by Ryan Miller
In April of 2012, Green Roof Technology introduced the first Sun-Root solar green roof system to the United States when we installed a 1 kW system (4 Sun-Root Modules) atop the New York Parks & Rec. office on Randall’s Island in New York City. The rooftop, which is eye-level with commuters on the Triboro bridge, creates and stores enough power during the day to power a series of rooftop LED lights throughout the night. New York City Parks & Rec was drawn to this technology as a means of adding solar power without the need to drill into the membrane to harness the solar array.
Although controlled wind studies have already proven the strength of this system, we are now able to report some real-life wind tests. Recent Superstorm Sandy made landfall late October, only 6 months after installation, and left without moving the Sun-Root System an inch. New York City reported maximum sustained winds at 85 mph with some gusts reaching 92 mph . Upon visiting the site a week after the storm made landfall we found that our original placements of the Sun-Root withstood the winds without a shift. Jorg could not be happier.