At a Glance
In 2011, Hempstead – located on the western south shore of Long Island, New York engaged SourceOne (a Veolia Company) to serve as program manager for the development of an innovative energy park, providing technical and fiscal guidance to secure and administer grant funds and develop multiple energy technologies for demonstration and use on a site in Point Lookout, NY. Together, they secured a $4,577,700 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. The energy park includes a hydrogen refueling station powered by wind energy; various solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal, and geothermal technologies; EV charging; a net-zero energy office; and an off-grid capable solar/wind shellfish aquaculture facility. Future additions to the project include (1) desalination through Reverse Osmosis provide potable Water, (2) tidal power demonstration, (3) micro-grid demonstration, (4) expanded data monitoring and acquisition systems. In addition to lowering the Town’s carbon footprint and providing energy savings, the energy park provides a valuable educational resource for the community. For example, the Town works with local educational institutions and provides regular tours of the energy park to promote renewable, clean energy projects.