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Cuomo: $4 million to support green & clean energy solutions in New York schools

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Mon, Nov 18th 2019 01:50 pm

Program helps lower energy costs and increase energy efficiency

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced $4 million is available under the “P-12 Schools: Green and Clean Energy Solutions” program to reduce energy use and assist with the conversion to carbon-free energy solutions for schools serving prekindergarten through grade 12 students. The program supports the state's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050, and the governor's “Green New Deal,” the most aggressive climate and clean energy program in the nation.

"New York is a leader in the fight against climate change, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to achieving our ambitious goals," Cuomo said. "With initiatives like ‘P-12 Schools,’ we are empowering schools across the state to take action in creating solutions to protect our environment."

The program is part of NYSERDA's p-12 schools initiative that encourages schools to lower energy use and utility bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a leading contributor to climate change. The p-12 schools initiative helps schools pursue carbon savings and clean energy projects, to create a healthier environment for children to learn and thrive. The p-12 benchmarking program launched in April has already served over 250 schools.

The “P-12 Schools: Green and Clean Energy Solutions” program offers up to $250,000 for energy studies to reduce energy loads as well as up to another $250,000 for design assistance for the installation of clean heating and cooling systems. Schools are also eligible for direct incentives for the installation of measures that reduce the building's energy use through eligible mechanical, equipment and building envelope efficiency efforts.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Alicia Barton said, "Enabling our schools to save energy, reduce costs and lower their carbon footprint will create a cleaner, greener future for students and communities across the state. Under Gov. Cuomo's leadership, we are increasing opportunities for schools to tap into renewable energy, increase energy efficiency and participate in New York's transition to a carbon-neutral economy."

Schools participating in the program will receive complimentary services including free benchmarking and free clean heating and cooling screenings. Benchmarking serves as a tool to measure and track the impact of financial investments against energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to better understand and improve their energy efficiency and performance.

Currently, there are more than 6,000 public and private schools in New York. Together, these schools spend roughly $1 billion in annual energy costs while producing approximately 5.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. “P-12 Schools: Green and Clean Energy Solutions” focuses on identifying load reduction and decarbonization opportunities and is available to publicly or privately owned buildings that provide p-12 education in one of the six electric investor-owned New York utility company territories. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis dependent on resource availability until Dec. 31, 2022.

Commercial buildings contribute to 60% of energy used in the state. NYSERDA provides targeted technical assistance and advanced efficiency solutions to drive clean energy adoption across all commercial sectors. Funding for this program is part of the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund and is part of NYSERDA's $21.6 million investment in p-12 schools initiative to stimulate demand and investment in clean energy across the p-12 program.

For more information or to apply to this program, visit NYSERDA's website.

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