Hillsdale has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizing the Town’s leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy practices locally.
It is the first municipality in Columbia County to be named a Clean Energy Community
Hillsdale received the designation by completing 4 of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative, including:
• Benchmarking – Tracking of the Town’s energy usage
• Unified Solar Permit – Streamlining the Town’s approvals for residential solar
• Clean Fleets – Installation of an electric vehicle charging station
• Energy Code Enforcement Training – Training for compliance officer in energy code best practices.
With the award of the designation, Hillsdale has an opportunity to apply for up to $80,000 for additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share and the option of receiving up to 25 percent paid in advance to support such projects.
“The steps we have taken and will be taking as a Clean Energy Community will help residents and the Town to save money by reducing energy consumption,” said Peter Cipkowski, Hillsdale Town Supervisor. “The Town will be then able to allocate those savings to address challenges and opportunities going forward,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do economically and for the environment.”
“Congratulations to the Town of Hillsdale for its active leadership in reducing energy use and driving broader integration of clean energy across the community,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Communities are central to ensuring a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy future for all New Yorkers, as the state advances Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy.”
Announced by Governor Cuomo in August of 2016, the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the State to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. Clean Energy Communities advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy (REV) strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard of 50 percent of the state’s electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.
For more information on Clean Energy Communities, including how municipalities can qualify for designation and grant opportunities, visit http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec.