Hornellsville pursues clean energy grantElectric
ARKPORT — The Town of Hornellsville is vying for a $50,000 clean energy grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Supervisor Dan Broughton said Hornellsville is one of 10 municipalities attempting to secure one the five remaining $50,000 grants. The purpose of the grant is to assist local governments to become more energy efficient.
“(The grant) can be used to upgrade lighting and heating systems, air conditioning installation, windows. They don’t want windows so much, but anything for energy savings,” Broughton said.
The supervisor explained the grant to the town board Tuesday, and councilman moved forward with the effort, agreeing to follow four “High Impact” energy policies that make Hornellsville eligible for the funding.
- The town will report for the next two years the energy use at the Municipal Building and any other town-owned building with at least 1,000 square feet.
- Hornellsville must adopt the New York state solar permit process.
- The code officer has to register for and attend a NYSERDA training class.
- Install an electric 2-port car charging station.
The town board passed resolutions agreeing to use the solar permit process and to report its energy usage.
Broughton outlined what he knows so far about the charging station.
“They have a rebate and a grant actually for (the charging station) because they want to put it in all communities,” Broughton said.
The board discussed possible locations for the charging station.
“That’s the question,” Broughton said. “We have to own the port. We could do it right here. A lot of them are doing it at the town halls, or we can pick a spot where we have an agreement with someone that we can use their land. Who knows, maybe Cy’s or Michael John’s, someplace like that.”
Customers who use the port would pay for the electric, officials said.
Even if the town fails to win the grant, Broughton said the town will receive a $5,000 grant for the charging station.