2009-01-30 / Business News

LIPA Looks For Backyard Wind Power

With traditional global energy resources decreasing and with fossil fuels contributing to the nation's climate change concerns, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is continuing its commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy and has announced the creation of a Backyard Wind initiative for customers in 2009.

The new program will provide rebates to homeowners, businesses, municipalities, and nonprofits seeking to harness power from the wind through the use of land-based wind turbines.

The initiative is consistent with Governor David Paterson's recently announced "45 X 15" program that establishes the goal of New York State meeting 45 percent of its electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and renewable sources by the year 2015.

LIPA's wind initiative will help transform the market for wind systems on Long Island by achieving the following:

* Increasing consumer awareness and market demand for a variety of wind systems;

* Accelerating the development of a robust, self sustaining local infrastructure for the delivery and the maintenance of quality wind systems;

* Developing a mechanism to overcome financial market barriers;

* Accelerating the cost reduction of wind systems while increasing reliability and performance.

LIPA has committed approximately $1.2 million to the wind initiative in the operating budget for 2009.

The wind power initiative is an expansion of the utility's successful Solar Pioneer program, which has rebated more than $36 million on the installation of nearly 1,700 photovoltaic or "PV" systems since its inception nine years ago.

"In the right location, small wind turbines can generate plenty of emission free electricity and help home and business owners meet their energy needs," said Gordian Raacke, Executive Director of the not-for-profit organization Renew-able Energy Long Island. "Thanks to LIPA's new rebates for small wind turbines and state and federal income tax credits, this technology is now becoming available and affordable to more Long Islanders."

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