The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) just announced that Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College are the winners of the New York State Energy to Lead Competition. They each will receive $1 million for their winning project submissions focused on solar, geothermal and microhydro power.
“The ‘Energy to Lead Competition’ is challenging New York’s emerging energy leaders to turn innovative ideas into cutting-edge solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy bills and improve resiliency in communities across the state,” New York Gov. Andew Cuomo said in a statement.
The University at Buffalo project will partner with the city of Buffalo and non-profit and educational institutions to install 100 megawatts of solar power throughout the city and college and university campuses. SUNY Broome Community College will demonstrate how a geothermal energy system works by harnessing the energy stored in the earth to heat and cool the campus. The Bard College project will show how microhydropower systems can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Energy Department, microhydropower “can be one of the most simple and consistent forms of renewable energy on your property.” The turbine, pump, or waterwheel transforms the energy of flowing water into rotational energy, which is converted into electricity. According to the DOE, microhydropower systems usually generate up to 100 kilowatts of electricity. The Bard project will use local dams to develop microhydropower. According to NYSERDA, the project is expected to avoid 335 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking 70 cars off the road.
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