The Village of Skaneateles and NYSERDA today announced the grand opening of the first municipal net-zero energy building in New York State.  The Skaneateles Village Hall, formerly a vacant fire station, will house new village offices and a police station and is expected to produce more energy than it consumes. Officials met at the site today to announce the grand opening.

 The village was awarded $546,000 for the energy efficient building improvements by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority  through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development initiative.

 The $1.5 million project is expected to reduce energy usage by more than 62,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually and result in the avoidance of 46 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

 “The Village of Skaneateles should be commended for its demonstrated leadership and for this dynamic net-zero energy building that can serve as a valuable model for other municipalities,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Increasing energy efficiency across all sectors of New York’s economy remains a cornerstone of Governor Cuomo’s efforts in advancing the State’s clean-energy economy through public-private partnerships in every region of the State thereby ensuring a clean, affordable and sustainable energy future for all New Yorkers.”