Energize NY and Central Hudson Host Business Development Workshop for Local Clean Energy Contractors

Written by: Heather Flournoy on Sep 29th 2016
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Central Hudson Gas & Electric hosted 46 clean energy contractors and service providers from across NY State for a Trade Ally Seminar and Energize NY Finance Qualification Training on September 22 in Lake Katrine in Ulster County.

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The workshop provided an opportunity for contractors to learn about Central Hudson’s new commercial energy efficiency incentive program and the release of a new app that helps manage incentive applications. Central Hudson is one of many New York State utility companies that are launching new and more extensive energy efficiency incentive and technical assistance programs as a result of New York State’s REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) policy.

Energize NY trained contractors on the advantages using Energize NY PACE capital to finance clean energy building upgrades in the Central Hudson service territory and across New York State and reviewed the many types of buildings and projects where Energize NY PACE financing has been used successfully

A wide variety of clean energy contractors attended the event, from solar installers to local HVAC companies to large commercial industrial contractors that provide everything from energy auditing through performance assurance. 

“We’re pleased to offer programs to help our customers manage their energy use,” said Joseph Hally, Manager of Energy Transformation and Solutions at Central Hudson. “To a large extent, we owe the success of our programs to the committed and professional trade allies who serve our region.  We’re excited by the terrific turnout and participation at this training event, and to be among the first utilities in the country to adopt and introduce ICFs newest app to help smooth transactions, making for a better experience for all parties. We’re also grateful for the financing options offered by Energize NY. Together, we’re able to offer a package that allows customers to take advantage of programs that help them become more energy efficient.”

Manna Jo Greene, Ulster County Legislator and well known environmental and clean energy advocate added, "I'm really glad to hear about events like this, which provide practical opportunities to transition to clean energy.  We need the experts in the room -- the real people who are out there doing the actual work of analyzing buildings and installing equipment and systems in commercial and industrial facilities -- to have the support of the utilities, the County and State.  I'm proud that Ulster County has an Energize NY Financing program to provide the affordable capital needed for energy saving and renewable energy projects to be implemented.  I'm delighted that there were solar installers sitting with efficiency contractors, all learning together to help their customers to maximize their savings, while protecting the environment.  I commend Central Hudson for hosting this excellent training and Ulster County Executive Mike Hein for taking the steps necessary to bring Energize NY Finance to Ulster."

Since 2014, Energize NY has trained 385 clean energy contractors on how to integrate PACE finance to help their commercial and nonprofit clients to help afford energy improvements and pursue deeper energy saving measures in their project proposals.  Energize NY has 113 Qualified Partners. Click here to learn how to become a Qualified Partner.  That number is expected to grow as Energize NY expands into more regions of the state. To stay apprised of upcoming training opportunities, subscribe to the monthly newsletter  and keep an eye out on the Energize NY LinkedIn page for immediate announcements.