Monday, November 2, 2009

$24 million for Green Projects Across New York

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that $24 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has been awarded to support 87 energy conservation projects across New York that will help implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean fleet projects.

These projects will reduce energy and operating costs by more than $6.5 million annually and fully return the initial investment in just over five years. Through these awards New York continues to invest in a clean energy economy and achieve Governor Paterson’s goal of meeting 45 percent of our energy needs through energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2015.

The projects, which were competitively selected under the State Energy Program, represent the first step of funding from a program that will total $74 million. Additional awards are expected to be made before the end of the year. Measures funded include installation of lighting and lighting controls, solar photovoltaic systems, high efficiency biomass boilers, solar thermal and small wind generators and alternative-fuel refueling stations and vehicles. Award recipients include municipalities, public schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and not-for-profit agencies.

Francis J. Murray, Jr., NYSERDA President and CEO said: “Implementing energy efficiency and conservation measures is absolutely critical to achieving the State’s mission to reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and attain energy security. The State Energy Program fits hand in glove with the Governor’s ambitious energy goals of meeting 45 percent of the State’s electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2015, and reducing greenhouse gas pollution within the State by 80 percent by the year 2050. NYSERDA looks forward to working with the award recipients to help them achieve the greatest savings possible.”

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