Albany County getting first all-renewable energy highway garage
Melanie Lekocevic reports in Capital Region Independent Media that county officials broke ground on a new state-of-the-art renewable energy highway garage in Alcove in southern Albany County on April 3. The groundbreaking was premature, as the old garage still needs to be demolished. Still, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy was crowing about the progress, saying, “This is the first Albany County building that will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.... We have been talking about this for over 12 years, since I have been in office.” The new building uses several types of renewable energy. “Solar panels will provide the electricity. We will capture rainwater to be used to clean the equipment. Geothermal will heat the building,” McCoy said. “The money the taxpayers will save over the years will be off the grid.” And the new garage will also have EV charging stations for electric vehicles. Albany County is spending $5.31 million on the project. Read more about this story at TheUpstater.com.