FRANKFORT — The village of Frankfort is taking steps to qualify as a Clean Energy Community.
Mayor Richard Adams told the village board during a meeting Thursday he and Village Clerk Karlee Tamburro had met with Dan Sullivan, Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful chairman with the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, to discuss the Clean Energy Communities program.
Under the program, once a community completes four of 10 "high impact actions," it earns the New York State Clean Energy Community designation and is eligible to apply for grants of up to $100,000 to fund additional clean energy projects.
The board voted Thursday to pass a resolution to initiate an energy benchmarking policy for village buildings to keep track of costs and a resolution to streamline the process for obtaining a solar permit for people who are preparing to install solar energy panels.
The boiler replacement in the village hall is expected to qualify as a clean energy upgrade for a third high-impact action, according to Adams.
"The cost of heating has been down with the new boiler," said budget officer Starr Mizerak.
Energy code enforcement training, which focuses on what code enforcement officials need to know about the energy code in the context of its practical application on active construction projects, is the fourth action the village is planning to take. Adams said three people — the local code enforcement officer and at least two other local government officials — would be required to take the training.
If the village is successful in obtaining a grant, Adams said, it could replace the village street lights with energy-efficient LED lights.
"I'd like to eventually look at street lighting anyway," he said, adding the cost would come back to the village in savings in two years.
"Local governments in New York state can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment," according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority website. "In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects."
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