From Brookhaven Lab: “Soaking Up Sun at the Long Island Solar Farm for Energy Research at Brookhaven Lab”
May 16, 2013
“Bring on the sunshine! April showers are behind us and the sun is shining a little longer each day in the northern hemisphere. That means the 200-acre Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) at Brookhaven Lab is producing increasing amounts of renewable energy for Long Islanders and data for our researchers.
The 200-acre Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) is located at the east end of Brookhaven Lab. By hosting the LISF and future Northeast Solar Energy Research Center on site, Brookhaven Lab has positioned itself at the forefront of new research to help develop real-world solar energy technologies.
The LISF is the largest solar array in the eastern U.S. and is located at the east end of the Lab site. It contains 164,312 photovoltaic panels grouped and mounted onto more than 6,800 racks. The LISF can produce peak power output of 32 megawatts (MW) of alternating current that powers homes and businesses. Operations began in November 2011, and during its first 12 months, the LISF produced a total of about 54,000 megawatt-hours (MWH) of energy. That’s 23 percent more than the design estimates for 44,000 MWH, which is equivalent to the power usage for about 4,500 homes.
LISF, LLC—a joint venture between BP Solar and Met Life—owns the array and LIPA purchases the electrical output, distributes it, and sells it to customers. BP Solar has announced its intention to exit the solar energy business and we expect it to sell its share to another party, but this would not affect operations or agreements with Brookhaven and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). While the Laboratory doesn’t get any electricity from the LISF, it does get large amounts of data from operations. The Lab will get both electricity and research data from the Northeast Solar Energy Research Center (NSERC) being developed on site. By hosting both arrays here, the Lab has positioned itself at the forefront of new research to help develop real-world solar energy technologies.”
See the full and very enlightening article here.
One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE’s Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization.
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