The Village/Town of Mount Kisco Earns Clean Energy Community Designation for its Commitment to Cut Costs and Reduce Energy Consumption
The Village/Town of Mount Kisco 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.
“We are a forward thinking community that has a great story to tell about our commitment to clean energy and sustainability,” said Mayor Gina Picinich. She explained that, “Ten years ago we began exploring ways to become more energy efficient and reduce costs. For example, geothermal wells heat and cool our library. Presently, we are moving forward with development of a solar field on village property that will allow us to feed clean energy back into the grid. Mount Kisco will continue to lead the way in clean energy to benefit our community members and the environment.”
Mount Kisco received the Clean Energy Community designation for completing multiple high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the initiative. Those actions include:
- LED Street Lights -- Converted all of the Village’s 647 overhead street lights and 250 decorative street lights to LED
- Clean Fleets – Purchased two electric vehicles and installed two electric vehicle charging stations
- Unified Solar Permit – The Village adopted the New York State Unified Solar Permit on November 2, 2015.
- Energize NY – The Village established property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing throughout the community when it adopted a new Chapter 61 to the Code of the Village/Town of Mount Kisco entitled the Energize NY Benefit Financing Program by local law on November 24, 2014.
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.
Cities, counties, towns and villages that are designated Clean Energy Communities are eligible to apply for funding of up to $250,000 with no local cost share with 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.
For more information on Clean Energy Communities, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec.
For more information on Mount Kisco, contact Ed Brancati, Village Manager email@example.com