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Commercial New Construction Program



NYSERDA may provide technical and financial support to Applicants and/or their design teams to identify and install energy efficiency, electrification, and carbon reduction opportunities to achieve Carbon Neutral Ready levels of performance in non-residential and mixed-use new construction, change of use, and substantial renovations to existing buildings. Applicants may select a Primary Energy Consultant from a list maintained by NYSERDA or may use the services of a provider of their choice, subject to NYSERDA approval.  NYSERDA also offers Carbon Neutral Portfolio Support through this funding opportunity.

Applicants whose projects are in a Potential Environmental Justice Area may be eligible for enhanced support.  Refer to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) county maps available at https://www.dec.ny.gov/public/911.html.

Who Can Apply

The Commercial New Construction Program is available for eligible customers to design and build projects that achieve Carbon Neutral Ready levels of performance in new construction, substantial renovations and change of use for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings in New York State.

New Construction - defined as a project involving a new building, or space within a new building, for which a registered architect or professional engineer has prepared and certified building plans.

Substantial Renovations - defined as one of the following types of projects where a registered architect or professional engineer has prepared and certified building plans for:

  • Change of use and reconstruction of an existing building or space within;
  • Reconstruction of a nature requiring that the building or space within be out of service during construction; or
  • Reconstruction of a vacant structure or space within.

State, federal and local governments, businesses, not-for-profit and private institutions, public and private schools, colleges and universities and health care facilities that are electricity customers of a participating utility company, and that pay, or will pay, into the electric System Benefits Charge are eligible for support.

To ensure eligibility to participate NYSERDA requests that applications be submitted at the schematic design phase or earlier.

Applicants may not obtain financial support for the same energy efficiency measure through other NYSERDA programs or from programs offered by their local utility.

For complete program details view the current solicitation.

Have Questions or Want to Learn More?

Get in touch with us at NewConstructionProgram@nyserda.ny.gov.

Check out the full program information at the funding opportunity web page.