Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Chairman Richard M. Kessel and Brookhaven Town Supervisor John J. Lavalle unveiled Long Island’s first wind turbine based at a municipal facility earlier this month.Brookhaven, New York – May 23, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The wind turbine, located at the future site of Brookhaven’s new Farmingville Town Hall will supply electric power to support the new facility’s waste treatment plant. Brookhaven’s new energy producing wind turbine was co-funded by LIPA, the Town of Brookhaven and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Kessel and Supervisor Lavalle also designated the new Brookhaven Town Hall as Suffolk County’s first “Energy Center.” Utilizing LIPA’s Commercial Construction Program, the Energy Center will integrate the latest in energy efficient technologies and the application of clean and Renewable Energy resources, as part of the building’s design. LIPA will provide a total grant of up to US$500,000 for the project. “This new wind turbine and future Energy Center is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished when government agencies plan ahead and work together to use electric resources efficiently,” said Kessel. “The Town of Brookhaven and Supervisor Lavalle should be commended for their innovation and foresight. LIPA looks forward to working with the town and the DOE on future energy projects that will not only help the Town of Brookhaven but the entire Long Island region.” “We are proud to host Suffolk County’s First Energy Center and Long Island’s First Municipal Wind Turbine right here at Brookhaven’s new Town Hall,” said Brookhaven Supervisor John Jay LaValle. “Brookhaven Town is actively seeking renewable and alternative energies to generate power for Town Hall, hoping this will lead the way for power generation for many of Long Island’s residents in the future.” LIPA’s support of the wind turbine and the Energy center is part of LIPA’s Clean Energy Initiative (CEI). The CEI is a multi-year, US$170 million program implemented at Governor George Pataki’s direction to promote energy conservation and efficiency, and to research, develop and implement the use of alternative energy technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal and fuel cells. The first phase of Brookhaven’s Energy Center will be the installation of photovoltaic panels on the building’s roof. These panels will be rated at 20 kW, and could potentially provide 20,000 watts of electric power directly to Brookhaven’s Town Hall. That’s enough electricity to power 20 average homes. Additionally through the application of LIPA’s Commercial Construction Program, LIPA will conduct a detailed engineering audit and analysis of the buildings energy needs and recommend where significant savings may achieved through design improvements. LIPA’s Commercial Construction Program provides financial incentives to customers who agree to specify and install energy-efficient equipment in buildings under construction or renovation. The program also offers technical assistance to developers and their design teams to facilitate the construction or renovation of buildings with an energy use performance that exceeds standard building practice.