The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is on a mission to develop a self-sustaining microgrid system to power a proposed 28-building complex in Red Hook, Brooklyn. According to the Architects Paper, NYCHA is on the lookout for developers for the Red Hook Houses District Energy System project, which would include a campus-scale heat, hot water, and electricity generation and delivery microgrid that would serve some 6,000 residents.
The Housing Authority officially began their search for developers for the ambitious project in mid-June. Once a developer has signed on and the energy plan is formalized, the project will be Brooklyn’s largest public housing complex, spanning 39 acres of Red Hook. The complex’s massive power generation scheme will replace the eight steam plants that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
“As part of NYCHA’s Sandy Recovery program, we are working to build back stronger and more resilient than ever before,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye. “A new resilient energy system at Red Hook Houses will ensure that more than 6,000 residents – many of them seniors and children – are protected in the future.”
As far as funding, FEMA has earmarked $438 million for NYCHA buildings damaged by Hurricane Sandy. According to a spokeswoman, “FEMA funds can pay for cogeneration/microgrid components that are consistent with the restoration and resiliency of electrical and heating systems that were damaged by Sandy.”