Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) commits the State to creating a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. With a focus on engaging all New Yorkers in REV, NYSERDA has launched REVitalize.

REVitalize helps community-based organizations (CBOs) plan for, develop, and implement clean energy projects for the areas they serve. These community-scale clean energy projects can include community solar, district geothermal or biomass, microgrid, and aggregated energy efficiency and weatherization, among other types of projects.

How It Works

NYSERDA expects to award up to five contracts to CBOs that serve low- to moderate-income communities as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or environmental justice areas, as defined by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

These organizations will receive funding that can be used to procure technical assistance to address key development issues, such as identifying successful models of:

  • Community engagement
  • Site selection
  • Ownership and finance structures
  • Customer enrollment
  • Mechanics for the allocation of benefits.

NYSERDA will work with the selected organizations to better understand and address the knowledge and technical gaps necessary to accelerate clean energy projects in their communities.

With those insights, NYSERDA will provide the CBOs draft toolkits with guidance on key issues associated with organizing community-scale clean energy projects. The CBOs will test these toolkits and provide feedback. NYSERDA will then finalize the toolkits and make them available to CBOs across the State.

Benefits

Through REVitalize, eligible CBOs will have access to the assistance and tools to help plan, develop, and implement a clean energy project that’s appropriately sized for their communities. REVitalize will:

  • Develop a replicable framework to help low- to moderate-income communities conduct energy planning that is focused on a cornerstone community-scale clean energy project
  • Create templates and toolkits based on best practices for communities to access during their clean energy project planning process
  • Identify and share innovative models for community ownership and financing of distributed energy resources that can be applied to similar clean energy projects
  • Build capacity of CBOs and the areas they serve to develop local clean energy priorities.

With increased access to clean energy projects, communities and consumers will have greater control over their energy source and use.

Who Can Apply

This initiative is open to CBOs in need of technical assistance in the planning of a community-scale clean energy project. These CBOS should serve or otherwise represent low- to moderate-income communities or environmental justice areas in New York State as defined by the DEC.

NYSERDA encourages community organizations, finance institutions, foundations, utilities, local governments, and project developers to work together on a program proposal. To read the full program requirements, refer to the funding opportunity.

How to Apply

CBOs should submit a proposal in the format as outlined in Section II of the REVitalize program funding opportunity . Electronic submission preferred.

Deadline

September 11, 2017

Contact

Lori Clark
Project Manager
Lori.Clark@nyserda.ny.gov