Cornell Project Uses Solaria BIPV Glass to Help Achieve Net Zero

Solaria Corp. supplied 2,300 of its PowerXT and customized PowerView solar modules to buildings on Cornell Tech’s innovative new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

The campus’ Bloomberg Center, designed by mOrphosis Architects, and Bridge building, designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Urbanism/Landscape, combine for 47,000 square feet of Solaria photovoltaic panels, the equivalent of a 900-kilowat system.

The Bloomberg Center is the first academic building on the Roosevelt Island campus and is scheduled to open in September. It plans to achieve net-zero energy through multiple strategies, including an energy-efficient facade and building integrated photovoltaics.

Solaria’s architectural glass solutions, which are used on the project, “deliver the unique combination of high performance and high power density,” according to the company. “This enables the optimization of thermal performance, effective daylighting, glare control and power generation.” The “solar windows” are customizable for a variety of glass dimensions, coatings, visible transmittance and voltage.

“Solaria could not be more proud to be selected as a technology partner in helping this cutting edge campus achieve its ultimate goal of net zero energy for the Bloomberg Center,” says Udi Paret, general manager of building solutions at Solaria. “This is a truly historic moment for the building industry and we commend Cornell Tech’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.”