The Grant Cottage State Historic Site, a 19th-century mountaintop residence where U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant completed his memoirs shortly before his death, is now part of the renewable energy era.
Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid kicked off the operation of a new solar powered micro-grid that is now providing 100 percent of the electricity needed by the two-story residence and visitors center at the remote site on Mount McGregor in Saratoga County.
The first State Parks facility to disconnect completely from the electric energy grid, Grant Cottage is powered by 90 nearby solar panels and 48 batteries for storage of power for later use. A backup propane generator is included for emergency purposes. State Parks staff, assisted by training staff from Hudson Valley Community College, performed the installation.
Grant Cottage is the latest of 33 solar array projects installed at State Parks facilities since 2012 to reduce the reliance of climate change-causing fossil fuels. This project was supported by funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s On-site Energy Manager Program.
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