Town of Hebron Designated a Clean Energy Community

The Climate Smart Hebron Task Force is pleased to announce that Hebron is the first municipality in Washington County to be designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Jill Nadolski, Town Council member, and Climate Smart Hebron Coordinator said: “Hebron has been a leading town in Washington County for clean energy initiatives. Our Climate Smart Hebron Task Force is very proud of our actions and for reaching the required threshold to be designated a Clean Energy Community.”

To reach the threshold, the Task Force completed four high-impact actions:
• LED Street Light Conversion reporting
• Electricity Benchmarking of Municipal Buildings
• Community Solar Campaign
• Clean Heating & Cooling Demonstration

The Clean Energy Community designation unlocked $5,000 in grant funding which has been used to upgrade the heating system at the West Hebron Firehouse from an old oil-fired boiler to a new, high-efficiency propane-fired boiler. Town Councilman, Paul Sokol, a member of the Climate Smart Hebron Task Force said: “This upgrade to the Firehouse’s heating system will lower emissions and reduce our heating bills going forward.”

NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program provides tools, resources, and technical assistance while recognizing and rewarding local governments for leadership on clean energy projects. These projects can reduce energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. The town is thankful for the free technical assistance they receive from the Capital District Regional Planning Commission’s Clean Energy Coordinators.