Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston), Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee, urged local municipalities, public schools and universities to apply for Recovery Act funding currently being made available through NYSERDA to improve efficiency through renewable energy, clean fleet projects, and other alternative energy initiatives.
"Investments in efficiency, conservation and alternative energy offer the clearest path to economic security and energy independence," said Assemblyman Cahill. "This funding represents a great opportunity for our local governments, public schools and universities to take on common sense and cost effective measures that will provide immediate benefits to the environment and public health."
Through RFP 1613, NYSERDA has made $6.8 million available to entities located in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. The deadline for applications is November 23, 2009.
"Energy costs make up a significant percentage of the budgets of our local governments and schools," said Assemblyman Cahill. "By helping to implement cost saving efficiency measures we can reduce the burden on property taxpayers and contribute to the development of the clean energy economy."
Governor Paterson today announced that $24 million in funding has been awarded to support 87 energy conservation projects. The projects, which were competitively selected under the State Energy Program, represent the first round of funding this program. Primary selection criteria includes technical viability, cost-effectiveness, demonstration of compliance with program requirements, and cost sharing. Measures funded this round include installation of lighting and lighting controls, photovoltaic systems, high efficiency biomass boilers, solar thermal and small wind generators and alternative-fuel refueling stations and vehicles.
For more information about RFP 1613 visit http://www.nyserda.org/funding/1613rfp.asp.