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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the six projects set to benefit from the second round of funding for clean heating and cooling systems.

Each project will receive $500,000 as part of the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative.

The funding will support increasing consumer awareness of the benefits which smart and energy efficient heat pumps, solar heating and other digital technologies have on energy bills and on the environment.

Each project will run up to four campaigns, each focused on initiatives that support energy efficiency, including a drive for consumers to install smart and energy efficient devices.

The projects will also use the funds to support workforce development by conducting activities such as:

  1. Training new and existing installers
  2. Providing job placement and support services to individuals and communities that have historically encountered barriers to employment in the clean energy sector
  3. Hosting certification training to expand the pool of installers and working with local colleges to provide training to students. 

The Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative supports the governor’s Green New Deal – a climate change programme aimed at reducing the state’s carbon emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Achieving New York’s nation-leading clean energy and climate goals is propelling us toward increased and widespread adoption of energy efficient clean heating and cooling technologies and these community campaigns are designed to increase awareness and confidence among residents and businesses interested in learning more about making the transition. Governor Cuomo’s forward-thinking plan for eliminating the state’s carbon footprint encourages all New Yorkers to help make a difference and we’re proud to work with our partners to help local community members take tangible steps toward reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and lowering energy costs.”

NYSERDA has set aside $2.5 million to fund organisations set to be shortlisted in the third round of the programme.