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Hudson-Athens Lighthouse receives funding to determine if solar panels are feasible

Jan 20, 2023 12:45 am

Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts have announced the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society will receive a 2022 Technical Assistance Grant. During this grant cycle, 19 projects representing 14 counties statewide were selected by an independent panel of preservation professionals. A total of $68,130 was awarded. “We are very grateful to the Preservation League for this grant which will help the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society restore and preserve our historic lighthouse for the next century,” said Kristin Gamble, president of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society. “Aside from the beacon, the Preservation Society is solely responsible for maintaining the lighthouse and seeks additional support to preserve this iconic structure.” An inspection by a certified electrician of the lighthouse electrical system is needed to determine the presence of any safety issues that should be mitigated. The society will also use the analysis to inform a follow-up survey to determine the feasibility of installing solar panels on the main roof. The ultimate goal would be a solar panel installation that generates enough power for normal operations, plus tan electric heating system. The Lighthouse society is responsible for the restoration, preservation, and operation of the lighthouse, while the lighthouse beacon remains the responsibility of the U.S. Coast Guard. Read the full story at porcupinesoup [dot] com.

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