Long Island An East Coast Solar Power Leader

Groundbreaking renewable energy achievements and initiatives on Long Island, N.Y., have earned the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) two prominent awards along with a good deal of attention for all their work.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented LIPA with a 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for Energy Efficiency Program Delivery. Forty other winners were selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program. LIPA was also honored with the Readers Choice Award by Renewable Energy World for the Long Island Solar Farm, a 32-megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar generation project.

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LIPA was also recently named among the top ten utilities in the United States with the most solar electricity integrated into their energy mix by the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), ranking fourth in the East and ninth in the entire country.

“LIPA is honored to receive these two prestigious awards for our nationally recognized energy efficiency and renewable energy programs,” said Michael D. Hervey, LIPA’s chief operating officer. “LIPA remains committed to all of our customers to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, thereby reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, diversifying our energy portfolio, helping to lower energy bills, and acting as a catalyst to grow green energy jobs in our region.”

LIPA is a nonprofit municipal electric provider serving over a million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. Through incentives for the installation of photovoltaic systems, customers who installed solar panels for their homes or businesses have received rebates for approximately 38,520 kilowatts of solar capacity. Five-thousand homes are now solar powered on Long Island—a milestone reached when customer Bill Ketchum recently purchased solar panels for his residence, LIPA said. Ketchum garnered congratulations from Hervey and said he now saves money on his power bills.

Based in New York City, Leah Jones is a freelance writer with undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and forensic science. She has worked on research in the toxicology field for several years, and she brings her passion for science into the realm of green technology with EarthTechling. Leah has studied English at the graduate level and has authored or co-authored over 30 publications in scientific journals. When she's not writing, Leah enjoys playing music with her husband and teaching music to New York City kids.