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Brooklyn SolarWorks

Founded in 2015, Brooklyn SolarWorks' goal is to expand the use of solar energy in urban environments. The company is focused on residential solar, particularly in New York City's largest borough and notably the small and medium-size buildings that dominate the city. Brooklyn SolarWorks helps overcome the regulatory and logistical hurdles that make urban solar installation more challenging. Most New York buildings have flat roofs, and fire-code regulations dictate that they be mostly open for firefighter access. To work around this limitation, Brooklyn SolarWorks has developed a Solar Canopy, raising the solar panels nine feet above the roof and creating other uses for the space such as a deck or landscaping. The company also works with New York State's community solar billing system to work around the typical individual electricity billing within condominium, co-op, and rental apartments. All of the power produced by the system is exported to the grid and then the value of that energy is credited back to the building's single account, which then divvies it up among the shareholders. The company has created another company, the Brooklyn Solar Canopy Co., to sell its infrastructural solution to other solar installers, for use in urban rooftops as well as residential carports and backyard pergolas. 

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headquarters: Brooklyn, New York