Merrick Senior Center set to go solar

September 6, 2013 by  

Kate Murray, Supervisor of Hempstead, recently announced that several new solar paneling projects will be undertaken in the town, including Seaman’s Neck Park in Seaford, Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore, the Roosevelt Highway Yard, and the Merrick Senior Center in Merrick. No doubt the town is using flyer printing to let the community become aware of these initiatives, forming the town’s contribution to a sustainable environment.

According to Murray, these projects will help the town to have a positive impact on the environment, conserve natural resources and reduce the town’s carbon footprint.

There will be a solar tracker system installed at Seaman’s Neck Park, which will supply energy to offices and a garage, as well as a photovoltaic system at the Merrick Senior Center to meet the energy needs of the facility, an array of photovoltaic panels at the Roosevelt Highway yard, and a solar panel system at Newbridge Road Park to create an energy canopy.

The cost for the Bellmore, Seaford, and Merrick projects totals $208,000 and is being funded by a grant from Senator Charles Fuschillo of Merrick. The Roosevelt project is calculated at $250,000 and will be funded by a grant from the Federal Department of Energy. Fuschillo said that this technology will help the town to lower its utility bills, while Murray added that taxpayers will see an annual savings of $50,000 from these projects.

There will be conventional stationary mounted panels installed at the Merrick Senior Center, which will supply 11 kilowatts of energy to the facility.