We are working for a more climate-friendly community.
Through education, advocacy and action, our Climate & Energy committee seeks to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy waste, and develop renewable energy sources. By reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, we can help avert the dangers of climate change.
Spa Solar Park Development
Thanks in part to our efforts, a two-megawatt solar array will be constructed on the City’s closed Weibel Avenue landfill. Members of our Climate & Energy committee developed the project proposal that was approved by the City of Saratoga Springs. As of October 2014, the project has been awarded state incentives through NYSERDA, which have cleared the way for the City’s contractor, SunEdison, to move forward.
To view the City’s press release, click here.
Educating the Community
In June 2014, we hosted a public presentation about energy efficiency and renewable energy in partnership with the Center for Economic Growth (CEG). Michael Lobsinger and Peter Lion of CEG discussed how our community can become more energy efficient and develop renewable energy, and provided information about state incentives through the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).
To view the presentation slides, click here.
We are exploring other possible programs to encourage renewable energy generation capacity in the community. One option is a “Solarize” program that would help homeowners interested in solar panels to understand what’s involved in rooftop solar, and to arrange a group discount through one or more installers.
To learn more about how a Solarize program might work, click here to view the Solarize Guidebook from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Are you a homeowner interested in rooftop solar? Take our survey to help us determine interest in a Solarize program. Click here.