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April 25, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Partners to Test Solar Technologies at SUNY New Paltz  

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation has partnered with state and national organizations to test new solar technologies at the SUNY New Paltz campus, with a commitment of $210,000 by the energy company toward the project.

Under the initiative, a 100-kilowatt solar array with a 200 kilowatt-hour battery storage system was installed to create a microgrid to power the Elting Gymnasium, which also serves as a campus and community shelter. An additional 117 kilowatt solar array was installed on the Sojourner Truth Library.

“The solar panels provide a source of renewable energy to the campus during periods of peak electric demand and the battery storage a source of backup power during emergencies,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Hudson. He said that the project also tests new solar technologies, including smart inverters which allow for more efficient use of solar energy when integrated into the electric grid, and battery storage, which stores electricity from the electric grid and excess energy produced by the panels for use at night, when energy demands are highest, or to support power flows due to solar intermittency.

“Central Hudson is pleased to support this this innovative project to advance technologies that promote reliability and sustainability,” said Mosher. The initiative brings together local, state and national partners to test the latest methods of optimizing storage paired with solar in order to increase resiliency from expanded sources of renewable energy.”

“This project builds upon the college’s many ongoing and successful campus sustainability initiatives, including solar-power generation,” said SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian.

Other key partners for the $1.37 million project include the New York Power Authority, which is investing $580,000 in funding as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program to accelerate energy efficiency in state buildings, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which is contributing $272,000. In addition the Electric Power Research Institute, a national energy industry organization, will conduct the testing and monitoring of the system.

For more information on the initiative and BuildSmart NY, visit www.NYPA.gov.

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Central Hudson is providing $210,000 toward a solar, battery and smart inverter installation at SUNY New Paltz, as part of a $1.37 million project to test the latest in solar technologies and provide a source of renewable energy and back-up power for part of the campus. Partners include Central Hudson, SUNY New Paltz, the New York Power Authority, the New York State Research & Development Authority and the Electric Power Research Institute. Top: A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the college on April 25 to commemorate the installation; third from left is Paul E. Haering, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Systems Operations for Central Hudson and speaker at the event. Above: Solar panels (left) and battery storage units (right) are installed on the Elting Gymnasium at SUNY New Paltz. Additional solar panels are also installed on the Sojourner Truth Library.