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City of Tonawanda hopes green efforts pay off

The City of Tonawanda hopes to be rewarded with $50,000 for its efforts to be a green community.

The city will seek a competitive grant through the New York State Energy and Research Development Agency and have the city designated as a "Clean Energy Community," Mayor Rick Davis said.

He said the city already has tried to "lower the carbon footprint in the city" by installing solar panels on city buildings. He said the city also is in the process of outfitting its landfill with a large solar array farm and has added an electric vehicle charging station at City Hall.

The city may qualify for the grant by meeting certain criteria.

The city plans to establish a uniform solar permit, post the city's energy usage on its website and complete energy efficiency training for its building department.

 

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