New Drilling Technology Enables More Homes to Install Geothermal Solutions – Providing More Effective Heating and Cooling While Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

November 25, 2019

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that it made an award to Dandelion Energy in support of new drilling technology that will enable ground-source heat pumps (also called geothermal systems) to be installed faster than traditional equipment while reducing costs for homeowners by 20 percent. Increasing the use of clean heating and cooling technologies supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal - the most aggressive climate and clean energy program in the nation – and New Efficiency: New York’s 2025 energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by an amount equivalent to the energy annually consumed by 1.8 million homes.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “This new technology is a game-changer for the clean heating and cooling industry, and will significantly help scale up the number of homes using geothermal systems, which is critical to meeting Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy goals. We applaud forward-thinking companies such as Dandelion for bringing their cost-effective and innovative solutions to the marketplace, expanding consumer options and helping us reduce harmful emissions and stewarding the environment for generations to come.”

“Dandelion Energy’s mission is to make geothermal available and affordable for everyone. Our new Sonic Drill Suite expands access to cleaner, more affordable home heating and cooling. That’s good for our planet and our economy,” said James Quazi, Co-Founder and CTO of Dandelion Energy. “We've focused on developing technology that lowers cost, increases speed, and reduces the size and disperses the weight of the drilling equipment so more people can access this vital clean technology.”

Geothermal systems operate by harnessing the Earth’s year-round, stable ground temperature as a heating and cooling source. During the winter, heat is extracted from the ground through an underground pipe system and distributed throughout the building via a compressor and circulation pumps. In the summer, the process is reversed and the cooler ground temperatures are tapped into. Dandelion’s innovative new Sonic Drill Suite technology reduces the time it takes to install geothermal systems from up to one week to one day. In addition, the Sonic Drill Suite’s smaller design enables installations at homes where traditional, larger drilling equipment cannot be used, thereby expanding access to 25 percent more locations throughout New York. Dandelion has already successfully used the technology on several homes throughout New York.

This new technology was developed and tested by Dandelion as part of NYSERDA’s Next Generation Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Innovation Challenges, which support clean energy companies looking to develop, commercialize and demonstrate new technologies for HVAC systems. Dandelion's drilling research and development aims to reduce the cost of drilling by up to 50 percent, resulting in reductions of the overall cost of installing geothermal for New York homeowners by approximately 20 percent. As part of NYSERDA’s award, a third-party measurement and verification firm will study the technology against conventional drilling to understand the level of cost reduction that can be achieved in the field today. Based on initial learnings, the second part of the grant will support Dandelion to further advance their innovative technology in pursuit of further efficiencies and cost reductions.

NYSERDA’s Next Generation HVAC Innovation Challenges aim to improve the performance of advanced HVAC systems and create new economically viable opportunities for energy efficiency in buildings. More than a dozen feasibility studies, as well as product development and demonstration projects have already been funded and are underway. NYSERDA announced the most recent round of these Innovation Challenges several weeks ago. A report released earlier this year by the Department of Energy found that technology improvements could enable more than 28 million U.S. householdsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to adopt the use of geothermal heat pumps.

In addition to participating in the Next Generation HVAC Innovation Challenges, Dandelion Energy is a graduate NYSERDA’s clean energy incubator, ACRE, located in New York City.

The heating and cooling of buildings is currently responsible for roughly one third of the greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, and is a key focal area of the State’s climate action. Importantly, improving energy efficiency in buildings will further reduce carbon pollution and help achieve the State’s New Efficiency: New York target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 TBtu by 2025, equivalent to the energy annually consumed by 1.8 million homes.

New York State's Green New Deal

Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, putting the state on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 megawatts of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's nation-leading clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 percent of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit or follow us on TwitterLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., FacebookLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., YouTubeLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., or InstagramLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

About Dandelion Energy

Dandelion Energy is the nation’s leading home geothermal company offering heating and cooling solutions for the 21st century. As a company, Dandelion is on a mission to enable the widespread adoption of geothermal by creating a smarter, more affordable and more innovative approach than any other heating/cooling system on the market. The Dandelion Energy team began working on creating more cost-effective geothermal solutions while working at Google parent company Alphabet’s X lab and in May of 2017, Dandelion launched as an independent company. Today, Dandelion Energy operates out of New York and has received over $23.5 million in total funding from GV, Comcast Ventures, NEA, Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN and LENB), and GroundUp Ventures. To learn more, visit, and follow them on Facebook @dandelionhomeenergy and on Twitter @DandelionEnergy.