The mission of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, is to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources across New York State. Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities.
The initiative known as Clean Energy Communities is one of NYSERDA’s programs that looks to educate and facilitate local communities in promoting renewable energy sources.
Centre Island has pledged to use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, and improve the environment.
Once the Village completes 4 out of NYSERDA’s 10 “High Impact Actions” it can earn a Clean Energy Community designation and qualify to apply for grant funding for additional energy projects.
Centre Island is participating in the following ‘High Impact Actions’
- Benchmarking – The Village adopted a policy to report energy use by posting Energy Costs and Usage on its website.
- Unified Solar Permit – Streamline the approvals process for solar – Centre Island Solar Permit Application
- Energy Code Enforcement Training – Train the Building Inspector in energy code best practices.
- Clean Fleets – Install electric vehicle charging stations or deploy alternative fuel vehicles. The Village will have 2 Level 2 charging stations at the Village Hall.
The Village expects to have completed all four of these initiatives by mid-April.
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