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Power Generation at Stillwell Station

As Richard suggested last week, I obtained a copy of the Brooklyn Heights Courier (June 18-24) because it published content relevant to our Along the Shore Workshop. I had time to read the paper today, and the front page has an interesting article about BQE modernization. I also read a story about condos in Williamsburg. But what really grabbed my attention was an article on page 18 about the solar panels at Stillwater Ave. Subway Station. NYC Transit Chief Environmental Engineer Tom Abdallah is quoted in the article. The article states that some of the solar panels are already damaged, not soon to be repaired. (I remember that a member of our group asked about this.) Furthermore, the article states that the solar panels are presently capable of powering only the lights and MetroCard machines at the station. Contrary to what I thought we were led to believe at the architectural firm, the solar panels are NOT connected to the electrical grid. I was very disappointed to read this. Apparently, the project was meant more as an “educational service” about renewable energy, rather than a practical way to augment the electrical needs of the subway station. Were we victims of “Greenwashing”?!

~Debra Socci