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Sometimes we just like to travel around Queens via Google Maps, looking at various neighborhoods. The other day while moving around the Addisleigh Park/Jamaica border, we spotted what looked like solar panels on a warehouse. Turns out it’s the building that houses J. Sussman Inc, a window business (GMAP). They feature this fact on their website’s home page:

In 2010 J. SUSSMAN, INC. installed a solar photovoltaic array to offset 100% of its electrical energy load.  The array is composed of 546 Schott panels and 1 Satcom Powergate Plus 100 Kilowatt inverter. It produces a peak power outlet of 125.58 killowatts of direct current and was designed to produce 143,027 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

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Image source: Independence LED

We’ve talked about green buildings in LIC before, but Maspeth beats out all others when it comes to energy efficiency, taking place in a warehouse in Maspeth, reports the Queens Ledger. The Davis & Warshow warehouse at 57-22 49th Street (GMAP), one of the oldest suppliers of bath and kitchen plumbing in NYC, “converted its entire warehouse on 49th Street to LED lighting, making it the most energy efficient building in the United States in terms of watts per square foot.”

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Today, we thought we’d look at green buildings in Long Island City. One of the most trusted indicators of environmentally sustainable building is LEED certification. This means that a building’s design and construction meets a certain set of standards, especially the levels of energy efficiency, use of renewable materials, and encouraging green lifestyle choices for inhabitants.


One notable example of efforts to make a building green is the Brewster Building (GMAP), home to JetBlue’s new corporate headquarters along Queens Plaza. This historic building earned a LEED Silver rating in 2008 for its renovation, and JetBlue added several more green features when it moved in, like furniture made from recycled materials and complimentary daily bike storage for workers.