Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Lisa Mitten
Submission Date March 8, 2018
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State University of New York at New Paltz
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brian Pine
Energy Management Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Solar-Battery Storage Microgrid

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In a partnership with the New York Power Authority, SUNY New Paltz constructed a state-of-the-art solar energy storage system on campus, a major step toward sustainably offsetting reliance on the electric grid.

A total of 217 kilowatts of photovoltaic arrays has been installed on the roofs of the Elting Gymnasium and the Sojourner Truth Library, as well as a hybrid power converter and battery storage system that will enable the College to use stored solar power during emergencies and times of peak demand at Elting Gym. The storage system is located on a concrete pad next to Elting Gym, which is the College’s designated emergency shelter.

This ground-breaking sustainability project is supported by more than $580,000 provided by the New York Power Authority, more than $270,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and $210,000 from Central Hudson Gas & Electric. Additional costs will be financed by NYPA and repaid by the College through the expected energy savings.

SUNY New Paltz received the 2016 Innovative Energy Project of the Year award at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Innovators Summit for the solar-battery storage project.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Air & Climate

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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