Under its Carbon Neutral Community Economic Development program, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced over $21 million of awards to 19 regionally significant projects across New York State. The projects range from carbon-neutral maple syrup and dairy facilities to what will be the nation’s first certified passive warehouse to urban building retrofits and a carbon-neutral manufacturing plant that will make modular, net-zero, solar powered multifamily homes.
These projects will advance economic development in disadvantaged communities and support downtown revitalization districts as part of Governor Hochul’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. They will help meet the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050. Since its 2018 launch, the state’s Carbon Neutral Community Economic Development program has awarded 40 projects over $44 million in incentives to pursue carbon-neutral performance while advancing economic development.