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FAQs about Commercial New Construction Program



What is it?

1. What is the objective of the Commercial New Construction Program?

The Commercial New Construction Program's (NCP) objective is to affect a permanent transformation in the way new and substantially renovated buildings are designed and constructed. The NCP meets this objective by providing technical assistance and financial incentives to design teams and building owners.

NCP offers direct Technical Assistance (TA) and capital cost incentives based on improved building energy efficiency performance. Incentives also are available for commissioning services and Green buildings.

2. How long is the NCP available?

The current round of the NCP, Program Opportunity Notice, (PON 1601) is available on a first-come, first-served basis through December 31, 2015, or until funding in the program is exhausted, whichever comes first.

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Eligibility and Participation

1. What types of projects are eligible for incentives?

Two types of building projects are eligible:

  • New Construction: Defined as a new building, or space within a new building, for which a licensed professional architect or engineer has prepared and certified building plans.
  • Substantial Renovation: Defined as one of the following types of projects for which a licensed professional architect or engineer has prepared and certified building plans.
    • Change of use and reconstruction of an existing building or the space within it
    • Construction work requiring that the building or space within it be out of service for at least 30 consecutive days
    • Reconstruction of a vacant structure or the space within it

There is no size limit for an eligible project, either in terms of energy usage or building square footage.

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2. Do I qualify for participation in NCP?

Eligible applicants for electric or gas incentives are businesses that are New York State electricity or firm gas distribution customers of a participating utility company and who pay into the System Benefits Charge.

  • Eligible applicants must have legal authority to make energy efficiency improvements in the property they occupy or will occupy.
  • Eligible applicants are defined as the building owner of the property, a tenant/leaseholder with at least five years remaining on the lease, or non-residential condominium owners occupying and holding title to space within the subject building, or non-residential cooperative shareholders having the right to occupy space within the subject building.
  • All applicants including those in a negotiated rate class, must pay the System Benefits Charge in order to be eligible for this program.
  • Applicants must certify their eligibility on their applications.

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3. How do I know if I am paying the New York State System Benefits Charge (SBC)?

To determine that, look at a recent electric bill from your utility company to see if SBC is listed as a charge. If you do not see the line item, contact NYSERDA (1-866-NYSERDA) for assistance in determining whether you pay into the SBC.

NOTE: Customers of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and municipal utilities are not eligible to participate; but may be eligible for other NYSERDA programs. Please contact NYSERDA at 1-866-NYSERDA, toll free, to determine if any energy efficiency programs are available to you.

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4. I am an eligible applicant with an eligible project what is next?

Visit the NYSERDA Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) page to fill out the CFA on-line form and NYSERDA will receive the application.

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5. How many times may I participate in this program?

Under the current Program Opportunity Notice (PON 1601), applicants may submit as many buildings as desired, subject to funding availability.

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Commercial New Construction Program (NCP) Assistance

1. What are Outreach Project Consultants (OPCs)?
  • OPCs are engineers/architects under contract to work directly with applicants and their project teams.

2. What services do OPCs provide?

  • An OPC reviews applications for accuracy and may assist with an application's completion.
  • OPCs work with you and your design team to develop a program participation plan that best fits your needs.
  • An OPC also will schedule and participate in Scoping Meetings, which define what is to be included as part of the project.
  • An OPC coordinates the activities of the Technical Assistance (TA) providers
  • Reviews technical assistance scopes of work
  • Identifies opportunities with the applicant and may conduct LEED® charrettes
  • Promptly and effectively responds to applicant questions and requests for assistance
  • An OPC may inspect and verify installation of the energy efficiency measures once the project is completed
  • The OPC provides NYSERDA with photographs of completed projects and develops case studies
  • The OPC coordinators also assist NYSERDA staff members with administration of the NCP program.
  • NYSERDA assigns OPCs based upon where the building in the application is located
  • OPCs services are free of charge.

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3. Where are OPCs located, and how can I contact one?

OPCs are in six different zones (see map) in New York State. Contact information is listed below.

Outreach Project Consultant Contact Information

Sustainable Performance Consulting (SPC) - Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , and 6

Phone : (585) 671-8110 Rochester


map of different regions

Western Region

  • Zone 1 - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming
  • Zone 2 - Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates Upstate/Southern Tier Region
  • Zone 3 - Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence
  • Zone 4 - Albany, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington, and Warren

Downstate Region

  • Zone 5 - Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Westchester, and Ulster
  • Zone 6 - Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens

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Technical Assistance Services

1. Who are NYSERDA's NCP Technical Assistance (TA) providers?

NYSERDA has contracted with several energy consultants to provide Technical Assistance (TA) services to eligible NCP Applicants. TA providers are assigned by NYSERDA based on availability, location, and project-specific needs.

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2. What does the Technical Assistance (TA) Provider do, and how does NYSERDA provide an incentive with respect to the use of the TA Provider?

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Under NYSERDA direction, TA providers conduct assessments of potential energy-saving measures and design features to:

  • Limit energy usage
  • Peak demand electric loads

They may conduct computer energy modeling of the building project designed to standard practice (base case), compare it to a more energy efficient improved building design, and calculate the energy savings.

B. NYSERDA pays the first $5,000 of the cost of TA services and cost shares up to 50 percent of the balance, up to a maximum of $75,000. NYSERDA will increase the maximum funding amount for technical services by an additional $25,000 to a total of $100,000 to identify Demand Response Opportunities.

3. How much will it cost for a Technical Assistance (TA) provider to perform an energy analysis of my project?

  • The costs vary from project to project
  • The fee for the technical analysis is based on the methods of analysis being used as well as how many measures are being analyzed.
  • If an applicant is interested in obtaining a Technical Assistance provider, NYSERDA will conduct a scoping meeting at the onset of the process to determine an applicant's desired scope of work and the cost of proposed work for an applicant's review and approval, prior to proceeding with the assistance.

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4. When will I be required to pay my share of the Technical Assistance study cost?

  • NYSERDA invoices the applicant approximately 90 days after the incentive offer and analysis have been delivered.

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5. Do you have a list of Technical Assistance providers and the services they provide?

Yes, the NYSERDA list below has TA providers with experience on NCP projects.

TA Firm Location Areas of Expertise or Experience
Vidaris (formerly known as Viridian Energy)
Regions A, B, C

50 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 299-1411

New York Office
21 W 38th St, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 704-9920

1) Over 100 million sq ft of facilities analyzed, from 5,000 to 5 million sq ft, including over 180 LEED projects (Certified - Platinum). Design assistance included energy modeling, heat flow, CFD, lighting, 2) Commissioning, audits, testing, monitoring, benchmarking, HVAC and building envelope evaluation, 3) Executive Oder 111, NYC Local Law 86 and technical assistance for energy efficiency in master plans
Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering, P.C.
Regions B, C
257 Fuller Road
Suite 1400
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 438-1591
1) All NCP energy modeling and custom measure analysis, particularly supermarkets, hospitals, college and universities and office buildings, 2) Impact of alternate or renewable energy, distributed energy & Cogeneration, 3) Energy Intensive buildings including Science Buildings, fume hoods and heat recovery
EME Consulting Engineering Group
Regions A, B, C

159 West 25th Street
New York City, NY 10001
(212) 529-5969

292 Washington Ave Extension
Albany, NY 12203
(518 ) 862-0882

1) EME Group has completed, or in the process of completing approximately 150 New Construction Projects (custom analysis and whole building) statewide including but not limited to healthcare facilities, universities, schools, manufacturing, research laboratories, multifamily, supermarkets, office buildings, libraries, and one of NYS's first Net-Zero Building, 2) EME Group is well versed in the LEED-NC, LEED-CI, LEED-CS, LEED for Retail, LEED for Schools, LEED-EB, LEED-ND Rating Systems with certified projects ranging from Certification to Platinum, 3) EME Group has provided ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005 Building Commissioning on over 100 projects (acute-care healthcare facilities, academic buildings, research laboratories, manufacturing, multifamily, supermarkets, office buildings and libraries)
Energy & Resource Solutions
Region C

120 Water Street, Suite 350
North Andover, MA 01845
(978) 521-2550

1430 Broadway, Suite 1205
New York, NY 10018
(212) 789-8182

1) All NCP Whole Building Energy Modeling and Custom Measure analyses for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, 2) Green Building Services - LEED Certification projects, including conducting LEED Charrette, Energy and Atmosphere credit requirements, and Fundamental and Advanced Commissioning, 3) Non-LEED Commissioning services
O'Dea, Lynch, Abbattista Consulting Engineers, P.C.
Region C
50 Broadway Street
Hawthorne, NY 10532
(914) 747-2800
1) All NCP energy modeling and custom measure analysis, particularly schools, universities, hospitals, government buildings and office buildings, 2) LEED project experience from Certified to Platinum in LEED NC, LEED CI, LEED C&S, LEED EB and LEED for Schools, 3) Experience in design, energy modeling/analysis & commissioning of systems including geothermal, combined heat and power plants, fuel cells, photovoltaic solar-electric, solar-thermal systems, ice storage, high performance lighting controls and day-lighting as well as all HVAC systems and central utility plants
Ambrosino, DePinto & Schmieder, Consulting Engineers
Region C
275 Seventh Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 645-6060
1) Over 30 years experience in energy analysis and modeling, 2) Special NCP expertise in mechanical systems for cultural, educational, laboratory, multi-family residential/hotels, mixed use, commercial and industrial buildings, 3) Services provided under NCP include LEED consulting, whole building energy modeling, custom measure analysis and incentive computations
Erdman Anthony and Associates, Inc.
Regions A, B
2165 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 427-8888
1) All whole building energy modeling and custom measure analysis, particularly manufacturing, health care, educational, laboratories and office facilities, 2) Extensive LEED and NY-CHPS experience, 3) Ongoing participation in NYSERDA's New Construction Program since 2004, working with a wide variety of type and complexity of projects
Kallen & Lemelson, Consulting Engineers, LLP
Region C
520 8th Ave 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 643-9898
1) NCP Analysis for Cultural, Commercial, Institutional and Governmental buildings, 2) Specialize in Healthcare, Laboratory and Universities, 3) LEED/Sustainable Design Analysis
Stantec Consulting Services
Regions A, B
61 Commercial Street
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 475-1440
1) All NCP Energy Modeling and Custom Measure Analysis (Higher Education, K-12, Healthcare, Industrial and Commercial/Office), 2) Commissioning (new and retro), 3) LEED Certification
Novus Engineering, P.C.
Region B
25 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
(518) 439-8235
1) Close coordination and active interaction with the design team to pursue all feasible energy efficiency measures, 2) LEED project experience and document preparation, including fundamental and enhanced commissioning, 3) Lighting design review and recommendations, including EPACT tax credit documentation assistance
M/E Engineering, P.C.
Regions A, B
Suite 320, 60 Lakefront Blvd.
Buffalo, New York 14202
(716) 845-5092
1) LEED Projects, all certification levels, 2) Energy modeling for all market segments, specializing in evaluation of HVAC system options, 3) Extensive experience in EO 111 projects and compliance
L&S Energy Services
Regions A, B, C
58 Clifton Country Road, Suite 203
Clifton Park, NY 12065-3846
(518) 383-9405
1) NCP whole-building energy modeling and custom measure analysis, 2) Commercial, Institutional, and Multifamily experience, 3) LEED Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum project experience
Pathfinder Engineers & Architects, LLP
Regions A, B
134 South Fitzhugh Street
Rochester, NY 14608
(585) 325-6004
1) All NCP energy modeling and custom measure analysis, particularly K-12 schools, universities, manufacturing facilities, hospitals, and office buildings, 2) Design and analysis of ground source heat pumps, radiant slab and valance heating/cooling, energy recovery, high performance building envelopes, 3) LEED Certified projects (to Gold level); LEED Accredited Professionals and ASHRAE BEMP (Building Energy Modeling Professionals) on staff
WSP Flack + Kurtz
Region C
512 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10018
(212) 951-3960
1) All NCP Energy Modeling and Custom Measures Evaluations, 2) ASHRAE Energy Auditing at all levels, 3) LEED Analysis of High-Performance Buildings
Steven Winter Associates, Inc. 
Regions A, B, C

307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1701
New York, NY 10001
(212) 564-5800

61 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 857-0200

1) Modeling projects with cogeneration (individual building and district thermal energy systems), 2) Education Facilities (K-12, University and Campus Development), Senior Living, Dormitory and Mixed-Use Residential Facilities, 3) Full Service LEED Consulting (Energy Analysis, Credit Documentation and Commissioning)
Atelier Ten
Region C
45 East 20th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-4500
1) Energy Analysis: Whole building energy analysis. Extensive experience with high performance commercial, residential, university and K-12 schools. Campus/district, cogen and peak reduction system option evaluations. Life Cycle Cost Analysis. Renewable energy analysis, 2) Green Building Services: Environmental design consulting, daylight and shading optimization, building envelope optimization, thermal and occupant comfort studies, green design charrettes and process management, sustainable design integration consulting on MEP systems, lighting, water, landscape and green materials. Environmental frameworks and master plans, 3) LEED: Extensive LEED Consulting and Documentation Experience with many Gold and Platinum certified projects completed
Thornton Tomasetti
Region C
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(917) 661-7800
1) Comprehensive energy analysis considering the interdependencies between building systems (HVAC+R, lighting, envelope), local climate, and operational parameters, 2) High-performance building envelopes (facades and roofs), 3) LEED Rating Systems and compliance strategies

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Application Questions

1. How do I apply to the Commercial New Construction Program?

Interested participants should complete the online Consolidated Funding Application available at - nyserda.ny.gov/new-construction.

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2. Is there any assistance available to help me with the on-line Consolidated Funding Application?

Assistance with answering NY5ERDA Program questions on the Consolidated Funding Application can also be directed to:

  • Outreach Project Consultant - please use this link to find an OPC serving your region
  • 1-866-NYSERDA (toll free) please reference "Consolidated Funding Application for the New Construction Program"
  • cfa@nyserda.com please type "New Construction Program" in the subject line

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3. At what phase of my project should I submit an application?

NYSERDA recommends that applications be submitted in the early schematic design phase or sooner. If an application is submitted in the design development phase, it may be limited to only pre-qualified program measures.

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4. Can my application be mailed, faxed or emailed to NYSERDA?

  • Paper, faxed, or emailed applications are not accepted.
  • All applications must be completed and submitted online

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Incentives

1. What kinds of incentives are available through the NCP program?

There are several types:

  • Capital Cost incentives
  • The Green Buildings incentive, which provides an incentive for meeting various national green building standards
  • A Design Incentive, which provides assistance with the cost of outside design professionals for Whole Building Design Projects and LEED ® Rated buildings.
  • Building Commissioning Incentives are available to finance a portion of the cost to provide a detailed assessment of building systems and their performance to ensure that they are operating at optimal capacity
  • Periodically NYSERDA offers bonus incentives for specific energy measures.

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2. What is a Capital Cost incentive?

Capital Cost incentives are based upon an escalating payment scale for kilowatt hour and kilowatt savings. These incentives can defray a portion of the incremental cost to purchase and install more advanced or energy-efficient technology equipment. It could cover up to 75 percent of the incremental costs.

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3. What are Green Building Incentives?

The Green Buildings approach is the most comprehensive package of services offered through the New Construction Program. Green Buildings incentives are available to projects that achieve a minimum number of energy points.

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4. What are the Design incentives?

For projects under the Whole Building Design method that exceed the performance requirements of the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York by a minimum of 3 percent, design team (architect and/or engineer of record) incentives are available.

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5. Who pays the Design team incentives, and when are they paid?

Design team incentives are paid to the applicant after the incentive offer is made, the technical study is complete, and it is approved by NYSERDA.

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6. What are Building Commissioning Services?

Building commissioning services consist of a detailed assessment of building systems and their performance to ensure that they are operating as originally intended and designed. NYSERDA requires commissioning on all projects receiving incentive awards for more than $100,000. NYSERDA may require on-site verification of project performance after a one-year period of operation.

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7. What is the process for receiving these incentives?

  • Once an application is completed and submitted, NYSERDA will review it and provide written pre-approval of the eligible incentives.
  • Custom and whole buildings incentives usually require a TA study. This pre-approval authorizes the applicant to proceed with the building's design, plus the purchase and installation of the specific equipment and building features outlined in the approved application.
  • If incentives are provided for the installation of pre-qualified or Custom and Whole Building Measures outlined in the approved application, the applicant will be asked to provide written certification that the energy efficient equipment and building features have been installed.
  • Upon NYSERDA review and approval of the completed project and any other required information, a check will be issued to the applicant. NYSERDA may elect to inspect any and all projects prior to final approval. In addition, the applicant must provide NYSERDA staff or contractors with access to the site after project completion for measurement and verification.

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Green Buildings

1. What is a Green Building?

A "Green Building" is a building that has addressed and integrated into its general operations and design:

  • Sustainable site planning
  • Safeguarding water and water efficiency
  • Energy efficiency
  • Conservation of materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality

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2. What is the LEED® rating system, and how does a building become certified?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program is a consensus-based Green Building rating system, developed by the United States Green Building Council, an independent not for profit organization. The system is divided into five categories:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality

These categories are broken up into "credits." One or more points are available within each credit and are awarded based on achieving specific requirements. To certify a project, a building must complete all pre-requisites and have a minimum number of credits. For a detailed description of the LEED® rating system, please refer to the U.S. Green Building Council's Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. website.

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3. What is New York Collaboration for High Performance Schools (NY-CHPS)?

The purpose of NY-CHPS is to provide a framework that helps school districts and their design teams design and build sustainable school buildings that enhance the educational environment and facilitate learning. High performance schools optimize resources over the life of the facility, are less expensive to operate than standard buildings, and help to ensure healthy, safe, and high quality learning environments. Please refer to the NY-CHPS program Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. for a detailed description.

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4. Does NYSERDA provide Green Building incentives and Technical Assistance?

NYSERDA will provide financial assistance for the applicant's green building consultant for projects seeking such assistance. Applicants may use the green building consultant of their choice or NYSERDA can help identify a provider.

For green building technical services on projects that achieve LEED® or NY-CHPS certification, NYSERDA will pay an additional amount equal to NYSERDA's share of energy analysis TA services, up to a total additional NYSERDA contribution of $25,000.

Additional capital cost incentives are available for LEED® Certified projects achieving three or more points under the energy optimization category of the LEED® rating system.

For projects that successfully achieve a formal LEED® rating by the US Green Buildings Council as a Green Building and achieve at least 3, EAc-1 points, Applicants are eligible for a flat-rate incentive in the amount of $5,000 for projects under 50,000 square feet in area and $10,000 for projects of 50,000 square feet or larger.

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Commercial New Construction Program (NCP) Process

1. Is there any assistance available to help guide me through the NCP process?

Questions about the NCP process can be directed to either NYSERDA staff or one of its OPCs in the New Construction Program (NCP) Assistance section. The OPCs will work directly with an applicant to determine eligibility, explore options, identify technical assistance needs, and assist in completing application forms, at no cost to the applicant.

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2. How long does the process take for completing a TA study?

It usually takes two weeks from the time the application is received to assign a Technical Assistance (TA) provider and to schedule a scoping meeting with all involved parties. Typically, it takes another two weeks to develop the scope of work and up to one week for the review of the scope of work by the Applicant, TA provider, OPC, and NYSERDA. Two more weeks are required for getting all the documentation in place, and between 8 to 12 weeks are needed for the TA study. Finally, an additional two weeks are needed to review and issue the final report to the applicant.

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3. Is there any way for me (the applicant) to speed up the process?

The most effective way is to provide the information required by the application or the TA provider as quickly as possible.

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4. What happens if I don't want to install recommended measures?

The applicant makes the final determination on whether or not to install the recommended measures. No penalty accrues for not installing them. NYSERDA will pay an agreed upon share of the TA study, even if the measures are not installed.

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5. When would I purchase and install the equipment?

Purchase and installation of equipment can begin after the applicant receives the incentive offer from NYSERDA.

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6. Must I purchase equipment from a particular manufacturer?

No. In addition, NYSERDA does not endorse, guarantee, or warrant any particular manufacturer or product.

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Last Updated: 06/09/2014
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How to Apply

  • Consolidated Funding Application
  • Applications for PON 1601 are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through 5:00 p.m. ET on December 31, 2015, or until funds are exhausted.
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Who Can Participate

  • Commercial building owners, municipalities, or businesses with legal authority to make decisions about buildings
  • Must pay into SBC
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Who to Contact

Contact the NYSERDA Outreach Project Consultant:

NCPOutreach@nyserda.ny.gov or 585-671-8110

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