Hempstead Town Goes Solar with $250,000 Grant from Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr.

Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilwoman Angie Cullin have announced that thanks to a $250,000 grant secured by New York State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Hempstead Town is expanding its array of renewable energy projects at town facilities in Merrick, Bellmore and Seaford.

“As part of my administration’s ongoing commitment to invest in clean energy, I am excited that we will be able to broaden our use of renewable energy sources at town facilities with funding obtained by State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.” stated Supervisor Kate Murray.

“Solar power is a clean and renewable energy source which will help the Town conserve both energy and taxpayer dollars,” said Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. “Through these projects, the Town will be able to generate enough solar energy to power several buildings, cutting costs and delivering valuable savings. I am pleased to have secured this state funding to help the Town of Hempstead lower its energy costs and save taxpayers money.”

Utilizing $95,360 of the state grant, the town recently completed an 11.8 kilowatt solar installation in Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore that will power administrative offices adjacent to the pool. The project includes the installation of 60 solar panels, which are fix-mounted above two breezeways. The panels will collect solar energy from above and reflective light off the cement pool deck below. 

A second solar installation funded by the grant is currently underway at Seamans Neck Park in Seaford. The project, costing $93,750, includes three, dual-axis “solar trackers” which rotate from side to side and pivot up and down, following the sun’s path to maximize efficiency. Each panel will generate energy totaling approximately 5 Kilowatt hours and be used to help power the park’s administrative building.

Additionally, work to install a 10 Kilowatt fixed solar panel system on the roof of the Merrick Senior Center will commence in November. This project will draw upon $59,750 of the state grant secured by the senator. Energy generated by the photovoltaic (PV) system will help to meet electrical demand at the senior center.

“We’re creating an environmentally responsible approach to meeting energy needs, and we are establishing an important ‘green energy’ legacy for our children and future generations,” said Cullin.

Each of the solar project installations is being implemented using expert in-house staff and will help offset energy expenses at the three town facilities in an environmentally-friendly manner. The solar installations complement the town’s growing array of clean energy projects including Long Island’s first hydrogen fueling station, a solar charging station for electric vehicles, the first municipal wind turbine on Long Island, a geo-thermal energy project and a solar and wind powered shellfish nursery. All of these renewable energy projects have been made possible through grants and energy credits with green energy partners.

“I wish to thank Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. for securing this grant which will benefit the residents of Hempstead Town and help keep our planet cleaner and greener,” concluded Murray.