LED Street Lights: Can Your Community Afford to Wait? (06.08.17)
Whether your municipality decides to buy LED street lights or lease them from your utility, it is prudent to understand the activities that would go into preparing for street light conversion. In addition to contributing substantially to greenhouse gas reductions, research has demonstrated that LED street lights produce savings of up to 65 percent, which is why interest in conversion is growing exponentially statewide.
Even if your community has started down the path to conversion, new information is available about NYSERDA funding opportunities, relevant Public Service Commission filings, and finance mechanisms.
For further information, please see www.NYstreetlights.org
Buying Power 101: Municipal Solar (05.09.17)
Watch the Buying Power 101: Municipal Solar Workshop to:
– Learn about municipal solar, community choice aggregation and large-scale solar
– Access guidance resources such as templates for legislation, procurement, and contracts
– Take advantage of available funding and technical assistance opportunities
Clean Fleets, An Achievable High Impact Action To Move Your Community Toward Sustainability (11.09.16)
Clean Fleets is an effort by local governments to invest in alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure while increasing opportunities for constituents to access electric vehicle charging stations. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, Electric Vehicles (EVs) are more energy efficient and cost about 50 to 70% less to operate per mile. Clean vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants that cause smog and acid rain. Charging stations are being installed at a wide variety of locations across New York State. In communities large and small, urban and rural, there are sites well-suited to hosting charging stations. Simple and consistent EV charging station permitting processes can cut costs and reduce delays associated with installing charging stations.
Clean Energy Communities Program Overview (9.23.16)
Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities. Local governments affect energy choices in their communities, from government operations to homes, businesses, and community institutions.
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.