Oh, you always remember your coop plastics recycling days? That’s cool. You know what else would be impressive? If you lived in an apartment that generated 100% of its own energy. Which, according to the New York Times, is soon to be an option (at least, for a very small handful of Park Slopers), thanks to a Brooklyn-based alternative energy firm.
The Times reports: “When the developer, Voltaic Solaire, finishes a $1 million rehabilitation of a 19th-century brownstone at 367 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope next year, the facade will be covered with a solar skin and a solar awning will sit on the roof. The panels will generate 18,000 watts of energy a year, enough to power all six units in the 7,000-square-foot building.”
The city doesn’t keep the records to confirm, but it’s suspected that the 367 Fifth Ave will be the first “net-zero” multi-family building in NYC. Rents for the eco-friendly digs will run between $1,600/mo (a studio) and $2,600/mo (a two-bedroom), with utilities (i.e., your walls) included.