Incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy can help businesses across all sectors in New York become more profitable.
Working together in various communities, New Yorkers can create a better energy future and help the economy grow.
New Yorkers can make their homes more comfortable and cut energy costs.
Talent, innovation, and unique resources available in New York make it a premier place for clean energy businesses to grow.
New York welcomes the new, innovative ideas that will inform policy, protect the environment, and power the future.
NY-Sun aims to drive a significant increase in solar power in New York.
Better jobs, a healthier environment, and a better New York. That is why demand for skilled workers is increasing and opportunities are on the rise in the clean energy industry.
Clean energy comes from sources such as the sun and wind, which are not easily used up and do not pollute the environment. Workers can train for certifications that lead to clean energy jobs in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and advanced technologies.
Some examples of clean energy jobs include: conducting energy audits of buildings; installing energy efficient measures (lighting, insulation, heating and air conditioning equipment); installing or repairing wind turbines; designing solar electric systems; or solar thermal heating systems; or inspecting buildings to make sure that they meet energy-related building codes. NYSERDA’s partnership with the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and a statewide network of training providers can help you obtain the skills you need for a future in the clean energy industry. NYSDOL helps people with their job searches and skills assessments, and provides people with information on support services, counseling, and training.
Specialized credentials count in today’s challenging job market. Training courses, degree programs, internships, and apprenticeships are available, whether you’re an entry-level worker who needs technical skills to move into a new field or a seasoned professional looking to move up the career ladder. Flexible training schedules exist, including some weekend options.
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New York State’s new Energy Code for commercial buildings begins January 1, 2015. Updates to the energy code applicable to residential buildings are likely be effective later in 2015. For both, the changes are substantial. NYSERDA offers a range of free and low-cost training and other support services to municipal code officials; design professionals; energy professionals; and members of the construction trades, all designed to improve compliance with the Energy Code.
The Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (the Energy Code) is a minimum building standard for energy efficiency, applicable to new construction and renovation of commercial and residential buildings. The Energy Code is one of nine building codes in New York State.
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Encourages communities to develop and scale-up sustainability practices that reduce carbon emissions through projects and methods that increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use.
Vendors of packaged Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems can pre-qualify systems. Packaged CHP systems may consist of one or more prime movers and can be from 50 kW to 1.3 MW in size.
Promotes the installation of clean, efficient, and commercially available Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems with an aggregate nameplate greater than 1.3 MW that provide summer on-peak demand reduction. Provides support for installing natural-gas-fueled CHP equipment in commercial, industrial, institutional, or multifamily facilities.
Supports the installation of fuel cells for businesses, hospitals, multifamily buildings, and other large power consumers. Fuel cells convert natural gas to a hydrogen-rich fuel that is combined with atmospheric oxygen in an electrochemical process to produce electricity, heat, and water. Fuel cells emit significantly less carbon dioxide than conventional combustion engines. They give off virtually none of the harmful pollutants associated with burning fossil fuels.
NY Prize is a first-in-the-nation $40 million competition designed to engage communities in creating microgrids and other local energy networks that can function separately from the utility grid.
Increases the amount of clean, renewable energy that is generated in New York State by providing support for installing on-site wind turbines in size up to 2 MW per site. The program offers assistance with qualified equipment with a proven track record installed by eligible installers. Support is based on the estimated annual output of the behind-the-meter turbine, at the proposed site, as determined by computer modeling.
Supports the use of high-efficiency, low emission wood technology to heat homes and commercial buildings. This initiative encourages quicker development of the industry, raises consumer awareness, supports the development of New York-based advanced technology heating products, and develops local sustainable heating markets that use biomass as fuel.
Supports multiple, large-scale renewable energy generation. Technologies include landfill gas, biomass, hydroelectric and wind.
Multifaceted approach aims to lower energy costs for all New Yorkers by increasing solar power capacity and the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid. Public-private partnerships help make installing solar technology more affordable for all New Yorkers while scaling up New York’s solar industry. In addition to the Solar Electric Program, the NY-Sun initiative also includes training for installers and public officials, standardized permitting, customer aggregation, and consumer education.
Provides support for solar thermal technology, which harnesses the power of the sun to provide solar thermal energy for preheating domestic hot water.
Offers assistance to eligible farms and on-farm producers in New York State for identifying and implementing electric and natural gas energy efficiency measures. Farms and on-farm producers include but are not limited to orchards, dairies, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry or egg producers.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners has helped to build consumer confidence in renewable energy with a portfolio of national credentialing programs for the solar electric, solar thermal, and small wind industries.
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