New Paltz, NY -- Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is pleased to announce Ulster County’s first of several stimulus-related, energy efficiency projects. Today the county will begin relying on the 130 solar panels recently installed on the roof of the Ulster County Department of Public Works Sub Station at the Ulster County Fairgrounds. This endeavor highlights the essential connection between green jobs, renewable energy and long-term cost savings for the taxpayers of Ulster County.
This 30.3 kw solar panel installation is expected to generate enough power to supply more than 75% of the building’s anticipated demand and to save County taxpayers approximately $4,000 a year in utility bills. This solar panel array is the first of its kind on an Ulster County-owned building.
The project was completed using American made inverters and solar panels bought through Sunwize Solar, a Kingston-based solar product distributor. The project was fully funded by Ulster County’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (Federal Recovery Act funds) and NYSERDA’s Solar Electric Incentive Program.
"It is imperative that we find new and innovative ways to stimulate our local economy and at the same time save taxpayer dollars," said County Executive Hein. "This project will decrease the county’s fossil fuel consumption and save on energy costs. We are committed to advancing our local alternative energy industry and this is a true win-win for Ulster County."
This solar project represents just one of the many efforts currently being undertaken by the Ulster County government to promote a greener environment. Ulster County has also completed energy audits on county-owned buildings in order to get recommendations on improving energy efficiency. All improvements will be funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.
For more information about additional projects currently being undertaken, please visit the Ulster County website at: www.UlsterCountyNY.gov.