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September 11, 2002

New York Provides $7.8 Million for Energy Efficient and Solar Powered Schools, Dedicates Long Island Wind Turbine

Fifty schools in New York State will sport new solar electric systems by next spring, thanks to a new $1.8 million state-sponsored program called "School Power...Naturally." Governor George E. Pataki announced the new program in late August as part of a package that includes $6 million for improving energy efficiency in New York schools.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will administer the School Power...Naturally program, which will provide 90 percent of the cost of installing a $20,000, 2-kilowatt solar power system on each of the schools. AMERESCO, an energy services firm, will provide an additional $500, reducing the cost for each school to just $1,500. Solar Works, Inc. will design, install and maintain the systems for the schools. Eligible New York schools have until October 11th to apply for the program. See the School Power...Naturally program on the NYSERDA Web site.

NYSERDA is also administering the $6 million "Comprehensive Energy Strategies in School" program, which will provide cost-shared technical assistance, analysis, advice, and certified training to schools so that they can identify ways to save energy. See the governor's press release regarding both programs.

Governor Pataki also dedicated the first utility-scale wind turbine on Long Island in late August. The wind turbine, located near Calverton on eastern Long Island, is the first of five that the Long Island Power Authority will erect on farms in Suffolk County, which spans the eastern two-thirds of the island. Each wind turbine will generate about 100,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year -- about equal to the electricity needs of 12 average-sized homes. See the governor's press release.

Customers of Niagara Mohawk in upstate New York have a new way to encourage the use of renewable energy: the utility is now offering its customers the option of purchasing green power from one of three suppliers. Green power, of course, is electricity derived from renewable energy resources. See the Niagara Mohawk press release.