Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of Energy Efficiency Project at Stony Brook

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a comprehensive energy efficiency project at Stony Brook University that will save the campus more than $832,000 in annual energy costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,800 tons a year – the equivalent of taking more than 730 cars off the road.

Equipment upgrades

Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s) in the Physics Building mechanical room are part of the Energy Efficiency Project at Stony Brook.

The project supports Governor Cuomo’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, which is part of the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a statewide energy system that is clean, resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers.

 We are taking aggressive action to combat climate change in our communities across the state, and innovative energy efficiency projects are key to cutting costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York is leading the nation in the green energy movement and pioneering clean technologies to protect our environment for generations to come.”

The $5.7 million initiative was financed and implemented by the New York Power Authority in partnership with The State University of New York. The project also directly supports the BuildSmart NY program, which calls for state-owned buildings to realize a 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency by 2020. The energy efficiency improvements included upgrades to the heating and cooling systems at six buildings on the Stony Brook campus, including installation of a chilled water loop interconnection between the university’s Centers for Molecular Medicine and Life Sciences buildings.

Stony Brook University is always looking for ways to expand our sustainability practices, find cost efficiencies, and thus be as environmentally conscious as possible,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

“With help from the Governor’s BuildSmartNY program and strategic implementation through our friends at NYPA, this initiative will realize savings and operating efficiencies that will have a positive impact on our bottom line for years to come,” President Stanley said.

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