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A 27-acre Kings Park property that started as a landfill during the 1940s and then became a golf driving range in the '80s is now home to a solar farm.
NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Long Island Power Authority and PSEG Long Island last Thursday formally celebrated the launch of the Kings Park Solar Project, a 4-megawatt renewable energy facility on Old Northport Road. The official opening of the solar farm—which features 18,360 panels—came the same day the state Assembly passed a landmark climate bill calling for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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"I think New York is at a critical time in its history," NextEra spokesman Bryan Garner said. "The state has had really ambitious renewable energy goals, and this is clearly a step in the right direction."
Over its first 20 years in operation, the facility will also generate an estimated $800,000 in revenue for Smithtown, Garner said.
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"When you think about solar energy of this scale, it's equivalent to removing thousands of metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air that would've been generated by fossil fuels," he said.
The farm will power about 1,000 residential LIPA customers in the area annually under a...
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