SUNY New Paltz Tapped for $5 Million Solar Grant
Congressman Maurice Hinchey, a SUNY New Paltz alumnus, announced on October 5, 2010 that he has secured a key House panel's approval of a major investment that will allow SUNY New Paltz to develop a test lab for solar energy research and development on behalf of the Department of Defense.
With this investment, the college would create a "test and characterization laboratory" led and staffed by SUNY New Paltz Engineering and Science professors and students. In this environment, equipment, knowledge, and tools would be shared and guidance would be available to assist companies in meeting the thick array of regulations and technical requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The funding would also be used by the business school to develop a program to help the region's solar companies navigate the procurement process. Its professors and students will help these emerging and growing companies to understand the newest competitiveness models, develop a culture of innovation, and understand how to best service the U.S. Department of Defense in its solar needs.