The low-income component of EmPower+ provides no-cost energy efficiency solutions to income-eligible households. To streamline and simplify the application process for consumers, NYSERDA uses a geographic eligibility determination to qualify consumers for no-cost services.

Using the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Income Block Data, NYSERDA has identified Census Block Groups where census data reports that 50% or more of the population of the Census Block Group have a household income that would qualify them for services through EmPower.

If an applicant’s address is located within a geographically-eligible territory, and is a single family residence, they will be deemed low-income eligible for EmPower+ and will not have to provide documentation of household income. An eligible single-family household can be owner occupied or occupied by a renter. Multifamily properties are not eligible to be income qualified as geographically-eligible and will need to provide income documentation to determine program eligibility.

The interactive map below shows the geographically eligible territories in blue. Enter an address in the search address box below to determine if it is in a geographically-eligible territory. You can zoom in/out to identify portions of counties, cities, towns, and neighborhoods that are identified as geographically-eligible territory.