Energy to Lead Competition 2020

How it Works

NYSERDA will award up to $5 million, ranging from $500,000 and $1.5 million per award. Winning proposals will highlight cost-effective, deep and impactful energy savings projects leading to decarbonization. Proposals will also integrate student engagement and share best practices with other campuses to encourage replication. Projects within gas moratorium areas and/or projects that reduce dependence on natural gas supplies will be awarded additional points during proposal evaluation.

Applicants are encouraged to consider a variety of approaches to planning, funding, and implementing energy projects while maximizing quantifiable energy and greenhouse gas reductions on campus. For the purposes of this solicitation, clean energy is inclusive of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy. 

The following are examples of eligible project types. This list is not exhaustive.

  • Net zero energy and/or net zero carbon
  • Deep energy saving retrofits
  • Comprehensive energy efficiency measure implementation
  • Clean heating and cooling
  • Natural gas efficiency and/or conservation
  • Primary fuel switching from natural gas to reduce carbon emissions
  • Any combination of the above
  • Any project that results in deep and impactful energy savings resulting in substantive carbon reduction

Projects must be performed on systems with a remaining useful life of at least six (6) years.
Ineligible projects include:

  • Projects containing conversion to natural gas
  • Full system replacements to new fossil fuel-based systems
  • Measures with available investor owned utility incentives
  • Projects that have been installed prior to Program launch

Who can Apply

Only REV Campus Challenge members are eligible to apply. Any higher education institution in New York State can become a REV Campus Challenge member. The Energy to Lead Competition is NOT limited to system benefits charge (SBC) paying customer – REV Campus Challenge members in ALL utility territories may apply.

How to Apply

Proposals must be submitted through NYSERDA’s online portal. Proposals must include all required documentation in the format requested. More information, including the full request for proposals, required attachments, and link to the online submission portal, can be found hereLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Proposals are due February 20, 2020 by 3 p.m. EST.

Informational Webinars

An informational webinar will be held on November 6, 2019. Additional webinars may be added. All webinars will cover the same content. Click on the link below to register for the webinar.

Feedback Session

Proposing institutions are invited, but not required, to present preliminary proposal concepts to NYSERDA staff. During the session, NYSERDA panelists will provide constructive feedback and raise critical questions to help proposers strengthen and increase the impact of their proposals. Feedback sessions are open to all REV Campus Challenge members interested in submitting a proposal. Feedback session presentations and panelist feedback will NOT be considered by NYSERDA in final proposal evaluation.

Note: Due to the launch date of this year’s Competition, an in-person feedback session will NOT be held at the State of NY Sustainability Conference in Rochester; however, a NYSERDA representative will be in attendance to answer any questions.

Virtual feedback sessions will be offered. Please email REVCampusChallenge@nyserda.ny.gov with the subject line “ETL2020 Feedback Session Request” if you would like to be added to the virtual feedback session schedule.

Contact

We’re here to help! Email questions to revcampuschallenge@nyserda.ny.gov.