Eligibility for the Existing Facilities Program

Facility owners, management companies, and tenants with the authority to make improvements on the specified building(s) are eligible. Facilities may apply either on their own behalf or through their designated applicant. A facility can be a building, structure, or a campus of contiguous buildings.

To be eligible, a facility must pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC) as an electric or natural gas distribution customer through one of the following utility companies:

Utility Company Electric Natural Gas
The Brooklyn Union Gas Company d/b/a National Grid NY*
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.*
KeySpan Gas East Corporation d/b/a National Grid (KEDNY/KEDLI)*
National Grid Generation d/b/a National Grid
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation
New York State Electric & Gas Corporation
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation

* Denotes downstate utility companies.

Application Deadline

Applications to the Existing Facilities Program will be accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) on a first-come, first-served basis through 5:00 p.m. ET on December 31, 2015, or until funds are exhausted. Visit the Pre-Qualified and Performance-Based pages for incentive-specific information. 

Once an application has been approved by NYSERDA, the Applicant has two years to complete the project.

General Notes on Eligibility

  1. Ineligible Projects include Power Quality, Power Factor improvements, and fuel switching.
  2. Multifamily buildings are not eligible for Existing Facilities Program incentives.  Please refer to NYSERDA's Multifamily Energy Performance page for more information.
  3. Projects with simple payback periods greater than 18 years (excluding NYSERDA incentives) are ineligible. 
  4. The total incentive cannot exceed 50% of the project cost for most projects. For Demand Response projects and projects that bundle electric and/or natural gas efficiency and Demand Response, the total incentive cannot exceed 75% of the project cost. Project cost may include equipment, labor, and engineering expenses.
  5. Projects are ineligible if they have a simple payback period less than:
    • Manufacturing and Data Centers: 6 months
    • Commercial and Institutional: 1 year
  6. NYSERDA’s incentives will be adjusted to ensure these payback thresholds are adhered to.
  7. All measures must achieve savings for at least five years.
  8. Unless otherwise approved by NYSERDA, Performance-Based projects must qualify for an incentive of at least $30,000. Smaller projects may qualify for Pre-Qualified incentives.
  9. An Applicant or a facility may receive through NYSERDA either a Pre-Qualified incentive or a Performance-Based incentive for a particular energy efficiency measure, but not both. Similarly, an Applicant or facility may receive an incentive for a specific energy efficiency measure either through NYSERDA or one of the utility companies listed above, but not both.
  10. All applications will be reviewed and accepted or rejected at NYSERDA’s discretion. NYSERDA will evaluate projects for cost-effectiveness through a Total Resource Cost (TRC) evaluation prior to issuance of a Purchase Order. Applicants may be required to provide NYSERDA with additional information necessary to complete evaluation of the application.
  11. Up to 12 months of utility bills may be requested to verify your facility’s annual System Benefits Charge (SBC) contribution.
Last Updated: 10/08/2014