Solar Power Project Producing Clean Electricity for
Staten Island Public School
November 21, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATEN ISLAND—Youngsters at P.S. 13 in the Rosebank
section can now get a first-hand look at a cutting-edge,
alternative-energy technology thanks to a solar power project that the
New York Power Authority (NYPA) has installed on the roof of their
“Solar power like other renewable power sources has an
important role to play for diversifying power generation in New York
City, strengthening service reliability and improving air quality,” said
Joseph Leary, NYPA director, Public and Governmental Affairs at a Monday
morning event to mark the operation of the solar project. “Governor
Pataki has placed great importance on investing in these technologies,
and public schools like this one are terrific locations to put them to
use, considering their educational value—not to mention energy and
Leary noted that the Power Authority expects to soon
install a second solar-power unit at P.S. 14, also on Staten Island.
“Governor Pataki has set into motion a process for
renewables to account for up to 25 percent of the total electricity
purchases in the state by 2013,” said Nicole Malliotakis, representing
the Governor. “This solar power installation is a perfect example of
what we’re trying to accomplish in New York City and throughout the
state, tapping the knowledge, experience, and resources of organizations
like the New York Power Authority for expanding clean generating
technologies and reducing dependence on foreign oil.
Governor Pataki made possible grants totaling $150,000
for the solar projects at P.S. 13 and 14 from the state’s Petroleum
Overcharge Restitution (POCR) fund. With the operation of the unit at
P.S. 13, the Power Authority has now installed a total of 23 solar
projects in various parts of the state.
“What a wonderful opportunity to educate our young
people on the conversion of sunlight into electricity,” said Assemblyman
Matthew Mirones, whose legislative district includes Vermont Avenue,
where P.S. 13 is located. “Governor Pataki and the Power Authority are
to be commended for this solar installation and the energy efficiency
work that was previously undertaken at this school.
Last year, NYPA completed boiler and lighting upgrades
at P.S. 13, investing over $2 million for those improvements. The school
is saving $17,000 a year on its electric bills from the lighting
upgrade. The new dual-fired boiler, which burns natural gas and
low-sulfur oil, is far cleaner than the boiler it replaced.
“We’re really appreciative of the efforts on our behalf
for clean air and lower utility bills. I know that our teachers will
spark student interest in energy and electricity generation in
discussing the solar project, whose operation the kids will be able to
monitor from the classroom, thanks to a special connection to the school
computer network,” said Mark Gray, P.S. 13 principal.
Solar projects like P.S. 13’s and the one planned for
P.S. 14 rely on crystal silicon wafers to generate electricity from
sunlight. The solar panels for each project are expected to produce
approximately 8,000 kilowatt hours a year for meeting a small portion of
the electricity demand of the schools.
The installations operate most effectively during the
summer, when electricity demand is greatest and any additional
generation contributes to the reliability of the city’s overall electric
The Power Authority, which provides economical power
for New York City schools and thousands of other public facilities in
the five boroughs, is planning additional solar power installations. To
date, NYPA has completed clean energy and efficiency projects at more
than 1,100 tax-supported facilities in the city, lowering their annual
utility bills by about $55 million and power demand by over 172,000 kw.
The cutback in electricity from the power grid has also reduced
greenhouse gas emissions by more than 443,000 tons a year.
■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