New Solar Car Port Unveiled

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Hempstead Town Unveils New Solar Car Port

The Town of Hempstead celebrated the grand opening of the its four new state-of-the-art solar car charging stations during a press conference held at Point Lookout's East Marina last week.

Among the first vehicles to utilize the new environmentally friendly charging stations will be two additions to the Town of Hempstead fleet that were unveiled at the press conference – a pair of John Deere Gator Electric Vehicles.

The charging station units and the associated solar canopy have a value of approximately $200,000. The canopy was funded with federal grant monies secured by the town while the charging station units were provided to the town by Green Power Technologies with the benefit of federal grants provided to that company. The 14K system was installed by EmPower Solar. The solar car ports at East Marina will be open to the public and will be free of charge (during an evaluation period).

With one overnight charge, the two electric-powered John Deere “Gator” vehicles can be used all day for transportation, as well as hauling up to 500 pounds of materials. One of the new vehicles will be stationed at the Oceanside Nature Study Area, with the other at the Department of Conservation and Waterways headquarters in Point Lookout.

Animal Shelter Offering 40 Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries for Feral Cats

Helping to curb the population of stray cats in Hempstead Town, the town's animal shelter will host a free Trap/Neuter/Return Day on Saturday, July 28. On a first-come, first-serve basis, the animal shelter will perform 40 free spay/neuter surgeries on cats trapped by town residents.

Feral cats brought to the shelter on this date will also receive a rabies vaccine, a 5-in-1 one-year vaccine, 30-day flea control and mandatory left ear tipping. Appointments must be made in advance. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Animal Shelter's TNR coordinator, Steve Reichert, at sreichert@tohmail.org or (516) 785-5220, ext. 4630.

Cats must be brought to the Animal Shelter in a trap (no pet carriers) between the hours of 6-7:30 a.m. Pets are returned (to those residents who dropped them off) from 3-5 p.m. the same day.

Andria July 02, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Cat/s, I adore you but please find a new home. There is no way I'm going to take a chance at capturing adult feral cat's, but I sure wish my neighbor would stop feeding them. I have a toddler and fear these cat's are going to scratch or bite her.
Jenn July 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I have one of those neighbors - he puts the cat food on his back deck and of course not only do the cats come, but the neighboring raccoons have also found their way.....
Longbeacher July 02, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Florence ,i agree with you totally about solar power ,but what TOH needs is less workers driving around doing nothing .i saw ,and i really did see this .8 people putting up a sign ,it was 18 x 12 inch metal sign ,it was amazing how hard these guys worked to make pt lookout look for the 4th , why is it after that they go back to doing nothing ,im sure there some that are hard workers ,just saying
Jack July 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM
The problem with solar power is that it just does not make economic sense right now. It will one day, but right now, the technology is just too immature. Just look at the Town of Hempstead wind power turbine. A great idea, right? The issue is that it cost about $750,000 to build, and will generate savings of a whopping $40,000 per year. A break even/payback of 17-19 years makes not rational sense for anyone looking to make an investment. But in this case, solar power is justified because the Town of Hempstead used a Federal grant. So you might think we got it for "free," but in reality, nothing the government does, any government, is truly free. And in the case of solar power, it only creates electricity during daylight hours. That basically means that only about 1/2 of any given day, assuming bright sunlight, will power be made. If you want to install solar panels on your house, go right ahead. You can use your money as you want. Just don't be so delighted when the government puts solar power everywhere. Unless of course, you will be thrilled when your taxes go up to pay for these "Investments."
Lee john June 24, 2013 at 02:35 AM
It is really worth watching and i will admire the effort you made. I will suggest you to visit: http://www.durasteel.co.nz/shop/car-ports.html


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