In this week's Newsletter: Cooperatively owned solar comes to Sunset Park, apply for a Green Schools Grant from NYSAR, the energy evolution of a light bulb and much more!
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Cooperatively Owned Solar Power Comes to Sunset Park

Sunset Park's Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) will become home to an 80,000 square foot community solar project that will provide local residents and businesses with solar power, and be the first cooperatively owned solar project in New York State.

The community solar system will be developed by 770 Electric Corp. along with UPROSE, Co-op Power, Resonant Energy and Solar One on the BAT rooftop.  Roughly 200 residents and businesses in the area are expected to benefit from the project, generating over $1 million in energy savings for residents of New York over a 25 year period. The Sunset Park solar garden is expected to be fully operational towards the end of 2019. Residents who have subscribed to the project will make payments on a monthly basis for which they will receive solar energy credits to discount their energy costs.

What is truly exceptional about the solar project at the BAT is that it is the first of its kind to leverage a large rooftop area in a heavily populated urban environment and distribute ownership amongst subscribers.  Another notable communal component to this project is that the installation of the project will be carried out by local job trainees hired by 770 Electric Corp.

You can read more about the project on the ThriveGlobal website here.

Apply by April 3 for a NYSAR Green Schools Grant

NYSAR3 established a grant program for public, private, and charter schools Grades K-12 in 2005 for the purpose of providing seed, or start-up money for recycling/waste reduction programs in public and private schools. Since that time, 90+ NYS schools and/or school districts have benefited financially from the program, to say nothing of the environmental benefits achieved by instituting recycling/waste reduction programs in these schools.

This grant provides up to $500 per school to rejuvenate existing programs or to develop new programs centered around the 3 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle). Awards will be made twice yearly; this is a competitive grant so imagination, ingenuity and initiative are valued. 

All public, private, and charter K -12 schools in New York State are eligible to apply for funding. Previous winners of this grant are eligible to apply again, provided that they are applying for support of a new program, or a new expansion of the existing program. Applicants and programs must:
  • Be a public, private, or charter school Grades K-12 located in New York State.
  • Agree to share their program information and data with NYSAR3 and others.
  • Submit a completed application with supporting documents by close of business (COB) Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Application packets must include all of the following three items:
1. Application Form
2. Written Project Description 
3. Supporting Documentation

Applications are available here. Apply today!

The Energy Evolution of a Light Bulb

While global carbon emissions are still rising, unfortunately, the energy use in American households has declined over the past eight years. And it seems that a lot of that decline is due to a simple change with a big impact: swapping out incandescent bulbs for LEDs.

Those who have been following Solar One for a long time might remember our TruLight program, which taught high school students business skills while also spreading the word about the most energy efficient bulbs available at the time: CFLs.

And while the industry has moved on to even more efficient, long lasting and environmentally friendly LEDs, the savings continues to be profound as the price of LED bulbs continues to fall and more and more incandescents are replaced.

The switch to more efficient lighting has been relatively rapid, according to Lucas Davis, an energy economist at the Haas School of Business, part of the University of California, Berkeley, because of the short lifespan of traditional light bulbs. While consumers may replace an old refrigerator or dishwasher with an energy-saving model once a decade, incandescent bulbs last only about a year before they need replacing.

And that replacement yields huge relative savings.

“When you take out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with LEDs, the amount of electricity you consume goes down more than 80 percent,” Dr. Davis said. “There’s nothing else like that.”

You can read more about this on the NY Times website here.

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