Increases the Number of Campaigns Supporting Workforce Development and Installations in Low-Income Households

July 31, 2019

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced six new organizations have been selected to lead the second round of local community campaigns designed to accelerate the installation of clean heating and cooling systems for residents and businesses. The campaigns support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, the most aggressive climate change program in the nation that puts New York State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy as well as the State's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which requires greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Achieving New York’s nation-leading clean energy and climate goals is propelling us toward increased and widespread adoption of energy efficient clean heating and cooling technologies and these community campaigns are designed to increase awareness and confidence among residents and businesses interested in learning more about making the transition. Governor Cuomo’s forward-thinking plan for eliminating the state’s carbon footprint encourages all New Yorkers to help make a difference and we’re proud to work with our partners to help local community members take tangible steps toward reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and lowering energy costs.”

The Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative supports community organizations in launching local campaigns that bring together groups of potential customers to obtain discounts for air and ground source heat pumps as well as solar heating through aggregated purchases and a simplified procurement process. It is also designed to educate and increase the awareness and knowledge of the benefits of clean heating and cooling technologies as well as other energy efficiency programs among residents and businesses.

The six organizations, which were competitively selected, will receive $50,000 per campaign and will run a total of three or four campaigns, depending on their respective proposals. The organizations will select installers in the next few months and then hold local events to inform and sign up residents and business to their campaigns.

Organizations were also able to apply for and receive additional funds to support workforce development and increase participation of low- to moderate-income (LMI) households in their campaigns. Workforce development activities include providing training to new and existing installers, providing job placement and support services to individuals and communities that have historically encountered barriers to employment in the clean energy sector, hosting certification training to expand the pool of installers and working with local colleges to provide training to students. Organizations awarded funding in this round are:

Capital Region

  • Capital District Regional Planning Commission*

Mid-Hudson (Putnam County)

  • Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc.

Mohawk Valley

  • City of Utica

New York City

  • BlocPower Community Corporation
  • Office of the Brooklyn Borough President *

Western New York

  • PUSH Buffalo * **

*Receiving workforce development funds
**Receiving funds to increase LMI participation

Two of the campaigns being administered by the Brooklyn Borough President’s office will include residents and businesses in Central Brooklyn, which is highlighted in Governor Cuomo’s Vital Brooklyn initiative. Launched in 2017, Vital Brooklyn is a $1.4 billion initiative to transform the Central Brooklyn region and present the community with an array of options to create a new model for community development and wellness.

First Round of Community Campaigns

Last year eight organizations were announced as part of the first round of Clean Heating and Cooling Community campaigns. All of them have since held community events to increase awareness on the advantages of the technology. Two of the organizations from the first round were awarded additional funding in the second round to include workforce development and/or to increase LMI participation in their local campaigns, including Sustainable Westchester which is helping provide additional resources for community awareness and support to consumers affected by gas constraints.

Third Round of Community Campaigns

Now that the second round is underway, NYSERDA is making up to $2.5 million available today to expand the program so more organizations can launch clean heating and cooling campaigns later this year. The application deadline to participate in the third round of community campaigns is September 18, 2019. More information about this funding is available at NYSERDA’s website. The funding is made available through the State’s Clean Energy Fund.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams said, “At a time when climate change is intensifying, we need to empower communities to tackle a major source of carbon emissions: heating and cooling. The Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaigns give residents and businesses the tools to wean themselves off fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy while training local residents for the jobs of the future. Our office is proud to be administering this campaign in Central Brooklyn in partnership with NYSERDA.”

Utica Mayor Robert M. Palmieri said, “Our housing stock, infrastructure and a changing climate are big challenges that will require comprehensive partnerships. The City of Utica will do its part, our residents will do their part and I applaud NYSERDA and New York State for stepping up to help make our state cleaner, better and more efficient for our residents.”

Since the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative was launched, more than 1,000 residents have participated in local meetings and/or events, with 118 already committed to either installing clean heating and cooling technologies or taking other measures to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. A total of $4 million has been made available for the first two rounds. In total, 14 organizations are executing clean heating and cooling campaigns throughout the state, 10 of which include workforce development and four will increase LMI participation.

The Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative is based on the State’s highly successful Solarize campaigns which bring together groups of residents and businesses to install solar. Since 2014, there have been 2,580 solar projects installed or in development throughout New York, saving participants nearly $4 million on upfront purchase costs.

Today’s announcement is the latest funding being made available as part of NYSERDA’s efforts to support clean heating and cooling technology. Previously, NYSERDA announced the availability of $15 million in rebates for the installation of ground source heat pump systems for residences, businesses and institutions as well as $10 million to install air-source heat pump systems for residences. To learn more about the Clean Heating and Cooling Community initiative, visit NYSERDA’s website.

New York State's Green New Deal

Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal is the most aggressive climate change program in the nation and puts the state on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy, including power generation, transportation, buildings, industry and agriculture. The Governor's program also establishes a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any state in the nation. The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates several of the Governor's ambitious Green New Deal clean energy targets: installing nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025 and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. The CLCPA also calls for an orderly and just transition to clean energy, creating jobs while spurring a green economy. It builds on New York's unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector and 1,700% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012. The CLCPA also directs New York State's agencies and authorities to work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and to work toward a goal of investing 40% of clean energy and energy efficiency resources to benefit disadvantaged communities.


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