NYPA Puts Solar Power and
Energy Efficiency to Work in Malone Central School District
Connie M. Cullen
November 18, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MALONE— Senator Elizabeth Little today joined Allen
Schriver, regional manager, Northern New York, New York Power Authority
(NYPA) and Stephen T. Shafer, superintendent of schools, Malone Central
School District, in announcing the operation of a solar-power project at
the Franklin Academy High School—one of several initiatives NYPA is
currently undertaking in the district for clean electricity and energy
The solar photovoltaic (PV) installation, which is
providing electricity for Franklin Academy is the first such project
that NYPA has installed in Northern New York. To date, NYPA has placed
in service 22 solar arrays in various parts of the state including this
installation at the Franklin Academy.
“The solar panels installed by NYPA are a direct
result of Governor Pataki’s commitment to reduce New York’s reliance on
foreign oil. This type of demonstration project can also inspire student
interest in the clean energy technologies we will need in the future. I
applaud the Power Authority’s selection of Franklin Academy as a solar
power site,” said Senator
“Solar power fits perfectly with Governor Pataki’s
goals of cleaning the air and attracting new industries to the state.
This is also an opportunity for Malone’s students to see, first- hand,
a clean energy technology that will play a part in our energy future,”
said NYPA’s Schriver, who represented Eugene W. Zeltmann, the Power
Authority’s president and chief executive officer, at Friday’s event.
The Governor approved a $75,000 grant from the
state’s Petroleum Overcharge Restitution Fund (POCR), for the PV unit at
Franklin Academy. A special connection to the school’s computer network
will allow students to monitor the solar panels’ real-time production of
"The Malone Central School District takes pride in
its high-quality educational programming. The photovoltaic system will
enhance the learning opportunities for our students and inspire their
creativity in formulating solutions to the energy supply challenges
facing our state," said Superintendent Shafer.
PV cells are crystal silicon wafers which, when
exposed to sunlight, generate direct current. The 6-kilowatt array atop
Franklin Academy has a footprint of about 650 square feet, consisting of
40 panels, each mounted to a ballast pan designed to withstand high wind
speeds without the need to be attached to the roof. At peak solar
conditions the panels will generate approximately 8,000 kilowatt
hours—annually—enough to power approximately three average-sized homes.
Direct current from the array flows to a power
inverter in an electrical panel located elsewhere in the school
building, where it is converted into alternating current, to meet
roughly two to three percent of the school’s electricity demand.
The Franklin Academy along with the district’s
Davis Elementary School will also soon benefit from another NYPA energy
services project. New digital boiler controls are being installed at
both schools to improve efficiency and reduce maintenance. At Davis, an
existing energy management system is being expanded. The upgrades at
both schools were financed through another POCR grant, for nearly
$102,000, secured by Senator Little. The work will result in annual
savings to the school district of nearly $15,000.
POCR is a fund established to provide restitution
to consumers for overcharges by major petroleum companies in the past.
In New York State, the fund is administered by NYPA.
The Power Authority’s goal, under Governor Pataki’s
leadership, is to invest up to $100 million a year in clean energy
projects and energy efficiency, including public and private schools
across the state.
■The New York Power Authority is the nation’s
largest state-owned electric utility, with 17 generating plants in
various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
transmission lines. ■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It
finances its operations through the sale of bonds and earns revenue from
proceeds of its operations, which stems largely from the sale of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new
energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.