The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has named Orange County a Clean Energy Community (CEC). Introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August of 2016, the $16 million CEC initiative supports local governments across the State to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities.
Work on this initiative was led by the County Planning Department with key support from County Executive Steve Neuhaus, the County Legislature and the County’s Department of Public Works. The County received the designation for completing the following high-impact clean energy actions:
- Adopting a legislative policy and initiating benchmarking of energy use of County buildings.
- Undertaking two community-based solar campaigns (in Warwick-Goshen and County-wide) to reduce solar installation project costs through joint purchasing.
- Earning Climate Smart Communities (CSC) certification through actions reducing the community’s impact on the environment. Orange County was the first County in New York to earn CSC certification.
- Establishing an Energize NY Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable Property Assessed Clean Energy financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at commercial buildings and not-for-profits.
Cities, counties, towns, and villages that complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions are designated Clean Energy Communities and are eligible to apply for funding up to $250,000 with no local cost share with the option of receiving up to 25 percent paid in advance to support additional clean energy projects.
For more information on Clean Energy Communities visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec.