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  • McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP Works with Manhattanville College to Complete Innovative Solar Project

    White Plains law firm McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP is pleased to announce the
    completion of a solar carport project at Manhattanville College in Purchase. Land use
    approvals for the innovative project were secured by Seth M. Mandelbaum, a partner at the
    firm who specializes in alternative energy projects.

    Several of the campus parking lots at Manhattanville College are now covered with 3,600
    solar panels that will provide 1.1 megawatts of sustainable, emissions-free electricity. With
    the new solar panels, the college can source 20 percent of its electricity from renewable
    power. According to Mandelbaum, solar carports are attracting very strong interest among
    a wide variety of businesses and educational institutions, as well as other large-scale
    energy users.

    “This project is a great example of how relatively easy and cost-effective it is to take
    advantage of already developed areas, such as parking lots that get maximum sunlight,”
    Mandelbaum said. “An added bonus is that these solar canopies provide welcome shady
    parking spots covered from precipitation.”

    “We’ve been engaged in the American College and University Presidents Climate
    Commitment since 2009 and we’ve reduced carbon by nearly 50 percent in that time,” said
    Greg Palmer, Vice President, Facilities and Operations, Manhattanville College. “With this
    project, along with other improved technology, such as re-lamping with LED bulbs, more
    efficient boilers, and energy efficient windows, we’re confident that we can reach our goal
    of carbon neutrality. This is a great project that will encourage our students and others to
    be more conscious of our sustainability imperative. It will assist both the college and our
    region in minimizing carbon impact and will be a source of pride to us all.”

    Mandelbaum was able to shepherd the project through the approval process in the Town of
    Harrison in just four months. The Town Planning Board gave its unanimous approval to the
    carport plan in the Spring of 2016 and the installation began this summer.

    While some solar systems are set up to sell electricity back to the grid, this one is self-
    contained and provides electrical power directly to campus dorms and classrooms.