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Smithtown Church installs 10k Solar System

Just over a year ago the St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Smithtown started kicking around the idea of installing a new roof. At the time, a young female member saw the project as an opportunity to install solar panels as well. Hearing the idea, Bob Reimertz, vestry member and the head of building and grounds for the church, had an all to familiar reaction to going solar.

The St. Thomas of Canterbury Church on Brooksite Drive in Smithtown installed this 10k PV system in late March.

“I said to myself, ‘you got to be kidding me. That’s like 60,000 dollars,’” recalled Mr. Reimertz. “Then I started doing research. The more research I did, finding out about the rebates, I said, ‘we can do this and never pay electric again.’”

With Mr. Reimertz’s legwork, and funding from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, St. Thomas of Canterbury took action on never paying for electric again with the installation of a 48-panel, 10,000 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the south side of the church. After more than a week of dealing with foul weather, the panels were raised to the roof Wednesday, April 5.

“This is a fantastic thing for our church, for Smithtown, and for the surrounding community,” Mr. Reimertz said. “I figured out that the amount of energy in one year’s time we will save equals the amount of fumes a car emits after driving 12,000 miles.”

According to Mr. Reimertz, the project cost a little over $55,000, just about half of which ($27,500) is covered by a Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) solar rebate. Currently, LIPA offers rebates of $1.75 per kilowatt up to 10,000 kilowatts through its solar pioneer program. Since churches are exempt from state and federal taxes and not eligible for solar project tax rebates, St. Thomas of Canterbury received an enhanced rebate rate from LIPA of $2.75 per kilowatt.

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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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Attainable Green Homes Competition announced

A joint partnership between the Town of Babylon, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the United Way of Long Island (UWLI) and the U.S. Green Building Council Long Island Chapter (USGBC-LI) was recently forged to host the inaugural Attainable Green Home Competition.

Announced with a press conference earlier this year, the competition, which is open to both professionals and students, aims to design a single-family home that is affordable to build and maintain while also addressing issues of sustainability, efficiency and environmental design.

The Town of Babylon will donated property in Wyndanch for the winning design to be build upon, the UWLI will construct the project, LIPA will provide expertise regarding energy efficiency, and the USGBC-LI will assist the winning design team to make sure the home is LEED certified (Gold or higher).

Designs entered will be judged on the following criteria: architecture, market appeal, innovation and energy use, affordability, sustainability, constructability, and repeatability, or the ease of which the design can be applied to different sites.

Registration for the competition opened January 31 and will May 20. The deadline for design submission is June 3. All entries must summed through the competitions web site, www.attainableli.com.

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Energy Efficient Seminars for Small Businesses this Month

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC), NYS Empire State Development, National Grid and Nassau and Suffolk Counties are sponsoring free informational seminars this month on how to access financial incentives and achieve cost savings through energy efficiency, process efficiency, and technical assistance programs.

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LIPA rolls out rebate for hybrids

LIPA announced a new rebate program Monday, December 20 and its aimed at keeping energy efficiency rolling.

Joined by Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron, and managers of the Atlantic Chevrolet Cadillac Dealership in Bay Shore, LIPA CEO Michael Hervey introduced a $500 rebate good through the end of 2011 for any customer who purchases a new, qualified plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), or plug-in electric vehicle (PEV).

“This is very exciting for us,” said Hervey standing in front of a brand new black 2011 Chevy Volt, one of the first to arrive on Long Island. “These cars are much more efficient to drive than gasoline.”

As of now, the rebate applies to the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. To qualify, a sales receipt, car registration, and proof of current LIPA service must be provided to the utility company. Afterwards, a rebate check will be mailed to those that qualify, according to Hervey.

The first to benefit from the rebate was Bill Rosenthal. The East Hampton resident, who found out about the rebate on the morning of the announcement, was at the dealership to purchase the new Chevy Volt.

“I’ve been following the Volt for quite some time,” Rosenthal said. “It’s fun to drive and its something that will help the environment.”

For Rosenthal, 49, this is his second Chevy Volt and called the vehicle ideal for his daily commute of less than one mile and his weekly commute of under 40. He said the car’s price tag is just north of $40,000, but qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Rosenthal said he is planning on using the rebate to purchase a charging station for his new vehicle.

This rebate initiative makes LIPA the first utility in the state to offer an electric vehicle program. Mr. Hervey said the $500 rebate is enough to cover the approximated electrical costs for the yearly charging of a PHEV. He said an increase in electric vehicles on the road would only help LIPA service its customers.

“Providing incentives for these cars, which will likely be charged at off-peak times, will allow for LIPA to purchase power at lower costs, which benefits all of our customers economically and environmentally,” Mr. Hervey said.

The announcement of the rebate comes only weeks after LIPA reinstated its solar pioneer program for homeowners purchasing a photovoltaic system. Under LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island program, a large array of rebates are offered to help customers reduce their energy usage. To find out more, visit LIPA’s rebate page on its web site.

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LIPA announces hybrid rebate

On Monday, December 20, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will announce a new Plug-In Electric Hybrid Rebate program for LIPA customers who purchase and register a new, qualified plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or plug-in electric vehicle (PEV).

The announcement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Atlantic Chevrolet Cadillac located in Bay Shore at 1356 Sunrise Highway.

The dealership will also be welcoming the arrival of the Chevy Volt on the same day.

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reLI December Newsletter

Renewable Energy Long Island, a leading local non-for-profit organization that promotes clean, sustainable energy, recently published its December newsletter. Within the monthly newsletter you will find green gift ideas, how much you can save using LED lights for holiday decorations, LIPA’s new solar hot water rebate program, an update about the return of LIPA’s Solar Pioneer program and more. View the newsletter here.

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