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Planning and Development
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner

 


Energize NY Finance
Commercial and nonprofit building owners within Dutchess County are now eligible to apply for Energize NY Finance, which provides an alternative to tranditional equity or unsecured loans. The Program uses an innovative form of financing called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. Under the PACE financing model, a Property Owner opts to pay for energy improvements by authorizing the municipality where the Property is located to add a special tax charge to the Property (a "Financing Charge") for that purpose.

The following Dutchess County commercial property types are eligible for this exciting program: Commercial Office; Retail; Medical; Industrial; Multifamily; Non-Profit Owned Buildings; Commercially Owned Residential. (Gas Stations are specifically excluded.)
 

Solarize Hudson Valley/Solarize Wappingers+
Solarize Hudson Valley is a newly launched three year program to dramatically scale up the use of solar power among homes and businesses. All Dutchess County property owners are eligible and encouraged to participate in this program. The first "Wave" Solarize Beacon was very successful and the second "Wave" Solarize Northern Dutchess resulted in the most contracts for the installation of new solar systems for a Solarize Hudson Valley campaign.

A new Solarize Wappingers campaign is just beginning with a focus on the Town of Wappinger and the Village of Wappingers Falls. Two firms that sell and install solar systems were vetted and have agreed to offer and install their solar systems for a discounted price to interested property owners who sign up during this campaign. One of the firms, Hudson Solar, is a local business located in Rhinebeck that has again been chosen to participate in this campaign.

Dutchess Goes Green
Learn about the County's ambitious environmental initiatives that reduce our operating footprint, help lower costs for taxpayers.


Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)
The NRI provides comprehensive descriptions and data about the County's many and diverse natural resources and guidance for how citizens and local boards can support resource protection.

Water and Wastewater
Read the County's report/recommendations regarding septic system density, review model aquifer protection ordinances, and other resources.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR)
New York's environmental review regulations.



 


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