Program Changes

Information on NYSERDA program changes relating to COVID-19. As new information becomes available, it will be posted in this page.

Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG)

In-Field Inspections

  • All in-field inspections for ADG projects have been canceled.

PON 3739 Category C Refurbishment Projects

  • Deadline requirements for PON 3739 Category C Refurbishment Projects have been suspended until further notice.

Clean Transportation

On March 31, NYSERDA issued updated guidance to our contractors regarding changes to our programs in response to COVID-19. As such, New York State is pausing new electric vehicle charging station construction projects until further notice.

The operation and maintenance of existing charging stations is considered essential and may continue. Please review these guidelines including the specific categories of projects that are considered essential.

Drive Clean Rebate

  • Car dealers may continue to submit new applications and updated information for previously submitted applications.
  • NYSERDA will extend the allowable period for submissions for recent sales beyond the typical 60 days.

NYTVIP

  • Truck and bus dealers may continue to submit new voucher applications and additional documentation for previously submitted applications and previously approved vouchers.
  • NYSERDA will extend the allowable period for deliveries of vehicles on an as needed basis.

Charge Ready NY

  • This Program has been revised and all applications submitted on or after May 21, 2020 will be subject to revisions. The Implementation Manual, Equipment Owner Agreement, and Site Host Agreement have been modified.
  • Charging equipment owners may continue to submit documentation for previously submitted applications. NYSERDA will allow applicants who have already received pre-approval for charging stations to extend the period for installations to 90 days after all regions of the State have reopened. NYSERDA will also allow any eligible applicants who have completed installations of charging stations since January 1, 2020 to apply to Charge Ready NY within 90 days after all regions of the State have reopened.
  • NYSERDA will provide additional information on program deadlines as it becomes available.

For all three programs, NYSERDA will continue to review applications already received and make payments as these applications are approved.

Energy Storage

  • Energy Storage project completion deadlines are being extended by six (6) months for the Retail Energy Storage Incentive Program
  • If contractors require a project extension confirmation email for documentation purposes, contractors can do so by emailing energystorage@nyserda.ny.gov. Please note that this step is not required to receive the extension and no projects will be canceled during this period due to the previous deadlines displayed in the portal.
  • Contractors that need assistance or have other questions should email energystorage@nyserda.ny.gov

Flexible Technical Assistance (FlexTech)

Effective June 15, 2020 through December 31, 2020, FlexTech will offer up to 100% cost-sharing upon installation of measure(s) recommended through a NYSERDA-approved FlexTech study, as outlined in the new PON 4192 Program AddendumLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. All other program eligibility requirements, program parameters, and limitations as outlined in the Summary of Program Changes below:

Up to 100% Study Cost-Sharing with Proof of Installation

  • NYSERDA will reimburse FlexTech customers the remaining portion of their eligible energy efficiency or clean heating and cooling study costs upon installation of measure(s) recommended through an approved FlexTech energy study
  • Reimbursement amount will be paid at the lesser of:
    • Balance of eligible study costs, not to exceed 100% of the total qualifying study cost; OR Installed measure costs

Reimbursement Eligibility

  • The FlexTech application must have been submitted between June 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020
  • The installed measure(s) must be listed as recommended by the customer’s energy consultant in the NYSERDA approved final report
  • Installation of new measures reliant on fossil fuels are ineligible for reimbursement, however investments which reduce fossil fuel consumption through heat recovery or other controls may be eligible for reimbursement

If you have any questions please visit the FlexTech Program PONLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. or email us at FlexTech@nyserda.ny.gov.

Innovation

Co-Investment Fund Investor Qualification Request for Qualifications (RFQL) 4150

  • Pausing the Co-Investment program
  • NYSERDA will not be accepting any new investor or startup applications to the Co-Investment program
  • Existing applications to program will be evaluated and applicants will be contacted about next steps as soon as possible
 

Large-Scale Renewables

Contract Security Deadlines

  • Projects awarded under RESRFP17-1 were provided an extension for Contract Security previously due on or before April 30, 2020, which may now be provided to NYSERDA no later than July 31, 2020 without penalty or default

2020 Tier 1 Solicitation

  • After careful consideration of feedback provided by developers, investors, and other interested stakeholders, the planned issuance of the 2020 Tier 1 Renewable Energy Standard solicitation has been delayed and is described further in a letter to stakeholders [PDF]. Given the dynamic nature of the situation, NYSERDA is monitoring the prevailing circumstances closely and stands ready to launch the solicitation when the associated activities can responsibly restart. More information is available on the RES Solicitations webpagePlease sign up here to receive future updates.

