January 30, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $7.5 Million in Funding Available for Municipalities as Part of Smart Street Lighting NY Program

Governor Cuomo Announces $7.5 Million in Funding Available for Municipalities as Part of Smart Street Lighting NY Program

N.Y. Power Authority Funds Additional SMART Features for Municipalities as Part of Green New Deal to Reduce Emissions and Combat Climate Change

City of Syracuse Poised to Become the First Large Municipality to Test the Smart City Technologies as Part of the Syracuse Surge

Smart Street Lighting NY Video Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $7.5 million in funding is available for municipalities across the State for the installation of new SMART LED street lights as part of the Governor's Smart Street Lighting NY program. SMART LED street lights are equipped with improved internet connectivity and other digital enhancements that will allow municipalities to improve public services such as internet connectivity, transportation, public health and safety. The Smart Street Lighting NY program supports the Green New Deal, the nation's leading clean energy and jobs agenda to aggressively put New York on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality, and is part of the Governor's comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to meet New York's nation-leading goals to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

"New York is leading the way in developing innovative new technologies that enhance energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding to modernize street lights across the state will not only increase public safety through increased visibility, it will also advance our aggressive initiatives to combat climate change and create a cleaner, greener New York for all."

"As a former local government official, I know firsthand the challenges faced by communities to provide excellent services while keeping the tax burden low," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This funding for smart street lighting across the state will allow municipalities to use innovative technology to better address public service and safety needs, while reducing energy and maintenance costs."

The $7.5 million in funding was approved today by the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees. Municipalities can apply for up to $500,000 in funding as part of their partnership with NYPA on the installation of SMART LED street lighting. The largest cities outside of New York City—Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers—are eligible for $2.5 million, with the other $5 million earmarked for other municipalities. Awards will vary depending on the municipality's needs and the scale of the proposed project.

The City of Syracuse, designated by NYPA as New York State's "Flagship Smart City," will be the first large municipality in New York to test the innovative new streetlight technologies. Syracuse plans to evaluate the installation of equipment that can expand Wi-Fi, and 4G and 5G internet connection capabilities on its streetlights, and to install other digital enhancements to city-wide services, with $500,000 of support from NYPA, the first award from the $7.5 million statewide program.

Smart Street Lighting NY calls for at least 500,000 street lights throughout the state to be replaced with energy-saving LED technology by 2025. These streetlight upgrades support the Reforming the Energy Vision goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels.

The Power Authority is working with cities, towns, villages and counties in New York to fully manage and implement a customer's transition to LED technology. NYPA provides upfront financing for projects, with repayments made to NYPA from the resulting cost savings created by the reduced energy use of LEDs.

Introduced by Governor Cuomo in his 2019 State of the State address, the Syracuse Surge is a comprehensive proposal to ignite economic growth and opportunity in the city of Syracuse and Central New York. The plan builds on the City's investments in technology infrastructure and partnerships in the public and private sectors.The Syracuse Surge will make investments in technology, education, workforce training development, housing and infrastructure, and is designed to attract new economic investments that will create jobs, shared prosperity and neighborhood transformation. More information about Smart Street Lighting NY and how it can help a municipality save on energy costs is available here.

NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said, "Helping our customers bring their streetlights into the future further advances NYPA's reputation as a first-mover in the energy-sector. NYPA has already installed thousands of new LED street lights with hundreds of thousands of additional lighting fixtures already in the pipeline."

Senator Kevin S. Parker, Chair of the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee, said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo and New York Power Authority's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and install SMART LED lighting in our streets. All New Yorkers, whether they be from Brooklyn or Western New York, greatly benefit from forward thinking that encourages us to face the challenges of tomorrow. It is comforting to know the goals laid out in the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) are being followed through with innovative thinking and necessary funding."

Senator Robert E. Antonacci said, “This is exciting news for Syracuse to become the first large municipality to test the innovative new streetlight technologies. By investing in this program, it will ultimately cut down on energy cost while promoting clean energy. I look forward to the benefits the program will have on the City of Syracuse and the residents with the improved internet connectivity and other digital enhancements.”

Senator Rachel May said, "It is vitally important to fund initiatives that will generate sustainable community development. Investments in smart infrastructure, such as SMART LED streetlights, will help the city of Syracuse become a nationwide leader in promoting smart growth and combating climate change. Smart technologies are the pathway to providing broader access to services, such as municipal WIFI, that will greatly enhance public well-being and create integrated communities where everyone can thrive. I look forward to supporting this and future transformative infrastructure investments."

Assemblymember Michael Cusick, Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee, said, "As New York continues to lead the way to a cleaner economy, energy efficiency is essential to the achievement of our goals. This funding will enable localities to save money, improve digital accessibility, and create safer, more visible corridors."

Assemblymember William B. Magnarelli said, “The Smart Street Lighting NY Program is a great economic investment which will help the City of Syracuse to implement its Syracuse Surge plan. Governor Cuomo is very cognizant of the need for cities to be innovative in responding to the ever changing needs of its residents while ensuring that the local tax burden remains low. Street lights will improve public safety as well as help to push Syracuse closer to transitioning to the goals of the Green New Deal.”

Assemblywoman Pamela J. Hunter said, "Bringing innovations such as the Smart Street Lighting NY Program to Syracuse shows our state’s commitment to creating a carbon neutral economy that is also competitive. Not only will this lighting save our city tax dollars and improve energy efficiency, but it will improve our infrastructure and serve as an early step in transitioning Syracuse into a smart city. The technology will expand access to 4G and 5G, which will allow for greater possibilities for businesses that invest in Syracuse. Economic growth does not have to come at the cost of environmental impact and this project shows the way forward."

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "With the support of Governor Cuomo and NYPA, Syracuse's Smart City initiative is advancing quickly and helping to put New York State at the forefront of technology and clean energy in the United States. Our street light and technology upgrade is the first major step in the Syracuse Surge, a comprehensive plan to create new economic investment and neighborhood revitalization in Syracuse and Central New York. It wouldn't be possible without the Governor's energy vision."

New York State's Green New Deal

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Green New Deal, the nation's leading clean energy and jobs agenda, will aggressively put New York State on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality under a strategy to be developed by the Climate Action Council of state, workforce and environmental justice experts.It provides for a just transition to clean energy, spurring the growth of the green economy and, when passed,will statutorily mandate New York's power be 100 percent clean andcarbon-free by 2040, one of the most aggressive goals in the U.S.

The cornerstone of this newly proposed mandate is a significant increase of New York's successful Clean Energy Standard to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030. As part of the unprecedented ramp-up of renewable energy, New York has already invested $2.9 billion into 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state as it significantly increases its clean energy targets, such as: quadrupling New York's offshore wind target to a nation-leading 9,000 megawatts by 2035 to doubling distributed solar deployment to 6,000 megawatts by 2025 to deploying 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030. To support this ambitious work, NY Green Bank intends to use its expertise in overcoming financing gaps to foster greater environmental impacts per public dollar by raising over $1 billion in third party funds to expand climate financing availability across New York and the rest of North America.

Reforming the Energy Vision

The Green New Deal builds on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's landmark Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency. Already, REV has driven growth of nearly1,500 percent in the statewide solar market, improved energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers, and has led to more than 150,000 jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors across New York State.

To learn more about the Green New Deal and REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, visit rev.ny.gov, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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