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Who is Eligible


NY Prize is open to communities across New York State. Applicants must include the local electric distribution company and more than one entity that will benefit from the microgrid. Lead respondents may include teams of universities, municipalities, counties, utilities, energy project developers or energy services companies, property owners, technology vendors, schools, emergency shelters, hospitals, and critical facilities. Applicants can submit multiple projects and firms can participate on multiple project teams. Single “campus-style” microgrids are not eligible for NY Prize, but may be eligible for other NYSERDA programs.

Applicants may have previously received NYSERDA support. Having additional committed sources of funding from other agencies or third party developers is highly encouraged.

NY Prize proposals submitted by storm-impacted communities across New York State, as well as low and moderate income communities may be supported through funding provided by New York’s Office of Storm Recovery.

We encourage you to apply if you are a:

  • Local government body or affiliate, community organization, nonprofit, research institution, or local development corporation;
  • Investor owned utility, developer, manufacturer, technology vendor, engineering or design firm, or software developer;
  • Municipal utility or rural cooperative interested in an ability to island;
  • Financial institution or lending partner or
  • Project team including one or more of the above applicants

Proposals submitted by storm-impacted and low-moderate income communities should:

  • Clearly state how project funding will be divided among planning processes, engineering and design work, hardware and construction costs, etc.
  • Include low-moderate income community benefits
  • Include procurement plans that satisfy HUD contract regulations and M/WBE stipulations

For more information on New York’s Office of Storm Recovery, visit http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/community-reconstruction-program