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Retail Storage Incentives


NYSERDA’s Retail Energy Storage Incentive provides commercial customers funding for standalone, grid-connected energy storage or systems paired with a new or existing clean on-site generation like solar, fuel cells, or combined heat and power.

Energy storage systems must:

  • Be sized up to 5 megawatts (MW) of alternating current (AC) power
  • Be new, permanent, and stationary
  • Be located in New York State
  • Use thermal, chemical, or mechanical commercially-available technology primarily operated for electric load management or shifting on-site renewable generation to more beneficial time periods
  • Provide value to a customer under an investor-owned utility rate, including delivery charges or New York State’s value of distributed energy resources (VDER)
  • Interconnect either behind a customer’s electric meter or directly into the distribution system

Incentives for all retail storage projects are provided through a network of participating contractors approved under the Retail Energy Storage Incentive program who contract directly with the customer. Incentive rates are available on the Retail Energy Storage Incentive Dashboards.

How to Become an Energy Storage Participating Contractor

To become an energy storage participating contractor, you must submit an online contractor applicationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Contractors will be evaluated based on their experience, their customer references, and performance in this or other New York State or utility programs.

Before you start the online application, use this checklist [PDF] to guide you through the document requirements.

Once NYSERDA approves contractors, they will receive access to submit project applications online. All participating contractors will begin in provisional status until they establish a successful track record of projects under this program.

Download the Program Manual[PDF] for more information about the program and how to apply.

Participating Contractor Resources

Program Manual

Project Application Guidance

Quality Assurance Reference Guides

Our Quality Assurance (QA) program is responsible for inspecting a percentage of all the Energy Storage projects. We have developed the following guidance documents to help you comply with the QA program.

Field Inspection Reference:

NEC Photo Inspection Reference:

Portal Reference Guides:

Webinar Presentations

Webinar on Retail Energy Storage NYC Block 5 and Funding Reallocation – February 29, 2024

6 GW Energy Storage Roadmap: Disadvantaged Communities Benefits Stakeholder Webinar – March 16, 2023

6 GW Energy Storage Roadmap: Residential and Commercial Retail Overview Webinar – March 1, 2023

Retail Energy Storage Incentive Program – May 3, 2019 Long Island Incentive Overview Webinar – July 11, 2019