Projects Will Put Power Underground In 2 Communities

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Clarkson University has just won a grant of nearly $400,00 dollars to study and design a resilient underground microgrid.

Solar, wind and hydropower will all play a part in providing electricity in the village of Potsdam.

"We always want and expect energy to be delivered to us 24/7 without interruption," Clarkson President Tony Collins said. "The outcome of this project would, in fact, you would notice energy production even less."

The study has national implications. What researchers learn in Potsdam will be put to use around the country.

"People understand that the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine," Collins said. "In the back of a lot of people's mind is how does that affect and impact the operation of the grid. This project will start to explain that to the operators of grids."

Independently, the village of Sackets Harbor is embarking on a $7 million dollar project that will use state and federal funds to replace the 120 year old sewer and water systems and put other utilities underground, too.

"Underground is going to be, I think, the best part of the project," Mayor Vince Battista said. "Water, sewer, obviously, all the telephone lines, all the electric lines, cable will go underground. We will also think forward enough to put in a conduit line -- an empty conduit line all through Main Street -- to someday feed the fiber optics option."

Work on the Main Street project will be in spring and fall, skipping the popular summer tourism season and will be done by 2017 or 2018.

There will be new black top, sidewalks, granite curbs and plantings.

Monday, December 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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