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Long Island completes its first municipal solar-plus-storage project

Ann Bell
The Town of East Hampton

The Town of East Hampton Parks Department building is the first solar-plus-storage project to be completed in a Long Island municipality.

The 165-panel system on the building’s rooftop will provide about 90 megawatt hours of energy every year, offsetting over 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.

A battery will capture energy and save it for later use — after sundown, or during peak energy demands.

The project supports the state’s goal of having 70% of electricity in public sector buildings come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

East Hampton is working toward a community-wide goal of 100% renewable energy on the same timeline. Plans include installing more EV charging stations at town hall, LED street lighting, and a megawatt-scale solar farm on the South Fork.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.