K-Solar officially launches on Somers Middle roof in a state first – New York News

K-Solar officially launches on Somers Middle roof in a state first – New York News


SunBlue Energy, a Sleepy Hollow based company, installs solar panels on the roof of a Westchester Day School building Feb. 18, 2016 in Mamaroneck.
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Nearly 400 photovoltaic solar panels atop Somers Middle School were recently turned on, making it the first school in the state to launch its new green rooftop technology as part of the governor’s K-Solar program.

About 50 eighth-graders joined teachers, Superintendent Raymond Blanch and officials from the New York Power Authority at the school last week to celebrate the accomplishment. 

“We talk to kids about being good citizens of the planet and helping to reduce our carbon footprint and this is a good way to take what we teach and put it into action,” said Jeffrey Getman, Somers Middle School principal.

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The district expects to save more than $27,000 in energy costs and reduce carbon by more than 170,000 pounds, which can be tracked on a real-time monitor in the school’s lobby.

In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched K-Solar to help public and nonprofit primary schools throughout the state sign up for the free solar installation program as part of his $1 billion NY-Sun effort to grow sustainable industries across the state.

More than 380 school districts statewide have registered for the program, which also…

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