The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), a nonprofit municipal electric utility, and the Carle Place School District, Carle Place, N.Y., have completed the first photovoltaic (PV) solar power system to be installed by a Long Island school district under LIPA's Solar Pioneer Program.
By participating in the Solar Pioneer Program, the Carle Place School District received a $198,500 rebate, which will help offset some of the capital costs for installing five PV systems. To date, LIPA has rebated over $22.9 million for the installation of approximately 859 PV systems throughout Long Island under the program.
The five PV systems, installed by Johnson Controls and Rockmore Contracting Corp., total 49.54 kW and will produce approximately 57,500 kWh of electricity per year. This will save the district and its taxpayers about $10,177 in electricity costs annually.