The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has designated the Village of Lima as a Clean Energy Community. The Village of Lima earned this distinction and a $5,000 award by completing four high impact practices for reducing energy consumption and promoting the use of clean energy. The four projects that were completed include the installation of an electric vehicle charging station, streamlining rooftop solar permitting, tracking Village of Lima energy usage on the EPA’s Energy Star website, and completing energy efficiency code training.
In the spring of 2019, the Village of Lima will continue their initiatives to increase the use of renewable energy and decrease overall energy usage. Construction of a 470kW solar array behind the Lima Ambulance base on West Main Street is scheduled to begin in March of 2019. This array will generate enough power to supply 100% of the Village of Lima government’s electrical needs. Also slated for the spring of 2019 is the replacement of all high pressure sodium street lamps with LED bulbs. This project will result in a $26,000 reduction in leasing and energy costs per year.