National Grid has given a US$225,000 Renewable Energy and Economic Development grant to the University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) to help fund a photovoltaic control and monitoring centre (PVCMC). The monitoring centre, located in the Albany NanoTech Complex, will facilitate the collection of real-time research data to help with the installation of roof-mounted PV systems in New York state.
“The UAlbany NanoCollege is grateful to National Grid for its continued support in furthering CNSE’s efforts to develop innovative, nanotechnology-enabled green energy technologies,” CNSE’s senior vice president and CEO, Alain Kaloyeros, said. “This investment will serve to accelerate CNSE’s growing portfolio in solar energy technologies, which hold great promise for reducing energy consumption, protecting the environment, and generating economic growth to benefit all New Yorkers.”
“CNSE’s PV Control and Monitoring Center will become a key regional and statewide asset, driving additional PV installations in New York State and generating substantial economic development through business attraction and job growth. In addition, the demonstration facilities will serve as a living laboratory to train undergraduate and graduate students to perform research and enable technology transfer to industry,” added CNSE’s vice president for Clean Energy Programs, Pradeep Haldar.
This National Grid grant is part of the company’s comprehensive economic development plan for upstate New York and is further indication of the state’s commitment to renewable technology.