Department of Energy lab starts up solar plant in New York
As solar panels have steadily grown more cost effective, the technology has expanded well past the areas traditionally associated with solar power. Now the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has started generating power at its major new solar installation on Long Island in New York.
The new Long Island Solar Farm includes more than 164,000 solar panels spread across nearly 200 acres near the lab's facilities in Upton, New York. All told the system is capable of putting out as much as 32 megawatts of power and is expected to produce nearly 50 gigawatt-hours of electricity every year, making it easily the biggest solar installation to date in New York.
"In addition to providing thousands of Long Island homes and businesses with clean, renewable electricity, this impressive solar array also offers Brookhaven Lab scientists a unique opportunity to study the challenges of deploying large-scale solar power installations in the northeastern U.S," Doon Gibbs, Brookhaven Lab’s deputy director for science & technology, said in a statement.
The solar system is expected to provide clean, renewable electricity for as many as 4,500 New York residents, offsetting more than 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.