Hempstead Town has completed a number of progressive renewable energy projects including utilizing solar energy at three government buildings, employing wind energy at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve, utilizing electric cars among various town departments, and unveiling Long Island's first fleet of natural gas taxis and first hydrogen fuel station.
Hydrogen Fuel Station
The goal of Hempstead Town's hydrogen fueling station project is to demonstrate the generation of hydrogen and a blend of hydrogen and natural gas (HCNG), and the use of these fuels in motor vehicles.
Located at the Department of Conservation and Waterways in Point Lookout, it is the first hydrogen fueling station on Long Island, the 5th in the NY Metro Area and the 9th in New York State.
Solar and Wind Powered Shellfish Nursery
The solar and wind powered shellfish nursery is an innovative project designed to utilize alternative energy to grow clams, an activity beneficial to both the ecosystem and the local shellfish industry.
The shellfish project will significantly improve Hempstead's clam beds, reduce costs through clean energy efficiency and help sustain the livelihood of Long Island fisheries. The nursery is expected to increase production to eight million hard clams per year.
The solar house, a self-relying "green" energy house procured from NYIT after its entrance in the 2007 Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, delivers on the promise of sustainable living through a design that is adaptable, smart and incorporates intelligent technology and creative engineering. It will be a working administrative office for the Town of Hempstead's Conservation and Waterways Department as well as a showcase of the potential that alternative energy has.
The solar house will also be used for tours and educational programs.
Over the past several years, Hempstead Town has partnered with LIPA and a number of solar installers to initiate a series of "Solar Seminars" across the breadth of the town. The seminars serve as a way for residents to educate themselves on a less expensive but more efficient alternative to oil. Information on the seminars can be obtained by calling (516) 431-9200.
Solar Car Charging Ports
In 2012 the town established state-of-the-art solar charging stations in Point Lookout. The 14K system, which was funded through grant monies, includes four car charging ports and associated solar canopies. Each port can power two electric-powered vehicles and offers two levels of charging (120V and 240V). The three solar car ports located in the East Marina in Point Lookout are open to the public and can provide power for an array of electric vehicles, including the town's fleet of Global Electric Motorcars (GEMS) and John Deere Gator electric vehicles. One solar car charging port is located within the town's Energy Park adjacent to the Conservation and Waterways Administration Building.