The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced more than $21 million in awards for nearly 20 regionally significant projects across the state under the Carbon Neutral Community Economic Development program.
The projects, which include the first electric carbon neutral maple syrup operation and the first certified passive warehouse in North America, will accelerate decarbonization and economic development in disadvantaged communities.
The awards, part of Governor Hochul’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative awards announced last week, support the state’s nation-leading goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act including an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
In the Central NY area, Cortland Main Street Farms project, at 185 South Main Street, Cold storage was the only project announced for our region.
This project will add storage capacity as well as allow for all washing and storage of produce to be housed at the same location. The finished carbon neutral project will include coolers, workspace for washing and packing orders, and installation of a solar array.