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P-12 Schools Initiative – Clean Heating and Cooling Technology Screening


The P-12 Schools Initiative offers free Clean Heating and Cooling (CHC) Technology Screenings to eligible schools, to evaluate the installation of ground source heat pumps (GSHP), air source heat pumps (ASHP), or variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems. These screenings will help schools make intelligent, fact-based decisions on if, how, and where to take next steps to pursue GSHP, ASHP, and VRF investments. The screenings will outline the benefits and potential savings of installing clean energy systems.

How It Works

Schools interested in receiving a CHC Technology screening will be contacted by a consultant under contract to NYSERDA to provide an overview of the participation process, briefly discuss existing heating/cooling systems, and answer any questions regarding the screening. The consultant will also ask for basic building information required to complete the analysis and generate a 4-5 page screening report. The report provides schools with actionable information regarding the installation of CHC technologies. Following the delivery of the screening report to the school, the consultant will offer to schedule a follow up consultation to discuss the screening results and potential next steps.

Who Can Apply

Eligible customers include publicly or privately-owned P-12 schools in New York State that pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC) on their electric utility bill. All space within the buildings must be solely occupied by P-12 students and staff.

How to Apply

Schools interested in a CHC Screening can begin the process by completing the simple Connect With Us form. After submission, a NYSERDA approved consultant will follow up within 1-3 business days to discuss the process and provide assistance.

Schools may also email P12Schools@nyserda.ny.gov to request assistance in preparing an application on their behalf.

Learn More

  • Clean Heating and Cooling Technologies - Clean heating and cooling technologies produce space and/or water heating or cooling without the use of fossil fuels and include, but are not limited to:
    • Ground Source Heat Pump System (GSHP) - Ground-source heat pump systems (also referred to as geothermal heat pumps) provide space heating and cooling, as well as hot water in some cases. The indoor heat pump unit and underground (or underwater) heat exchanging loop transfers thermal energy between and amongst the ground and the building.
    • Air Source Heat Pump System (ASHP) - Air source heat pumps transfer heat between inside and outside air while creating a more comfortable indoor environment.
    • Variable Refrigerant Flow System (VRF) - Variable refrigerant flow heat pump systems modulate refrigerant flow as needed to maximize compressor efficiency. Where an ASHP systems requires separate refrigerant lines for each indoor unit, VRF systems allows multiple indoor units to connect to a single compressor.

For additional P-12 programs and resources, please see the P-12 Schools Initiative homepage.


Email questions to P12Schools@nyserda.ny.gov.