Energy to Lead Competition 2016

The following are funding opportunities previously offered through the REV Campus Challenge. Currently available funding opportunities can be found on the Program Opportunities page.

Energy to Lead

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Energy to Lead competition in October 2015 to challenge institutions and student-led coalitions across New York State to develop plans that advance clean energy on their campuses and local communities in new ways. In May 2016, NYSERDA announced the three $1 million award-winners: Bard College, SUNY University at Buffalo, and SUNY Broome Community College.

  • Bard College’s “Micro Hydro for Macro Impact” project will use local dams to develop micro-hydropower. The project is expected to avoid 335 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, equivalent to taking 70 cars off the road, and will include the launch of a public, interactive website dedicated to micro-hydropower.
  • The University at Buffalo will implement the “Localizing Buffalo’s Renewable Energy FutureLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.” project, which will install 100 megawatts (MW) of clean solar power throughout the city. The implementation involves partnership with the City of Buffalo and several not-for-profit and educational partners.
  • Broome Community College’sGeothermal Learning LaboratoryLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.” project includes installing a closed loop geothermal system that uses the heat energy stored in the earth; real-time, public data-sharing about the system’s operations; and development of hands-on, geothermal material for secondary schools.

Energy to Lead Competition 2017 is now open! Learn more