Take the steps to conserve energy and improve the environment and your budget.
Nearly one-third of the energy used to run typical government buildings can be conserved. Reducing energy consumption allows you to spend money on other critical things in your community.
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.
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.
Promotes installation of clean, efficient, and commercially available combined heat and power (CHP) systems up to 3 MW with pre-approved vendors and a catalog of system options. Also supports the installation of custom engineered CHP systems from 1 MW to 3 MW.
A first-in-the-nation competition to help communities create microgrids - standalone energy systems that can operate independently in the event of a power outage.
Offers financial support to implement advanced, system-based energy efficiency, or deep energy-savings projects at commercial and institutional facilities. Facilities can apply for this funding after they have applied for assistance from their utility companies.
Provides support for installing small wind turbines in size up to 2 MW per site. The program offers assistance with qualified equipment with a proven track record installed by eligible installers. Support is based on the estimated annual output of the behind-the-meter turbine, at the proposed site, as determined by computer modeling.
Through cost-effective improvements identified for the construction of the St. Lawrence County Jail in Canton, the building and its systems reduced its energy consumption, decreased demands on the power system and increase occupant comfort. Many measures were taken to save almost $148,000 annually in energy costs.
Energy Codes Training and Support Initiative
NY-Sun PV Trainers Network
Standard Solar Electric Permit for New York State Local Officials
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nature.org to calculate your carbon footprint
usmayors.org for U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
iclei.org for local governments for sustainability
usgbc.org for leadership in energy and environmental design
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NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been advancing energy solutions and working to protect the environment since 1975.