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Though it is often difficult for these organizations to raise funds for capital construction costs, the greater issue for most of these groups is the cost to operate and maintain any capital improvement (a new soccer field, basketball court, or athletic lights) for years to come.  In many cases, a philanthropic gift in the current year can burden these organizations with years of facilities and maintenance costs, essentially taking away crucial annual operating funds from their programming budgets.  How might we provide additional access to sports throughout the city without burdening these organizations, or the City, with long term operational costs?

How might we provide additional access to sports throughout the city without burdening these organizations, or the City, with long term operational costs?

Project

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One of eight international finalists for last year’s Philips Livable Cities Award, the Smart Grid Athletic Light project proposes to increase the number of usable hours for existing athletic fields in New York City while offsetting — either completely or in part – the energy and maintenance costs for lighting these fields.  Utilizing “smart grid” technologies, the project’s light modules would sell wind and solar-generated power back to the electrical grid throughout the day to offset the energy needs for lighting the athletic fields each night.

The project team is currently pursuing funding to continue research, development, and prototyping for the Smart Grid Athletic Light in collaboration with sustainable energy leaders and lighting designers.

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Press

"Hybrid-powered lighting potentially saves cities cash and energy," Coolhunting.com, 31 March 2011