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PACE in NY: Orange County Launches a PACE program

Press Release from Orange County Executive, Goshen, NY – The launch of Energize NY in Orange County was announced by County Executive Steve Neuhaus at the OC Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Middletown recently. In his July 10 remarks, Neuhaus explained that the launch of Energize NY in Orange County, the first county in New York State to adopt the program, would help commercial property owners directly address rising operating costs by providing critical support, tools, and long-term financing to implement clean-energy upgrades for their buildings. Watch the launch announcement of Energize NY in Orange County here.

 Energize NY services are immediately available to Orange County commercial property owners looking to invest in clean-energy projects that will reduce their energy costs. Projects eligible for financing include solar PV (electric) arrays, high-efficiency lighting, upgrades to HVAC systems, air sealing, and insulation to reduce electricity and primary fuel load through an existing New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) or utility program.

Orange County gained access to Energize NY and its resources by becoming a member of the Energy Improvement Corporation, a New York State Local Development Corporation (LDC) formed to take advantage of a 2010 state law that enabled long-term, low-cost energy efficiency and renewable energy project finance
through an innovative mechanism called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).

“Becoming a member of the EIC and gaining access to no-cost support for commercial property owners puts the county in a great position to help individual property owners as well as the greater business community,” said Neuhaus. “Whenever we can help make businesses more economically and environmentally sustainable, while enhancing their ability to increase profitability, it’s a win-win for everyone.” Read more.