Clean Communities Initiative


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.

Based on completing four out of the 10 High Impact Actions and meeting all other eligibility requirements, the Village may be:

  • Designated by New York State as a Clean Energy Community
  • Eligible to apply for grants to fund additional clean energy projects

Upper Brookville has 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