NYSERDA Programs for P-12 Schools
NYSERDA Programs for P-12 Schools
NYSERDA's P-12 Schools Initiative promotes clean energy efforts by educating, guiding, and assisting school staff with clean energy projects and encouraging sustainability principles at facilities and in classrooms. Please see current P-12 programs below along with a list of additional resources that schools can take advantage of to help reduce their energy bills and emissions. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Clean Green Schools Initiative
The Clean Green Schools Initiative provides funding to help public under-resourced schools invest in infrastructure improvements to become healthier, more productive learning environments.
The FlexTech Program provides funding for eligible pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (P-12) schools to reduce school energy loads and assist in the conversion to carbon free fuels. NYSERDA will provide a cost-share of up to 75% for energy studies. Schools who pay into the electric System Benefits Charge (SBC) and who are not designated as a public under-resourced school are eligible to receive assistance through the FlexTech Program.
Clean Heating and Cooling
Ground source Heat Pump Utility Incentives may be available to support the installation of ground source heat pump systems, which help lower energy costs and emissions while making schools more comfortable for students and staff.
Cleaner, Local Power Generation
NY-Sun offers performance-based incentives to install of new grid-connected solar panels that helps lower energy costs while generating clean, local power. P-12 schools are eligible under NY-Sun's small commercial program.
Drive Clean Rebate offers a point-of-sale rebate of up to $2,000 towards the purchase of a new plug-in electric car.
Electric School Buses: Access technical assistance for school districts to transition school bus fleets to electric school buses.
New York Truck Incentive Program provides vouchers that discount the cost of purchasing all electric school buses. Electric school buses are less expensive to operate and often far less noisy than diesel buses, and dramatically reduce or eliminate tailpipe pollution.
Energy Efficiency and Management
Ground Source Heat Pump Utility Incentives may be available to support the installation of ground source heat pump systems, which help lower energy costs and emissions while making schools more comfortable for students and staff.
On-site Energy Manager (OsEM) Program covers up to 75% of costs for hiring an on-site energy manager. The OsEM will inform efficient day-to-day operation, behavioral changes, improved occupant comfort, and longer-term capital planning of your facility, focusing on the site-specific needs and priorities.
Commercial New Construction Program: The Commercial New Construction Program offers objective technical and financial support to commercial building owners and tenants to effect a permanent transformation in the way buildings are designed and constructed in New York State.
Building Operations & Maintenance Program provides funding to help develop trainings that create the educational strategy, on-site training framework, and tools needed to advance the skills of building operations and maintenance workers and prepare new workers beyond conventional classroom training. Schools with a building, or group of buildings, with annual energy expenditures of $1 million or more are eligible.