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$40M in stimulus funds for energy projects

Rochester receives $2M

Of the $40 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding awarded to New York municipalities, public schools, hospitals and not-for-profit agencies to support energy conservation projects, the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region will receive about $2 million.

The total is near the bottom when compared to funds being pumped into other regions of the state. Only the Adirondacks region is receiving less, with project awards totaling about $1.3 million.

The 118 energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean fleet projects funded through the ARRA will reduce energy and operating costs by $13.5 million annually and fully return the initial investment in just shy of seven years, according to a release from Gov. David A. Paterson’s office.

“These funds will provide public and non-profit entities with critical resources needed to make long-term investments that will reduce their energy costs and save taxpayers money,” Paterson said in the statement. “These projects will invigorate the state’s economy, heighten the demand for clean renewable technologies and help put New Yorkers to work in the clean energy economy.”

The City of Rochester will receive funding for two projects: $145,000 for retrofitting to lighting and $215,000 to install a 50 KW photovoltaic system.

The Town of Henrietta also is receiving $14,127 for lighting retrofit work.

Monroe Community College will receive $91,461 to implement piping modifications to increase efficiency.

Rochester Institute of Technology will receive $23,000 to perform a ventilation airflow rebalancing.

All of the funded projects were selected competitively through the State Energy Program and represent the program’s second round of funding, totaling $74 million.

Some of the measures funded include installation of lighting and lighting controls, heating, cooling and controls, building envelope, photovoltaic systems, high efficiency biomass boilers, solar thermal, small wind generators and alternative-fuel refueling stations and vehicles.

Additional awards are expected to be made before the end of the year.

A detailed table of the projects funded can be found online at