dobbs ferry energy task force

Cake_and_coffeeLast August Nina Orville and the Dobbs Ferry Mayor's Energy Task Force brought us the Local Business and Institution Forum: How To Cut Energy Costs. Geared for Owners and managers this fourm highlighted what businesses can do to cut costs and incentives to make these changes possible. They showed us how to reduce your operating expenses, improve cash flow and green operations.

They pointed to the excellent incentives available for a limited time through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Con Ed that provide:

  • Free energy assessments or low-cost energy audits to identify opportunities to save on energy costs
  • Up to 70% incentives for energy efficient lighting, select equipment and space cooling
  • Reduced costs for solar system installation.

The icing on the cake was amazing dessert served by The Riviera Bake House. Check out their new solar panels when next you are in Ardsley.


guy_with_money_and_cflDobbs Ferry's Energy Task Force recently held an event focused on helping small businesses learn more about resources available for reducing energy consumption and costs. Find the whole story of this event at Hastings - Dobbs Ferry Patch.  NYSERDA , Westchester Green Business Challenge and Con Edison representatives spoke about programs designed to simplify and support the process of reducing businesses energy use and funding available for equipment and retrofitting. 

Among these programs is Con Edison's Small Business Direct Installation Program which provides free assessments of businesses energy efficiency needs and provides up to 70% funding for implementing energy efficiency changes. One Con Ed representative later mentioned that a hurdle for some small businesses is raising the remainng 30% funding match.

While searching for additional funding sources we came across Community Capital Resources, a non profit entity, formerly the Westchester Housing Fund.  This group has recently expanded it's mission to include helping small businesses in the Hudson Valley get lower priced loans. Could this be a way for some small businesses to make the match? What do you think? Please share your experience and add resources. 


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