Glens Falls, Queensbury and Saratoga Springs have been named Clean Energy Communities, joining about 200 others across the state.

The designation, according to a release, recognizes a municipality's commitment to clean energy projects and successful reduction of energy use. It also makes them eligible to apply for up to $250,000 in funding for clean energy projects. Areas with fewer than 40,000 residents can apply for up to $100,000 in funding.

Other communities participating in the program include the town and village of Lake George and the villages of Cambridge, Greenwich and South Glens Falls.

The program is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision, which hopes to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and supply 50 percent of the state's electricity from renewable resources.

"New York is a national leader in combating climate change, and this significant milestone demonstrates that communities in every corner of this great state are committed to our efforts to create a more sustainable future," Cuomo said in a release. "These 200 communities serve as a model for cities and towns across the state and this nation to reduce energy use and preserve our environment for generations to come."

Overall, 1,255 high-impact clean energy action items have been completed across the state. The Capital Region has 25 designated "Clean Energy Communities," 44 participating communities that haven't reached that designation yet, with 141 clean energy actions completed.

Actions include things like installing electric vehicle charging stations, replacing street lights with energy-efficient LED lighting, undertaking a community-based Solarize campaign and benchmarking energy use, according to a release.

Those eligible communities can apply for funding on a rolling basis through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2019 or until the funds are exhausted. For more information visit nyserda.ny.gov/cec

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1


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