Clean Communities Initiative

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Clean energy can power New York while protecting the environment. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.

NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program

Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities. Local governments affect energy choices in their communities, from government operations to homes, businesses, and community institutions.

Upper Brookville has implemented a number of clean energy actions to save energy costs and improve the environment.

On March 27, 2017, the Village was named the first of 96 Long Island villages designated by New York State as a Clean Energy Community, based on completing four out of 10 High Impact Actions and meeting all other eligibility requirements.

Upper Brookville is the only Long Island village eligible to apply for $100,000 grants to fund additional clean energy projects. We plan to use the funds to convert our remaining street lamps to attractive, traditional LED lanterns, invest in energy saving HVAC equipment for the village hall, and purchase traditionally designed LEDs for residents. If each homeowner installs 8 LED bulbs, villagers could save over $1.1 million in electricity and related costs over the 8-year life of the bulbs. Here’s the math: Upper Brookville savings from switching to LEDs.

Upper Brookville completed the following “High Impact” Actions:

  1. Benchmarking – The Board adopted a policy to report the energy use of the Old Brookville Police Department Headquarters. You will find OBPD Energy Usage Statistics here and a chart of Old Brookville Police Department Headquarters Energy Usage here.
  2. LED Street Lights – Half the village street lights now employ energy efficient LED technology
  3. Unified Solar Permit – Streamlining the approvals process for residential rooftop solar, the Upper Brookville Unified Residential Solar PV Permitting Application was adopted.
  4. Energy Code Enforcement Training – Our Building Inspector and Building Clerk were trained in energy code best practices