NYSERDA offers financial assistance to identify electric and natural gas energy efficiency measures for eligible farms and on-farm producers, including but not limited to: dairies, orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. Farms must be customers of a New York State investor-owned utility and contribute to the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Please check your farm’s current utility bills.

Farms can request an energy audit through the Agriculture Energy Audit Program. NYSERDA will assign a Flexible Technical Assistance (FlexTech) Consultant to perform an energy audit.

Call 1-800-732-1399 or send an email to for more information.

Renewable Energy in Agriculture

Photograph of man walking towards solar panels on his farm in Schoharie, NY
Man walking towards solar panels on his
farm in Schoharie, NY
  • Solar Electric System
    Funding is available to install solar electric system on farms.
  • Small Wind Turbine Program
    Funding is available to install on-site wind turbines.
  • New Construction Program
    Technical and financial support is available to commercial and industrial building owners who are planning the construction of new and substantially renovated buildings.

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Combined Heat and Power Systems

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems provide on-site electric power, heating and cooling from a single fuel source. This efficient power generation technology is also called cogeneration. Conventional power generation plants create heat as a byproduct and expel it as waste into the atmosphere. In contrast, CHP systems recover that waste heat and use it to operate industrial processes, heat domestic hot water, and provide space heating and cooling.

NY Prize

Helps communities create microgrids - standalone energy systems that can operate independently in the event of a power outage - through a first-in-the-nation competition.