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City of Cortland Awarded Grant Towards Clean Energy Initiatives


The City of Cortland has announced it has received a $15,000 dollar grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to help the city better advance its clean energy goals. The grant will aim to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

NYSERDA has designated the City of Cortland as a Clean Energy Community for the city’s mission in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That designation made the City of Cortland eligible for the $15,000 dollar grant.

In a release, Cortland Mayor Scott Steve said the City of Cortland will finish its plan on where to use the grant funding. All project details will be submitted to the state for review and final approval.

Some of the projects up for consideration include: LED lighting upgrade in city facilities and parks and holiday lighting, energy efficiency upgrades for city owned buildings and facilities (this may include heat pump installations, insulation, windows, and pump systems), and electric equipment such as vehicle charging stations.

The total funding of $15,000 will come in two portions, one of $10,000, which is the base award and the remaining $5,000 will be available if the project is within certain census tracts, according to the release by the City of Cortland.

Continuing on, Mayor Steve said in the release the city will work towards taking advantage of the project area opportunity.

“NYSERDA increases the grant award by 50% if the project is within census tracks deemed disadvantaged based on certain environmental and demographic criteria. Municipalities that complete at least four high-impact actions earn Clean Energy Communities designation and are eligible to apply for grants to fund additional clean energy projects. The designation has been given to 17 of the state’s 62 cities. The city recently completed its eighth action through energy code compliance training.” The release stated.

Steve also noted the more the City of Cortland does to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, the more funding the city will have access to with a next level rating earning the City of Cortland up to $40,000.

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