East Hampton Town Continues Towards Energy Freedom

The Town of East Hampton announced that it has installed streetlights, like this one in Amagansett, that are totally free of the energy grid. Photo courtesy East Hampton Town

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc announced Tuesday that, as part of the town’s drive to become 100% energy self-sufficient, four new solar-powered streetlights were recently installed in the Amagansett municipal parking lot north of Main Street. The lights are completely off-grid, the supervisor said in a press release, deriving all of their power from the sun by storing that power in batteries.

At the same time, the lights are “dark sky compliant,” the supervisor said. The town also recently installed six solar powered lights to illuminate the large parking lot around the town hall campus.

These solar-powered lights are the first of what the supervisor promises to be many such lights throughout the town that rely exclusively on solar lamp  technology.

The installation is part of an overall “greening” of the municipal lot. “Earlier this summer, an environment-saving, low-nitrogen septic system was installed at the public restroom at the same parking lot. The system reduces discharge of nitrogen, identified as a key pollutant of ground and surface waters, by 80 percent,” the supervisor pointed out.

As part of its push to become truly self-sustainable, energy-wise, the town is also deploying arrays of solar panels, both on the ground and on rooftops.

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