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CNY to get $5 million+ for clean energy projects

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - More than $5 million in stimulus funding is headed to Central New York for energy conservation projects.

According to the office of Congressman Michael Arcuri, the energy efficiency and renewable energy projects will create hundreds of temporary jobs but also reduce energy and operating costs in these communities by an estimated $337,619 per year.

The funding is part of $24 million allocated statewide for projects selected on a competitive basis through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. These projects have been identified as local priorities to reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency in buildings, transportation systems, waste management practices, and other operations.

NYSERDA received more than 420 proposals that were evaluated on a competitive basis. Primary selection criteria included technical viability, cost-effectiveness, demonstration of compliance with program requirements, and cost sharing. Each awardee must still successfully enter into contract and meet all ARRA requirements prior to funding being released.

The EECBG Program was funded for the first time by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Funding for the EECBG Program under the Recovery Act totals $3.2 billion, of which approximately $2.7 billion has already been awarded through formula grants to more than 2,300 cities, counties, states nationwide.

Local projects receiving funding through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program include:

• Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County will receive $272,172 in funding to install a solar wall at Hangar Building 100

• The City of Rome in Oneida County will receive $50,000 in funding to provide outreach and education to its community though a public awareness campaign utilizing printed materials and website information to residents

• The City of Rome in Oneida County will receive $90,000 in funding to implement a successful energy management program through developing a plan for reducing energy use, conducting systems assessments, identifying strategies with greatest return on investment, and establishing a recognition program for energy management achievements

• The City of Rome in Oneida County will receive $354,003 in funding to install a 50 kW PV array on the roof of Rome City Hall

• The Town of Steuben in Oneida County will receive $39,174 in funding to install a 7.56 kW PV array on the roof of the Town of Steuben Town Hall

• The Town of Trenton in Oneida County will receive $15,000 in funding to install energy efficient fluorescent lamps and LED signs at the Municipal Building, install energy efficient air conditioning units, and replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs and existing exit signs with LED signs at the garage area.

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