Originally constructed with a geothermal heating and cooling system the library additionally had an electric blower that distributed the warm/cool air throughout the building. With the addition of the solar panels the library will be able to move further off the grid by producing its own power to operate the blower, lighting, computers etc. In addition to the solar panels the library has previously installed a Daylight Harvesting System that provides information through a series of sensors allows the interior lights of the library to automatically dim when there is abundant sunshine or shine brighter on cloudy days.
Although new, the Marcellus Free Library is not the only library in New York using this type of system. The Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca has a 143 kW roof-top system and the Ramapo Catskill Library System and Copiague Memorial Public Library received PLCG funding for solar projects this year.
For more information contact the Marcellus Free Library at 673-3221 or visit the website at library.marcellusny.com.