NY Library Improves Energy Efficiency

The Westhampton Free Library in Westhampton Beach, New York, has improved its projected carbon footprint over the next 20 years by approximately 4,328 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 1,579 pounds of nitrous oxide, and 1,488,813 pounds of carbon dioxide–not to mention its yearly budget by around $10,000–thanks to the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) Efficiency Long Island/Commercial Construction Program and Solar Entrepreneur Program.

The library received rebates through the LIPA program first for improving its energy efficiency, and second by installing solar. Improved efficiencies came by way of an upgraded lighting system–including T8 light bulbs and occupancy sensors–expected to help the Library save around 41,631 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, for which LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island program chipped in $26,160. The library’s new 16.33 kW solar photovoltaic array–towards which LIPA’s Solar Entrepreneur Program contributed $60,825–is expected to offset the building’s electricity usage by around 18,608 kWh a year.

LIPA Westhampton Free Library

image via Long Island Power Authority

Efficiency Long Island is a 10-year, $924 million energy efficiency program offering an array of incentives, rebates and initiatives to LIPA’s residential and commercial customers to assist them in reducing their energy usage and bills. LIPA’s solar programs offer rebates for customers looking to install systems with a name plate capacity of 25 MW (DC) or a total of over 30,217 MWh (AC) in LIPA’s service territory. .

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.