State Parks Add Solar Power Project to Niagara Falls State Park

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Solar panels (Image courtesy of State Parks)

Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:25 AM

48th statewide project since 2012 – solar power now covers 15% of total state park power needs

As part of a series of new sustainability initiatives announced by state agencies for Climate Week 2021, New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid on Thursday announced that a new sign Solar will provide clean, sustainable and carbon-free electricity maintenance operations at Niagara Falls State Park. – already the long-standing symbol of green energy in New York thanks to the century-old history of hydroelectric power generation from the falls.

“This project reflects (State) Parks’ commitment and continued progress in continuing New York State’s efforts to address human-influenced climate change by reducing reliance on electric power generated by fossil fuels, ”he said. “Each addition of solar power generation means that it takes a lot less sources that produce climate-modifying greenhouse gases. We are committed to harvesting more energy from the sun to support our parks.

Each year during Climate Week, New York raises awareness in collaboration with local, national and international partners about the impacts of climate change. A press release said: “Scheduled for September 20-26, Climate Week offers the state the opportunity to continue its leadership on actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience. infrastructure in extreme weather conditions. “

Kulleseid announced the 300-kilowatt solar panel in the park’s maintenance building and cart store at 1410 Buffalo Ave. The panels will provide the electrical grid with the equivalent of the use of the facility, which provides vehicle and maintenance support for park operations and for nature-gasoline carts that transport visitors.

A second phase of the $ 435,000 project involves adding electric storage batteries to allow the facility to disconnect from the grid and continue to operate during power outages or other emergencies.

Over the past decade, State Parks has installed 48 solar panel projects at facilities across the state, with 37 installed by staff and the rest by contractors. These combined facilities are rated at around six megawatts and cover about 15% of the total energy use of state parks. By 2027, State Parks aims to meet half of its electricity needs through renewable energy.

Deputy Angelo Morinello declared: “; It is only fitting that (State) Parks’ solar project is supporting the maintenance operations of the state’s largest source of clean, renewable energy, the mighty Niagara Falls. Thank you, Commissioner, for your vision!

Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino said, “The latest addition to this solar power project at Niagara Falls State Park complements the 150 year history of the city of Niagara Falls as the center of renewable energy. We value the state’s continued commitment to clean and renewable energy sources within our community and look forward to future clean energy projects in the city.

Passed in 2019, the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act puts New York on the path to a carbon neutral economy in all sectors. The climate law also sets the goal of achieving a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040.

The state’s clean energy goals include installing nine gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar power by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage from by 2030. It builds on New York’s rise in clean energy, with more than $ 4 billion invested in 91 large-state-wide renewable energy projects, supporting more 150,000 clean energy jobs in New York in 2019, and 2,100% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011.

New York aims to build on these advances and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, while “ensuring that disadvantaged communities receive at least 35%. with a target of 40% of the profits from investments in clean energies ”.

State parks oversee more than 250 individual parks, historic sites, recreational trails and boat ramps, which are visited by 78 million people each year. For more information on recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit parks.ny.gov, connect on Facebook or follow Twitter.

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