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Clean Heating and Cooling Communities

This program is aimed at getting groups of homes and businesses in New York State to install clean heating and cooling (CH&C) technologies. CH&C technologies like ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, solar heating and cooling, and biomass can help lower energy bills and reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases while making homes and businesses more comfortable.

NYSERDA is supporting communities in implementing multi-year community-based outreach and education campaigns.

Building on the success of community campaigns like Solarize, NYSERDA is tapping into the power of communities to increase consumer awareness of CH&C technologies and their benefits, help reduce installation costs, and jump-start the CH&C market. CH&C Campaigns help homes and businesses in the same area install these technologies through locally organized community outreach. Community members can negotiate rates collectively, select an installer competitively, and decrease up-front costs by enrolling in a local campaign.


NYSERDA will work with Community-based Organizations (CBOs) and local governments to help communities:

  • Increase consumer awareness of CH&C technologies
  • Reduce costs associated with the purchase and installation of CH&C projects
  • Increase local adoption of CH&C technologies
  • Grow the available workforce trained on installations
  • Increase participation of low- to moderate- income (LMI) households

Who is Eligible

CBOs and local governments representing a county, city, town, borough, or region outside of Long Island with at least 40,000 residents can apply. Whether you are a designer, an installer, a homeowner, a government official, or a CBO, you may be able to participate in a CH&C Campaign near you!

Designers and Installers

Designers and Installers who are NYSERDA-approved participating contractors in the Ground Source Heat Pump Rebate, Air Source Heat Pump Program, or Renewable Heat NY may apply to a local CH&C Campaign’s Installer Request For Proposals (RFP). Stay up to date on new CH&C Campaigns in your area by checking this web page periodically.

Homeowners and Small Businesses

Homeowners and Small Businesses interested in participating in a CH&C Campaign should contact their local community leaders to be part of the campaign.

CBOs and Local Governments

CBOs and Local Governments interested in implementing a CH&C campaign are highly encouraged to apply to the next round of the CH&C solicitation.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clean Heating & Cooling team at

Active CH&C Campaigns

Communities Campaign Organizer
Sullivan and Ulster Counties Catskill Mountainkeeper
Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego Counties CNY Regional Planning and Development Board
Tioga, Broome, Chenango, and Delaware Counties Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition
Orange County Energy Improvement Corporation
Otsego County Otsego County Conservation Association
City of Rochester City of Rochester
Tompkins County (and bordering areas in contiguous counties) Solar Tompkins
Westchester County Sustainable Westchester

Utility Contacts

Those interested in learning more about utility partnerships for a CH&C Campaign should contact their utility representative, using the information below.

Utility Contact Email Phone
Central Hudson TJ Rizzo 845-486-5265
Con Edison Christopher Raup 212-460-3651
National Grid Rachel McCrea 518-433-5030
NYSEG/RG&E Jennifer Turner 585-484-5221
Orange & Rockland Don Kennedy 845-577-3064

Proposal Deadline

Proposals due October 30, 2018 by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


For full details on this program, review all documents associated with the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaigns PON 3922.