Ulster County’s new solar, EV grant program powers sustainable living.

By Oliver Townsend Jul 8, 2024
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Ulster County is taking a significant step towards clean energy and sustainability with the launch of a solar and electric vehicle grant program. This initiative is made possible by more than $2 million in federal funding and is aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels and combating climate change. Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger announced that $2.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act funds will be used to kickstart the Solar & Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program.

Supporting Clean Energy Investments

The Solar & Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program is designed to support local governments in making clean energy investments. The application deadline has been extended to July 19th, giving municipalities more time to apply for grants of up to $100,000. These grants can be used for solar projects, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, or a combination of both. With a 50% local match requirement, the program aims to encourage local governments to prioritize sustainability and reduce their carbon footprint.

Financial and Environmental Benefits

Ulster County’s solar and electric vehicle grant program not only benefits the environment but also makes financial sense. By investing in clean energy solutions, municipalities can reduce their reliance on costly fossil fuels and save money on energy bills and maintenance costs. Legislator Tom Corcoran emphasized the importance of this program in supporting a cleaner and more sustainable future, highlighting the positive impact it will have on the community.

Future Opportunities

Applications for the Solar & Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program were sent out in May, with awards expected to be announced in August. Depending on funding availability, future rounds of funding may be possible to continue supporting clean energy initiatives in Ulster County. The program aims to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community while also providing economic benefits for local governments and residents.

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