Solar Panels Installed at Cornell Cooperative Extension

Town of Dickinson, NY – Director of the Office of Energy Development Margaret Scarinzi teamed up with  Legislator Scott Baker and Dave Bradstreet of Cornell Cooperative Extension to announce details of a cost saving solar project.

“We created the Office of Energy Development to help the County find ways to utilize alternative energy and lower energy costs,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “This is just another example of the great work done by that department.”


A 7,000 square foot solar array has been installed on the roof of the building on Front Street.  It’s expected to generate 50,000 kilowatts of electricity a year, which would help save nearly 10 percent annually in electric utility costs.


“This is just another example of how using alternative energy sources can help save people hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year in energy costs,” says Margaret Scarinzi, director of the Office of Energy Development.  “We hope the success of the program here at Cornell Cooperative Extension will lead other places to consider using solar power.”


Cornell Cooperative Extension in Broome County is the second CCE association to take part in NYSERDA’s Purchase Power Agreement which includes incentives, tax credits and private investments.


“We are pleased to be a part of this program,” says Dave Bradstreet of Cornell Cooperative Extension. “This project is part of our goal of increasing this building’s overall energy efficiency, while using renewable energy applications where appropriate.”


“As a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board I am pleased to announce this great new project,” said Broome County Legislator Scott Baker. “These cost savings will allow Cornell Cooperative Extension to better fund its vital programs that the farmers and the community here in Broome County greatly rely on.”


Solar power is increasing in popularity as many residents and even some local schools are reaping the benefits of using solar power.


05/21/2014 - 2:32pm