Archive for November, 2010
LIPA Restarting Solar Rebates: Possibly December 1st
On November 23, 2010 Governor Paterson announced that $15 million has been allocated to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for residential and large-scale solar energy projects. $8.3 million will go directly to LIPA’s Solar Pioneer program that provides rebates for residential installations. Strong statements of support by numerous political leaders in New York indicate the growing significance of solar energy to the state. Please see the Press Release below for further details.
With a fresh injection of funds, we expect that LIPA will restart the solar program on December 1st, most likely at $1.75 / watt up to 10 kW for residential customers. We will notify you as soon as we hear official details. Please stay tuned for further information.
Official Press Release
EmPower Sponsors “Greening Your Place of Worship” Workshop
On September 23, 2010, the Long Island Interfaith Environment Network (LIIEN) and Abundant Communities Together (ACT) held a very successful 4th annual “Greening Your Place of Worship” workshop. Over 100 people from different faiths joined together to talk about techniques to save energy and reduce the environmental impacts of their places of worship.
EmPower has already installed solar electric systems on the Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Center and Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock. As a sponsor of this event, we strongly support helping religious institutions achieve their energy goals.
Aside from talks by utilities and energy providers on renewables and efficiency, other lecture topics included the importance of insulation, white and green planted roofs, power purchase agreements, and bottle-less water coolers.
Overall the workshop provided for an important exchange of ideas and touched on the moral importance of taking environmental action – both for the benefit of people in our communities and for the global environment. Check our more in the LIIEN Fall 2010 Newsletter.