Greenport Town Board chooses solar, wind power
Oct 05, 2013 12:05 am
Arthur Cusano is reporting in the Register Star the members of the Greenport Town Board voted unanimously Wed., Oct. 2, to enter into agreements with companies offering solar and wind power for the town. Monolith Solar Associates will be contracted to install a photovoltaic system to provide solar energy for town hall. According to Town Engineer Ray Jurkowski there will be no cost for the installation of equipment, which will result in an estimated 20 percent reduction in the cost of power. Town Hall will serve as the trial location. If the test goes well panels will be installed at other locales, including the sewer and water pump stations. The board also agreed to contract with Viridian Energy, a supplier of wind-generated power, to provide power for 16 electrical meters, which is projected to save the town $80,000 a year. Greenport becomes the third local municipality to announce a solar effort in recent weeks. The Daily Mail reported that Cairo town officials moved closer to building a solar power array on town property, at a Mon., Sept. 23 meeting. The Ravena News-Herald reported that Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk schools are bidding out a solar project to lower power bills, at a Sept. 10 meeting. The district could be installing panels on all buildings and garages later this year.