Why Freeport Long Island should invest in Solar Power?

New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the village of Freeport, Long Island are offering great solar incentives right now. They will be spending a total of $125,000 on rebates for Solar Electric (PV) systems. This is a wonderful opportunity for those residents in Freeport to take advantage of. Especially those who have great roof space and low amounts of shade on their homes. Do you think you have a home that has great potential for solar panels? Then you should keep reading. These solar incentives are so good that they are only going to be able to fund up to 5 houses/businesses max and for a limited time, August 6th is the deadline to get your proposal for solar on your roof in.  They are offering a $4/watt rebate up to a max of $40,000 per location for a 10kW system.  That means you can get an extra $40,000 rebate when you install solar panels on your home, that’s not including the New York State tax credit or the Federal Tax Credit for solar.  These savings together add up to making your electricity investment affordale.  I call it an investment because when you add up all the months that you go without an electric bill to pay, you will see the incredible amount of money that you have in your pocket that you can use for your new car, house, education, charity, fundraiser, wedding, dream vacation, and I can keep going.  Freeport Electric is taking a great initiative for our future, and we should all be doing this. Because we cannot keep depending on foreign countries for our energy, and the only way to stop that is by producing our own electricity. Freeport is different than the other towns, cities, and villages on Long Island in that it is one of the very few places that produces its very own electricity. The other two towns that I know of that produce their own electricity are Rockville Center 11570 and Greenport 11994. Long Island mainly gets its electricity from LIPA.  All the details are in this power point. If you have any questions just ask. Comments on this program will be appreciated. Thanks for checking out my post.

13,000 Solar Panels!

13,000 Solar Panels! Wow that’s a lot of panels. Where are they putting all those solar panels? The South Brunswick Dow Jones campus, placed like canopies in the parking lot. Literally! Renewable energy is on its’ way now quicker than ever.  It is so great to see a large campus take advantage of the space it has and use it as a way to produce clean energy. I hope to see more campuses follow there lead.

New Jersey is one of the best places for solar. Why? Well one because NJ has some of the highest electricity rates, therefore the rebates are the largest.  They have a special incentive called SRECs, Solar Renewable Energy Credits.  What can you do with these credits? Well,  a home accrues 1 credit for every 1,000 kWh of solar energy produced, and each credit is currently worth around $600. A new solar energy system is eligible to produce SRECs for 15 years.  This  means that an average roof could earn over $75K by selling credits over that time period.

What states are eligible for SRECs?

North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey.

In response to the multi million dollar solar project, the two senators  in New Jersey and others who spoke related this clean energy movement as a direct response  to the environmental disaster going on in the Gulf of Mexico. The nation’s thirst for foreign oil really needs to end, and it is really important for everyone to consider our future and where we are going to get our energy from.  Can we really keep getting our energy from oil?  Do we have enough? We already get 60% of our oil from foreign countries. Oil leads to increased prices in goods and services, pollution, and war.

Think.

Where do i get energy from?

NY Solar Industries Conference

NY Solar Industries Conference is taking place today and tomorrow,  May 12-13 @ The Crowne Plaza City Center in Albany, N.Y.

For more information visit http://nyseia.org/2010-conference/agenda.php

Great Speakers!

Dr. Ryne Raffaelle, Director, National Center for PhotoVoltaics (NCPV)
Thomas C. Congdon. NYS Deputy Secretary for Energy. Chairman, New York State Energy Planning Board
Garry Brown, Chairman of the NYS Public Service Commission
Kevin Law, President & CEO, Long Island Power Authority
Anna Dyson, Director, RPI Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) Institute.
Anthony Collins, President, Clarkson University
Christopher D. Alundl, Director – Bureau of Public Work, NYS Department of Labor
Vincent Cozzolino, President, The Solar Energy Consortium
Carl Meyer, CEO, The Solar Energy Consortium (former Chairman of Central Hudson)
Tina Palmero, Chief, Renewable Energy and Environmental Certification & Compliance Section
Adam Tkaczuk, Manager, Clean Tech cluster, NYS Empire State Development Corporation
Mike Shimazu, Program Manager, NYSERDA
Vicki Colello, Program Manager, NYSERDA
Carol Murphy, Alliance for Clean Energy (ACENY)
TJ Gottesdiner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP