Voltaic Solaire

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Green developer Voltaic Solaire will unveil the first building in New York City to power itself. The mixed-use private development, known as the Delta*, was built in conjunction with IKEA, Samsung, Sharp, and other partners. It combines solar and wind energy to meet 100% of its energy needs—generating its own electricity, hot water and heat. “The Delta fulfills the promise of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, whose goal is to reduce New York's carbon emissions by 30% by 2030,” says Voltaic Solaire CFO Ron Faia.

From its solar panels to its solar skin, from its aggregate building materials to its innovative window treatments, the Delta is a case study in sustainability and energy independence. Renewable energy is projected to see 40% growth per year for the foreseeable future. Below are a number of Voltaic Solaire’s partners who have been integral in supplying the Delta with products and materials to make the project possible.

Staged from top to toe in sleek, economical furniture, the Delta proves that high design and efficiency can work hand in glove. For Swedish furniture makers Ikea, it’s about taking care of people and the planet—from tackling the problem of child poverty to creating renewable energy. One can see evidence of this work through innovative IKEA products and solutions throughout the Delta. Believing as they do that if we all take small actions, we can all contribute to big results, Ikea has proven a perfect fit for this project.

Since 1959, Sharp has led the solar electric industry with efficient solar systems, from the world's first solar-powered calculator to solar-powered residential and commercial applications. Now the company partners with SMBs such as Voltaic Solaire in truly revolutionary developments. As founder Tokuji Hayakawa notes, "If we could find a way of generating electricity from limitless solar heat and light, that would benefit humankind to an extent we can scarcely imagine."

The Delta’s additional solar modules were supplied by Samsung. The company’s worldwide presence adds heft to the Delta project, with its history of stability and reliability. In addition to their core business around LCD and semiconductor manufacturing, Samsung is making a name in the solar energy space. The company has demonstrated its long-term commitment backed by financial strength, as well as a high customer satisfaction rating.

Kingston Block
The Delta is composed of green and recycled materials, including aggregate cement and bricks. Kingston Block & Masonry Supply, LLC, an innovator in the concrete and masonry industries, have taken a leadership role in manufacturing a sustainable line of concrete products. With global concern for sustainable building on the rise, the company understands the importance of reducing our carbon footprint.

Tankless water heaters are now essential for any truly sustainable project. Eemax’s water heaters offer 99% thermal energy efficiencies, paying for them-selves many times over, which was an enormous value-add for Voltaic Solaire. The original Eemax technology was patented and quickly emerged as the most flexible technology on the market, which was a critical factor in the early stages of the development of the U.S. market for electric tankless heaters.

* The Delta is on the forefront of a sustainable movement that is long overdue in New York and other dense urban areas. The building is comprised of one triplex residence and one studio residence, with attached restaurant and retail. It will be maintained as a bed and breakfast, in order to facilitate ongoing educational visits for schools, tour groups, et. al., underlining Voltaic Solaire’s ethos of philanthropy and sustainability.

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