New York Window Maker Adds Solar Panels

October 12, 2010

J. Sussman Inc., a manufacturer of custom windows in Jamaica, N.Y., is installing more than 550 solar panels, spreading across approximately 15,000 square feet, on its roof. The 125-kilowatt project will handle a substantial part of the company's electric needs and is said to be one of the largest solar panel projects in New York.

Sussman officials on manufacturing facility roof.

The 104-year-old company worked with the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. to obtain city, state and federal tax credits, incentives and grants enabling the project to pay for itself in about three years. For the Sussmans, the incentives played a big part in the decision to switch to solar power, but were not the only part. "It is a win-win situation," says David Sussman, company co-owner. "We can lower our costs and at the same time get our energy from renewable resources instead of destroying the environment."

"We are now into our fourth generation at J. Sussman, Inc. and the impact of this project could last into our fifth, sixth and even later generations," adds Steven Sussman, company co-owner. "This is more about our children and grandchildren than about us. We have plenty of faith for the future."

"J. Sussman is the poster child for other companies here in Southeast Queens," says Richard Werber, Greater Jamaica's director of business services.  He hopes the success of the Sussman project will inspire more local businesses to go green.