New York firm Brooklyn SolarWorks is working hard to bring solar powered homes to the city's most populated borough. Brooklyn brownstones and apartment buildings typically have obstacles to solar panel installations: HVAC systems, skylights, doors, and irregular angles. But Solar Works has found a way to make the panels more accessible, creating a canopy that elevates the panels above obstacles and allows them to be fitted to allow for maximum sun exposure.
The panels needed to offset a family of four's typical energy needs in a year run about $30,000 but tax incentives bring the true cost down to $7,000 meaning the panels pay for themselves in savings after roughly six years. For more information on Brooklyn SolarWorks and going solar, check out Wired's Article here.