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A Plan To Turn Parking Lots Into Solar Carports

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In what appears to be the solar version of the proverbial "can't miss plan," Suffolk County is encouraging a project that would turn parking lots into solar power lots.

Under the proposal, Suffolk would build solar panel carports at seven of its largest parking areas, Suffolk Executive Steve Levy said. "It's a win-win for everybody, as not only do solar carports generate clean energy, but they provide a convenient shelter from hot sun or inclement weather for drivers," said Levy.

Through the Long Island Power Authority and enXco, a California based international wind and solar project developer, a long term lease agreement with Suffolk County will provide up to 50 megawatts of solar power to the grid, said LIPA President and CEO Kevin S. Law.

Parking lots at government complexes, as well as at several Long Island Railroad stations will be utilized as part of the plan.

"Solar energy is clean, renewable and safe, and our large parking areas provide ideal locations for solar panels," said Levy.

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