Sullivan County awarded nearly $380,000 of ARRA funds by NYSERDA for Solar Electric System and Sustainability Policy priorities   

(Monticello) - The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) has notified Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau that two of the County's grant applications were awarded funding through the "Implementation Funding for Small Municipalities - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Request for Proposals (RFP No. 10)”.  The ARRA funding awarded is nearly $380,000.

“This NYSERDA funding award will significantly provide people, power and punch to our efforts for green economic growth," said Legislator Ron Hiatt, Chairman of the Sustainability Policy Committee. "Our thanks go out to Dick Riseling and the people of Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) for their efforts," added Hiatt.

NYSERDA awarded $269,100 for the “Sullivan County Renewable Energy Improvement Project,” which will fund the installation of a 44.85kw ground mounted solar electric system to serve the main offices of the Department of Family Services – the Travis Building.

“I am thrilled that the County is actively pursuing all avenues in our goals toward green initiatives for County owned properties,” said Legislator David A. Sager, Chairman of the Public Works Committee, and a member of the Sustainability Policy Committee.  “The installation of the solar electric system will provide real-time data on the potential to reduce reliance on traditional energy systems, and bring to reality the goals of the County"s strategic plan and commitment to sustainable practices,” said Sager.

NYSERDA also awarded $110,000 for the “Sullivan County Energy Management Personnel Project,” which will provide funding to hire an Energy Manager to manage the retrofit implementation of six buildings, and to hire an office manager/educator to maintain energy records and conduct educational outreach on energy issues.

“The County created the Office of Sustainable Energy, which is headed by Research Analyst Heather Brown within the County Manager’s Office, as a result of the public policy goals outlined in the County Charter, Administrative Code, Green Visioning Resolution, and the 2009 – 2010 County Strategic Plan,” said Fanslau.  “The County has completed energy audits on certain buildings, including the Travis Building, and has recently authorized energy audits on the Government Center, the Government Center Annex, and the Adult Care Center,” concluded Fanslau.

For additional information, please contact County Manager David Fanslau, 845-807-0450.

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