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Town of Hurley Climate Smart Task Force Updates

At the March 26 meeting of the Town Board, Cornell Climate Steward and Hurley Climate Smart Task Force member Lynne Bailey spoke about signing up for Community Solar. This program allows residents and businesses to join a Community Solar project in their region. You can see the presentation slides here.


You are eligible for Community Solar if you… Community Solar is Always a Good Deal

▪ Have Central Hudson electric bill ▪ No cost to enroll

▪ Don’t have solar panels  ▪ Saves up to 10% on electric bills 

▪ Takes 5 to 10 minutes

▪ Online billing only

Want help signing up?

▪ Contact an Energy Coach

▪ Call Energy Sage at (888) 989-9490


Community Solar Diagram

How Community Solar Works

The clean energy generated from the solar project you subscribe to is fed into the local power grid. Subscribers receive monthly credits on their electricity bills to lower their costs by up to 10%, or bills are sent directly by the provider


Quick Recap: The Town can earn up to $20,000 toward Municipal Clean Energy Upgrades with Your Help

DID YOU: • Purchase an electric vehicle after Nov. 28, 2023? • Install a heat pump or heat pump water heater after Nov. 28, 2023? • Sign up for community solar after June 1, 2023?

Be counted - let know with an email to climatesmart@townofhurley.org.


When there are 50 new subscribers for Community Solar in the Town (From June 1, 2023), the Town becomes eligible for $10,000 in grant money.


Upcoming Presentation

Our last presentation is scheduled for the second Town Board meeting in April (date to be determined). Samrat Pathania, an energy coach, teacher and Co-Chair of the Climate Reality Project’s local chapter, will provide a closer look at electric vehicles and why they are a great clean energy choice for drivers.

Our ongoing “Electrification Opportunities Series” is providing helpful information about transitioning to clean energy and supports the $20,000 grant challenge from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) underway in Hurley.

Plan to Electrify Diagram

At the February 27th meeting of the Town Board, Energy Coach and Chairman of of Marbletown's Environmental Conservation Commission, Tom Konrad spoke about how to make a plan to transition to electric appliances and specifically noted how split air/heat pump installations save money on heating and cooling costs. First steps though, include properly sealing and weatherizing your home. Financial incentives are also available to help families make the switch. You can view the slides from his presentation here. If you have any questions or you're not sure how to proceed, we also learned that you can sign up for free energy coaching at the New Yorkers for Clean Energy website. Check out additional resources available for all New Yorkers here.


When the Hurley CSTF reports five installations in the Town, we are eligible for $5,000 in grant money; another 15 installations qualifies us to unlock an additional $10,000.


Upcoming presentations

March 26 Town Board meeting: Climate Steward and CSTF member Lynne Bailey will talk about signing up for Community Solar. There’s no cost to enroll in the program, and it helps save money on electric bills while supporting solar energy. April Town Board meeting: we'll take a closer look at electric vehicle (EV) ownership.


If you plan to install a heat pump or sign up for Community Solar, please let Climate Smart Hurley know by sending an email to climatesmart@townofhurley.org. Four EVs have been registered in Hurley since Nov. 29, 2023. One more purchase makes us eligible for a $5,000 grant.

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NYSERDA grant challenge is underway in Hurley. To recap the basics: When town residents choose heat pumps, Community Solar or an EV, the Town gets credit towards $20,000+ in grant money. This Series of presentations will provide residents with helpful information about the clean energy choices eligible for grant money.


Tom Konrad is our first presenter on February 27, 2024. Energy Coach and Chair of Marbletown's ECC, Tom has answers to a lot of questions about these technologies and how to integrate them into our lives. He will focus on the benefits of Heat Pump installations.



The series will continue at the March 26th Town Board meeting when we'll talk about signing up for Community Solar. This costs nothing to sign up, saves money on electric bills and supports solar energy.


The thrid and final presentation is scheduled forApril 23rd's meeting. We'll take a closer look at EV ownership, sum up the clean energy program, and the financial incentives.


Simply email climatesmart@ townofhurley.org if you install heat pumps or sign up for Community Solar. See grant details at tinyurl.com/grants-opp. ** UPDATE ** 4-EV's were registered in Hurley since Nov 29th. Just 1 more purchase makes us eligible for a $5,000 grant!  


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