Sustainability Initiatives   

Sullivan County Climate Action Plan

Energy efficiency for County Operations

The Office of Sustainable Energy has worked with the Division of Public Works to identify a number of priority projects to improve energy efficiency at County buildings and facilities and in the County fleet. By reducing or eliminating fuel oil consumption and reducing the County’s electricity load, these projects are reducing energy costs and GHG emissions from County operations. For example:

  • The County has contracted with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to finance and oversee a major energy retrofit at the Government Center in Monticello, including replacement of the building’s aging HVAC systems and interior and exterior lighting upgrades to LED. The project will result in a 33% annual reduction in electricity use and a reduction of 4,559 gallons of fuel oil each year. NYPA financing guarantees positive cash flow from year 1 as the energy cost savings will be greater than the cost of the project.

Renewable energy projects

Sullivan County operations are powered by 3 on-site solar facilities and a small hydro-electric project located upstate.

  • The County’s first solar PV installation, developed in collaboration with the SC Division of Planning, is a 14.96kW demonstration project at the Mobility Management Facility in the Town of Bethel. Installed in 2008, this solar array continues to produce approximately 17,900 kW hours of electricity each year.

  • In 2012 the County installed a 49.92 kW photovoltaic system at the Robert B. Travis building on the County’s Public Health campus in Liberty. This project was fully funded through a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, secured in collaboration with Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD). In its first year of operation, the County-owned facility produced 80,000 kWh of electricity, and saved the County $8,000 in electricity costs.

  • In 2017 the County completed installation of a 2MW PV system at the Adult Care Center (ACC) in Liberty. This project, financed under a power purchase agreement with Solar City (now Tesla), will fully power the all-electric ACC facility and will result in substantial cost savings each year.

  • In 2016, the County initiated a power purchase agreement with Gravity Renewables to purchase 4,500,000 kWh of electricity per year from a small hydro-electric plant in upstate NY. With the completion of this arrangement, the County has achieved 70% of electricity for government operations from renewable solar and hydro sources, surpassing the goal established in the 2014 Climate Action Plan (50% by 2020) 3 years ahead of schedule.

Policy

Benchmarking Policy

Sullivan County is committed to annual benchmarking and reporting of energy use, energy costs and the total GHG emissions generated by County operations, including buildings, vehicles and solid waste. In 2014, the County set a goal of 50% reduction in GHG emissions and energy costs by 2020.

Benchmarking Policy

Fleet Efficiency Policy

The County Legislature has adopted a policy designed to ensure that the most fuel efficient and appropriately-sized vehicles with be selected for the County fleet. The policy requires tracking of fuel efficiency for each County vehicle, sets goals for the integration of hybrid and all electric vehicles into the fleet as appropriate, and promotes safe and fuel-conserving driving practices for County staff.

Fleet Efficiency Policy