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Posted on: July 27, 2018

Village of Victor Earns Clean Energy Community Designation

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Village of Victor Earns Clean Energy Community Designation for its Commitment to Cut Costs and Reduce Energy Consumption

The Village of Victor today announced it has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

Announced by Governor Cuomo in August 2016, the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the state by providing grants to eligible municipalities 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 mandate of having half of the state’s electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.

The Village of Victor received the designation for completing four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative. In addition, the designation offers the Village an opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share.

Mayor Gary Hadden said, “The Village of Victor is honored to be part of New York State’s efforts to promote clean energy across the State. The Village is both proud and pleased to have received the designation as a Clean Energy Community. We look forward to future efforts in this endeavor.”

“Building a more sustainable New York begins with local governments driving clean energy solutions to cut costs and improve the environment in their communities,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Congratulations to the Village of Victor for this designation and for its commitment to supporting Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy goals.”

To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, the Village of Victor completed the following high-impact clean energy actions:

  • Adopted a Benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the Village’s municipal buildings. 
  • Installed an electric vehicle charging station at Victor Village Hall.
  • Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for the Village’s Code Officer.
  • Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York State Unified Solar Permit.

Cities, counties, towns and villages that complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions are designated Clean Energy Communities and are eligible to apply for funding of up to $250,000 with no local cost share and the option of receiving up to 25 percent paid in advance to support additional clean energy projects. At least two of the four actions must have been completed after August 1, 2016. NYSERDA is accepting applications for funding on a rolling basis through September 30, 2019 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Funds are being provided through the Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Additional clean energy action items communities can take to achieve designation include:

  • Performing energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to municipal buildings.
  • Implementing Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) so residents can gain greater choice and control over energy use a group.
  • Earning Climate Smart Communities Certification through the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for developing a comprehensive program to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the environment.
  • Undertaking a community-based Solarize campaign to reduce solar project costs through joint purchasing.
  • Establishing an Energize NY Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable Property Assessed Clean Energy financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at commercial buildings and not-for-profits.
  • Converting streetlights to energy efficient LED technology.

Once all funding is exhausted for large or small/medium categories in a region, local governments designated a Clean Energy Community are eligible to apply for a $5,000 grant, on a first-come, first-serve basis until such funds are exhausted.

Clean Energy Community Coordinators are also available at no charge to help communities to develop and prioritize clean energy goals, access easy-to-use resources such as guidance documents and case studies, and take advantage of available funding and technical assistance opportunities.

For more information on Clean Energy Communities, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec.


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