Solar power is big news in the Town of East Hampton! The sign-up deadline of the town’s Solarize campaign, which makes going solar easier and more affordable for residents and businesses, ends on October 31, 2018.
And East Hampton’s first megawatt-scale solar power plant will soon generate clean power.
Construction is almost complete on the South Fork’s first utility scale solar farm at a former brush dump on Accabonac Road in Springs. The solar farm is expected to be online in December 2018 with 1.1 MW (DC) of capacity, feeding electricity directly into the existing electric grid. Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Board members held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 22nd to celebrate the completion of the first rows of panels. This solar farm is an important step towards the Town’s goal of meeting 100% of annual, community wide electricity need with renewable sources.
This community wide goal is a community wide effort. In May 2018 the Town launched a renewable energy initiative called Energize East Hampton, which connects residents and local businesses to programs that help them reduce their energy consumption, and as a result, lower their energy bills. Energize East Hampton includes a Solarize campaign. The goal of this campaign, supported by the State’s NY-Sun initiative, is to increase the number of grid connected rooftop solar PV systems in East Hampton. Residents and businesses can install rooftop solar PV systems at a discounted price offered exclusively through the campaign. Earlier this year the Town sent out an RFP and through a competitive selection process, chose local company GreenLogic Energy as the designated solar installer for Solarize East Hampton. GreenLogic helps residents and business owners through every step of the process, beginning with a free consultation, site assessment and estimate.
Residents and business owners that are interested in solar installation are urged to sign up through the Campaign by the October 31st program deadline to receive their free solar evaluation and discounted pricing at EnergizeEH.org/solar
Offshore Wind Farm 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs & Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with Clean, Resilient and Affordable Energy
With a bold directive from Governor Cuomo, and enthusiastic support from elected officials, business, labor and environmental organizations, the Long Island Power Authority has selected what will be New York's first, and the nation's largest offshore wind farm.
The 90 megawatt Deepwater Wind project, to be located out of view about 30 miles south-east of Montauk, will turn our reliable offshore breezes into clean electricity which can power 50,000 homes. The wind farm will be connected to the island's electric grid by undersea and underground cables in East Hampton, the first town in the state to have established a 100% renewable energy goal.
But this is just the beginning. In his recent State-of-the State address on Long Island, Governor Cuomo laid out a bold vision for our transition to a clean energy future and an economy powered 100 percent by renewable energy. The Governor committed to 2,400 megawatt of offshore wind power by the year 2030 which will power 1.25 million homes. Click here for our joint news release.