Kopernik Observatory unveils new high-efficient HVAC system

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Lupardo secures Assembly Capital Grant to help fund renovations

(VESTAL, NY) – In addition to looking to the skies, Kopernik Observatory is now looking at lower utility costs after installation of a new HVAC system at its Vestal educational center. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo secured a $50,000 Assembly Capital Grant to help Kopernik install the new equipment, which also includes a real-time monitoring system of the geothermal and solar panel systems. $20,000 in support was also provided by the Community Foundation of South Central NY and NYSEG.

“It’s important to invest in our community assets like this observatory and science center,” said Assemblywoman Lupardo. “Replacing aging heating and cooling systems has a huge benefit to the users. Their high efficiency results in lower utility bills and allows businesses, like Kopernik, to invest those savings directly back into the programs they offer.”

“We are so grateful to Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, The Community Foundation of South Central NY and NYSEG for making this possible,” said Drew Deskur, Executive Director at Kopernik Observatory & Science Center. “This necessary replacement of our HVAC system has allowed us to save 36% over our energy expenses from the previous year. In addition, the real-time display of how both systems operate allows Kopernik educators to integrate this information into our classes and camps and the general public can learn more about how renewable energy sources can save their household some real money.”

Other groups interested in taking advantage of grant opportunities for similar upgrades are encouraged to contact Assemblywoman Lupardo’s office by calling 607-723-9047.