Communities

Join forces with your neighbors to green your community

Working together can help to build a more sustainable, resilient, and efficiently powered community.

Become a local powerhouse

Solar panels and wind turbine
Local energy networks called microgrids can help communities reduce costs, promote clean energy, and build reliability and resiliency into the grid. They are able to fully separate from the larger electrical grid during extreme weather events and emergencies, providing power to customers and vital public services such as hospitals, schools and wastewater treatment facilities. ... MORE
The NY Prize community microgrid competition encourages innovation and community partnerships with the private sector to build new energy infrastructure with improved energy affordability and efficiency.

Get answers to your questions

CBO explaining programs

Do you have questions about how to make your home more energy efficient? Your local Community Energy Resource, one of 12 constituency-based organizations (CBOs) in New York State are prepared to help homeowners through the process of improving the energy efficiency of their home.

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Your city, town, and other community organizations can benefit from reaching their energy efficiency goals and help the environment at the same time. These actions help reduce energy costs. They also improve the water and air quality in your neighborhood and beyond. Help to get started making energy efficient choices is available right within your community.
 

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Solar Electric Program (NY-Sun)

Provides incentives and financing to make solar-generated electricity accessible and affordable for all New York homeowners, renters, and businesses. Using solar can help lower energy costs compared to using conventionally generated electricity. Additional program components include training for installers and public officials, standardized permitting processes, and consumer education.

Renewable Heat NY

Supports the installation of high-efficiency, low emission wood heating technology for residential, municipal, and commercial buildings. These advanced technology heating systems enable consumers to use local wood pellets and cordwood as fuel in a cleaner way. Technologies include stoves and pellet and cordwood boilers with thermal storage, many of which are made right here in New York State.

*Renters need permission from landlords to move forward.
 

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Kelly Tyler
Communities & Local Governments
716-842-1522 x3005
 
 

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