New York State parks will be drastically reducing their electricity costs and carbon footprint by increasing their solar panel installation and LED lighting conversions.
It’s all part of Governor Cuomo’s State Parks 2020 initiative.
On Wednesday, NEWS10 ABC got a peek at the newly installed solar panels up on the roof of the historic Bleachery Building on Peebles Island in Waterford. They’ve restored the old building as the new home for the state historic preservation office headquarters.
The solar panels and led lighting there have reduced costs at the park by 40 percent.
New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey announced that five state parks will be energy neutral by 2019.
That’s when the total amount of energy used by a state park is equal or less than the amount of renewable energy created within the state park.
That’s already the case at Robert Moses and Captree State Park on Long Island already are!
“Since 2013, we have installed photovoltaic systems and replaced the less conventional lighting with environmentally friendly LED lighting leading to an overall saving of nearly $1 million annually in operation costs,” Harvey said.
More than 80 State Parks employees have completed specialized solar power training at Hudson Valley Community College and installed many of the panels themselves!