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Clean Energy for Media Project . Pete Alyanakian Councilman Media Borough [email protected] Project Vision. Commit to purchasing and using renewable energy. 3 Major Aspects The vision of the project was to create a renewable energy micro grid

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Clean energy for media project

Clean Energy for Media Project

Pete Alyanakian

Councilman Media Borough

[email protected]

Project vision
Project Vision

  • Commit to purchasing and using renewable energy.

  • 3 Major Aspects

    • The vision of the project was to create a renewable energy micro grid

    • Have the Borough purchase wind energy and committed to SMART Initiative

    • Explore energy efficiency projects that reduce consumption

What we did
What we did

  • Bought wind energy for 30% of our Borough accounts.

  • Convinced Delaware County Government to follow our lead and purchase wind energy for their borough owned properties.

  • Wrote an Energy Harvest Grant in 2002, for the start of the micro-grid project.

Key aspects
Key Aspects

  • Find a renewable energy expert/installer of solar energy systems.

  • Trust their review of the building potential.

  • Have realistic expectations of the project.

  • Commit to cost sharing at least 50% of the capital costs of the project.

  • Baseline the environmental benefits of the project.


  • Find a renewable energy partner that has experience in municipal government projects.

  • The partner should be able to do energy efficiency analysis for additional savings.

  • Let them do their analysis with minimal involvement.

Grant writing
Grant Writing

  • Clearly define your objective as a community.

  • Define commitments can you make and keep.

  • Clear concise grants that identify the environmental impacts like carbon emissions, number of cars taken off the road etc help the reviewers.

Energy harvest media borough
Energy Harvest Media Borough

  • 1st Award 2003 $15,925 for solar on 1 adaptive reuse building.

  • 2nd Award 2004 $94,245 for 5 additional buildings and educational kiosk

  • 3rd Award 2006 $77,000 for 3 additional buildings

  • Total grant funds received $320,000 for Solar Energy for Media Project

Target areas
Target Areas

  • Media Elementary School

  • Trader Joes

  • Media Theater of Performing Arts

  • Media Library

  • Media Fire Department

  • Delaware County Courthouse

  • Media Police Station

Environmental benefits
Environmental Benefits

  • Will reduce carbon emissions by 120,400 lbs per year.

  • Will reduce 168lbs of nitrous oxides per yr

  • Will reduce 666lbs of sulfur dioxide yr.

  • Is the equivalent of planting 10 acres of mature trees annually.


  • Govornor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, 2007

  • 2007 Awarded SE EAC Environmental Excellence Award

  • 2008 Finalist for the Philadelphia Sustainability Award

  • Penn Future: 2003 Greenest Borough in PA

  • Penn Future: 2005 Green Community


  • Featured article in the Philadelphia Inquirer “Going Solar” 2006

  • Featured on Going Green on NBC 10 June 2007

  • Featured NBC 10 March 5

  • Numerous articles citing the work done in Media.

Wrap up
Wrap Up

  • Commit to a vision for communities energy future

  • Develop clear and concise sustainable environmental goals

  • Hire a grant writer to design your grant submissions

  • Make a financial commitment your community can agree to.

Media borough eac solar energy power

Five photovoltaic systems located throughout the Borough: public school, government center, regional theater, firehouse, museum and public library. Each installation is 5 kW each; totaling 25 kW of solar energy.

Media Borough EAC - Solar Energy Power

Media theater

Theater installation with Pete Alyanakian and Gary Sheehan of Mesa.

Media Theater

Media Borough EAC - Solar Energy Power

Adaptive reuse project

Dollar savings estimated to be at least $10,688.00 annually – and the Borough can sell energy back to a supplier at $0.20 per kilowatt while buying it at a cheaper rate (50% of the current bill), because there are no distribution charges.

Adaptive Reuse Project

Media Borough EAC - Solar Energy Power