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January 30, 2014

SUNY Cobleskill, others take part in plan to boost energy efficiency

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According to the state’s numbers, the installation of the pv array will cost approximately $400,000. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is a state corporation that will provide some of that money through a grant, Quinn said.

Quinn said the pv array will be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, meaning all the materials used are “green” and eco-friendly. The pv array is in line with the college’s commitment to sustainable use of natural resources, Quinn said.

SUNY Delhi has several similar solar panels on its campus, Quinn said, but SUNY Cobleskill’s panels will be significantly larger.

Other schools participating in energy efficiency installations include SUNY Purchase, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Brockport, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY Upstate Medical University, according to the release. Projects at these colleges will include installation of new lighting, heating and ventilation upgrades, new electric motors and replacement of outdated boilers and chillers.

All together, the release said, the projects will cost the state approximately $80 million, but will generate annual savings of $3,586,450.

Construction of the pv array will begin in April, Quinn said. He said the structure should be completed by May. 

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