Nicole Zanchelli, The New Paltz Oracle
The Town of New Paltz is aiming to become a little greener through the use of brown.
Since May of 2018, the Town of New Paltz board has been consulting with energy companies like General Electric, Fair Banks Morse, Caterpillar (CAT) and Carollo Engineers, Inc. to try to convert sewage waste into energy for the municipality. According to town board member Don Kerr, a CAT representative has been consulted on the project.
“It’s common practice in a lot of places to take the methane gas that waste water generates and turn it into electricity through a heat exchanger,” Kerr said.
Kerr discloses that this environmental project wasn’t his idea, and that the credit truly goes to Shweta Sagun Sawant— a master of science student in the department of electrical engineering at SUNY New Paltz and an intern for the town’s Environmental Policy Board.