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Posted on: April 15, 2019

Solar Panel Installation Moving Forward at Brookhaven Calabro Airport

Group photo at Airport Solar project

Farmingville, NY –  On April 12, Supervisor Ed Romaine visited Brookhaven Calabro Airport to assess the progress of the solar panel installation at the future Renewable Energy Generating Facility. Upon completion in August 2019, the site will include more than 10,000 ground-mount solar arrays at four locations within the airport. Per Supervisor Romaine’s directive, installation of the low-profile panels requires no trees to be removed. The new facility will generate 36 MW DC power, enough to provide electricity to 250-300 homes, 24 hours a day. It will be managed by Agilitas Energy, LLC, who has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PSEG Long Island and a Site Lease Agreement with the Town. Pictured left to right are Tom Gadomski, Senior Project Manager from Agilitas Energy, LLC; Supervisor Romaine and Ryan Owens, Brookhaven Calabro Airport Maintenance Mechanic.

Supervisor Romaine said, “When I announced my Green Energy Initiative in 2015, I called for a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from Town operations by the end of 2020, and we are well on our way to achieving that goal. These solar projects are a key element of our overall commitment to protect and preserve the environment in Brookhaven Town for generations to come.”

In May of 2014, the Town was awarded a Feed-In Tariff from PSEG Long Island for solar arrays on four Town-owned sites: Brookhaven Calabro Airport and the Brookhaven Landfill, as well as the Manorville Compost Facility and the Holtsville Ecology Site, both of which are currently generating electricity. Since then, more sites have been added, including the Amphitheater parking lot and Brookhaven Town Hall. The sites were selected after a review was conducted by PSEG Long Island, on behalf of LIPA to determine the likelihood of a successful project. This is part of the utility company’s multi-phase Clean Solar Initiative program designed to produce clean, renewable power for Long Island. The Town will lease the sites (except the Amphitheater) to Agilitas, a solar developer. The company will cover the cost of all construction and maintenance and provide the power to LIPA.

Division of Public Information * Office of the Supervisor
One Independence Hill • Farmingville • NY 11738 • Phone 631-451-6595

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