Suffolk County Community College
Approved for Solar Power - PV System
November 22, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—Solar power, a clean renewable energy
source, will soon help power one of the buildings at the Suffolk
County Community College campus in Selden, Long Island.
A $75,000 grant from the Petroleum Overcharge
Restitution fund (POCR) has been approved by Gov. George E. Pataki
for the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install a roof-mounted,
six-kilowatt (kw) photovoltaic array on the campus.
POCR funds were established from proceeds of court
settlements relating to major oil company violations of federal
price controls in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Here in New York State, the
Power Authority administers the funds.
The solar panels will generate approximately
8,000-kilowatt-hours, enough electricity to power two to three
average size homes. Photovoltaic cells are crystal silicon wafers,
which when exposed to sunlight, generate electricity. At Suffolk
County Community College, the array consists of 40 panels, each
mounted to a ballast pan designed to withstand high wind speeds
without the need for roof penetrations. This configuration has a
footprint of about 650 square feet.
Power from the array flows to a power inverter
situated in an electrical panel, and then converted into 6 kw of
usable alternating current, about two to three percent of a
building’s daily load.
“Suffolk County Community College is proud to be a
local leader in utilizing energy-efficient electrical power at our
Selden campus,” said Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, college
president. “Through the POCR grant, we have the opportunity to
demonstrate to our students, faculty and staff, as well as to the
community at large, that alternative sources of energy are both
practical and cost-efficient.”
Under Governor Pataki’s leadership, NYPA has
installed 25 photovoltaic arrays, producing 633 kw of clean
renewable electricity. NYPA recently earned a Platinum Award
from the Solar Electric Power Association for its pioneering work in
demonstrating the practicality of generating electricity from
sunlight. In addition to its work with other renewable energy
sources such as fuel cells, NYPA annually invests up to $100 million
in energy efficient measures at publicly owned and facilities
throughout the state.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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