The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County was awarded $4 million from New York State to establish a Clean Energy Hub on Long Island.
The money is part of $52 million in state funding to create 12 Regional Clean Energy Hubs throughout New York State. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) partnered with community-based organizations to establish the hubs, which are designed to serve as centers of outreach, awareness and education, as well as to foster participation of residents, especially those in underserved or otherwise disadvantaged communities, in the state’s clean energy transition.
“As New York continues moving toward a green economy, community outreach and education is essential to ensuring all New Yorkers can participate in and benefit from this transition,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a written statement. “In true New York fashion, these organizations are coming together to help their fellow New Yorkers and ensure every community has the opportunity to thrive.”
Gregory Sandor, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, said the organization is honored to serve as the lead contractor for the Long Island region.
“We believe our coalition of proven renewable energy and community engagement leaders (institutions, universities, associations and business leaders) makes up a superb team,” Sandor said in the statement. “Our Long Island Clean Energy Hub is committed to providing solutions that will make a tangible difference in our communities and provide measurable results.”
Long Island Power Authority is partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in support of the Long Island Clean Energy Hub.
“As New York transitions to a clean economy, all communities must have access to information and resources on the benefits of the clean energy transition,” LIPA CEO Thomas Falcone said in the statement. “These new clean energy hubs will serve as a launchpad for local customer outreach, engagement, and educational initiatives to help connect customers with programs and incentives. I commend the governor for her steadfast leadership.”