-zero water and energy use, sending power back to the grid.
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