Small Pellet Boiler

Incentives are available for the installation of qualified high-efficiency, low-emission pellet boiler heating systems with thermal storage for residential and small commercial applications (less than 300,000 Btu/h).

Incentives

Incentive options are based on system size and customer income, as shown in the table below. Incentives are only available for primary residences not currently using natural gas.

  • Total up to $21,000 (or $41,000 for units over 120 kBtu/hr), calculated as 45% installed cost up to $16,000 (or $36,000 for units over 120 kBtu) per unit, with an additional $5,000 for documented recycling (removal and destruction) of old outdoor or indoor wood boiler, or $2,500 for recycling whole house wood furnace. Up to $16,000 (or $36,000 for units over 120 kBtu) per installed unit is available for customers with existing oil heat or propane.
  • Households with income up to 80% of the state or county median, whichever is greater, may qualify for an incentive of $28,000, calculated as 65% installed cost up to $23,000 per unit, with an additional $5,000 for documented recycling (removal and destruction) of old outdoor or indoor wood boiler, or $2,500 for recycling whole house wood furnace. Up to $23,000 per installed unit is available for customers with existing oil heat or propane.
Boiler Size (kW) Boiler size (Btu/hr) Maximum Installation Incentive Maximum Installation Incentive
(Income Qualified)
35 120,000 $16,000 $23,000
88 300,000 $36,000 N/A

Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and will only be reserved for customers once an application has been approved by NYSERDA. Incentives are paid upon approval of the Incentive Application directly to the Installer and passed on in the full amount to the customer. Incentives will not be provided directly to customers purchasing or installing the new system. Incentives are only available for new equipment and systems that have not been installed (partially or completely) prior to NYSERDA approval of a Project Application.

You may qualify for a Green Jobs - Green New York Smart Energy Loan to help pay for eligible project costs.

Further detail regarding program rules can be found in the Program Manual [PDF]. The boiler must be a qualified technology [PDF]

How to Apply

Questions to ask the Eligible Installer

  • How many hydronic heating systems have you installed? How many projects similar to my proposed project have you completed in the last year?
  • What is the estimated price range for an eligible biomass boiler and thermal storage system when installed with my existing hydronic distribution system?
  • Will my project require a building permit? If yes, will you be responsible for obtaining the permit? (You may want to choose a contractor familiar with the permitting process in your county, city, or town.)
  • Will my system need to be approved by the local code official?
  • What other approvals are required in my municipality?
  • May I have a list of references? (Participating Installers/Contractors have provided NYSERDA with customer references including names, addresses, and phone numbers. Ask each client how long ago the project was and whether it was completed on time. Was the client satisfied? Were there any unexpected costs? Did workers show up on time and clean up after finishing the job?)
  • What types of insurance do you carry (Participating Installers/Contractors must have general liability and worker’s compensation insurance)?