Cortland awarded $15K clean energy grant

City of Cortland. (Photo provided by the City of Cortland)

The City of Cortland recently received a $15,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), according to a release.

The city, designated a clean energy community by NYSERDA, is taking steps toward energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The base of the awarded grant is $10,000, with an additional $5,000 available if the project is within certain census tracts. This is based on if the census tracts are deemed a disadvantage for certain environmental and demographic criteria.

According to the release, city mayor Scott Steve said will complete plans on how to use the grant funding. Details will be submitted to the state for review and approval.

According to Steve, the following projects could be considered:

  • LED lighting upgrades in city facilities and parks, as well as holiday lighting
  • Energy efficiency upgrades for city buildings and facilities including heat pump installation, insulation, windows, and pump systems
  • Electric equipment, vehicles and charging stations

Specifics on the city’s potential projects remain to be seen.

Steve noted that the city intends to increase its clean energy rating through the climate smart program and other programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Based on the next rating level, the city could receive $40,000 in additional funding.

“The more we do, the more funding we get access to,” Steve said.