The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), in partnership with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc. (FREE) and EmPower Solar, has completed a multi-site solar PV installation consisting of 45 new photovoltaic systems on nonprofit FREE facilities. The installations total nearly 800 kW.
Working with LIPA, FREE – an organization offering community living opportunities and alternatives to provide independent living – commissioned EmPower Solar to install the solar PV project at four commercial and 41 residential properties across Long Island.
The arrays vary in size from a 2.07 kW residential system in Patchogue to a 124 kW system at FREE's main facility in Old Bethpage. The 45 PV systems will produce approximately 1.02 GWh of electricity annually. LIPA's Solar Entrepreneur program provided incentives to mitigate the costs and make the choice to install the solar PV systems at all these locations economically beneficial, the utility adds.