SARANAC LAKE — Information sessions are set June 8 and 9 to explain how homeowners and businesses can apply for subsidies to purchase and install high-efficiency wood-pellet boilers to replace oil or propane heat.

The Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative, a program of the Northern Forest Center, will provide financial incentives for wood-pellet boiler installations to 20 homeowners living in Saranac, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.

It will also provide funds to help install 15 wood-pellet boilers in municipal and non-residential buildings in Essex, Franklin and Clinton counties, with preference given to projects in Saranac, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. 

“We’re taking applications now, and we’re eager to provide information and financial support to help people make the switch to wood-pellet heating,” Leslie Karasin, who manages the Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative for the Center, said in a news release.

“The information sessions on June 8 and 9 will explain how homeowners and businesses can achieve a quicker payback with wood-pellet boilers and how using wood pellets supports local jobs and businesses and reduces fossil fuel use.” 



For residential participants, the initiative will provide a cost-share incentive of up to $10,000 for installation of qualified heating systems.

For non-residential participants, the initiative will provide up to $15,000 of the cost.

The program will complete 35 boiler conversions in homes, businesses and municipal buildings. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

The sessions start at 6 p.m. The schedule is: Monday, June 8, Saranac Town Hall, 3662 Route 3; and Tuesday, June 9, Petrova Elementary School cafeteria, 79 Canaras Ave., Saranac Lake.

Boiler installers will be on hand to answer questions, and tours of the wood-pellet boilers in each location will be offered.

“One hundred percent of the money we spend on wood-pellet heat stays here in our economy,” Karasin said.

“We can use wood-pellet heat to replace oil and propane, which export out of our regional economy almost 80 cents of every dollar spent for heat.”



Over the 25-year life of the boilers installed through this project, participants will reduce fossil fuel use by the equivalent of 1.4 million gallons of oil.

By purchasing wood pellets instead of oil, participants will help keep more than $5 million in the regional economy and generate about $11 million in positive economic impact, the release said.

The Northern Forest Center is partnering with the Adirondack North Country Association, Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and other organizations to launch the Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative.

Funding for the program comes from the Northern Border Regional Commission, the Overhills Foundation and private individuals.

Support is also provided through Gov. Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities Program.


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