Ancram newly certified as a Climate Smart community
Bill Williams is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the town of Ancram is newly certified as a bronze level Climate Smart community, one of six statewide. Ancram received its certification in part by installing solar panels and an electric vehicle charging station at town hall, and increasing access to renewable energy for residents and local businesses by streamlining the permitting process for rooftop solar, and running a community solar campaign, according to a statement by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Ancram Town Supervisor Art Bassin said officials have been working on this project for 10 years. He said the process began with the town board passing a resolution, and then a climate smart task force was formed to come up with and implement the items needed for this certification. The solar panels mounted on the roof of town hall were paid for by a grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The electric vehicle charging station was donated by Ginocchio Electric. The Ancram Community Solar Campaign is open to all town residents, where everyone is eligible for a 10 percent discount on the cost of the project, Bassin said. Established in 2009, the interagency Climate Smart Communities program provides guidance and technical support to local governments to take locally driven climate action. The first step to becoming a Climate Smart Community is to register by pledging to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. To date, 356 local governments have adopted the Climate Smart Communities pledge. There are now a total of 94 certified Climate Smart Communities statewide, nine silver and 85 bronze. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.