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Kings Park recycling center goes solar

The Town of Smithtown’s recycling center in Kings Park is now partially powered by the sun.

The town has installed a 50-kilowatt solar energy system — enough to provide about 10 percent of the power needed to run the sprawling recycling plant, which covers about an acre and a half at 85 Old Northport Rd., Smithtown Environmental Protection Director Russell Barnett said.

The town says solar energy will significantly reduce its purchase of electricity from the Long Island Power Authority.

The system, including 161 photoelectric panels mounted on the recycling center’s roof, cost $227,386 after LIPA rebates of $147,591, town officials said in a news release.

The use of solar energy will prevent the release of more than seven tons of sulfur dioxide, three tons of nitrogen oxides and 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, Barnett said.

The recycling center was chosen for the solar energy system because it is the town’s largest user of electricity, the news release said, adding the system should last 30 to 40 years.

Before the end of the year, the town plans to install a 10-kilowatt wind turbine to provide additional power to the center, Barnett said.

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