North Country municipalities will have a chance to improve energy efficiency at a reduced cost through a new initiative by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
NYSERDA's “Buy Green, Save Green Rebates for New York State Local Governments” program, will offer $1.1 million to small municipal governments to replace inefficient appliances and equipment with energy-efficient models.
The program begins Sept. 25.
The funding will be distributed through rebates, which will pay 75 percent of the purchase price of eligible products, which include ENERGY STAR® refrigerators, dehumidifiers, commercial dishwashers, room air conditioners, imaging equipment (including copiers and fax machines; digital duplicators; printers, scanners and all-in-one devices; and mailing machines), as well as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light emitting diode light bulbs (LEDs) in quantities of 10 or more.
Advanced power strips in quantities of two or more will also be eligible for the rebate. Since there is no ENERGY STAR designation for power strips, a list of eligible power strips is posted on nysappliancerebates.com.
The rebate program is for local governments that meet all three of the following eligibility requirements:
• They are New York State small municipal governments that were included in the 2007 Census of Governments as currently incorporated municipalities.
• They have a governance structure that includes an elected official and a governing body.
• They have not received a direct EECBG allocation of Department of Energy formula grant.
Sewer districts, school districts, fire districts and other sub-components of eligible villages, towns, cities and counties are not eligible under DOE’s criteria.
The purchase price for an individual piece of equipment cannot exceed $4,999, and each eligible municipality can receive up to $20,000 total in rebates.
“This program will assist municipalities across New York State to invest in energy efficiency measures that will help reduce their operational costs through lower energy bills,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Governor Cuomo’s commitment to energy efficiency programs is just one reason New York is a nationally recognized leader in its energy efficiency efforts.”
Eligible municipalities are listed on nysappliancerebates.com, along with municipalities that are ineligible for this program due to receiving a direct EECBG allocation already.
Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for completed applications, which will be available on nysappliancerebates.com.