The New York State government has awarded $3 million in funding towards clean energy projects to combat climate change.
The funding has been awarded to three tertiary Institutions: the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Suffolk County Community College.
Each project is receiving $1 million to be deployed on campus and in communities to help the state generate 50% of energy from renewables and reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.
Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and unveiled in 2015, the Energy to Lead Competition targets innovation in energy efficiency and clean energy.
The projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,125 metric tons over the next five years.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're incentivising clean energy innovation to create more jobs and opportunities throughout the state to ensure a cleaner environment and stronger economy for future generations.”
The University of Rochester will install an integrated solar PV and energy storage system that will feed into an existing university microgrid.
The project will help the University reduce carbon emissions by 91 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
RIT will create a dashboard that will enable building operators to acquire data from various buildings to centralise management, enable building automation and avoid peak demand charges.
The project is expected to result in the avoidance of 108 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
Some 24 projects had submitted their proposals to participate in the programme.