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July 9, 2004      

County Executive Submits Application for Solar Electric Funding

County Executive, William R. Steinhaus, is pleased to announce the submission of a $216,000 grant application to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to fund over 70% of the installation of solar energy generating equipment on the County’s Social Services building. The new equipment would supplement the County’s energy needs with clean solar energy, and an accompanying public information effort would be undertaken with support from a community partnership to inform the public on photovoltaic and renewable energy sources.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “I am hopeful that Dutchess is selected to be a recipient of this funding. The NYSERDA award would provide over 70% of the cost of this effort and again allow Dutchess County to serve as a model for municipalities throughout New York.”

The selection process is competitive with many more projects proposed than there are funds available to support. Dutchess County decided in May to submit an application and received assistance from Solar New York (a non-profit organization, which advocates for solar energy) in developing the grant proposal submitted by Dutchess County. The project, if funded, will cost a total of $293,520.

Over the course of the last month Dutchess County reviewed its inventory of buildings and has selected the Social Services building at 60 Market Street to be an excellent location to site a photovoltaic installation. A preliminary design indicates that a 36kw array of solar cells may be sited on the Social Services Building. The county, which is taking the lead on project development through the Department of Public Works, has received community and business support through the following organizations that will participate in project oversight and the renewable energy education promotion program.

  • Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
  • Solar New York
  • Marist College
  • Dutchess Community College Bronx Community College
  • Central Hudson Gas and Electric
  • A. Page & Associates LLC

Project oversight includes a public information display that will be available at the Social Services site and general education relating to renewable energy sources.

The project as proposed should generate an equivalent amount of electric energy to supply the yearly needs of more than 6 typical Hudson Valley homes.

Michael Murphy, Commissioner of Public Works, whose department initiated the siting investigation and application submitted, stated “The Department of Public Works was thrilled to see a public opportunity notice that supports the County Executive’s focus on the environment while reducing building operating costs”.

Through an air pollution settlement with Virginia Electric Power NYSERDA has received $1.8 million in funding to support photovoltaic projects on municipal buildings. NYSERDA issued a Public Opportunity Notice to solicit proposals from interested municipal entities.

It is anticipated that selections will be announced by NYSERDA early in September.


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