electric vehichles using a charging station
Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station in use at the parking lot next to 3 Main St.

Clean Energy Communities Program

Saranac Lake is a Designated Clean Energy Community


The Village of Saranac Lake is committed to building a more sustainable community.  One of the ways that commitment is demonstrated is through participation in NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program.  By completing four of the 10 High Impact Actions Saranac Lake became a dedicated Clean Energy Community in 2017.  That designation came with a $50,000 incentive award that is being used to complete more high impact actions. 


High Impact Actions in Progress


The Village is planning to use the $50,000 incentive award toward the cost of converting street lights to energy efficient LED technology, which will result in both a reduction in energy usage and cost savings.

The Village Board has taken a pledge to achieve Climate Smart Communities Certification, which is another high impact action in progress.  Learn more about that initiative on the Climate Smart Communities project page.


High Impact Actions Completed by the Village of Saranac Lake


  • Energy Code Enforcement Training
  • Unified Solar Permit which is designed to streamline the approval process for installing solar
  • Solarize Community Campaign to promote clean energy
  • Clean Fleets- the village has installed one electric vehicle charging station for public use
  • Benchmarking which is a commitment to reducing energy use in buildings.  The village has converted to LED linterior lights in most municipal buildings.


Energy Performance Measures for Village Buildings in 2016-2018


The benchmarking data from 2016-2018 is summarized in the charts below.  For a full report on Energy Performance Measures for Village Buildings, click HERE.




* EUI expresses a building’s energy use as a function of its size or other characteristics.  EUI is expressed as energy per square foot per year.  Generally, a low EUI signifies good energy performance. However, certain property types will always use more energy than others.


An audit of all street lights within the village was completed in August 2019. The next step is to determine whether to move forward with a utility-owned conversion or purchase the street lights as part of the conversion process.