Three-dozen clean energy projects are complete at homes and businesses in the City of Binghamton as part of the Clean Energy Community matching grant program.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

On Earth Day, City officials highlighted a crowning gem in the initiative that began with the City being one of the first in the Southern Tier to be designated a Clean Energy Community in 2017. The new 38.4-kilowatt solar panel array on top of the Canal Plaza residential and commercial building on State Street on the North Side is expected to reduce electricity usage by 45 percent at the affordable housing project.

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Binghamton’s Clean Energy Community Grant Program reimbursed homeowners, small businesses, commercial property owners and non-profits in the City for half the costs of eligible projects like solar panels, solar hot water heaters and air heating systems, LED lighting and vehicle charging stations.

When the program was started, Binghamton was awarded $250,000 for matching grants to support clean energy initiatives, which leveraged more than $600,000 in investments.

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