What do you do when you have 20 million square feet of unused rooftops?
And why not?
- There would be no negative environmental impact from trees having to be cut.
- It would supply low-cost electricity for HIP businesses as well as to low and moderate income residential customers.
- It would generate 50-100 construction jobs created during the build-out period as well as $40 million in total construction revenue.
- And it would produce an estimated $4 million in annual payments to building owners in the Park.
That’s why HIA-LI’s Energy, Utilities, and Infrastructure Committee formed the HIP Solar Initiative. This cooperative initiative will provide economies of scale previously unattainable and going solar will allow building owners to take advantage of substantial economic benefits.
As stated by Lifetime Board Member Jack Kulka, Chair of HIA-LI Energy, Utilities, and Infrastructure Committee, “The HIP Solar Initiative provides the unique opportunity to various businesses in the HIP to upgrade their aging roofs while concurrently installing state of the art solar systems at substantially discounted costs.”
According to Michael Voltz, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables for PSEG Long Island, PSEG encourages businesses to consider installing solar because it’s clean, renewable energy that helps reduce energy costs and reduce our dependence on fossil fuel.
“The Hauppauge Industrial Park has vast roof area and vast untapped solar potential. Through this innovative program, the HIP has the potential to become a national leader in renewable energy while keeping Long Island dollars at home, said HIA-LI Board Member Scott Maskin, CEO of SUNation Solar Systems. “It’s exciting to play a part in fortifying the PSEG grid, while delivering economic benefits to HIP building owners, tenants, and local residential ratepayers. It’s a win-win all around.”
The project would also differentiate the HIP as a leader in distributed energy generation in the United States. It would also help to achieve Governor Cuomo’s initiative to have 50 percent renewable energy in New York State by 2030.
This is yet another example of how HIA-LI – formed 40 years ago with a prime directive in making the HIP the finest concentrated working environment on Long Island – is always on the lookout for ways to enhance members’ opportunities to positively impact their bottom line.
Building owners interested in participating in the program can learn more here.