Sunday, December 25, 2016
Solar Panel Seeks The Future At Somers High School
In early 2015, Governor Pataki set a goal by 2020 to have15% of all schools utilizing renewable energy. The accompanying program was called K-solar, and its official launch last spring probably went unnoticed by many in Somers - despite the proximity of the announcement.
“New York State considers Somers High School a leader in solar power so they came here to kick off the program,” says Somers High School Earth Science Teacher Brian Hugick in referring to the two solar power arrays on school grounds.
Looking back, Hugick’s background in construction provided the reflection he needed to turn his interest in the environment and sustainability into a renewable reality. “I saw that New York State was starting a solar power pilot program and Assistant Principal Kenneth Crowley gave me the go ahead,” says Hugick of the first array set up in 2002.