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
  • Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electicity Program
    Up to $2 million in funding is available for the installation of anaerobic digester gas-to-electricity systems with a power generation capacity of 50 kW or greater fueled by digester gas from manure, agricultural waste, food waste and other wastes.
  • Solar Electric System
    Funding is available to install solar electric system on farms.
  • Solar Hot Water Program
    Funding is available to install solar hot water 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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Cleaner, Greener Communities

Encourages communities to develop and scale-up sustainability practices that reduce carbon emissions through projects and methods that increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use.

Fuel Cell Program

Supports the installation of fuel cells for businesses, hospitals, multifamily buildings, and other large power consumers. Fuel cells convert natural gas to a hydrogen-rich fuel that is combined with atmospheric oxygen in an electrochemical process to produce electricity, heat, and water.