Port Chester is the latest Westchester County municipality to be recognized by the state for its clean energy efforts.
The village announced May 23 it was designated a “Clean Energy Community” by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The program, announced in 2016 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, offers up to $250,000 to designated communities to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects. The state has set aside $16 million total for the initiative.
Port Chester received the designation for completing four of the 10 so-called “high-impact clean energy actions” that NYSERDA uses to judge municipalities. The village’s efforts included providing training on energy code enforcement, adopting a standard solar permit application, converting streetlights to LED and conducting energy use benchmarking of municipal facilities.
The designation gives Port Chester an opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 in state funding for additional clean energy projects.
Village Manager Christopher Steers said the clean energy efforts are part of a strategic plan for the village covering 2017 to 2022.