Monthly Archives: January 2011

State Earmarks Millions for Renewables

New York State recently set aside $250 million to fund large-scale renewable energy projects. Read the entire story here, as it was first reported by Long Island Business News.

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Green Building Expo on Jan. 25

A green building technology event is schedule for Tuesday, January 25 at Carlyle on the Green which is located in Bethpage State Park. The event will feature some of Canada’s most sophisticated green building solutions and is tailored for architects, engineers and building contractors to attend.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to learn about innovative Canadian technologies and products, continuing the momentum to seek ever higher levels of achievement and success,” said Vince Capogna, Chairman of the Long Island chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which is hosting the event. “Embracing new sustainable building technology keeps our members competitive in the marketplace and improves the quality of the structures we build in which we all live, work and play.”

The event will last from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with lunch served at noon. Two of the products that will highlight the event are a geothermal system that can be customized to suit any Long Island home; and mineral wool insulation for thermal, fire and sound control.

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reLI January Newsletter

Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI), a leading local non-for-profit organization that promotes clean, sustainable energy, recently published its January newsletter. Within the monthly newsletter you will find a look back at reLI’s actions in 2010, a carbon free smartphone from Motorola, the announcement of a green business seminar, a quick review on the correlation between snowstorms and global warming, and more. View the newsletter here.

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Huntington Improves Efficiency at Wastewater Plant

According to the Town of Huntington’s web site, the municipality’s wastewater treatment plant last month became the first location in the country to install a Delta Hybrid Rotary Lobe Compressor in one its blowers, a pilot project technology that is expected to save $80,000 annually.

The instillation of the Delta Hybrid Rotary Lobe Compressor is in accord with keeping the plant at the forefront of technology that promotes both efficient operation and environmental preservation, according to the town’s web site. Two years ago the plant underwent an $18 million upgrade. That upgrade reduced the plant’s nitrogen discharge by 90 percent, allowing the town to meet state-mandated 2014 water quality standards well ahead of schedule and thus earning a Platinum Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
           
The town estimated on its web site that the Hybrid Rotary Lobe Compressor has provided a 30 percent drop in energy usage for the blower. If applied to all three blowers at the pant for an entire year, that would translates to a savings of 180,000 kWh of electricity.

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Long Islanders named NYSEIA Officers for 2011

The New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA), the official trade organization for the advancement of solar energy in the state, recently announced its officers for 2011.

Long Island solar advocates and LISEIA leaders Sail Van Nostrand and Mike Bailis were each elected to one-year terms. Van Nostrand, president of Energy By Choice in Northport, will serve as vice president while Bailis, a founding partner of SUNation Solar Systems in Oakdale, will serve as treasurer.

Van Nostrand and Bailis are also currently the chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of LISEIA.

For a full list of officers named, visit the NYSEIA web site here.

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First US Commercial Tidal Power Plant Proposed for East River

New York-based company Verdant Power has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to install up to 30 tidal power turbines in the East Channel of the East River in New York, NY. If approved, the project would be the first tidal power plant in the United States licensed to transmit energy onto the national grid.

“We are extremely excited about the submission of this license application,” Verdant Power CEO Ron Smith said. “It represents the culmination of nearly a decade of work undertaken by Verdant Power and a variety of project stakeholders to add tidal power to the US clean energy mix.”

Dubbed the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project, the initiative has been Verdant Power’s signature effort to commercialize its “free flow” kinetic hydropower system, which utilizes three-bladed turbines deployed in fast-moving tides and rivers to generate clean energy. During 2006-08, Verdant Power successfully demonstrated a Free Flow System comprised of six full-scale turbines, delivering energy to businesses in New York City with no power quality problems.

Through the proposal, Verdant Power would install an advanced, fifth generation Free Flow System, an updated design enhanced for system reliability, cost-effective manufacturing and environmental compatibility. The US Department of Energy (DOE) provided partial funding for this advancement, specifically the design and testing of a new composite turbine blade in partnership with the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. Major funding for the development of the RITE Project has been provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

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