Meeting of March 14, 2013

Picture 3Attending (9): Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Stewart Wagner, Debbie Rodriguez, Carol Orvis, Bob Horan.

Guests (2): Tyler Justin, Amanda Tytz.

Announcements/Business:

• CPR Certification Workshop will begin with an 8:30 a.m. setup this Saturday at Maple Hill High School.


Program: Solar Energy Viability in the Northeast


Picture 1Tyler Justin, director of Monolith Solar Energy, showed photos of commercial projects — Grace Fellowship Church, Jack Byrne Ford, Rensselaer DPW, East Greenbush DPW, Schodack Bus Garage, Marshall Sign and Feather Ridge Farm — his company has done in the area.

For commercial install he said, you need about 3,000 square feet of roof space for residential about half that. The limit for a  residential installation is 7,000 watts; for commercial it is 50,000 watts, although it is possible to have a permit for a larger system.

Inverters can be located almost anywhere. Tyler explained that for residential they offer a $99-a-month package through a local bank progra. The homeowner is the owner and it is paid off in six years. With commercial projects, Monolith receives a monthly payment,  owns the system and is responsible for all maintenance.

Tyler told us that the company is conducting workshops at a local high school. He noted that he enjoys working with students and instructing the next generation of solar workers.

Questions/answers: Panels do clear themselves of snow. Monolith must approve the roof and location. Maintenance is low and they handle it for commercial clients. They also handle all building permits and other requirements, system life is 30+ years. Tyler answered many other questions.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 21. No program is planned.


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