The Village of Boonville has completed four High Impact Energy Actions (HIAs) and has been named a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA. Local governments must complete four of 10 High Impact Actions to earn a Clean Energy Community designation and qualify to apply for grant funding. At least two actions must have been completed after August 1, 2016.
The four HIAs completed by the Village were:
- Unified Solar Permit – Streamline the approvals process for solar
- Energy Code Enforcement Training – Train compliance officers in energy code best practices
- Clean Fleets – Achieve 10% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from buildings
- Benchmarking – Adopt a policy to report the energy use of buildings
In addition, the Village has nearly completed documenting Clean Energy Upgrades of 10% or more.
Local governments in New York State can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects. As a Clean Energy Community, Boonville is eligible to apply for and receive grants to fund additional clean energy projects.