The Town of Warwick has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.
Announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August 2016, the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the state by providing grants to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. Clean Energy Communities advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy (REV) strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard mandate of having half of the state’s electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.
The Town of Warwick received the designation for completing four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative. In addition, the designation gives the Town of Warwick an opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share.
To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, the Town of Warwick completed the following high-impact clean energy actions: participated in a community-based Solarize Campaign called Sustainable Warwick; streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects; adopted a benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the Town’s municipal buildings; and completed energy code enforcement training for the Town’s Building Department.
For more information on Clean Energy Communities visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec.