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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Programs

NYSERDA offers a wide range of programs to help residents and businesses across New York State become more energy efficient. Learn more about our Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs [PDF].

Commercial and Industrial

  • Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program (AEEP) - NYSERDA’s Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program offers assistance to identify and implement electric and natural gas energy efficiency measures for eligible farms and on-farm producers in New York State, including but not limited to: orchards, dairies, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry or egg producers. Through the FlexTech Program, energy audits are available at no cost to the farm, up to $2,500.
  • Cleaner Greener Communities - NYSERDA’s Cleaner, Greener Communities Program is a competitive grant program to encourage communities to develop and implement regional sustainable growth strategies. Regional Sustainability Planning was the first phase and was intended to provide the necessary resources for each region in New York State, as defined by the boundaries of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs), to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan. Implementation Grants, the second phase, began in June 2013. Implementation projects may include the greatest opportunities for achieving carbon reductions, energy efficiency savings, and renewable energy deployment consistent with a region’s sustainability and REDC strategic plans.
  • Existing Facilities Program (EFP) - NYSERDA’s Existing Facilities (EFP) Program offers a portfolio of incentive opportunities to offset the costs of energy improvements in existing commercial and institutional facilities across New York State. EFP works with customers to implement a comprehensive strategy to realize verified energy savings through an integrated approach to cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
  • Flexible Technical Assistance Program (FlexTech) - NYSERDA’s FlexTech Program offers a wide range of flexible, cost-shared technical services to help businesses operating in New York State make intelligent energy decisions. A dedicated team of engineers, technology experts, and energy consultants works with the customers to create a customized assessment that identifies specific opportunities for reducing energy consumption and costs.
  • Industrial and Process Efficiency Program (IPE) - NYSERDA’s Industrial and Process Efficiency Program provides financial incentives to manufacturers and data centers in New York State that enhance energy efficiency through capital improvements to their operations. Eligible projects include enhancing processes, increasing manufacturing output, improving IT efficiency, and minimizing energy use in building support systems. Incentives are also available to customers who install approved energy-efficient equipment in new facilities.
  • New Construction Program (NCP) - NYSERDA’s New Construction Program provides technical support to design teams and financial incentives to building owners involved in the construction of new, more energy-efficient structures in New York State. The intent of the program is to improve energy efficiency and green building practices, and permanently transform the way buildings are designed and constructed throughout the State.

Green Jobs - Green NY

Green Jobs – Green NY (GJGNY) - provides funding for energy assessments, low-cost financing for energy upgrades, and technical and financial support to develop a clean energy workforce. GJGNY is a statewide effort to strengthen communities through energy efficiency and uses constituency-based organizations to support program outreach in underserved communities. GJGNY enables New Yorkers to make a significant difference in homes, businesses and neighborhoods—making them more comfortable, more sustainable, and more economically sound. GJGNY is administered by NYSERDA and made available by the Green Jobs – Green New York Act of 2009.

  • Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES) - NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program offers homeowners in New York State a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and home comfort while saving money. Participating Home Performance contractors accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) conduct energy assessments and upgrades. Income-qualified homeowners are eligible for additional incentives to make energy improvements.
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Program - NYSERDA provides assistance to residents who wish to generate electricity from sunlight to provide power for their home and reduce their energy bills. NYSERDA offers two low-interest financing options to fund the installation of PV systems: On-Bill Recovery Loans, which allow residents to use their energy savings to repay their loan right on their utility bill, and Smart Energy Loans, which are similar to conventional unsecured loans.
  • Multifamily Energy Performance Portfolio (MEPP) - NYSERDA offers a portfolio of programs and incentives for owners, facility managers, developers and condo/co-op boards of multifamily buildings with five or more units in New York State. NYSERDA’s programs make it easier to assess, fund, implement, and measure energy efficiency upgrades that improve building performance and save money.
  • Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Program - NYSERDA’s Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Program offers financial and technical assistance to help small businesses and not-for-profit organizations improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs. This program offers free audits to help identify economically viable improvements, (e.g. lighting, motors or thermostats) that may yield substantial annual energy savings and two low-interest loan options to finance energy efficiency projects. The first one is On-Bill Recovery Financing, which makes it possible for small businesses and not-for-profits to use the savings on their energy bills to pay for their energy efficiency upgrades. The second one is the Participation Loan, where NYSERDA partners with lenders across New York State to help small businesses and not-for-profits access low-interest financing for energy efficiency improvements.
  • Workforce Development - NYSERDA supports a broad range of education and training programs aimed at creating an experienced green collar workforce. This workforce will have the relevant skills and credentials needed to support New York State’s growing clean energy economy. The workforce training programs help meet the demand for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and technologies. Through public-private partnerships, NYSERDA Workforce Development Programs fund the development and delivery of cutting-edge training programs, and provide financial support to those who wish to pursue new career training, professional certifications and critical on-the-job training.

Multifamily

  • Advanced Submetering Program - Advanced Submetering provides incentives to help you convert to a system with a master meter and advanced submeters, where every unit is metered and residents pay for the energy they use in their individual units.
  • Multifamily Performance Program - NYSERDA offers a portfolio of programs and incentives for owners, facility managers, developers and condo/co-op boards of multifamily buildings with five or more units. Our initiatives make it easier to assess, fund, implement and measure energy efficiency upgrades that improve building performance and your bottom line.

Renewables

  • On-Site Wind Turbine Incentive Program - NYSERDA’s On-Site Wind Turbine Incentive Program is intended to increase the amount of clean, renewable energy that is generated in New York State, by providing financial incentives toward the installation of behind-the-meter wind turbines. The program offers incentives for qualified equipment installed by eligible installers. Eligible turbines must have a proven track record of performance, reliability, safety, and acoustics. Installers must demonstrate adequate competency installing wind energy systems. Eligibility is also based on training, experience, customer references, site assessment skills, wind resource and professionalism. Incentives are based on the estimated annual output of the turbine, at the proposed site, as determined by computer modeling.
  • Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Program - NYSERDA’s Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Programs provide incentives to install photovoltaic and solar thermal energy systems in New York State. These advanced renewable energy technologies are evolving into increasingly viable alternatives to fossil fuel energy systems. The programs utilize networks of eligible installers.

Residential Energy Services

  • EmPower -NYSERDA's EmPower New York program offers no-cost energy efficiency services to low-income (such as HEAP-eligible) homeowners and renters. These services include electric reduction and home performance measures. On-site energy education offers customers additional strategies for managing their energy costs. The services are provided by contractors accredited by the Building Performance Institute.
  • Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES) & Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (AHPwES) - NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program offers homeowners in New York State a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and home comfort while saving money. Participating Home Performance contractors accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) conduct energy assessments and upgrades. Income-qualified homeowners are eligible for additional incentives to make energy improvements.
  • Low-rise Residential New Construction Program - NYSERDA’s Low-rise Residential New Construction Program supports the construction and purchase of energy-efficient New York ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes, offering recurring savings and greater value to homebuyers. Financial incentives are offered to participating builders who construct single-family homes or multi-unit residential projects that meet the New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes standard. Income-qualified projects are eligible for additional incentives.
  • New York Products Program - NYSERDA’s New York Products Program goal is to increase the supply and demand for energy-efficient products, primarily ENERGY STAR® qualified products, by partnering with retailers across the State and manufacturers worldwide. To provide long-term and permanent changes to increase consumer demand and retailer supply, NYSERDA’s approach focuses on ensuring greater availability of energy-efficient products and educating retail staff and consumers about the benefits of ENERGY STAR-qualified products.

Energy Innovation and Business Development

Clean Energy Research and Market Development and End-Use Application and Innovation

  • Buildings Research and Development Program (BRD) - NYSERDA’s Buildings Research and Development (BRD) Program promotes development and application of a variety of technologies that enable high performance buildings; increased load flexibility; and on-site harvesting, utilization and storage of renewable energy sources. The scope of the BRD Program includes discrete components of building energy use (envelope, space conditioning, ventilation, hot water, and lighting technologies); whole building design integration; energy use monitoring and control automation; advanced building materials; and new, retrofit, and manufactured construction methods.
  • Environmental and Energy Resources - NYSERDA’s Environment Program supports research to better understand the environmental impacts of energy production and use. Researchers develop and demonstrate energy-efficient products, processes, and technologies associated with resource management and pollution control. Principal areas of emphasis include drinking water and wastewater treatment, agricultural and industrial waste management, air-pollution control, and environmental monitoring and evaluation. NYSERDA’s Energy Resources Program supports research and demonstration projects related to New York State’s current and potential future mix of energy resources, with an emphasis on biofuels and biomass, and the State’s indigenous fuels.
  • Energy Markets and Power Delivery (EMPD) - NYSERDA’s Energy Markets and Power Delivery group administers the New York Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program. The group is responsible for designing and administering competitive procurements and managing long-term contracts for the purchase of environmental attributes associated with new grid-connected renewable generation. Additional group responsibilities include the formation and execution of market-based mechanisms to facilitate compliance with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). The RGGI and CAIR programs function as market based “cap and trade” programs that enable compliance through the creation and trading of allowances. The group designs and manages programs focused on improving the reliability, efficiency, security, and overall performance of the electric power delivery system in New York State. Program offerings provide opportunities for sharing risks associated with research, development, demonstration and validation of innovative “smart grid” technology and applications that improve system efficiency and reliability as well as support the integration of renewable generation, electric storage, electric vehicles, and smart appliances.
  • Manufacturing Technology Development and On-Site Power Applications Program - NYSERDA’s Manufacturing Technology Development Program activities advance the application of new energy-efficient technologies in New York State’s manufacturing base with strategic focus on strengthening competitive advantage, increasing productivity and reducing the State’s energy and environmental footprint. Activities support the identification and validation of new manufacturing processes and industrial products through demonstration and other methods designed to help defray risk to industrial innovators and the supporting engineering community. NYSERDA’s On-site Power Applications include the installation of new electric power generators on the customer’s side of the meter in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) applications, and certain Renewable Portfolio Standard Customer-Sited Tier technologies consisting of Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity (ADG), Fuel Cells, On-Site Wind, and the Regional/Geographic Balancing components of solar photovoltaic (PV) and ADG-derived renewable biogas-to-electricity.
  • Transportation and Power Systems - NYSERDA’s Transportation and Power Systems Program invests in renewable and environmentally preferred advanced power systems, energy storage technology, and advanced transportation technology. This program is leading the transportation technology and product development efforts in clean energy in New York State.

Emerging Technologies and Accelerated Commercialization

  • Emerging Technologies and Accelerated Commercialization Program (ETAC) - NYSERDA’s Emerging Technologies and Accelerated Commercialization (ETAC) program speeds up adoption of underused technologies by enabling real-world demonstrations. The program provides incentives and encourages productive collaboration between industry leaders such as building owners, architects, ENERGY STAR® builders, contractors, and technology developers. Many new proven energy-efficient technologies and processes are ready to deploy in commercial, industrial, residential, and multifamily buildings across the State. Through project demonstrations, the ETAC program creates proof of the value of these commercially-proven technologies and the benefits to those who are ready to be leaders in New York State’s energy future. This collaboration also helps to build an online clearinghouse of information and resources that enable partners to share expertise and knowledge about successful projects across New York State.

Innovation and Business Development

  • Innovation and Business Development Program (IBD) - NYSERDA’s Innovation and Business Development Program supports clean energy development and manufacturing from early stage to readiness for commercial introduction. The priorities are establishing successful product commercialization, as well as an environment that fosters entrepreneurial innovation. The program is designed to complement other research and development sector areas (such as buildings, clean power, smart grid, and transportation) with an ultimate goal of creating clean energy businesses in New York State and accelerating commercial introduction of new technologies for wide market deployment.

Saratoga Technology & Energy Park® (STEP®)

  • Saratoga Technology & Energy Park® (STEP®) - Owned by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®) is a knowledge community with significant resources for companies in the clean-energy field looking to expand in New York State’s Tech Valley. A 280-acre site, STEP is located in Malta, NY, and is approved for 1.25 million square feet of office, research and development, and light manufacturing space while maintaining 77 percent green space. By creating a foundation for innovative clean-energy companies to collaborate, STEP is playing a pivotal role in the remarkable growth of the clean-energy economy in New York State.

Energy Education and Workforce Development

  • Energy Codes Training Initiative - NYSERDA’s Energy Codes Training Initiative provides training and support services to increase compliance with the New York State Energy Conservation Code. NYSERDA develops and delivers training courses on the Energy Code to various audiences while providing plan review assistance services and field inspection training to local code officials. The main goal of this project is to build a long-term understanding of the new Energy Code to meet the required standards in building design, approved plans, and constructed buildings. This initiative is intended to help the State achieve 90 percent or better compliance with the new Energy Code to meet requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Workforce Development - NYSERDA supports a broad range of education and training programs aimed at creating an experienced green collar workforce. This workforce will have the relevant skills and credentials needed to support New York State’s growing clean energy economy. The workforce training programs help meet the demand for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and technologies. Through public-private partnerships, NYSERDA Workforce Development Programs fund the development and delivery of cutting-edge training programs, and provide financial support to those who wish to pursue new career training, professional certifications and critical on-the-job training.

Energy and the Environment

  • West Valley Site Management Program - NYSERDA has a major environmental responsibility through its stewardship of the West Valley Site in New York State’s Cattaraugus County. NYSERDA’s West Valley Site Management Program (WVSMP) works with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct the West Valley Demonstration Project, a high-level radioactive waste solidification, decontamination, and decommissioning demonstration project. The unique State and federal partnership at West Valley was created by the U.S. Congress in 1980 through the passage of the West Valley Demonstration Project Act. The WVSMP is also responsible for the safe management of the remainder of the 3,300-acre center, including the shut-down State-Licensed Disposal Area, a 15-acre disposal facility that contains 2.4 million cubic feet of radioactive waste that was disposed of in the 1960s and 1970s.

Energy Data, Planning and Policy

  • Low Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) - LIFE is a unique statewide dialogue. LIFE brings together organizations and individuals committed to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing low-income New Yorkers as they seek safe, affordable and reliable energy.
  • Renewable Portfolio Standard - A Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a policy that seeks to increase the proportion of renewable electricity used by retail customers. New York has adopted an aggressive goal of obtaining electricity from renewable sources.
Last Updated: 04/10/2014