New York provides $5.5m for clean energy education

New York State has announced $5.5 million (£4.26m) in funding to promote clean energy awareness. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said the finance is available for […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

New York State has announced $5.5 million (£4.26m) in funding to promote clean energy awareness.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said the finance is available for qualified organisations to provide energy education and advice to local communities.

It aims to increase adoption rates for clean energy products and services for both residential and small business customers, with an emphasis on helping low-to-moderate-income citizens reduce their energy bills and usage.

Projects will host a series of workshops, seminars, events and one-on-one conversations, build relationships with energy firms and leverage multiple sources of funding for clean energy installations.

They will be selected through a competitive process and initially run for one year, with an option to extend for an additional two years, with a total budget ranging from $370,000 (£286,376) to $825,000 (£638,565).

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO of NYSERDA, said: “New York continues to make investments that encourage the use of clean, affordable energy and energy efficiency to reduce our carbon footprint.

“The Community Energy Engagement Program strongly supports Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy strategy and helps ensure all New Yorkers, including low-to-moderate income, are informed about clean energy opportunities.”

New York State is also offering funding totalling $15.5 million (£12m) for energy storage projects and a $70 million (£56.15m) electric vehicle scheme to boost green transport.