Energize NY began the new year by launching its Energize NY Finance program for commercial and not-for-profit building owners interested in clean energy projects that cut energy waste, save money, improve the value of their buildings and promote their communities' environmental and economic development goals. Over 70 government leaders from the City and County, the Tenant-Landlords Association, the Tompkins Chamber of Commerce, Tompkins Economic Development, engineering and contracting firms, and local community groups gathered in Ithaca to learn more about how Energize NY (PACE) financing can make energy upgrades possible. Michael Lane, Chair of the Tompkins Legislature, and Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, explained how Energize NY’s services complement and advance the county and city’s sustainability and economic development efforts. Read more and video here.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein opened a well-attended Economic Development Alliance breakfast last week that featured key energy sector experts in Ulster and officially launched Ulster’s Energize NY Finance program.
“We have an opportunity to do something extraordinary,” Hein said. “That is make sure that we expand solar [energy] not just on our municipal facilities, but in the private sector as well. I believe we have an opportunity to move Ulster County not only to a place of leadership in Ulster County but in the entire United States.”
Kingston's newly elected Mayor, Steve Noble, also attended the launch and encouraged commercial property owners to move to solar power to complement the City’s efforts to expand the use of renewable energy sources. “We, as an administration, have set a goal of reducing our energy usage by 20 percent by 2020,” said Noble. Addressing property owners, Mr. Noble said “This type of program that will now be offered to our businesses and our community will not only help us meet our goals, [but] we really do feel strongly that it will help you meet your goals.” Read more and video here.