August 4 (SeeNews) - New York governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday unveiled USD-16-million (EUR 14.5m) Clean Energy Communities programme.
The scheme will help local governments across the state implement energy efficiency, renewable and sustainability projects in their communities. It supports New York’s recently adopted mandate to source 50% of the state’s electricity from renewables by 2030.
Cities, counties, towns and villages that complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions will be designated Clean Energy Communities and will qualify to apply for grants of up to USD 250,000 to support additional clean energy projects.
The high-impact actions, identified by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, include for instance: undertake a local campaign to increase the number of solar rooftops; streamline the approvals process for solar; and achieve 10% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
"This initiative encourages alternatives that will save money and create new opportunities for municipalities, and is one more step toward building a cleaner and more sustainable New York," said Cuomo.
Funding is being provided through the Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.909)