Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade Project Estimated to Save Nearly $1 Million Annually ( Solar Thermal Magazine )
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has completed a two-phase project to replace street lights in the Town of Islip that will save the taxpayers nearly $1 million per year in energy costs and remove an estimated 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The $6.1 million energy efficiency project directly supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings by strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy performance.
“Upgrading light fixtures with newer, more energy efficient lighting reduces emissions through lower energy use, which means cleaner air in our communities,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer.
As the lead agency responsible for implementing Build Smart NY, to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, the Power Authority is committed to assisting local municipalities like Islip with their efforts to reduce costs and save energy.
“Energy efficiency is key to cost effective living on Long Island where taxpayers eagerly need financial relief. These types of projects are crucial now and will be in the future as we continue to make Long Island a more affordable place to live,” said Senator Phil Boyle.
I applaud Governor Cuomo and the New York Power Authority on this effort to improve energy efficiency.
The Islip street light project began in April 2012, and was conducted in two phases—the west and east sides of the town—and consists of approximately 15,000 new lights.
The specific areas that received the street light upgrades include the western hamlets of West Islip, West Bay Shore, Brightwaters, Bay Shore, Baywood, North Bay Shore, Islip, Brentwood, Hauppauge and Islandia. The eastern hamlets include Central Islip, North Great River, Islip Terrace, East Islip, Great River, Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, Oakdale, West Sayville, Holbrook, Sayville, Holtville and Bayport.
NYPA hired Wendel Energy Services, with offices in Hauppauge, and Welsbach Electric, of Plainview, to implement the improvements.
NYPA oversees the implementation of energy-efficiency projects from an initial energy audit through completion and provides upfront financing, recovering its costs by sharing in the savings on customers’ energy bills. The town will pay NYPA back over the next several years using their energy bill savings and after that can use the savings toward other important municipal needs.
With this latest initiative, New York’s role as a leader and first mover in shaping the future of energy remains firmly in place. By developing innovative market solutions, the State is delivering on Governor Cuomo’s commitment to transform the energy industry into a more resilient, clean, cost-effective and dynamic system. Working with State, citizen and industry-stakeholders, the way of doing business in New York is moving to a more market-based, decentralized approach. This means protecting the environment, decreasing energy costs, and creating opportunities for economic growth for current and future generations of New Yorkers. In advancing these new energy systems and solutions, New Yorkers will have improved energy affordability and efficiency without sacrificing their right to live in a cleaner, resilient and more sustainable environment.
■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NYplan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.■ NYPA is the nation’s largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter@NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and LinkedIn.
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.