Putnam County plans for solar carport at government campus.

By Oliver Townsend May 24, 2024
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Putnam County is taking a step towards a more sustainable future by building a solar carport at the Donald Smith Governmental Campus in Carmel. This initiative is made possible by a $100,000 CREST grant administered by the Dormitory Authority of New York State. The project aims to support the transition to clean, renewable energy sources and reduce the county’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Grant-Funded Solar Carport Project

The solar carport at the Smith Campus will be constructed using 70 to 80 photovoltaic modules to harness solar energy. This campus houses various county offices, including the Bureau of Emergency Services, Department of Social Services, I.T. Department, and Department of Senior Resources. County Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, Joe Bellucci, highlighted the county’s intention to convert part of its fleet to hybrid and electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions.

Supporting Electric Vehicles

Underneath the solar carport, Putnam County plans to install 3-4 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, encouraging the use of electric vehicles among employees and visitors. The total estimated cost of the project is $100,000, covering the design, purchase, and installation of the solar facilities. This initiative will complement the existing solar installations on the Smith campus and further promote sustainable practices in the county.

Environmental and Economic Benefits

By investing in solar energy infrastructure, Putnam County is not only reducing its carbon footprint but also saving on energy costs in the long run. The grant funding provided by the State and Municipal State Grant does not require matching funds from the county, making this project a cost-effective way to embrace renewable energy solutions. The solar carport project aligns with the county’s commitment to environmental stewardship and energy efficiency.

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