The Freedom Tower and other buildings on the redeveloped World Trade Center site will be partially powered from a suite of on-site fuel cell power plants totalling 4.8 MW. According to NY Governor Pataki, the buildings will meet LEED’s gold standard for green buildings.
The Governor also announced an agreement that calls for the NY Port Authority and Silverstein Properties to purchase renewable energy for the remainder of the base building’s electricity requirements that are not provided by the fuel cell systems.
“The redevelopment will be a global example of green building design and a constant reminder of our commitment to break the cycle of dependence on foreign energy,” said the Governor. “By moving forward with state-of-the-art design and guidelines, New York will once again show the world our ingenuity, innovation and commitment to building a stronger, brighter future for all.”
The Freedom Tower, World Trade Center Transportation Hub, Memorial and Memorial Museum will be powered by renewable energy. NYPA will purchase 93 million kilowatt hours of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). Silverstein Properties will also purchase 91 million kilowatt hours of RECs for Towers 2, 3 and 4.
The Freedom Tower, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and the Memorial, “Reflecting Absence”, are currently all under construction at the World Trade Center site.