Dedicated to Becoming the Greenest County in New York State.
Albany County has developed a comprehensive green policy that applies to all county functions and is provided to all employees during orientation. In addition to this, key departments send representatives to a quarterly focus group meeting to develop ideas and check on initiative implementation.
Albany County took the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Pledge in 2009, and continues to address the 10 focus areas (pledge elements) identified by New York State. In 2017, Albany County became the first municipality in the Capital Region to earn NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Community designation.
Energize NY Financing
In 2016 Albany County joined the Energy Improvement Corporation, giving eligible property owners access to innovative clean energy financing known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. Through the Energize NY PACE financing program, commercial and non-profit property owners in Albany County can access a low cost, long-term alternative to traditional loans to fund clean energy projects that are repaid through an annual charge on the property’s tax bill.
Eligible projects include: boilers and controls, chillers and controls, insulation and air sealing, lighting, oil-to-gas conversions, pumps, windows, combined heat & power systems, solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, geothermal, wind turbines and battery storage.
To learn more, please visit the Energize NY website.
Clean Energy Community Designation
In March of 2017 Albany County demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by becoming the first municipality in the Capital Region to earn NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Community designation. The Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local governments in implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in their communities.
Albany County earned this designation by:
- Adopting a benchmarking policy to track and publish energy use for more than 40 County Buildings;
- Undertaking a community-based Solarize campaign;
- Establishing an Energize NY Finance Program; and
- Installing electric vehicle charging station at the Albany County Airport.
As a result, the County is eligible for up to $250,000 in state funding for additional clean energy projects.
Local Styrofoam Ban Law
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy signed Local Law A for 2012, also known as the Styrofoam Ban Law.
He also announced three major green initiatives for Albany County.
Energy Conservation Projects
Learn How Albany County Is Saving Energy & Lowering Costs
Albany County has many ongoing and completed projects to improve the energy efficiency of County facilities. These projects will save the County costs while reducing wasted energy.
Showcase your project here! Motivate other area homes, businesses and organizations to save energy cost with grants and incentives. Send us an email and we will contact you to learn more.