Going Green: NYSERDA helping businesses go green
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is helping businesses go green. Terry Ettinger has more.
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From constructing new energy efficient buildings to renovating older buildings so they use less energy to using waste from dairy cows to generate electricity or promoting the development of solar powered pontoon boats, there’s one common denominator and that’s funding assistance through NYSERDA.
“Our major focus is promoting the use and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technology, supporting businesses to become economically competitive in New York State by investing in these new technologies, as well as continued research and development of new technologies in New York State,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, funded largely through assessments on gas and ratepayers, uses those funds for a variety of projects.
Murray said, “If you’re looking to build a new building here in New York State, we’ll sit down with you and deal with the standard issues you tend to think of in terms of energy, like lighting, air conditioning, heating and that sort of stuff.”
NYSERDA has a team of experts to help with projects, such as construction of a biogas to power plant at F.X Matt Brewing. In this process, wastewater will be cleaned up by 80 percent as methane is collected and turned into electrical power for about a five year payback.
“On that level, I think it’s a great example that if you put the incentives in the right place and what you’re trying to do is clean up the environment and get people to do green projects. Then if you put the incentives in the right place, businesses will do just that. We’re just following where the incentives go,” said Nick Matt of F.X. Matt Brewing.