Clean Energy Communities

New York State recently announced the availability of $17 million in funding and expanded high-impact actions under the state’s Clean Energy Communities program. There is currently an open enrollment Program that provides rewards and recognition for communities that demonstrate clean energy leadership. Communities that complete at least four high-impact actions are eligible to apply for grants to fund additional clean energy projects and earn the Clean Energy Communities designation.

High Impact Action items increases access to grant funding. Program participation can be customized to best fit the needs and resources of your community to foster energy savings and economic opportunities.

Earn points for every high-impact action earns points and once a certain number of points is earned your community becomes eligible for larger grant amounts. You do not need to be a designated community to access point-based grant funding.

According to the Capital District Regional Planning Commission municipalities in Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene Counties can potentially access the 20, $5,000 Block 3 grants remaining in addition to 9, $30,000 grants.

To learn which actions are the best fit for your community and how to earn the most points contact the Capital District Clean Energy Communities Outreach Coordinator, Jill Henck, Senior Planner , 518-453-0850

A recent CRPDC webinar on the Clean Energy Communities Program can be viewed on the Capital District Regional Planning Commission’s YouTube channel page at