Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City is making moves in how it heats large buildings. The city is full of pollution and we need to make changes and reduce the use of oil, not only because it’s expensive, but because it’s polluting our environment. Other new initiatives include new ways to make solar energy more affordable. The city plans to use $40 million in federal stimulus funds to launch the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation to help property owners get financing for energy efficient improvements.
This beautiful 75kW commercial system was designed and installed by Quad State Solar using Solyndra solar panels. This system was customarily designed for the newly constructed shopping center, which will open up early next year. It is conveniently located right in Suffolk County on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. Not only is the shopping center using solar energy to lower their electric bill and create clean energy, the entire center is LEED certified! The shopping center is set to open up early next year.
Solyndra’s solar power solutions are made in the U.S. and offer strong return on investment and make great business sense. Cylindrical technology was designed for the rooftop and offers the benefit of light weight, low cost and the fastest, easiest installation of any solar technology. Learn more about Solyndra and their latest innovations on their website.
This is in addition to the $300 million dollar, 32 megawatt solar project at Brookhaven National Laboratories which will generate electricity for LIPA. The 164,000 panels at Brookhaven Labs will be made in China, India, Mexico and Poland. The solar panels for the carports will come from China. We are making good progress by installing solar panels on Long Island, and across the country, although, we need to make more of an investment with solar technology to keep up with the rest of the world. Therefore we can create more jobs, and a cleaner, safer, enviornment. To read more about these projects read the article in the NY Times and in Newsday.
The movie/documentary “No Impact Man” will be playing on Thursday October 21st at 7:00PM at Molloy College Suffolk Center in Farmingdale, NY. The Sustainable Institute’s Sustainable Film Series is going to be sponsored by reLI- Renewable Energy Long Island, click here to view the invitation. The event is FREE, and there will be FREE FOOD. Click here to reserve your seat. “No Impact Man” is a documentary about a man, Colin Beavan who, for one whole year, changes his life style because of his determination to eliminate his carbon footprint. He does all this while trying not to drive his family too crazy. It would also be cool to check it out because he lives in NYC and that’s where the film takes place. Come and see if Colin can withhold his temptations and leave no impact. Could you live like that for even a week, let alone a year? This documentary really makes you think about the way we do things. Can one person change the whole world? One person at a time can really help change the world and if we each do our part that works for us, slowly but surely we can reduce our impact on the environment. Let’s try to think of one thing we can do and stick to it. Please leave your comments below on what your doing different to reduce your impact on the environment. It could be as simple as using recycle bags instead of plastic, carpooling, or using solar for electricity instead of oil. Think, what can you do different?
13,000 Solar Panels! Wow that’s a lot of panels. Where are they putting all those solar panels? The South Brunswick Dow Jones campus, placed like canopies in the parking lot. Literally! Renewable energy is on its’ way now quicker than ever. It is so great to see a large campus take advantage of the space it has and use it as a way to produce clean energy. I hope to see more campuses follow there lead.
New Jersey is one of the best places for solar. Why? Well one because NJ has some of the highest electricity rates, therefore the rebates are the largest. They have a special incentive called SRECs, Solar Renewable Energy Credits. What can you do with these credits? Well, a home accrues 1 credit for every 1,000 kWh of solar energy produced, and each credit is currently worth around $600. A new solar energy system is eligible to produce SRECs for 15 years. This means that an average roof could earn over $75K by selling credits over that time period.
What states are eligible for SRECs?
North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey.
In response to the multi million dollar solar project, the two senators in New Jersey and others who spoke related this clean energy movement as a direct response to the environmental disaster going on in the Gulf of Mexico. The nation’s thirst for foreign oil really needs to end, and it is really important for everyone to consider our future and where we are going to get our energy from. Can we really keep getting our energy from oil? Do we have enough? We already get 60% of our oil from foreign countries. Oil leads to increased prices in goods and services, pollution, and war.
Where do i get energy from?
Green Homes and go Solar energy efficiency programs have emerged. Your town could be next!
The town of Brookhaven will help Brookhaven single family home owners go green. The Federal stimulus funds/ energy efficient community block grants will fund the green homes program. This means they will be paying for the installation of solar PV. By doing this the up front costs of solar will be eliminated. This is great considering the main barrier between homeowners who want to go green and solar power is the financing.
Now, not all homeowners will be able to take advantage as the program does have some limitations. Some of the restrictions include submitting a $25 application, a home energy audit must have been completed within the last 3 yrs. and if not they must get one and that will cost about $200, the age of your roof cannot be greater than 10yrs old, your roof must be able to sustain PV panels, and you own a single- family home.
The program will run from May 3- June 4, 2010. You must submit your application by mail.
Sorry but, Brookhaven Town employees and relatives are not eligible. Residents of the town of Brookhaven only!
for more information visit www.brookhaven.org