A army of about 40 aggregate in the Cronig’s Market parking lot in Vineyard Haven Friday morning to mark the official “flipping of the switch” on the aboriginal appearance of the Vineyard Ability Cooperative’s (VP) solar awning activity at Cronig’s Market. The two alongside canopies, advised to aftermath 64 Kw of electricity each, awning the ancillary parking lot of the grocery store. The project’s additional appearance will add one 83 Kw awning over allotment of Cronig’s advanced parking lot.
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Representatives and advisers of the businesses complex in the about $1 actor dollar activity fabricated up best of the crowd. Activity leaders took turns praising the solar canopies.
Vineyard Ability admiral Richard Andre declared the projects his alignment is pursuing, including a solar arrangement at the Aquinnah landfill. He abundant the cooperative’s affairs to advice abatement the Vineyard’s assurance on deposit fuels through the development of windmills as able-bodied as solar arrays. He thanked the cooperative’s associates and those clandestine individuals who helped accounts the project, forth with the Edgartown National Bank and the companies complex in the project, and he acicular out that bounded activity formed on the project.
Cronig’s Market leases the parking lot amplitude to VP. Steve Bernier, Cronig’s owner, said he is admiring to be complex in the “first Island activity of its kind.” He said the awning activity represents a “paradigm shift” that will accept a affecting aftereffect aural 20 to 30 years.
He echoed Mr. Andre’s comments about absent to see agnate projects awning accessible parking spaces at the Regional High School, the YMCA, and the Park and Ride lot. Mr. Bernier thanked VP for the befalling to advice advance an accession to the Island’s activity accumulation and to abode all-around abating in a advantageous way.
John Abrams, admiral of South Mountain Company, artist of the project, declared the activity as a abundant archetype of “thinking globally and acting locally.”
Mr. Abrams said that the 4,000 aboveboard afar of parking lots in the United States could, if covered with agnate solar canopies, aftermath 50 percent of the country’s electrical needs. He added the airport and Steamship Authorities parking lots to the account of accessible solar awning activity sites on the Island. The Cronig’s activity he said, is “a abundant advance in tomorrow, with allotment today.”
Massachusetts’ accompaniment agent Dan Wolf, the founding buyer of Cape Air and adept adherent of solar power, abounding the event. He smiled and said Cape Air does not accept any electric planes – yet.
Senator Wolf said the solar awning would become the “new normal” for Vineyard children. He said he is absolutely committed to analytic for bounded models of activity bearing and said “listening to the choir of the association will advance us to a brighter future.”
Paul Pimentel, administrator of the lath of VP, continuing abutting to his two-month-old all-electric Nissan Leaf automobile, talked about the advantages of owning and operating an all-electric car on the Vineyard. He said there are absolute accumulation in ammunition costs over afire gasoline.
Mr. Pimental expects to save $4,500 in seven years over alive an centralized agitation car, including the bulk of new batteries. He said that his car will afford no CO2 and that a commensurable gasoline car would afford 50 bags of CO2 in seven years.
He again acquainted his car into one of the four charging stations that are accessible below the Cronig’s canopies. The stations acquiesce barter to recharge their cars chargeless while arcade at Cronig’s. He got a acceptable beam from the army aback he acicular out that the charging stations are an allurement to boutique longer.
VP appear the Cronig’s awning activity in an email beatific to associates on January 11, this year. There was little action to the plan. Architecture began on April 4.
A lifetime affairs pale in Vineyard Ability is accessible to the accessible at fees that ranged from an antecedent ancient fee of $50. The associates fee is now $150, and increases annual until 2016, aback it will be $950. There are now 1,251 members.
The VP website states that the bread-and-butter allowances of accommodating associates activate with counterbalanced electricity prices by 2016 and again decidedly lower prices afterwards the antecedent costs period.
The completed awning activity is accepted to aftermath 25 per cent of Cronig’s ability needs, according to the accumulated acceptance of about 35 boilerplate Vineyard homes, according to VP. Cronig’s Market leases the awning amplitude to VP and has an advantage to buy the awning in 10 years.
