Solar Power Array On-line at Monroe-Woodbury High School
October 18, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CENTRAL VALLEY – Monroe-Woodbury High School is
using the sun’s power to help meet its electricity needs and demonstrate
the advantages of renewable energy technologies thanks to a roof-mounted
six-kilowatt photovoltaic array installed by the New York Power
NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Eugene W.
Zeltmann and Sen. Bill Larkin joined Superintendent of Schools John
Canzoneri at the high school Tuesday, where the new solar power system
is now operational.
“Renewable energy sources such as solar power are
important to the Empire State’s future,” said NYPA President Zeltmann.
“Our state and nation need to lessen dependence on foreign oil.
Educating today’s youth about renewable energy, with projects such as
Monroe-Woodbury’s solar panels, will help us move to greater energy
independence in the future.”
“New York State under Gov. George Pataki continues
to demonstrate the latest in new clean energy options. In order for us
to move ahead, we must get our young people involved and that’s why I
was pleased to work with NYPA to have this solar array installed at
Monroe-Woodbury High School,” said Sen. Larkin.
Sen. Larkin secured a $75,000 grant from the state’s
Petroleum Overcharge Restitution Fund (POCR), which enabled NYPA to
install the photovoltaic array.
A special connection to the school’s computer
network will enable students to monitor the solar panels’ output from
“Educating our students to the benefits of solar
energy is important to their understanding of a power source that will
help to shape their future. The use of alternate energy sources such as
solar energy is critical, especially now when we are faced with
significant increases in the cost of fossil fuels,” said Superintendent
The solar panels will generate approximately 8,000
kilowatt hours, enough electricity to power two to three average size
homes. Photovoltaic cells are crystal silicon wafers which, when exposed
to sunlight, generate direct current. At Monroe-Woodbury High School,
the array consists of 40 panels, each mounted to a ballast pan designed
to withstand high wind speeds without the need for roof penetrations.
This configuration has a footprint of about 650 square feet.
Power from the array flows to a power inverter in an
electrical panel located elsewhere in the building and is then converted
into 6 kw of usable alternating current, about two to three percent of
school’s daily load.
Beginning in 1997 and then again in 2002,
Monroe-Woodbury officials took advantage of NYPA’s energy service
program resulting in annual energy savings to the district of $228,000.
The $4.7 million effort was aided by a $1 million POCR grant. Overall
measures installed in 14 buildings lowered the energy consumption by 960
megawatt hours, helping to eliminate the release of more than 1,800 tons
of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
Some of the energy saving measures installed
throughout the Monroe Woodbury school district include high efficiency
lighting and energy management control systems, steam traps, variable
speed high efficiency motors and new energy saving windows.
Under Governor George Pataki’s leadership, NYPA has
increased its annual investments in clean energy and energy efficiency
to $100 million a year. Among its array of energy services customers,
NYPA installs energy efficiency measures at public and private schools
across the state. NYPA is also the largest state operated energy
provider in the United States. It supplies up to 25 percent of the
state’s electrical needs; it operates 17 generating facilities and 1,400
circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines.