A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

Farmingdale State’s solar carport debuts

Two plug-in Toyota Priuses belonging to professors and a student’s Nissan Leaf were already sipping electricity from Farmingdale State College’s solar carport when the grandees arrived for a ribbon-cutting Monday morning.

The carport, built for $725,000 in grant money in a parking lot near Lupton Hall, can charge 20 plug-in vehicles at a time. It draws power from 390 overhead solar panels that produce about 100 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power 10 good-sized houses. Any excess feeds into the campus grid, with the potential to save thousands of dollars a month on the electric bill.

School officials say it is the only such facility on Long Island and for the next year, charging will be free for anyone with a campus parking decal; after that there will be a fee based on what the college pays for its own power. At current rates, said Kamal Shahrabi, dean of the School of Engineering Technology, that would come out to about $1.50 for a full four-hour charge. “These kinds of things have utility, and in the future they’re going to be much more common,” Hubert Keen, Farmingdale’s president, said.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.