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SOLAR LAMPS STUDIED IN WOODRIDGE

Sullivan Renaissance Lights Installed in 3 Communities

June 25, 2008

[WOODRIDGE] – The LightingResearchCenter (LRC) was back in Woodridge earlier this month to monitor the twelve solar lamp posts installed by Sullivan Renaissance at the end of last year.  The village is one of three locations in SullivanCounty where the lamps have been placed as part of a two year project study being conducted by Sullivan Renaissance and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

 

Other partners include Hadco Lighting of Littlestown, PA, and SolarOne Solutions of Framingham, MA, which jointly developed the solar powered post-top style lamp post fixtures.

 

Based on the campus of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, the LightingResearchCenter is collecting data and conducting an independent research study to measure how well the technology works, as well as what residents and visitors think about the new lights and their design.

 

LRC staff arrived in Woodridge in the evening on July 19, one day before the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  Experts included: head educator Dan Frering, educator Jennifer Brons, RPI researcher Nick Skinner, and second year graduate student Rosa Capo. 

 

Over 40 community members were surveyed about their opinions of the new streetscape and then asked to return after dark to answer questions such as “Do you feel safe on the sidewalk?” and “Can you recognize colors and faces?”

 

Students from two local schools assisted LRC staff with installing light meters on the fixtures and measuring the lighting footprints for photometric comparisons.  FallsburgHigh School students Wesley Castillo and Marie Countryman were joined by science teacher Don Thomas; MonticelloHigh School students Bryan Fuller (who attends RPI this fall as a Rensselaer Medal Scholarship recipient) and Artur Atanov participated with academy of finance director Wendy Levinson.

 

“This is like candy for the students interested in math, science, innovation, business and engineering,” said Levinson, “It’s a very inspiring opportunity to actually work with researchers from LRC and see the importance of entrepreneurship, government and private support working towards innovation.”

 

Sullivan Renaissance Program Development Officer Denise Frangipane, who directs the youth program, said, “This program allowed us to present students with a realized experience by not only learning about renewable energy, but seeing it in our communities.  When they go out into the world they will have the experience of being a part of the future.”

 

MORE DATA COLLECTION

 

The LRC will continue with data collection in SwanLake on July 1 (rain date July 2), and Bethel Woods, July 11 (rain date July 13).  Surveys and data collection will begin at 7:00 pm and continue until dark.  The public is welcome to participate or observe.

 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  Sponsorships have also been provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.

 

For more information call Colleen Emery at Sullivan Renaissance 845-295-2719 or visit the website at www.sullivanrenaissance.org.