Last Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of Clean Energy Communities program, a $16 million initiative intended to help local governments reduce energy consumption and promote clean energy use.

Local governments that complete at least four of the 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will be designated as Clean Energy Communities. These communities will then be eligible to apply for grants of up to $250,000 to support additional clean energy projects.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“New York is a leader in the fight against climate change and the development of a green economy and at the heart of these efforts are the individuals across the state.  This initiative encourages alternatives that will save money and create new opportunities for municipalities, and is one more step toward building a cleaner and more sustainable New York.”