2020 Offshore Wind Solicitation

  • On April 23, 2020, the New York State Public Service Commission has issued a 2020 Offshore Wind OrderLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. [PDF], authorizing NYSERDA to procure at least 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity. While NYSERDA fully supports and is poised to execute on this authorization, given the current circumstances, we feel issuing a near term solicitation would not be responsible nor advisable and is described further in a letter to stakeholders [PDF]. Given the dynamic nature of the situation, NYSERDA is monitoring the prevailing circumstances closely and stands ready to launch the solicitation when the associated activities can responsibly begin. More information is available on the Offshore Wind Solicitations webpage. Please sign up here to receive future updates.

Multifamily Performance Program (MPP)

Effective immediately and through December 2020, NYSERDA is making temporary adjustments to the Multifamily Performance Program (MPP) for program versions 7 or later rules as indicated below. Full guidance is available in the Temporary Changes to MPP [PDF].

Modeling Adjustments

  • A modeling incentive payment of $200 per unit will be made available to all projects once the Savings Verification and Information Tool (SAV-IT) is approved, regardless of building size and regardless of whether the building is subject to Local Law 87 in New York City. The modeling incentive payment will be capped at $75,000 per project. 
  • If the NYSERDA-approved SAV-IT indicates that there are insufficient opportunities in the project to achieve the minimum performance target for the program, which is now 15% site energy, the Participant will be eligible to receive the lesser of Stage 1 incentive payment or 25% of the cost of the SAV-IT services provided by the Provider as documented in the executed contract between the Provider and the Participant or $5,000, regardless of building size
  • MPP project applications submitted through December 31, 2020 will be eligible to receive the modeling incentive adjustments

Construction Milestone Adjustments

  • All projects now qualify to receive the optional 50% construction completion incentive payment, whether or not they use a construction manager to oversee the project
  • NYSERDA will consider making incentive payments for construction completed outside of the 50% and 100% construction milestones. The incentive payment will be prorated based on savings that are confirmed installed through a desk review or a previously conducted site inspection.
  • At NYSERDA’s discretion, all inspections will be conducted via desk review to avoid site visits by NYSERDA’s third-party inspectors
  • Inspection requests submitted through December 31, 2020 will be eligible to receive the construction milestone adjustments

General Adjustments

  • MPP allows energy efficiency measures funded through utility or other programs installed and functional within 12 months prior to NYSERDA’s MPP application approval to count towards the MPP scope of work. If applications are delayed because of COVID-19, NYSERDA will temporarily provide extensions to that 12-month rule on a case by case basis.
  • NYSERDA will pay incentive payments directly to Providers with the express written consent from the program Participant (building owner). The Provider and Participant will be required to execute a NYSERDA Assignment of Incentive Form. Upon acceptance of the fully executed form, NYSERDA will pay a portion of an upcoming incentive payment to the Provider. Incentive payments received by Providers must be applied toward Provider Fees.

If you have any questions and/or to apply any of these temporary adjustments to your project(s), please email multifamilyprograms@nyserda.ny.gov.

New Construction

Commercial New Construction Program

  • Effective immediately, all projects may request up to a 6-month extension for any deliverable without risk of losing funding or having a project cancelled. Extensions longer than 6 months will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and must include a specific timeline including all expected external approvals for other sources of funding, permitting, etc.
  • Effectively immediately, any project that may typically receive an onsite inspection or other onsite visit will be allowed to provide alternative methods to provide documentation to enable approval of milestone payments. NYSERDA may conduct a site visit at a later time.

Multifamily New Construction Program

  • Effective immediately, all projects may request up to a 6-month extension for any deliverable without risk of losing funding or having a project cancelled. Extensions longer than 6 months will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and must include a specific timeline including all expected external approvals for other sources of funding, permitting, etc.
  • Effectively immediately, any project that may typically receive an onsite inspection or other onsite visit will be allowed to provide alternative methods to provide documentation to enable approval of milestone payments. NYSERDA may conduct a site visit at a later time.
  • NYSERDA payment includes requirements for signed Data Release Acquisition Forms. If due to COVID related restrictions building owners are unable to obtain the forms, NYSERDA will temporarily waive the requirement and make payment for that milestone. NYSERDA will then work with the building owner to obtain the required forms retro-actively.

