Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) is co-sponsoring legislation (A.8527) to save school districts money through the use of alternative energy technologies. With schools facing fiscal constraints due to New York’s uncertain economy, the savings gained through utilizing alternative energy such as solar power or wind turbines could prove vital in providing the funding districts need to maintain programs and staffing that may otherwise be unaffordable.
"With our schools looking to maximize their funding each year, utilizing alternative energy would prove extremely beneficial," said Montesano. "By identifying and implementing cost-saving measures, our schools can use their funding for the crucial programs and staffing essential to providing our children with the quality education they need and deserve."
Currently, school energy bills range from almost $1 million annually to tens of millions in larger districts and several hundred million annually in New York City. By utilizing alternative sources, schools can significantly lower their energy bills and actually create new jobs in the process. By retrofitting school buildings for green energy technology, roughly 40,000 temporary and 3,500 permanent jobs would be created in communities across the state.
"In addition to saving our schools considerable amounts of money, a switch to alternative energy would create thousands of jobs at a time when New York is still in the midst of its economic recovery," said Montesano. "Implementing and maintaining these technologies would create many new jobs in the state at a time when they are most needed. I urge my colleagues in the Legislature to take action and create this commission immediately to save our schools money and get New Yorkers back to work."