Jul 19, 2021

Hyzon Motors completes business combination, trades on Nasdaq

Rochester’s Hyzon Motors USA Inc. has completed its business combination with Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corp. and has begun trading on the Nasdaq Global Select market under the symbols HYZN and HYZNW. As part of the business completion, Decarbonization Plus has changed its name to Hyzon Motors Inc. As a result of the transaction, Hyzon has […]

Jul 19, 2021

The road ahead: Smart ways to decarbonize buildings in New York

Buildings are energy intensive. Currently, space heating and hot water are directly carbon-intensive, burning natural gas or, where gas is not available, burning heating oil or propane. Building cooling systems run on electricity, which is indirectly carbon-intensive, because when everyone runs their air conditioners at the same time on hot days, the demand for electricity […]

Jul 14, 2021

State achieves solar milestone

Three gigawatts of solar have been installed statewide, enough to power more than half a million homes, New York state officials said this week.

Jun 22, 2021

Harley will use grant to enhance climate change curriculum

The Harley School has been awarded a grant by the Edward E. Ford Foundation for the advancement of the school’s climate change curriculum, enhancement of its sustainability plan and dissemination of educational resources to schools across the country to amplify impact. Just 12 other schools received grants from the foundation, whose mission is to improve […]

Jun 17, 2021

Solar array will reduce long-term expenses for Water Authority

Construction is underway on a five-megawatt solar energy array on the Monroe County Water Authority property in Penfield that will reduce long-term expenses for the public benefit corporation. The array, at the corner of Penfield and Watson Hulbert roads, will benefit MCWA customers by using clean, sustainable energy to offset its power bills, and will […]

Jun 7, 2021

Viridi Parente partners with Li-Cycle on battery recycling

Viridi Parente, Inc., a developer of innovative battery technology, has shipped its initial batch of batteries to Rochester’s Li-Cycle Corp., an industry leader in lithium-ion battery resource recovery and the leading lithium-ion battery recycler in North America. By recycling 100 percent of its end-of-life cells, Viridi Parente says it is expanding the company’s co[...]

May 28, 2021

PEKO mentors Scale For ClimateTech innovators working on renewable energy products

A long-standing Rochester manufacturer has partnered with a manufacturing readiness program to help climate technology innovators bring their renewable energy products to market. PEKO Precision Products Inc. has become a strategic partner of the Scale For ClimateTech program, which is a competitive, cohort-based program that provides training on manufacturing and business plann[...]

May 25, 2021

Drive Clean Rebate program offers additional $30 million to buy electric

An additional $30 million has been made available through New York state’s Drive Clean Rebate program to encourage drivers to lease or purchase all-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said. The funding and program changes will enhance vehicle affordability and help more New Yorkers take action to lower their carbon […]

May 25, 2021

CCIA helps the environment, doesn’t hurt consumers

It occasionally happens, as the end of the New York State legislative session approaches, that a particular bill up for passage draws intense, often one-sided local media scrutiny. This year, the dubious honor goes to the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA). If you take what has been reported at face value, passing CCIA will mean that […]

May 20, 2021

NYSERDA opens applications for $15 million Carbon Challenge

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has launched the third round of the Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge, making $15 million available as part of Round XI of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. The C&I Carbon Challenge will help reduce carbon emissions at commercial and industrial businesses and institutions, […]

May 19, 2021

Three real estate experts tackle new industry: pest control

If you would have asked Dara Rennert if she were interested in owning a local pest solutions business 18 months ago, she would have looked at you funny. After a year-plus global pandemic, however, the idea was not only feasible, it became a reality. Rennert, a licensed real estate salesperson with Keller Williams Commercial, opened […]

May 17, 2021

Rochester brownfield projects receive federal funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.4 million in Western New York for three brownfield cleanup projects, including one in the Rochester region. Nationwide, more than 150 communities will receive 154 grants totaling $66.5 million through the EPA’s Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup Grants. The funding will support underserved and economically disadvantage[...]