Lake George, NY has started to look at plans to reduce its output of greenhouse gasses to reduce its impact on climate change. The tourist destination has begun looking at several options to reduce carbon emissions, and community solar projects in Lake George are among them.
In 2017, the Lake George Climate Joint-Action Plan was first introduced as a means of addressing climate change. It was part of a partnership between the village and town of Lake George, known as the Go Green Committee (GGC). The union first formed after the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded both a grant of $25,000. Since then, the committee has been addressing many options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, per the stipulations set forth by the DEC.
Among the possible changes are community solar projects in Lake George. GGC has looked at multiple options for solar farms and is considering a long-term option that involves building a 10-acre garden. According to the Lake George Climate Joint-Action Plan, it may not be a feasible development at this time, but the idea hasn’t been taken off the table entirely.
Community solar farms would help with two issues being addressed by the joint-action plan. Along with helping reduce carbon emissions, community solar gardens would provide Lake George’s taxpayers with a credit toward their utility bills. This would reduce the burden on the taxpayer and reduce their carbon footprint.
Other ideas included in the plan are short-term solutions including converting street and facility lights to 100% LED and reducing the need for propane and oil by switching to efficient HVAC systems. Additionally, solar panels are being considered for installation on government buildings throughout the city. Another long-term plan includes reviewing the town’s vehicle fleet to determine if there is waste and ensure all vehicles are fuel-efficient.
The Lake George Climate Joint-Action Plan was adopted by the Town Board. The unanimous vote was held virtually over Zoom due to the current COVID-19 crisis and was met with no pushback from the public.