Financing the project
Canopy artist Laurence Mackler agrees that it will be some time afore the abridgement of calibration brings the bulk of installing wind and solar projects to an affordable akin afterwards government support. Mr. Mackler said there are alone a scattering of states area a activity like the Cronig’s awning activity would be economically feasible, and Massachusetts is one of them because of accompaniment provided incentives.
There are federal incentives in the anatomy of tax credits in the ambit of 30 percent for the accession of addition activity projects. The subsidies accumulate to the buyer of the project, VP, and by addendum to the investors.
Massachusetts is one of alone six states that offers what are accepted as alive solar renewable activity credits (SREC).
According to an commodity on the Renewable Activity World website www.renewableenergyworld.com, an industry site, the SREC “currently accommodate a six percent aftereffect on solar projects, that cardinal is accepted to be 15 percent by 2020. This allurement is accepted to accompany over 300,000 kW of solar bearing to Massachusetts by 2014. In addition, solar jobs in the accompaniment of Massachusetts accept already tripled from 2007 to 2010.”
The aggregate of the federal tax credits and the SREC makes a activity like the Cronig’s solar arrangement possible, according to Mr. Mackler. He said that if he had admission to the aforementioned credits that the oil industry has we could be an activity absolute country in a almost abbreviate time.
VP’s Richard Andre was afraid to accommodate banking capacity on the Cronig’s project, added than that the absolute bulk of the activity is about $1.1 million. He did say that the banking credits for the electricity generated by the panels would go to Cronig’s, which would again address a analysis to VP for the aforementioned amount, about affairs the ability generated from VP.
Canopy artist Laurence Mackler
The solar canopies over the Cronig’s parking lot were the abstraction of designer, architect, solar ability advocate, and above Vineyard citizen Laurence Mackler. He alternate to the Island aftermost anniversary to see the canopies his company, Solaire Generation, advised and built.
Solaire Generation, based in New York, designs, manufactures, and installs solar parking structures and systems. Solaire Bearing is now architectonics the better solar barn in the United States for Rutgers University and congenital the currently better accumulated solar barn for Dow Jones. Solaire bogus the Cronig’s canopies.
Mr. Mackler aboriginal visited the Island for one weekend as an 18-year-old. Years later, afterwards admission from Dartmouth College, area he went because they had a abundant woodworking shop, and afterwards four years designing and authoritative appliance in New York City, and four years at Harvard, Mr. Mackler confused to the Vineyard in 1996. He was arrive to the Island by an old Dartmouth friend, Beth Kostman, now an architect/interior artist with the South Mountain Aggregation in West Tisbury. He had aloof becoming a master’s amount in architectonics from the Harvard Graduate Academy of Design.
On the Vineyard, Mr. Mackler interviewed with artist Mark Hutker and formed with him for a abbreviate while, again congenital houses. “I formed my base off for two years and paid off all my academy loans,” he said. He advised and congenital several houses, including Andre Previn’s music flat in West Tisbury.
Brian Cuff, Solaire Generation’s administrator of architecture and architecture and a acquaintance of Mr. Mackler at Harvard, additionally lived and formed on the Vineyard and helped body Mr. Previn’s music library.
Mr. Mackler said he larboard the Island at that time because he was adolescent and single, and New York had a lot added to offer. Afterwards a day and a bisected on the Vineyard this trip, he said, “I forgot how nice it is here. I will be back.”
He and his wife Elizabeth now accept one son and addition due in January. They alive beyond the artery from the tennis courts in Central Park in New York. He manages to get out aboriginal to comedy tennis a brace of times a week, alike with a abounding assignment schedule.
One of his new designs is an American banderole solar panel. He said he is accessible to best any architecture abstraction “as continued as we aftermath apple-pie activity and advice save the environment. Designing barrio that don’t absorb acceptable technology aloof doesn’t accomplish sense. Barrio can’t aloof be beautiful. That’s an ancient and anachronistic paradigm.
“We are actual appreciative to see our patented solar awning on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Although not the aforementioned in calibration as our added projects, the Cronig’s activity is actual important to me and the Solaire aggregation because it is in the accessible area and on an Island that cares acutely about what’s congenital and the accustomed landscape.”
For added advice on Solaire Bearing go to www.solairegeneration.com
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