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Town of Tonawanda pursues a $250,000 solar energy grant

Town of Tonawanda residents could get a discount on home solar energy panel installations if the town pursues a solar energy grant.

Councilman William C. Conrad III recently told the Town Board that he and a committee have been working to get the town designated as a Clean Energy Community in order to compete for a $250,000 New York State Energy and Research Development Association (NYSERDA) grant.

Conrad said to be eligible the town must pursue at least four energy-related action items, including creating an incentive campaign for solar energy companies that would encourage residents to install solar panels.

The town has already moved forward on other clean energy items that would help it secure the grant, including plans to purchase an electric hybrid vehicle and adopting a solar permit process.

The board will vote to consider the action items at its next meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, June 5.

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