Thursday, February 10, 2011


At both Watertown and Canton meetings today area farmers were introduced to the possibility that they could apply for substantial funding from NYSERDA (The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.) However, one of the key messages was that farmers had better hurry because the funding won’t last and is running out rapidly.

The Assemblywoman and Cornell Cooperative Extention joined in presenting information from Richard LeClerc (Extention) and Mitchell Graves (NYSERDA) about the program that will potentially provide up to 75% funding for energy efficient upgrades on electrical and natural gas investments. The program includes a no-charge energy audit up to $1,500 in value and farmers need not have an energy efficiency project in mind to qualify. The types of agricultural enterprises that can qualify are not limited to dairy and beef operations but could also include maple and grain producers.

Assemblywoman Russell said, “The savings to our farm families in the North Country can be very significant. If more information is needed please call 800-732-1399 for a program representative.”

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