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New Slope building to be powered by sun

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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the building will feature a wind turbine, like a structure backed by the same developers in Carroll Gardens. The Brooklyn Paper regrets the mistake.

A team of green-minded architects are planning a new Park Slope apartment building that will generate all of its electricity and heat on-site.

The four-story rental complex on Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street will feature a ground-floor bar, lounge, and restaurant topped with rental units and a roof-top solar panel, according to David Scott of Voltaic Solaire, a spokesman for the Brooklyn-based alternative energy company working on the project.

“We’re on the forefront of a movement that is long overdue in New York,” he said.

His firm recently teamed up with architects to put up a freeway-side, wind- and solar-powered apartment building called “The Delta” in Carroll Gardens — on Hamilton Avenue and Ninth Street — made of recycled materials with a shiny, mirror-like facade.

The Fifth Avenue building will have “a similar look and feel,” but will be largely made of brick, he said.

Some Park Slope neighbors are protective about preserving the historic character of the neighborhood — especially near Grand Army Plaza — saying flashy modern edifices have no place on historic streets.

But this Fifth Avenue site is not held to the same historic standards, said landmark district-boosting resident Peter Bray.

“I wouldn’t want to see a house full of solar collectors in the middle of 19th century brownstones — but Fifth Avenue could be a place that integrates old and new,” he said.

He declined to comment on the aesthetics of the building until the company releases a complete rendering.

The building will feature six rentable units ranging from $1,600 to $2,600 and will generate all of its electricity and heat on-site — meaning Con-Ed bills will be the least of the tenants’ concerns.

Scott said Brooklyn will likely see more solar-powered buildings soon.

“In Park Slope, they will become increasingly important,” he said.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 1:57 pm, April 19, 2012: Story updated to clarify the fact that the building will not be powered by the wind and will feature rentals, not condos.
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