The Brooklyn Solar Canopy is a patented aluminum mounting structure designed to elevate solar modules over rooftops, parking areas, and amenity spaces such as decks and outdoor dining areas. The canopy’s elegant and versatile design originated in Brooklyn, New York in 2015 where it has been installed hundreds of times by canopy innovator and BSCC parent company, Brooklyn SolarWorks.
Safely completing solar projects of any kind requires advanced design, electrical and construction expertise, and is therefore best left to an experienced solar professional to complete on a homeowner’s behalf. Further, in nearly all areas building and electrical permits are required to legally install and operate a solar system, and local utilities must be formerly engaged in order for a solar system to be interconnected to the grid. Local turn-key solar contractors are best suited to lead all of these and other activities. Therefore, we strongly recommend that homeowner’s plan and complete their Brooklyn Solar Canopy project in close coordination with a qualified solar professional who is licensed to operate in their area. BSCC will coordinate with and support the solar installation company chosen by the homeowner, or introduce them to a solar company within our network if one is available in their area.
Canopies can be shipped anywhere in North America, either directly to end-users or through participating solar installation professionals based in the customer’s area. BSCC can coordinate with a local solar installation firm that the customer has contracted with, or potentially introduce the customer to a firm providing canopies in the customer’s area, if available. Note that canopy design options in particular locations may be limited by local wind, snow and seismic conditions. BSCC’s Canopy Configurator will present all possible options available in your area based on our professional engineering analysis.
Yes. The Brooklyn Solar Canopy is an integrated component of a solar installation. Therefore all related canopy costs can be incorporated into the total system installed cost upon which the total credit amount is determined. Please consult your qualified solar installation company and/or tax advisor for further information on guidance related to the ITC, and eligibility and filing guidelines. Customers are further advised to review additional local and state tax credits and other incentives that may apply to their specific solar projects, and may further reduce the out of pocket cost of their canopy investment.
Canopies are constructed of 6000 series aluminum alloy. This material’s lightweight but robust composition allows for easy transport and staging during installation, and optimal climate performance under a range of wind, snow and seismic conditions.
The canopy is engineered for a maximum height of 15’ from the ground to the top surface of the solar array’s highest elevation. Canopy clearance – the vertical length of the area between the ground and the lowest point of the canopy truss – is between 3’ and 5’ lower than the height, depending on the canopies pitch or orientation.
The canopy’s standard color is aluminum mill finish, but BSCC also offers a palette of eight Brooklyn-inspired powder coat options. Speciality tones can be accommodated at an additional cost. Please consult with a BSCC representative for details.
The Canopy can support any model and brand of 60 cell and 72 cell module, including bi-facial framed and frameless modules. The canopy has attained UL 2703 certification for LG, SunPower, Panasonic, Q Cells, Silfab and Sunpreme modules.
The canopy is an effective shelter for moderate rainfall, but as an open air structure with exposed perimeter it does not offer 100% rain protection. Further, narrow 1.5 inch gaps separate module rows, allowing for some rain to penetrate. Rain protection can be enhanced by the application of outdoor rated rubberized adhesive between rows. Consult a BSCC representative for full details.
Customers should consult their local solar contractor or permitting specialist to determine permitting requirements that apply in their area. Typically, canopies require construction and electrical permits, as is standard for all solar projects in most areas. However, additional zoning regulations related to height, placement and visibility may apply in certain jurisdictions. Additionally, canopies may be subject to review by private homeowners associations (HOAs) and similar authorities. The customer is advised to present project plans to such organizations for review prior to pursuing a Brooklyn Solar Canopy project.
BSCC does not directly provide plan sets or P.E. stamps as part of its primary service. However, BSCC will provide P.E. stamped product documents with detailed loading analysis to your solar installation company or their designated P.E. for this purpose. Further, BSCC partners with a third-party provider of drafting and engineering services that operates in all 50 U.S. states and Canada. We will facilitate an introduction to these providers upon the request of the customer or their solar installation company.
A canopy’s snow and wind load tolerance is a function of its orientation (pitch), and truss span and depth, and can vary considerably in relation to these variables. Snow load tolerances can be as high as 70 psf for certain configurations, and wind load tolerances can be as high as 200 mph. A BSCC representative is available to help the customer determine what canopy characteristics are compatible with local loading conditions.
Canopies can be ordered directly from BSCC or through a qualified solar installation company. To commence the order process, homeowners or installation companies representing them should generate and submit a preliminary canopy design using the BSCC canopy configurator and in-take hosted on this website. Once received a BSCC representative will review the order and contact the orderer by phone or email within 24-hours of receipt to provide further guidance and purchase directions.
Total canopy equipment costs are a function of canopy size, other design factors and delivery location. Interested customers are encouraged to explore design and pricing options using BSCC’s interactive Canopy Configurator.
All canopies are manufactured per order. Customers will receive a 100% refund if cancellation notification by email occurs prior to canopy manufacture. The customer will receive a 50% limited refund if cancellation notification occurs after the canopy has been manufactured, but prior to delivery. Refunds will not be made after the canopy order has been delivered or is in the process of being delivered to the customer. The customer and/or their project agent (i.e. solar contractor) will be notified within 24-hours of canopy construction and shipment.
BSCC currently accepts payment from bank transfer (ACH) and with all major credit cards. Standard fees apply. Upon reviewing and confirming order details with the customer BSCC will share a digital invoice and payment link to enable the customer’s preferred payment method.
As each canopy is manufactured per order, delivery times may vary by current order volume, as well as by delivery location. The average construction and delivery period, which is initiated upon full payment by the customer, is 3-5 weeks.
With an adequately trained and staffed team (5 people), a standard two truss canopy can be assembled and mounted with solar modules by qualified construction professionals in a single 8-10 hour work day. For poured concrete attachments, an additional day will be required for setting and curing prior to installation. Earth anchor attachments can be installed rapidly on same day as canopy assembly.
No. The canopy’s main components – truss, rail and leg assemblies – are spliced into multiple pieces and constructed of lightweight aluminum alloy. This allows for easy transport by ladder, or by rope and pulley. BSCC’s installation company has installed hundreds of rooftop Brooklyn Solar Canopies. The practical knowledge accumulated through this experience is available to and will be transferred to other installation teams as part of BSCC’s standard training program.
Yes. BSCC now distributes the canopy to a growing network of local solar installation companies located throughout the United States. BSCC provides comprehensive knowledge, training and product documentation to support sales, design and engineering, permitting and installation teams. To join the BSCC network and become a certified Brooklyn Solar Canopy provider, interested companies are advised to contact BSCC directly for further direction.