NYIT Solar Carports
NYIT Solar Carport Project
In 2008, the New York Institute of Technology received a U.S. Department of Energy grant from Congressman Steve Israel to test the interaction of renewable energy and electric vehicle charging. EmPower was hired to engineer and install two solar carports for NYIT and develop a data acquisition system which would monitor electricity production and consumption.
The solar carports were installed at NYIT’s Central Islip campus and Old Westbury campus in March and July of 2009, respectively. Each carport spans 4 parking spots and supports a 10 kW solar array. Each parking spot has a 110 volt outlet for the vehicles to charge from. While the design and permitting process took 4 – 6 months, the actual installation was completed in 3 - 4 weeks.
The Central Islip carport has charging outlets mounted low on the steel frame. At Old Westbury, outdoor-rate retractable cords were mounted at the top of the frame. These were specifically designed to accommodate NYIT’s two plug-in Prius conversions which have the on-board charger located near the rear bumper. The conversions were also acquired through Congressman Israel’s grant. NYIT’s Facilities Department also owns several neighborhood electric vehicles which are used for on-campus travel.
At the Old Westbury solar carport, EmPower installed its proprietary Charge Account Management System CAMS. CAMS ensures that only registered users plug in through secure key fob access. CAMS displays important metrics on a touch screen and collects data on EmPower’s server. EmPower is using this data to assist NYIT on EV research which is being funded jointly by EPRI and the Long Island Power Authority.