The path to 100% renewable generation
We want to help put your community on a new path toward 100% renewable generation.
For each of the first 400 enrolled Geneva Community Energy subscribers, we’ll allocate $50 towards the Town of Geneva’s next sustainability project. As a bonus for reaching the 400 subscriber goal, we’ll add another $5,000.
$25,000will go toward the town's next sustainability initiative, which will be one of the following options:
OPTION 1: Community-owned CDG (Community Distributed Generation) Project
The Town of Geneva would own the solar project, and the solar installation would be built on municipally controlled land. Owning the assets would give Geneva local clean energy supply and substantially greater economic benefits.
Project development provides local jobs and creates municipal revenue.
Option 2: Home Efficiency Upgrades
These upgrades reduce your energy consumption. With a more efficient home, you’ll save money on your electricity bill, contribute to a healthier planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and maybe even increase the value of your home.
Sample program: comprehensive audit program supplemented with smart thermostats
OPTION 3: SOLID WASTE REDUCTION
Much of what’s discarded can be used by others, recycled, or turned into something useful; but we need outlets for these things and to make it as convenient to get them to a re-user or recycler as it is to discard. We need money to expand what we’re already doing at the Town’s recycling and disposal station.
We all want landfills to close, but we need to be ready when that happens by reducing what we discard over the next ten years.
OPTION 4: Storm Water Control
Watershed retention projects control the flow of water upstream so there is less damage downstream and decreased nutrient loading in lakes Storm water control helps prevent blue-green algae and other water contamination.
We all know Seneca Lake is under stress. We need to slow stormwater and give opportunities for natural filtering to occur. This is accomplished with slow release retention ponds, vegetation buffer strips between fields and streams, and planting cover crops over bare fields, among other endeavors. The Town has already supported three such projects over the past two years; we need to keep doing it, and it won’t happen without money to defray the cost to willing landowners. This could also extend to support upgrade of septics.