New York’s first green energy, arts and education center just got one step closer to being built thanks to a $1.25 million grant. New York City Council has awarded Solar One, a non-profit organization, the grant to go towards the funding of the city’s first LEED-Platinum certified, energy positive building.
Solar One is an innovative, environmental education organization that provides pubic programs on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment. The council grant will help the organization meet its $10 million goal needed to start construction on the new building. So far, $6.1 million has already been raised for the project.
The new center will be located on the East River at 23rd Street. Solar 2 will provide a space that is ten times larger than the current facility and will serve as a destination for cutting-edge environment exhibits and public activities, provide classroom space and learning tools for Solar One’s K-12 environmental educational programs. It will also add a reconstructed native wetland exhibit area to Stuyvesant Cove Park.
It is estimated that this visionary project will host more than 100,000 visitors in the first year alone and employ 120 construction workers. It will host 13,000 square feet of space for community and education programs, including New York City’s first outdoor Green Theater with a solar-powered stage.