The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District recently received an extra $227,500 in grant money from a corporation that provides funding for municipal environmental projects in New York State.
The money will be added to $522,500 in grants the district received last year from the Green Innovation Grant Program, run by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp.
The district’s superintendent, Christopher Murphy, said the grants will be applied to a project to build two new microturbines that will allow the district to save more than $100,000 in energy costs per year.
While the district’s sewage-treatment plant currently burns the methane it produces to heat the digesters that process the sewage, the new microturbines will enable the methane to burn more efficiently and also will generate 130 kilowatts of electricity in the process. Solar panels on top of the microturbines will add an additional 10 kilowatts.
The electricity will be fed back into the plant’s grid, Murphy said.
The project, which will cost about $1 million, is scheduled to be completed next year and will make the district the only one on Long Island with this technology, Murphy said.
The district serves the villages of Great Neck, Kensington, Thomaston, Great Neck Plaza, and Saddle Rock, and portions of Manhasset and unincorporated North Hempstead.