NYSERDA Program for Clean Energy Communities
Communities that achieve at least four high impact actions identified by NYSERDA are designated Clean energy communities and are eligible for grants to help deploy low carbon strategies. Grant opportunities include adopting the NYStretchEnergy code, carrying out one or more community clean energy campaigns, and additional grants when Underprivileged Community of New York State is included.
The governments of eligible cities, towns and counties can apply for grants on an ongoing basis, until December 31, 2025 or until funds run out. The funds are provided through the Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Community Clean Energy Coordinators are available free of charge to help communities develop and prioritize their clean energy goals, access easy-to-use resources such as guidance documents and case studies, and to take advantage of available funding and technical assistance opportunities. For more information on clean energy communities, visit http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec.
CED’s Climate-Smart Communities Funding Programs
Four of the communities certified today received funding under the DEC Climate Smart Communities grant program. Created in 2016, this 50/50 matching grant program helps municipalities complete certification actions and implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to extreme weather conditions. For example, Erie County received two Climate Smart grants totaling approximately $ 680,000.
Seven of today’s certified communities have received awards under CED’s municipal zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) program in previous years. The ZEV program offers grants for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations for public use and discounts on the purchase or rental of electric vehicles for municipal fleets. For example, the village of Hastings-on-Hudson received prizes totaling $ 28,500 under the ZEV program.
Visit the DEC website for more information on these funding programs.
New York State’s climate plan is the most aggressive climate and energy initiative in the country, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to foster a green economy as the state of New York is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Written into law by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on track to meet its goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, of which 70% is produced from renewable energy. ‘by 2030, and to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to develop clean energy, including more than $ 21 billion in 91 large-scale renewable projects across the state, $ 6.8 billion to reduce emissions from buildings, $ 1.8 billion to develop solar power, over $ 1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $ 1.2 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Together, these investments support over 150,000 clean energy jobs in New York City in 2019, 2,100% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power. by 2035. New York will build on this progress. and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a target of 40 percent of the benefits of investments in the clean energy directed to underprivileged communities, and advance progress toward the state’s 2025 energy efficiency goal of reducing on-site energy use by 185 trillion BTUs of energy savings at end use.