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Albany School District Reduces Energy Consumption and Carbon Footprint

A school in New York State was able to improve their energy-efficiency and reduce their energy bills with the help of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The school Hackett Middle School in Albany County, New York, planned an extensive renovation in 2008. The school was one of the first junior high schools in the U.S. when it was built back in 1926. It became a middle school in 1974. It expanded further in 2000 when grade six students were admitted. These expansion plans necessitated extensive renovations. The school now had 720 students and faculty in a…

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NY School Installs Cutting Edge Renewable Energy Technology

A New York mill town is once again pioneering the use of cutting edge renewable technology. The City of Cohoes harnessed hydropower back in the mid-1800s, and is now using solar energy to produce power for its schools. Cutting edge technology The Cohoes Middle School and the Cohoes High School are each installing a 45.6 kW rooftop photovoltaic array. These will give the schools a combined solar power capacity of 90kW. It will replace 14% of annual electric consumption for the Middle School, and 10% for the High School. Solar panels will be mounted at a tilt angle of 15…

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Energy Consumption Reduced in NY Educational Institute

The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Center for Environmental Innovation & Education has repurposed a building to create an extremely energy-efficient multi-use facility. The project The project entailed adapting an abandoned industrial building and building a new annex for the Beacon Institute, which is in Beacon, in New York State’s Dutchess County. The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries is a subsidiary of Clarkson University. It’s a not-for-profit environmental research organization. The Beacon Institute operates several facilities. In this project, a multi-use facility was constructed, with meeting and teaching rooms, an exhibition space, administrative offices, and space for storing…

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A NY Fire District Goes Green

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has helped a fire district in NY State go green by going high tech. Averill Park Fire District Averill Park’s Fire District provides first response fire and EMS service for over 3,500 people. It covers more than 10 square miles. The firehouse is Averill Park’s emergency shelter, and served the community and crews from the National Grid during the ice storm of 2008. During this time, firehouse staff served over 300 meals every day! This crucial facility needs upgrading, and now the Fire District is becoming a leader in solar energy. They are…

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North Country School Goes Green and Saves Money

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has helped a New York school invest in sustainable, green heating. The school The North Country School, in the heart of the Adirondack Park, has a long history of forward thinking. Environmental stewardship is central to the school’s mission, and they wanted to reduce their carbon footprint. They were burning almost 28,000 gallons of fuel oil every year to heat the school. They hoped new, green technology could help. The project The school, a not-for-profit institution, could not afford to upgrade. But the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provided a…

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