Village of Dobbs Ferry Renews Commitment to Solar Power

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Solar panels and other alternative energy methods are being pursued by Dobbs Ferry through the Westchester Solar Initiative. Photo Credit: Dave Dugdale via Flickr

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - The Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees committed at its July meeting to play an active role in the Westchester Solar Initiative, which promotes the growth of installed rooftop systems.

Mayor Hartley Connett detailed the project in his recent letter to residents, noting the work of the village’s ad hoc Energy Task Force and all its members, in particular the leadership of Chairperson Nina Orville.

"(Orville) has done an outstanding job." Connett said. "In forging a strong partnership with a sound economic return approach, Dobbs Ferry has reduced energy costs, and raised the bar to prove what is good for the environment can also be good for business."

According to Connett, the Westchester Solar Initiative works to generate significant savings for residents and businesses, which can improve access to sustainable energy supply, improve the environment and led will directly create new jobs.

"Dobbs Ferry has been chosen to take a leadership role because the village is recognized by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Mid-Hudson Region for its commitment and success in developing and executing successful projects in the area of energy efficiency and sustainability," Connett said.

Some of the actions taken include: Rooftop PV installations at the Public Library (February 2012) and at the DPW facility; acquisition of new hybrid powered municipal vehicles; state-of-art energy efficiency systems in public buildings.

"These and other projects have led to significant cost savings for the village, and ultimately the taxpayers," Connett said.

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