Suffolk County is leading by example and has a robust, ongoing energy efficiency program. Below is the 2016 snapshot of energy use by Suffolk County’s building portfolio.
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Announcement: Suffolk County Signs On To Green Energy Program
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) recently announced that Suffolk County has joined EIC, which enables Suffolk County’s local businesses and not-for-profits to participate in EIC’s Energize NY Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Suffolk County is the largest municipality in New York State to join.
Property owners know that energy efficiency and renewable energy building improvements are smart. They also make financial sense. Undertaking a clean energy project can reduce your building’s energy bill, improve operations, reduce its carbon footprint, and increase property value. Energize NY (PACE) Finance offers low cost, long-term capital for
energy-related building improvements and allows property owners to repay the financing on their property tax bill.
Not only does the County’s membership enable commercial, industrial and non-profit building owners in Suffolk County to access Energize NY’s PACE financing but other benefits include job creation for Suffolk County-based contractors in the energy efficiency and solar sectors as they embark on expansion and future projects.
PACE, smart for property owners, smart for contractors, smart for Suffolk County.
Suffolk County is a leader in the use of clean renewable energy while systematically greening its building inventory and vehicle fleet over the last decade. The Energy Office identifies opportunities for improved energy policies for the County and coordinates with the Department of Public Works to execute and implement those policies. Suffolk County has an Energy Initiatives Working Group comprised of six stakeholders from various departments that utilize all tools and programs available to further the goal of developing renewable energy and making County buildings and fleet more energy efficient.
The overarching goal is to reduce energy use and energy costs to the County, while achieving lower carbon emissions from County operations. It is these smart government investments that lead to a cleaner environment and increase overall quality of life for our residents, support of the growing green energy sector of the local economy, all while reducing energy costs to the taxpayers.
From all of these efforts Suffolk has:
Total Energy Savings (Annually):
- Electric Savings 17,000,000 kilowatt hours
- Fuel Savings 152,457 mmBtu
- Energy Cost Savings $4,800,000
Carbon Footprint Reduction (Annual):
- CO2 – 43,667,469 lbs. (from all energy projects)
Projects of the Energy Offices include:
1. HOSTING LARGE SCALE SOLAR INSTALLATIONS:
- Suffolk County is host to 12.83 MW of installed solar PV carports at Suffolk County parking lots including four municipal campus lots and two LIRR parking lots.
- A 6.8 MW ground mount project is planned at the County-owned Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton.
- Upon completion of the Gabreski Solar project, Suffolk will receive revenue totaling $645,000 per year for leasing land that could not be used for any other governmental purpose.
2. DEPLOYING SOLAR PV ON A VARIETY OF COUNTY BUILDINGS:
- The County has about 230 kW of installed solar PV panels at Suffolk County facilities:
- Police Headquarters, Yaphank
- Suffolk County Board of Elections
- Suffolk County Police Department, Fourth Precinct Building, Smithtown (LEED Silver)
- Riverhead County Complex
- Griffing Avenue Courts Facility
- Bergen Point Waste Water Treatment Plant
- Suffolk County Parks – GAT/R Site (Montauk)
- Solar parking lot lighting installed at the DPW HQ Building in Yaphank as a regional demonstration project.
3. GREENING COUNTY BUILDINGS:
Energy conservation initiatives at various County facilities are reducing energy consumption by incorporating energy saving features into new designs, major renovations, and other related upgrades. The program is implemented independent of other resources, but leverages financial and equipment incentives offered by LIPA/PSEG LI, National Grid, NYSERDA, NYPA, and others. The County established a priority system to ensure maximum return on investment.
- The County has achieved measured reductions in energy use of 30%-60% in targeted buildings.
- Suffolk County is the number one government participant in LIPA efficiency programs. The County has received over $3 million in rebates from LIPA.
- Suffolk County is collaborating with the PSEG LI and Brookhaven National Lab on the use of cutting edge technology to reduce energy use and track energy consumption with solar PV and direct current lighting systems.
- Plans for a Net-Zero or a near Net-Zero demonstration project are underway.
4. GREENING THE COUNTY FLEET:
- Upgraded fleet to hybrid electric light-duty vehicles (HEV), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) heavy & light duty vehicles. Total of 110 hybrid vehicles in fleet.
- Installed two publicly accessible, fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations, integrating CNG vehicles into fleet.
- Biodiesel used at Bergen Point/Indian Island Facilities and Suffolk County dredging projects.
5. SUPPORTING CLEAN ENERGY IN THE COMMUNITY:
- The Energy Director participates in numerous community committees, events and conferences on behalf of Suffolk County, including the Climate Smart Communities work group, the Long Island Clean Energy Leadership Task Force, and serves as a liaison to academic institutions and BNL.
- Suffolk County is committed to growing its emerging solar industry and all companies with green products and services. Being located within the Department of Economic Development and Planning enables the Suffolk County Energy Office to leverage all the resources of Suffolk County to support the business sector.
- Educating the next generation of planners and engineers on green and renewable technologies via annual summer internships whereby college students participate in real-time in planning, designing and constructing projects focused on energy and emission reduction in County facilities.
- Training town and county design professionals in LEED, resulting in a total of 32 trained, 25 of which earned LEED Green Associate status and 14 of those went on to earn LEED AP accreditation.
- Suffolk County Planning Commission was instrumental in developing the Long Island Unified Solar Permit System, adopted by the 10 Towns of Suffolk and serves as a model for a statewide effort to fast track solar permitting.
- The Suffolk County Planning Commission has developed guidelines for new residential, commercial, and industrial buildings to be designed and constructed to reduce energy consumption and improve environmental quality; when possible new buildings should utilize solar, wind and/or geothermal and when laying out new developments consideration should be given to orienting buildings to best utilize solar energy.
6. TRACKING PROGRESS AND ONGOING COMMITMENT:
- In addition to ongoing tracking of energy efficiency projects, Suffolk County has analyzed its Carbon Footprint in 2005 and 2010 and is planning an analysis in 2015.
- Suffolk County has participated in the Regional Carbon Footprint of 2005 and 2010. http://www.nyit.edu/metropolitan_sustainability/li_footprint/
- The County has integrated its Building automated Temperature Control Systems for its 20 largest facilities and will begin to track energy use real time to make proactive decisions regarding use and equipment rehabilitation.
Contact the Energy Office at Lisaann.email@example.com or 631-853-4805