NYSERDA Programs for P-12 Schools

NYSERDA Programs for P-12 Schools

While this initiative will provide specific funding for P-12 schools soon, NYSERDA currently has several programs and initiatives that schools can take advantage of right now to help reduce their energy bills while reducing emissions.

Free Benchmarking

P-12 Benchmarking Program provides free energy benchmarking services to pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (P-12) schools for up to three years. These benchmarking services provide schools with a mechanism to measure, track, and assess their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to help them better understand their energy usage and to improve energy efficiency and performance.

Schools will receive benchmarking reports outlining trends in energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions to demonstrate how buildings perform over time. An optional Operational Assessment is available for eligible schools interested in receiving building-specific energy and cost-saving recommendations.

Clean Heating and Cooling

Ground-source Heat Pump Rebate supports the installation of ground-source heat pump systems, which help lower energy costs and emissions while making schools more comfortable for students and staff.

Renewable Heat New York provides incentives toward the installed costs of high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems for homeowners and businesses without access to natural gas.

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.

Ground Source Heat Pump Rebate Program provides up to $15,000,000 for the installation of ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems.

Clean Transportation

Drive Clean RebateLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is open to all New York State residents and offers a point-of-sale rebate of up to $2,000 towards the purchase of a new plug-in electric car.

Charge Ready NYLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. provides $4,000 per installed electric vehicle (EV) charging port to applicants who purchase and install qualified Level 2 EV charging equipment at New York State locations that provide public charging, workplace charging, or charging at a multi-unit dwelling.

Energy Efficiency and Management

FlexTech Program shares the costs of technical services to help businesses and schools in New York State make smart energy decisions. A dedicated team of engineers, technology experts, and energy consultants works with customers to create a customized assessment that identifies specific opportunities for reducing energy consumption and costs.

Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) Program helps provide in-depth analysis of energy usage data on-site. RTEM suggests improvements that can lower costs and emissions.

Green Buildings

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.