HAUPPAUGE, NY (WCBS 880) – Suffolk County is continuing to try and lead the way in renewable energy with the opening of a new solar energy project in the county seat.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

The county has opened another another solar-powered carport. This one is outside the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge.

County Executive Steve Levy praised what he calls a no-risk project.

“There’s no investment by our county taxpayers. It’s all profit from the lease and, of course, we get the benefits of cleaner energy as well,” he said. “Suffolk County will derive approximately $8 million in rental payments from [the company] enXco over the next 20 years during the term of this lease.”

Levy says it makes Suffolk the leader in New York state for renewable energy.

“This project is good for our environment. It’s good for national security. It’s good for our local economy,” said Levy, who added that between 150 to 175 jobs will be created as a result of the project.

“In a way, you could say we are the Saudi Arabia of solar power,” said Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island. “This is the way of the future, what you’re seeing here.”

This is the latest of eight such planned facilities to be activated.

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Comments (3)
  1. KPMc says:

    I’m confused. What is a solar-powered carport?

    Despite the lack of information provided by CBS the best I can tell is it just collects solar power and sell’s the energy back to LIPA? It has nothing to do with cars save for thats where they put the panels?

    I think I figured it out but it would be nice if the reporter actually explained what it was. That way commentors wouldn’t seem like complete morons with their asinine responses.

    Some people will argue against renewable energy even when they clearly have no clue what they are talking about, JGNY.

  2. Brian C says:

    This has nothing to do with electric cars, the power is purchased by LIPA.

  3. JGNY says:

    And how much do the drivers pay to use this facility ? When you add up the price of this service and the additional cost to purchase an electric car. It will take 20 years to break even .

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