NorthPoint Development has launched construction of a significant solar energy system on the roof of its new headquarters on North Oak Trafficway.
The company expects to offset approximately 35 percent of the recently renovated office building’s electricity usage.
The project is the second solar effort in Metro Kansas City for Northpoint and part of its increased emphasis on the renewable energy resource nationally.
Work on the rooftop project has begun and will consist of 528 panels, with a system size of 230 kW. On average, the solar array is expected to generate 35% of the building’s energy consumption over its 30-year life. Once operational, the solar rooftop array is expected to reduce NorthPoint’s carbon footprint by 300,000 tons per year and 8 million tons over the life of the project.
In addition to the rooftop solar array, NorthPoint Development is expanding its EV charging capabilities and beginning advanced metering and data analytics for its energy consumption.
“As we continue to help our tenants achieve their clean energy targets, we are doing the same for ourselves. We want to lead by example and show our commitment to our plan, which starts at home or, in our case, our headquarters. We have been anxiously waiting for the building renovation to conclude and the installation of our new roof so we could begin having clean energy power the building,” said Charles Blaschke, VP of Energy & Sustainability at NorthPoint Development. “This will serve as an example and showcase to our tenants, investors and team members to learn about the technologies and processes of deploying clean energy assets, and it will help our project teams across the country deliver similar projects on their buildings.”
NorthPoint aims to share its commitment to this solar program with future co-tenants. They have two fully furnished, vacant floors available for lease, and this is a great way to share their space with others with similar sustainability goals.
The solar system design and installation are being completed by Lifetime Solar, a Kansas City-based solar company, with Pinnacle Energy Services as the commissioning agent.
This rooftop solar array is in addition to the two-phase renovation NorthPoint Development completed from August 2021 to November 2022, revitalizing nearly 150,000 square feet of the 260,457 square-foot building.