Haverstraw Public Library's Solar Installation Ushers in a Sunny Future
In May 2015, the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of a 65 kilowatt solar panel system at its main library, located at 10 West Ramapo Road, Garnerville, Rockland County, New York
Working with OnForce Solar of the Bronx, NY, the system cost $222,600. Library administrators sought external funding for over 82% of the project via a Public Library Construction Grant from the New York State Education Department and a rebate from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Authority). The system is expected to produce over 76,000 kilowatt hours per year, saving the Library approximately $13,000 per year, with a total savings of $325,000 over the 25-year life expectancy of the solar panels.
Library Director Claudia Depkin said, “This is another opportunity for the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library to demonstrate to our community the exceptional return on investment we provide. For an initial outlay of $39,209, we will reap savings in the hundreds of thousands over 25 years. We’ll break even in only 3 years, and set the standard for fiscal responsibility and environmental sustainability in public buildings here in Haverstraw and Rockland County.”
Rockland County Executive Edwin Day said, “The board and staff of the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library have done an amazing job of providing an excellent return on investment with the installation of the solar panels. By using largely non-taxpayer dollars, they’ve shown wisdom in seeking sustainable options to ease the impact on residents and our environment.”
For more information on this project, contact Claudia Depkin, Library Director, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library.
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