Solar Power At TechCity Shines A Light On A Growing Industry
by Dylan Taft
on Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 11:47am.
A recent project to install a solar energy system on a rooftop in Kingston’s TechCity is a noteworthy accomplishment for a growing regional industry. The 50 Kilowatt system was manufactured and installed by Solartech Renewables; a tenant in TechCity whose solar panels are the only ones manufactured in the Northeastern United States using 100% American-made parts. The project is, “the realization of our vision for a technology center that both produces and uses green products” says TechCity Chairman Alan Ginsberg “and it’s just the beginning.” After another big tenant, Bank of America, withdrew its tax processing operation from TechCity, the facility has been looking for new tenants with fresh new ideas.
A Regional Solar Cluster
The broader vision stretches far beyond TechCity. Ginsberg and Solartech plan on more solar installations throughout the sprawling business complex, with the hopes of becoming the largest solar rooftop system in New York State. If successful, their efforts will help revitalize the Town of Ulster’s TechCity, which after recently losing Bank of America, is working hard to reinvent itself as a national model for green development. It is also sure to give a boost to the fledgling solar industry in the region. Solartech Renewables is a member of the locally based Solar Energy Consortium, a handful of solar energy companies based in TechCity in an effort to create a regional solar manufacturing cluster.
Great News For Our Area
All of this is great news for Ulster County and the Hudson Valley. Big banks like Bank of America have demonstrated that they are driven solely by profit. Perhaps it is time to embrace a new industry, one that gives back to the community. As oil prices continue to soar, the demand for renewable energy is constantly growing. Wouldn’t it be great if Upstate NY became the Silicon Valley of solar power? A thriving regional industry like solar power would produce jobs and promote movement to our area.Solar power is renewable, environmentally friendly, and rapidly growing. Sounds like the perfect fit for Ulster County, New York!