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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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reLI February Newsletter

Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI), a leading not-for-profit organization that promotes clean, sustainable energy recently published its February newsletter. Within the monthly newsletter you will find FREE ENERGY AUDITS! That’s right, at least for those that qualify for them through NYSERDA’s Green Jobs – Green new York program.

Also in this months newsletter, eco-friendly gifts for Valentine’s Day, the announcement of the upcoming screening of “Gasland”, a radio interview with reLI Executive Director Gordian Raacke, and more. View the newsletter 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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Governor Paterson on LI to usher in groundbreaking Solar Project

Nearly two and a half years after visiting Long Island to denounce the proposed Broadwater natural gas terminal, New York State Governor David Paterson returned to the area, Thursday, December 2, again focused on energy.

New York State Governor David Paterson at the Suffolk Solar Carport Project groundbreaking, Thursday, December 2.

This time around Governor Paterson came in approval of an energy initiative, the largest solar carport instillation in the country, and he wasn’t alone as a handful of public and private officials were in attendance at the Brentwood train station for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Suffolk Solar Carport Project, a venture that will generate 17 Megawatts (MW) of electricity through the instillation of solar carports at an estimated seven parking lots across the county.

The project is a culmination of private and public cooperation in which enXco, a San Diego-based project development company will construct 60,000 photovoltaic solar panels above 46 acres of public parking space. Once installed, it was estimated at the groundbreaking that the carports will collectively produce enough clean energy to power 1,850 homes while displacing an estimated 14,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.

“This is a milestone in clean technology,” said Governor Paterson before a crowd of roughly 150 people at the groundbreaking. “The County of Suffolk, and LIPA, in collaboration with enXco, is really going to be a magnificent undertaking, not only for this region but for the economy of the state.”

Through a lease-revenue agreement, enXco will pay to build on county property, netting Suffolk $8.5 million to $9 million dollars, as estimated by LIPA CEO Micheal Hervey who spoke during the groundbreaking. According to enXco communications director Sandi Briner, the company would then contract out the construction of the carports to Baja Construction, a California-based company, and the instillation of the solar panels to Mercury Solar, a Port Chester-based company with offices in Holtsville. Once completed, which Mr. Hervey said should be some time in the fourth quarter of 2011, the power produced by the carports will be purchased by LIPA and distributed to the electric company’s customers.

“It’s a win-win-win,” County Executive Levy said. “It’s a win for the environment, a win for the county, and a win for the private entrepreneurs.”

Though the smallest of the seven proposed sites — 1 MW from 3,900 panels – Ms. Briner said the Brentwood train station was selected as the groundbreaking site due to the available access at the parking lot. She said the overall project will be completed on a cascading schedule with the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip (4MW, 14,800 panels) next, then the North County Complex in Hauppauge (2.5 MW, 8,100 panels) followed by the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge (2MW, 6,700 panels) and then the Riverhead County Complex (3MW, 10,700 panels).

When the project was originally announced in January, the Deer Park train station and the Ronkonkoma train station were expected carports that could produce 2.25 MW and 5 MW, respectively. At the groundbreaking, both location’s capacities were left as a to be determined status. Mr. Hervey said that if the 17 MW output is achieved with the first five sites that the Deer Park and Ronkonkoma train station carports might not then be needed. Considering the variables in the output of each carport, Mr. Hervey said that is something that could not be determined at this time.

Through out the ceremony several speakers expressed not only the environmental benefits of the project, but also the fact that the construction of the carports would not disrupt the local environment nor effect the availability of parking at each location. Also expressed by several speakers, the importance of Governor Paterson’s history in pursuing clean energy. Mr. Hervey called Governor Paterson and NYSERDA – the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority – very involved in the project, specifically regarding federal stimulus funds that were awarded to LIPA by the State which will allow the electric company to connect the solar carports to the Long Island electric grid.

While addressing the crowd, Governor Paterson said the project is in accord with his clean energy initiative to have New York State achieve 45 percent of its energy needs by 2015 through clean sources.

“When I was Lieutenant Governor I called for 100 megawatts by 2011,” the Governor said. “We will more than surpass that.”

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Efficiency Seminar in Uniondale Nov. 12

The Long Island Power Authority, US EPA, NYSERDA and Efficiency First will host a seminar to discuss the latest information on how to make Long Island homes more energy efficient, Friday, November 12.

The seminar is being held at the Omni Building at 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard in Uniondale and will begin at 8:30 a.m. Each agency will focus on a different topic including financial rebates (LIPA); how Energy STAR programs can help save consumers money (EPA); Green jobs (NYSERDA); and an update on HOME STAR and other federal legislation (Efficiency First).

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. Seating is limited so please contact Lisanne Altman at Laltmann@lipower.org or 516-719-9843 to RSVP.

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