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Brooklyn Navy Yard Getting Wind, Solar Power

bklyn_navy_yard_windOn top of a gleaming new white $25 million building in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, six wind turbines and numerous solar panels are being installed.

The facility will feature 90 solar and wind-powered streetlights, which are being designed and built by Navy Yard tenant Duggal Energy Solutions, according to the New York Daily News. Because the poles don’t need to be tied to existing power solar_lightlines, they are expected to save $600,000 on installation and $11,000 a year in energy costs, the story said. The improvements will provide 10 percent of the power for the new three-story building.

The city is trying to encourage so-called “green jobs” at the former shipyard, which was established in 1801. It’s estimated that up to 700 of 1,700 new permanent jobs there would fit that category.

The Navy no longer operates in the shipyard, which now is a 300-acre industrial park. According to the Navy Yard, the new wind turbines will be the first building-mounted wind turbines in the city.

The industrial park also is designing five more “green” multiuse buildings.

Here is a rundown of the park’s sustainability efforts.

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