Southampton Town To Host Renewable Energy Event at Long Beach

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Who knew you could head to the beach to chat with an expert about the benefits of electric and hybrid cars? Or rooftop solar power? Or how a household battery system or a smart thermostat could reduce electric bills?

The Town of Southampton will be putting on a free Renewable Energy Event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the northeast end of Long Beach at which Toyota and Chevrolet dealers with present their electric and hybrid vehicles; the owners of a Tesla and a Honda Clarity will show off their cars; and experts will explain how going solar at home can save money and how electric bills can be reduced without installing panels on your roof.

The event was originally scheduled for June 23, but was rescheduled because of rain.

Lynn Arthur

There will be exhibits about the proposed South Fork Wind Farm and the town’s septic system rebate program. The Sonnen company will display its lithium iron “whole home” storage battery, which can provide power when the grid fails and reduce consumption during peak-demand periods.

Applications also will be available for free home energy audits and free evaluations for the installation of solar panels.

“You will learn things by attending this event that will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars,” said organizer Lynn Arthur, program coordinator for Tri-Energy, a project of the town’s Sustainable Southampton Green Advisory Committee, on which she serves as a volunteer.

The committee’s purpose is to help the town achieve its official target of carbon neutrality through a combination of conservation, efficiency, and alternative energy sources. Its Tri-Energy project aims to educate residents about the benefits of installing rooftop solar panels, improving their household energy efficiency and using storage batteries to reduce demand on the electric grid during peak periods.

The town offered a similar event in Hampton Bays in April that was attended by 400 people.

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Peter Boody is news editor of The Sag Harbor Express. Previously he was the editor of the Southampton Press for many years and also edited several other papers, including the Shelter Island Reporter and the East Hampton Press, of which he was founding editor. He was a regular correspondent for the New York Times Long Island section and wrote the novel “Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me.”