NYSERDA unveils $1.66 million community efficiency initiative


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has launched the state’s first community campaign to accelerate rollout of clean heating and cooling systems.

NYSERDA is investing $1.66 million towards the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative.

Some eight organisations will operate the initiative, with each receiving $150,000 to manage their programmes. The programme is receiving funds via the Clean Energy Fund.

For instance, the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board will pilot methods of how best to engage low-to-moderate income households in this initiative.

Beneficiaries of the funding include the City of Rochester, Energy Improvement Corporation, Otsego County Conservation Association and Sustainable Westchester.

Three of the eight organisations will receive additional funds for workforce development training.

The funding will cover selecting heating and cooling system installers and holding local events to improve consumer energy efficiency awareness. Consumers will be able to purchase appliances at discount prices.

The aim is to meet carbon emission reduction target of 40% by 2030, set by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Alicia Barton, president and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Clean heating and cooling systems will provide users with energy bill savings, increased comfort levels and health benefits compared to conventional heating and cooling technologies.

“It’s a win-win for consumers and the environment and is another example of how communities are turning to more sustainable energy solutions in support of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The launch of the programme follows NYSERDA announcing the availability of $15 million in rebates for the installation of ground source heat pump systems for residences, businesses and institutions as well as $10 million to install air-source heat pump systems for residences.