Posted August 2, 2010

New Paltz, NY -- Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is pleased to announce Ulster County’s first of several stimulus-related energy efficiency projects- a solar panel array and a solar powered outdoor sign. Both projects are located at the Ulster County Fairgrounds and highlight the essential connection between green jobs, renewable energy and long-term cost savings for the taxpayers of Ulster County.

The first solar panel array on a County-owned building is currently being installed at the New Paltz Material Storage Facility at the Ulster County Fairgrounds. Hudson Valley Clean Energy, which employees over 40 green-tech employees in the region, is carrying out the installation. The project is being completed using American made inverters and solar panels bought through Sunwize Solar, a Kingston-based solar product distributor. The project is fully funded by the County’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (Federal Recovery Act funds) and NYSERDA’s Solar Electric Incentive Program. 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.


Also just in time for the fair, a new internally lit, solar powered sign was installed at the Ulster County Fairgrounds. This sign was designed and manufactured by FALA Technologies and its subsidiary PVI Solar, both leading green technology businesses based in Ulster County. The cost of the sign was fully funded by the County’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (Federal Recovery Act funds). The sign uses the most advanced solar energy lighting technologies available on the commercial market today. It will use 92% less energy than required by a conventional electric sign.


"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. "These two projects 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."


Manager of the Ulster County Fair, Gary Newkirk said, "The Ulster County Fair appreciates this beautiful new sign and thanks County Executive Hein for being very supportive. Installing a solar sign at the fairgrounds is a perfect fit because it highlights the intersection of green business and a green industry—agriculture."


The Ulster County Fair is an old-fashioned country fair with food, rides, agricultural displays and shows, entertainment, 4-H booths, horse shows, vendor tents and more! This year’s fair will run from August 3, 2010, through August 8, 2010. Gates, buildings and midway open at 10 AM everyday except Tuesday when gates open at 4 PM for Carload Night ($40 per carload). Daily


admission is $15 per person which includes parking, entertainment and rides. Seniors are free until 4 PM on Thursday.


This year’s line-up of entertainment includes county music recording legends Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Wednesday night at 8 PM; Bucky Covington, Thursday at 8 PM; and Jay and the Americans, Sunday at 3 PM and 8 PM. The Ulster County Fairgrounds are located on Libertyville Road in New Paltz, NY. For more information about the Fair please call 845-255-1380 or 845-255-1701 or visit: www.ulstercountyfair.com. For more information about visiting Ulster County go to: www.UlsterCountyAlive.com.


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