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Local Habitat for Humanity Helps International effort be Named a Top Ten Builder

Habitat for Humanity Suffolk (HFHS) earned the distinction of helping Habitat for Humanity International to become one of the nation’s top ten builders. HFHS ranks in the top ten percent of Habitat for Humanity affiliates nation-wide. With the help of HFHS, Habitat for Humanity was named sixth on the Builder 100 list by Builder’s Magazine, marking the second time the nonprofit has been among the top 10 biggest builders in the United States.

HFHS has built homes in every town in Suffolk County except for Smithtown. The Habitat program is strong in Suffolk and has been able to continue its mission despite the down turn in the economy through the support of Suffolk County and the towns where land has been made available. Since 1987, HFHS has built 147 houses, and is on track to build another 12 next year.

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NYSERDA Introduces Program to Support Fuel Cell Use

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced an incentive program for businesses, hospitals or other large power consumers interested in installing fuel cells.

The technology allows users to generate some of their own power with clean-energy technology, using less energy from the electric grid.

NYSERDA’s Customer-Sited Tier Fuel Cell Program will provide as much as $21.6 million through 2015. The program provides an incentive toward the cost of fuel cell installation, plus payments over the first three years of operation based on power produced.

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NYSERDA Solar and Wind Workshop at Stony Brook, May 11

The Stony Brook Small Business Development Center will host the fourth installment of its NYSERDA series featuring Renewable Energy on Wednesday, May 11.

Dubbed, “Solar and Wind,” the workshop will run from 8: 30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will take place in the CEWIT Building, second floor, on  the Stony Brook University campus.

The morning program on solar energy features David Schieren of EmPower Solar Energy Solutions, Dan Connors of Renewable Energy Strategies, LLC, Wyldon King Kisherman of New York Solar Energy Society and Robert Holz of SunEnergy Americas, Inc.

The afternoon program on wind energy features Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island, Carol Murphy of Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Inc., Dan Zaweski of Long Island Power Authority, Tim Daniels  of Deepwater Wind, LLC and Al Harsch of GreenLogic Energy, Inc.

A question and answer session will follow both the morning and afternoon programs.

To register, call 631-632-9837 or email sbdc@stonybrook.edu. Preregistration and a printed meal ticket are required.

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NYSERDA Earns EPA Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with a 2011 ENERGY STAR  Sustained Excellence Award on Tuesday, April 12, for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

The 2011 Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. Winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches, and showing others what can be achieved through energy efficiency.

This award recognizes NYSERDA’s ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors.

Here’s a look at NYSERDA’s 2010 highlights:

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NYSERDA Announces Clean Energy Investment Programs

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced two new investment programs that will help the clean-energy industry grow the state.

The first is dedicated to encouraging new clean-power products. The other is directed to the manufacturing process, encouraging companies to find new ways to produce technology while using less fossil fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Islip Landfill Goes Solar

Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan, Councilman John Edwards, and Congressman Steve Israel came together Thursday, March 24 for the ceremonial groundbreaking of a 330-panel solar project at the Islip landfill.

Made possible through funding provided by Congressman Israel, as well as the Islip Resource Recovery Agency, the project is expected to produce 50 kilowatts of energy daily, and an estimated 82,125 annually.

“This is another step toward expanding Long Island’s clean technology economy and creating new green jobs for future generations,” said Congressman Israel, who secured $475,500 in federal funding for the project. “I’m grateful to Supervisor Nolan and Councilman Edwards for our partnership on this project.”

Ronkonkoma-based FPM Group, an engineering and environmental firm, completed the design and engineering for the project and the Eldor Contracting Corporation out of Holtsville is the general contractor. The solar panels are “Buy America Act” qualified and manufactured domestically by Schott Solar.

The project is expected to be completed this summer.

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‘Go Green to Save Green’ LI Power Solutions Expo. March 28

Long Island Power Solutions, a Bohemia-based company focused on developing alternative  energy sources, will host an informational workshop on Solar Power at the Smithtown Sheraton on Monday, March 28th.

Lasting from 7 p.m until 9 p.m., the workshop will feature experts from Long Island Power Solutions, local politicians, as well as a representative from LIPA who will answer questions  about the feasibility and benefits of solar power on Long Island. Topics include LIPA rebates,  current and future; financing options; federal and state tax credits; permits and zoning requirements; and more.

The expo is free to attend.  Professionals will be available to provide  estimates for interested attendees.  To find our more about the speakers, exhibitors and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.longislandpowersolutions.com.

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