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$16 million for community clean energy projects in Empire State

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of Clean Energy Communities, a $16 million initiative to help local governments across the state reduce energy consumption and drive clean energy use in their communities.

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The new initiative advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy and demonstrates the importance of communities in helping New York achieve the state’s goal to supply 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030.

“New York is a leader in the fight against climate change and the development of a green economy and at the heart of these efforts are the individuals across the state,” said Governor Cuomo.

“This initiative encourages alternatives that will save money and create new opportunities for municipalities, and is one more step toward building a cleaner and more sustainable New York.”

Cities, counties, towns and villages that complete at least four of the 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by the New York State Research and Development Authority will be designated Clean Energy Communities.

These communities will become eligible to apply for grants of up to $250,000 with no local cost share to support additional clean energy projects.

One key objective of Clean Energy Communities is to harness the capabilities of local governments to motivate their communities and accelerate local energy-saving and renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind.

The communities’ actions will help them meet their sustainability, climate and energy goals while contributing to the state’s efforts to meet the Clean Energy Standard, which mandates that 50 percent of New York’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

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