NPS to Place Solar System in NY Science Center

April 06, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Northern Power Systems Inc. (NPS, Waitsfield, VT), a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., has received a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to build a photovoltaic (PV) energy system at the Black Rock Forest Consortium's Center for Science and Education in Cornwall, NY. Terms of the installation deal were not disclosed.

The building that will incorporate Northern's solar energy system is both a research center and a sustainable energy facility, using technologies such as self-composting toilets, solar radiation, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. The site also has a sophisticated data-acquisition system for the various systems in place for research and educational purposes.

Northern Power's 24 kW PV system is expected to provide almost 50% of the building's electrical needs. The system is comprised of two components: a large array on the roof of the Science Center, and a series of additional ground-mounted arrays located throughout the grounds.