The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that it has awarded a grant to the Town of Ramapo to begin its “GREEN” initiative. The Get Ramapo Energy Efficient Now (GREEN) initiative is a multi-million dollar project that will coordinate energy upgrades on Ramapo’s municipal facilities, and ultimately, invest in solar technology to further reduce the cost of powering Ramapo’s facilities.
“I am very pleased that New York State has chosen to partner with the town on this exciting and important venture,” said Ramapo Councilman Daniel Friedman, who first proposed the GREEN initiative several months ago. “This grant confirms that Ramapo is on the right track to reducing costs for the benefit of taxpayers, and I’m proud to have been able to deliver the support and funds from our state government to Ramapo.”
NYSERDA’s grant, awarded to Ramapo as part of its FlexTech initiative, will fund a town wide energy audit on Ramapo’s facilities, and provide recommendations on specific energy-efficient upgrades. A final report will detail the cost-savings of each potential upgrade, and those figures will be used to determine which upgrades to perform.
“This program will save taxpayers well over $1 million a year when it is completed, which equates to a 5 percent reduction in property taxes for every Ramapo family. Government needs to work on its long-term sustainability so that it can continue providing services through the present difficult economic conditions and for decades to come – and this project does just that,” Councilman Friedman said.