Geothermal REV project becoming a reality

By Domenick Graziani

55 and over community in Riverhead, LI hosts National Grid’s first installation

Some of the residents of Glenwood Village who are participating in the geothermal heating and cooling project.

Today, 10 residents of Glenwood Village moved one step closer to becoming the first utility-based recipients of geothermal heating and cooling on Long Island as part of National Grid’s first of four downstate New York Reforming the Energy Vision demonstration projects (see link here for project factsheet).

“This is like winning the lottery!” said Brian Stark, owner of Glenwood Village. “By offering our residents cutting edge geothermal technology, they’ll be able to cost effectively heat and cool their homes and be less dependent on fossil fuels, which means less trucks in our community … it’s a real win-win.”

The 10 residents expect to have heat in their homes in time for heating season.

National Grid New York President Ken Daly, and NYSERDA President and CEO, Alicia Barton attended the ribbon-cutting held on the grounds of the active 55+ retirement community in Riverhead, Long Island.

NYSERDA is National Grid’s partner in this project, and will collaborate on collecting performance data and analyzing the information for all installations.

Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive, Ken Daly, National Grid President NY, Alicia Barton, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) President

“As a large energy company right here on Long Island, we believe we can help facilitate the development and adoption of geothermal heating and cooling systems,” Ken said. “This is an investment in the future of clean energy and the future of our customers not only on Long Island, but across New York State. We have always provided customers with clean natural gas, and are now demonstrating the opportunity to provide customers who currently live beyond our gas distribution network with another clean, reliable low-cost heating and cooling alternative in the future.”

National Grid and its contractor, Miller Environmental, are in the process of installing a shared system (community loop field system) that will provide heating and cooling to all 10 homes. The residents currently heat their homes with propane and cool their homes using electric air conditioning units.

The goal of the project is to gather detailed data on cost, effectiveness and customer satisfaction and ultimately determine, in collaboration with the New York State Public Service Commission and NYSERDA, whether the project can be replicated on a larger scale. The project is an outgrowth of National Grid’s KEDLI rate case approval last year and supports Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy.

NYSERDA will also install 35 clean heating and cooling systems throughout Long Island, with five locations identified to date. The remaining sites will be selected in the upcoming months.

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