Low-rise New Construction Program

  • Effective immediately, all projects may request up to a 6-month extension for any deliverable without risk of losing funding or having a project cancelled. Extensions longer than 6 months will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and must include a specific timeline including all expected external approvals for other sources of funding, permitting, etc.
  • Effectively immediately, any project that may typically receive an onsite inspection or other onsite visit will be allowed to provide alternative methods to provide documentation to enable approval of milestone payments. NYSERDA may conduct a site visit at a later time.

Net Zero Energy for Economic Development

  • Effective immediately, all projects may request up to a 6-month extension for any deliverable without risk of losing funding or having a project cancelled. Extensions longer than 6 months will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and must include a specific timeline including all expected external approvals for other sources of funding, permitting, etc.
  • Effectively immediately, any project that may typically receive an onsite inspection or other onsite visit will be allowed to provide alternative methods to provide documentation to enable approval of milestone payments. NYSERDA may conduct a site visit at a later time.

Buildings of Excellence

  • Effective immediately, all projects may request up to a 6-month extension for any deliverable without risk of losing funding or having a project cancelled. Extensions longer than 6 months will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and must include a specific timeline including all expected external approvals for other sources of funding, permitting, etc.
  • Effectively immediately, any project that may typically receive an onsite inspection or other onsite visit will be allowed to provide alternative methods to provide documentation to enable approval of milestone payments. NYSERDA may conduct a site visit at a later time.

If you need assistance or have other questions, please email newconstructionprogram@nyserda.ny.gov.

NY-Sun

Completion Deadlines

  • NY-Sun project completion deadlines are being extended by six (6) months for the Residential & Nonresidential and Commercial & Industrial programs
  • Where applicable, the CESIR milestone (proof of full interconnection payment to the utility) is also extended for six months. Additionally, any project that makes its interconnection payment and wishes to submit documentation for the CESIR milestone can still do so.
  • If contractors require a project extension confirmation email for documentation purposes, contractors can do so by using the “Request Extension” option in the NYSERDA project portal. Please note that this step is not required to receive the extension and no projects will be canceled during this period due to the previous deadlines displayed in the portal.
  • Contractors that need assistance with the portal or have other questions should contact their NYSERDA project manager or email PVProcessing@nyserda.ny.gov.

Two-payment Option

Residential & Nonresidential projects that meet the criteria below, as well as the full requirements detailed in the NY-Sun Program Manual Addendum- COVID 19  found online under the Program Manual section of the Contractor Resources web page, may invoice in the NYSERDA portal for an initial incentive payment equal to 50% of the total approved incentive for the project.  Specifically:

  • Residential projects in Approved status up until March 30, 2020; or in Submitted status as of March 30, 2020 that have subsequently been placed in Approved status by NYSERDA
  • Nonresidential projects in Approved status that, up until March 30, 2020, have delivered all approved system components to the customer’s site and has obtained all permits and approvals

Please note that as part of these conditions, if a project fails to meet the project completion timeline as established by the Participation Agreement and the Program Rules, NYSERDA reserves the right to pursue remedies set forth in the Program Rules.

Real Time Energy Management (RTEM)

Effective April 1,2020 to September 30, 2020, for all qualified RTEM vendors who do not have overdue project deliverables, NYSERDA will accept interim deliverables and make interim milestone payments for:

  • System installation cost-share: 25% incentive payment [capped at $100,000] for systems where installation work has commenced but there is not yet a full Installation and Commissioning report
  • Interim deliverables:
    • RTEM System Cover Page
    • Proof of partial system customer invoice
    • 12 months (prior to project approval) of meter data for the building's utilities (e.g., Electric, Gas, Steam, etc.)

If you have any questions, please contact the RTEM team at rtem@nyserda.ny.gov.

Residential Financing Program (Green Jobs-Green New York Financing)

  • Effective June 1, 2020, NYSERDA will offer Green Jobs-Green New York 0% financing for 1-4 family residential, small commercial (100 employees or less) and not-for-profit applicants to finance eligible energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems for terms of 5, 10 or 15 years
  • 0% financing will be available for a promotional period of up to 12- months, or until available funds are exhausted. The 0% rate will be applied to the term of the loan (5, 10, or 15 years).
  • Following this promotional period, the program will return to the geographic eligible 3.49%/6.99% interest rate for residential borrowers and Prime Rate + 2% for small commercial/not-for-profit borrowers

If you have any questions please contact the Residential Financing Team at residentialfinancing@nyserda.ny.gov.

