Historic Binghamton Theater Uses PACE to Go Solar

Written by: Lauren Brois on Jul 19th 2017
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Energize NY this month completed the first PACE financing in Broome County to fund a 290 kW wall- mounted solar installation for the Art Mission and Theater in downtown Binghamton, NY. The historic 1860s building houses a movie theater, art gallery, community center and loft apartments. The solar array is expected to produce 7,135 kWh each year, which will power the building’s common areas, hallway heaters, signage, elevator and a new EV charging station installed next to the theater. The new solar panels are positioned to maximize the angle of the sun throughout the year and provide shade to the building during the summer. 

Maggie Martin, Art Mission’s founder and one of the owners of the building, had been planning to take advantage of solar for over a year, but finding funds for the project was a challenge. The theater decided to move forward with the project after Broome County began offering Energize NY PACE financing in February 2017. The theater financed the four wall-mounted solar panels using 20-year PACE financing.

“We made the solar panels very visible on the building intentionally,” said Ms. Martin. “The solar installation is part of a larger plan to demonstrate how to make the building more sustainable, which includes creating a native plant demonstration garden to address storm water run-off and provide an artful shady oasis in downtown Binghamton,” she added.

The Art Mission Theater solar panels were installed by ETM Works of Endicott, NY. The project is the first in the Southern Tier to receive PACE-financing.  Learn more about the Art Mission solar project. 

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