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Request for Information: Renewable Energy Alternative Cooling & Heating (REACH) Peekskill and Yonkers

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Sustainable Westchester (SW) invites building owners in Peekskill and Yonkers to respond to the REACH offering which aims to decarbonize your building(s) and assess the feasibility of connection to a municipality-led Thermal Energy Network (TEN). REACH compliments SW’s current project with the Cities of Peekskill and Yonkers to develop renewable energy infrastructure for heating and cooling*. If your building is selected, SW will work with you to identify the highest resource-efficient energy reduction and electrification methods, employing strategies and technologies that maximize financial incentives and reduce risks.

Decarbonize Your Building and Receive a Free TEN Pre-Feasibility Assessment


Eligibility Peekskill and Yonkers building owners and operators of commercial buildings such as affordable housing, non-profits, schools, houses of worship, community centers, mixed-use, municipal buildings, and others are eligible for this cost-cutting decarbonization service.
Q&A We welcome the opportunity to answer questions and assist with your submission, inquire by completing this form by May 31, 2024: Building Owner Q&A Form 
Webinar  June 20, 2024, register at this link today.
Due Date Complete this form by July 26, 2024
View the full RFI RFI REACH Building Owners

*Read more about SW’s Municipal TEN Accelerator project and how TENs offer efficient, fossil fuel-free heating and cooling via interconnected pipe loops, fostering community resilience, public health, and economic benefits:

Seeking to partner with geothermal drill rig manufacturer to create Geothermal Driller Training Program

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Seeking to partner with geothermal drill rig manufacturer to create Geothermal Driller Training Program

Municipal TEN Accelerator

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Municipal T.E.N. (Thermal Energy Network) Accelerator will Help Municipalities Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels, Lower Costs, Achieve Climate Goals, and Increase Equitable Access to Clean Energy

Mount Kisco, N.Y. March 11, 2024 – Sustainable Westchester, Westchester County’s leading resource for local municipalities striving to make their communities safer and more resilient against the threats posed by climate change, announced today that it secured a $92,000 grant to help the City of Yonkers and the City of Peekskill lay the groundwork for critical new forms of clean energy infrastructure. The grant was made possible by the Westchester Community Foundation, a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the country with assets of approximately $3 billion.

Through the grant, the organization’s Municipal T.E.N. (Thermal Energy Network) Accelerator will help support the creation of community thermal energy networks (CTEN) in each municipality, a popular emerging clean energy technology that has been recognized for its ability to decarbonize buildings while lowering energy costs and ensuring a clear path to a more inclusive green economy. CTENs leverage a network of pipes and heat pumps to distribute clean thermal energy to buildings connected to the infrastructure, from ground, air, wastewater and surface water sources.

Under the Utility Thermal Energy Network and Jobs Act signed by Governor Kathy Hochul in 2022, New York became the first state in the nation to enact legislation promoting the development of thermal energy networks on a larger scale. The law dictates that a certain number of projects must be located in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution and environmental justice issues, and the City of Yonkers and the City of Peekskill are home to 44 percent of Westchester’s Disadvantaged Communities Census Tracts as identified by New York State.

“The City of Yonkers’ strongly supports the widespread adoption of clean energy and is deeply committed to achieving the goals outlined in the City’s visionary Climate Action Plan,” said City of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “Encouraging the development and use of large-scale community thermal energy networks will help advance our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase access to reliable and affordable clean energy, and protect our residents against the impacts of climate change.”

“Partnering with Sustainable Westchester to implement state-of-the-art community energy thermal networks is the latest example of our City doing everything in its power to address climate change head on and become a more sustainable municipality,” said City of Peekskill Mayor Vivian McKenzie. “This initiative will transform the way Peekskill incorporates climate solutions in its buildings, and it creates more pathways for residents of all backgrounds to access reliable and affordable clean energy.”

“Addressing climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and equitably decarbonizing our County depends on leveraging every tool at our disposal,” said Rachel Carpitella, Sustainable Westchester Program Director, Building Decarbonization. “Community thermal energy networks can play a pivotal role in building community wealth and health while reducing energy burden and reliance on polluting fossil fuels for a diverse range of residents. Through the Municipal T.E.N. Accelerator we look forward to establishing a successful model for speeding the implementation of this critical technology, which can be replicated by municipalities across Westchester and beyond to achieve their climate goals.”

Thwarting the widespread adoption of CTEN technologies, however, are complex and occasionally prohibitive municipal codes and permits, inconsistent processes from one municipality to the next, and a general lack of understanding by local constituencies of how of these critical technologies operate.

As part of the grant, Sustainable Westchester will help the City of Yonkers and the City of Peekskill adopt a uniform industry standard to fast track CTEN installations, and establish a clear and consistent set of rules to encourage more CTEN investments across Westchester. It is hoped that by creating a successful blueprint, municipalities throughout New York can replicate it in service of the State’s climate, clean energy, and environmental justice goals.

Sustainable Westchester’s partner in the grant is the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA).

“In order to achieve a more sustainable and decarbonized future in Westchester and across the globe, we must encourage the widespread adoption of the cleanest and most efficient heating and cooling technology available,” said Jeff Hammond, Executive Director of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association.

Sustainable Westchester launched the first-of-its-kind REACH offering to partner with municipalities to develop, administer, and operate CTENs and to help commercial building owners decarbonize their properties and potentially connect to a CTEN. Interested municipalities and commercial building owners can contact Rachel Carpitella, program director at Sustainable Westchester, at or (914) 242-4725 ext. 106.


About Sustainable Westchester

Sustainable Westchester is a leading resource for local municipalities, residents, and businesses striving to make their communities safer and more resilient against the threats posed by climate change. Acting as a hub for innovative programming, extensive relationships, and effective advocacy, Sustainable Westchester has been at the forefront of regional and statewide efforts to achieve a clean energy transition, conserve natural resources, promote environmental justice, and help member communities become more prosperous, healthy, resilient, and equitable.  For more about the organization and its activities, please visit

Job and Resource Fair flyer

FREE Clean Energy Careers Jobs and Resource Fair

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Job and Resource Fair flyer

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd
Time: 2:00-7:00PM

Westchester County Clean Energy Careers Job and Resources Fair –  the first-ever FREE Clean Energy Career Job and Resource Fair will be held on April 3rd, 2024 from 2-7pm at Pace University in White Plains.  All Westchester residents are encouraged to come learn about high paying careers in the clean energy sector and network with industry professionals.   Our keynote speaker will share insights about the incredible opportunities in this growing industry and the Jobs and Training panel presentations will do a deep dive into what’s available to Westchester residents.   

Click here to register

Questions?: Contact Yasmin Najjar