August 12, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – State has launched a comprehensive program titled Clean Energy Communities, a $16 million initiative to help local governments across the state reduce energy consumption and drive clean energy use in their communities.
“New York is a leader in the fight against climate change and the development of a green economy and at the heart of these efforts are the individuals across the state,” said Governor Cuomo. “This initiative encourages alternatives that will save money and create new opportunities for municipalities, and is one more step toward building a cleaner and more sustainable New York.”
Cities, counties, towns and villages that complete at least four of the 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by the New York State Research and Development Authority will be designated Clean Energy Communities. These communities will become eligible to apply for grants of up to $250,000 with no local cost share to support additional clean energy projects.
One key objective of Clean Energy Communities is to harness the capabilities of local governments to motivate their communities and accelerate local energy-saving and renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind. The communities’ actions will help them meet their sustainability, climate and energy goals while contributing to the state’s efforts to meet the Clean Energy Standard, which mandates that 50 percent of New York’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.
Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, said, “Communities are essential in the fight to address climate change and achieving our emission reduction and energy efficiency goals."