A new 5-kilowatt solar array has been installed on campus and is being used to power a garage and to recharge the batteries of the College’s fleet of electric vehicles. This is the fourth solar installation on the campus and it follows close on the heels of the 5-kilowatt solar array that was installed on top of the Wooster Science Building last summer.
Director of Facilities Brian Pine secured a grant from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Central Hudson to pay for the new solar panels. “This project is especially exciting because we’re using solar power to charge zero emission electric vehicles. It really demonstrates the possibility of achieving full carbon neutrality,” stated Pine.
KT Tobin, chair of the campus Sustainability Committee added, “We not only educate our students on environmental issues, but we seek to make the campus a model of ecological sustainability. This system of powering our vehicles with renewable energy is emblematic of New Paltz’s commitment to sustainability.”