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Jan 18, 2010 5:10 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Suffolk executive to unveil plan to add solar carports to county lots

Jan 18, 2010 5:10 PM

Under a plan to add more renewable energy to the Long Island Power Authority grid, Suffolk County is exploring the addition of solar carports to county-owned parking lots.

The plan calls for Suffolk to enter into a long-term lease agreement with enXco, a California-based wind and solar project developer, for as many as seven parking sites: H. Lee Dennison Building and the North County Complex in Hauppauge, the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip and the Riverhead County Center, as well as county-owned parking lots at the Long Island Rail Road stations in Ronkonkoma, Deer Park and Brentwood. County Executive Steve Levy will unveil the proposal on Tuesday along with LIPA President and CEO Kevin Law during a press conference in Hauppauge.

“Solar energy is clean, renewable and safe, and our large parking areas provide ideal locations for solar panels,” Mr. Levy stated in a press release. “It’s a win-win for everybody—­as not only do solar carports generate clean energy, but they provide a convenient shelter from hot sun or inclement weather for drivers.”

Mr. Law said the proposal is part of LIPA’s Solar Energy Project, the largest of its kind in New York State, which aims to diversify the power authority’s energy portfolio and reduce use and dependence on fossil fuels while stimulating the local economy and creating clean energy jobs.

If all locations are utilized, the project would generate as much as 17 megawatts and reduce carbon emissions by more than 13 metric tons annually, according to the release.

Brendan O’Reilly

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How much will it cost, and who will pay for it???????????
By Bob Schepps (77), Southampton on Jan 18, 10 5:22 PM
why not a NY company instead of CA
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jan 19, 10 8:00 AM
It will eventually pay for itself, and then will provide SAVINGS!!

Full steam ahead, and let's start cobverting outdoor and public lighting to LED lights - to save on energy cost.
By Candide08 (8), Sag Harbor on Jan 19, 10 9:21 AM
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Wrong. WE pay for it. Check your LIPA bill. It has it's own line item. I don't have a bill in front of me, but I believe it's something like "solar pioneer charge". It's somewhere between the delivery charge and the visual benefits charge.

Converting to LEDs is a much better investment.
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Jan 19, 10 8:12 PM
Was this project competitively bid? Additionally, the agency may be missing a bet by not tying solar systems at the commuter rail stations they own with a batterry electric "last commuter mile" station car program... offering preferred parking and free charigoing on the sun for commuters arriving in BEV's instead of old station commuter 2nd/3rd clar polluting clunkers.. not unlike the station car programs trialed in the late eighties / early nineties.. Richard Schoen, FAIA, LEED-AP
By Solartran (1), Edgewater on Jan 20, 10 11:46 AM