Forty-six floors above the streets of Manhattan, the top view from the Atelier—a luxury development—has everything you'd expect given its midtown location.
From the roof, you can easily pick out the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and peer down at the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
But there's one sight that might come as a bit of a surprise: Black solar panels sitting on the southwest corner of the building's roof.
Dan Neiditch, president of River 2 River Realty which operates the Atelier, had the panels installed in 2011. He says the system generates about 5 percent of the building's energy, subsequently cutting utility costs by roughly $40,000 a year.
The Atelier isn't the only New York City location experimenting with alternative energy. More solar projects are popping up across the Empire State, with sun technology increasingly dotting the skyscrapers and buildings of New York's urban landscape.
The proposed Lowline Project, which will convert the abandoned Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal into an underground park, will use solar energy to create "remote skylights" that will light up the space.
And Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is calling for solar to power LinkNYC kiosks. The structures will replace New York's public payphones with free Wi-Fi and charging stations.