Workforce Development

Clean Energy Internship Program

Reimbursement Increase

  • Percent of intern wage funded by NYSERDA for businesses with fewer than 100 employees: 90%
  • Percent covered for businesses with 100 or more employees: 75%

Reimbursement for longer internships and flexible schedules

  • Maximum internship term for reimbursement is up to 12 months or 960 hours, whichever comes first, in any combination of full-time and part-time hours
  • Maximum weekly hours for students while attending school remains at 18 hours per week. Eligible interns not taking classes can work up to 40 hours per week.
    • Minimum internship duration set at 8 weeks, minimum number of hours for an eligible internship is 80 hours

Removal of business hiring limits

  • Businesses no longer have a set cap on the number of interns they can hire
  • NYSERDA may establish a limit, if necessary, based on funding availability and/or business performance

Increased flexibility for intern eligibility

  • Extension of eligibility window for recent graduates from one-year post-graduation to two-years post-graduation
  • Expanded program eligibility to include individuals with recent military service, economic hardship, or other disadvantaged population criteria, for review on a case-by case basis

Increased flexibility in wage reimbursement

  • Businesses can request reimbursement for wages paid to interns at the end of the internship or for progress reimbursement payments (no more frequently than every 12 weeks of intern work)
  • Previously all reimbursement requests were submitted one time at the end of the internship
  • The updated Funding Opportunity, a summary of revisions, and the complete details of program requirements are available online
  • The increased reimbursement rates are effective for new internships with start dates after April 15, 2020. If you would like to extend the duration of an internship currently in progress, please email CleanEnergyInternship@nyserda.ny.gov with details of the requested extension.
  • If you would like to hire an intern, please submit a job description to CleanEnergyInternship@nyserda.ny.gov for NYSERDA review and approval and then submit a completed intern offer letter to reserve funds. For more information on the process, refer to the “Host Business Program Participation Steps" outlined in the Funding Opportunity and contact CleanEnergyInternship@nyserda.ny.gov with any questions.
  • If your business' application to the program was submitted more than one year ago, please resubmit a Business Application to verify your current number of employees and other information. All wage subsidies, length of internships, and COVID-19 specific provisions will be revised on December 31, 2020.
  • Please note, even though on-site non-essential work is paused through Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders, the clean energy internship program is accepting applications at this time. NYSERDA will continue to review and approve submitted applications through the regular process established for this program. Businesses submit remote work plans for interns working remotely to NYSERDA for approval to ensure the internships are a meaningful internship experience. Any resulting on-site work required will not be able to commence until further guidance is issued by New York State.

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On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program

Increased Available Funding

  • Available funding increased to $14 million
  • All incentives, maximum funding amounts (i.e., caps), and COVID-19 specific provisions are subject to change on December 31, 2020

New incentive for eligible heat pump positions

  • Eligible businesses seeking to hire workers related to heat pump installation, regardless of the number of employees, are eligible for OJT incentives at 75 percent of a new employee’s hourly wage for 16 weeks, or 24 weeks if the employee is from a priority population. Businesses will be required to provide a 25 percent cost share
  • This increased reimbursement rate is effective for new eligible heat pump hires with start dates after April 16, 2020

Increase and removal of maximum funding amounts (i.e., caps)

  • Eligible businesses with 100 employees or less, NYSERDA funding is capped at $150,000 per business for traditional workers, with no maximum cap for any size firm for hiring priority populations
  • Eligible businesses over 100 employees, incentives are only available to hire priority populations, with no maximum cap on the number of individuals from priority populations that they can hire

Special COVID-19 considerations for existing OJT Contractors

  • On a case-by-case basis special considerations may be reviewed and approved by the NYSERDA Project Manager for Contractors impacted by COVID-19
  • Special considerations may include but are not limited to:
    • Full-time OJT hires that transitioned to part-time status may be eligible to continue receiving OJT reimbursement
    • Contractors may be eligible to rehire OJT hires laid off to complete their OJT contract
    • Contractors may be eligible to invoice for reimbursement at any time once a person is hired
    • Contractors may be eligible to hire independent contractors as direct employees under OJT and receive reimbursement
  • The updated Funding Opportunity, a summary of revisions, and the complete details of program requirements are available online
  • Please note, even though on-site non-essential work is paused through Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders, the On-the-Job Training for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology program is accepting applications at this time. NYSERDA will continue to review and approve submitted applications through the regular process established for this program. Any resulting on-site work required will not be able to commence until further guidance is issued by New York State.

Please contact PONOJT@nyserda.ny.gov with any questions.

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