Con Edison Media Relations
April 19, 2012
PACE UNIVERSITY OPENS SOLAR CLASSROOM WITH SUPPORT FROM CON EDISON
PLEASANTVILLE, NY – Students at Pace University can get a first-hand look at how the sun's rays provide a clean, renewable source of energy, thanks to a $15,000 Con Edison grant that funded a new solar classroom.
The university opened its solar classroom - a former cottage that now has solar panels on the roof - this afternoon. Con Edison supported the project as part of its commitment to promoting education and environmental awareness in Westchester County and New York City.
"The solar classroom at Pace University will help us spread our message about the environmental and economic benefits of solar power," said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison's senior vice president for Public Affairs. "The incentives government agencies are offering make this a great time for customers to consider whether they can cut their energy bills by using solar energy."
The Con Edison grant allowed Pace to add solar panels to a building in its Environmental Center. The panels provide 1.5 kilowatts of electricity to the building.
Hundreds of Pace students and visitors use the classroom each year. The university plans to use the classroom to show that solar power can be a viable alternative to fossil fuels.
William Misicka, a student in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences' Environmental Studies program, designed the conversion.
Con Edison is seeking to increase the amount of solar production in Greater New York while avoiding cost increases for ratepayers. The company supports the governor's NY Sun initiative and a NYSERDA proposal to implement it, including a doubling of financing designated for solar resources around the state.
The company is a key player in the 100 Days of Solar initiative, which aims to reduce the solar application process to 100 days, and is working with the City University of New York and the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America City program on initiatives in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's PlaNYC 2030, including increasing solar on city buildings.
The company has a Web site (www.coned.com/es) that allows customers to submit solar applications online. Customers can also go to: http://www.coned.com/dg/solarenergy/default.asp. The site includes links to sites that explain the financial incentives governments offer. The site also includes information on net metering, the practice of allowing customers to use their panels to reduce their bills and even sell excess power back to Con Edison.
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