I am very pleased to report that Greenburgh was one of only 12 towns in the entire state whose proposal to the NY state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) was accepted for a grant to fund a solar energy system at Town Hall. Although the PV system will generate only a small amount of electricity for powering electrical devices at Town Hall, this energy source demonstrates the town’s leadership and support of a clean energy supply that will reduce the dependence on foreign oil and benefit the environment. The NYSERDA grant was for $36,400. The town will assume the balance: $18,605. NYPA will assist in financing our share of the cost ($18,605). The monthly payments to the town (1.29% rate) will be about $489 over 10 years.
The Greenburgh Town Board unanimously approved the resolution authorizing Supervisor Paul Feinerto enter into an agreement to receive funding for installing the solar system at Town Hall at the October 27th Town Board meeting.
This demonstration project, in my opinion, will help us promote energy conservation. Students, visitors to Town Hall will be exposed to solar energy. And, others will be motivated to consider energy alternatives in their own homes/businesses.
NEXT: At the November 10th Town Board meeting Keith Christensen of Community Energy will make a presentation on wind energy and to be available to answer questions. This will be part of the discussion on the proposed resolution to authorize the town to purchase 3% of its electricity from wind turbines.
MORE ENERGY CONSERVATION COMING IN 2005…a priority of mine: promoting energy conservation in commercial construction. We will draft a law to mandate or provide effective incentives for more energy efficient commercial development.
THANK YOU…Nikki Coddington, energy conservation coordinator for your hard work!