NY State offers a multitude of incentive programs for small businesses that pursue energy efficient technologies. Details related to these programs can be found at The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) website. We’ve summarized several of the programs that are relevant to small businesses.
Part 1: New Construction Program
Objective: Permanently affect energy efficiency performance of commercial and industrial building construction.
Eligibility: New construction and substantial renovation project
- Electric service customer (Consolidated Edison, Central Hudson, National Grid formerly Niagara Mohawk, New York State Electric & Gas, Orange and Rockland Utilities, or Rochester Gas and Electric)
- Paying New York State System Benefits Charge (SBC)
- Technical assistance incentives: First $10,000 of cost of technical assistance and 50% of the balance cost up to a maximum of $100,000
- Capital cost incentives: Up to 75% of incremental cost to purchase and install more energy efficient equipment
- Design incentives: Available to projects that exceed performance requirements of Energy Conservation Construction Coded of NY by minimum 3%
- Building commissioning incentives: Provides incentives for assessment of building system performance.
- The Green Building incentive: Incentives for LEED certified projects of $7,500 for facilities under 50,000 SQFT area and $15,000 for buildings above 50,000 SQFT area
- Advanced solar & daylighting incentive
- Applications and Forms
- For questions related to SBC: 1.866.NYSERDA
- Technical Assistance Providers: http://www.nyserda.org/programs/New_Construction/faqs.asp#techasst
1. Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC (Regions A, B, C)
50 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
60 West 39th Street Suite 3W, New York, NY 10018
2. Science Applications International Corporation (10128) (Regions A, B, C)
500 New Karner Road, Suite 202, Albany, NY 12205
3. Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering, P.C. (Regions B, C)
The Argus Building, 412 Broadway, P.O. Box 617, Albany, NY 12201-0617
4. EME Consulting Engineering Group (Regions A, B, C)
159 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001
292 Washington Ave Extension, Albany, NY 12203
( 518 ) 862-0882
5. Energy & Resource Solutions (Region C)
13 Railroad Square, Suite 504 Haverhill, MA 01832
( 978) 521-2550
1430 Broadway, Suite 1205, New York, NY 10018
6. O’Dea, Lynch, Abbattista Consulting Engineers, P.C. (Region C)
50 Broadway Street, Hawthorne, NY 10532
( 914) 747-2800
7. Ambrosino, DePinto & Schmieder, Consulting Engineers (Region C)
275 Seventh Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001
( 212) 645-6060
8. Erdman Anthony and Associates, Inc. (Region A)
2165 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd., Rochester, NY 14623
( 585) 427-8888
9. Community Environmental Center, Inc. (Region C)
43-10 11th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
( 718) 784-1444
10. Taitem Engineering, PC (Region A, B)
109 South Albany Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
11. Karpman Consulting (subcontractor to TAITEM) (Region C)
91 Jerry Daniels Rd, Marlborough, CT 06447
( 860) 295-1064
12. Kallen & Lemelson, Consulting Engineers, LLP (Region C)
520 8th Ave 17th Floor, New York, NY 10018
13. ARUP (Region C)
155 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013
14. Stantec Consulting Services (Region A, B)
2060 Brighton Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623-2792
15. Novus Engineering, P.C. (Region B)
25 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054
Part 2: Existing facilities program
Incentives include pre-qualified measures and performance based incentives.
Type 1: Pre-qualified Incentives:
- Pre-qualified energy efficiency and conservation measures: up to $30,000
- National fuel gas: limited to $25,000
Pre-qualified measures: The following measures are pre-qualified with appropriate incentive.
- Lighting: Lighting systems (Energy Star exit sings, high performance T8 relamp & reballast, reduced wattage T8 relamp & reballast, new fluorescent fixtures, high efficiency troffer fixture, pendant/wall mounted indirect fluorescent fixture, high efficiency low glare fixture, high intensity fluorescent) and lighting controls (wall mounted/remote mounted occupancy sensors). For details on incentives, click here.
- HVAC (PTAC & PTHP equipment, Unitary HVAC & Split air systems, air-to-air heat pump systems, water source heat pump systems, differential enthalpy economizer controls & DCV sensors). For details on incentives, click here.
- Electric Chillers: For electric chiller efficiency levels and incentive amounts, click here.
- Motors: For motor efficiency levels and incentive amounts, click here.
- Variable Frequency Drives: For incentive amounts, click here.
- Commercial Electric Refrigeration Equipment: For incentive amounts, click here.
- Commercial Electric Kitchen equipment (electric steamer, commercial combination oven, commercial convection oven, electric griddle, electric fryer, kitchen spray valve, insulated holding cabinets) and Commercial Washers. For incentive amounts, click here.
- Interval Meters
- Gas Efficiency: Con Edison customers, click here. National Fuel gas customers click here.
How to get started
- Determine the measures your facility requires by checking with NYSERDA for the pre-qualified equipment.
- Purchase and install equipment.
- Submit program application along with recent utility bill, equipment specification sheets, and invoices for equipment & labor.
- Wait for NYSERDA’s application approval and payment.
Type 2: Performance based incentives:
Available to customers or ESCO’s working on large-scale energy efficiency projects. Though higher than pre-qualified incentives, performance based incentives are subject to measurement & verification requirements.
- Electric efficiency: Capped at $2,000,000 per facility, incentives are based on electricity saved per year not to exceed 50% of the project cost.
- Demand response incentives: Incentives to offset cost of equipment for load shedding controls and automation equipment, installation of new generators, modification to existing generators, or switchgear. Incentives capped at 75% of project cost. Bonus incentives available for fleet installation of demand response enabled air-conditioner and load shedding ballast.
- Combined heat and power incentives: Incentives offered for installation of clean, efficient, and commercially available CHP systems for summer on-peak demand reduction. Incentives capped at $2,000,000 per project. payments will be in three phases: 40% after installation, 40% after commissioning, and 30% after M&V.
- Gas Incentives: Available to national fuel gas & Con Edison customers for installing natural gas efficiency projects.
Con Edison gas National Fuel gas Incentives $2/therm $40/Mcf Funding expiration September 30, 2009 November 30, 2009 Project cost covered $500,00 or 75% of the project cost $25,000 or 50% of the project cost
- Industrial and process efficiency: Capped at $5,000,000 per process improvement project, incentives are calculated by multiplying the annual energy savings by $0.12/kWh (upstate) and $0.16/kWh (Con Edison). Available to industries to offset cost of projects focused on:
- increasing productivity
- increasing process efficiency
- reducing waste
- reducing energy consumption per unit of production
How to get started
- Submit program application to NYSERDA.
- Wait for Purchase Order (PO) from NYSERDA who will issue the PO after reviewing your application for eligibility.
- Submit Engineering Analysis to NYSERDA: project description, economic evaluation, energy savings calculation, and equipment specification sheets.
- NYSERDA will conduct pre-site inspection.
- Install equipment upon receiving notice from NYSERDA.
- Notify NYSERDA of project completion and post-site inspection.
- NYSERDA will conduct post-site inspection.
- Wait for payments in phases. Projects requiring M&V will receive payments after completion.
Part 3: Renewable, Clean Energy, and Energy Efficiency Product Manufacturing Incentive Program
The objective of this program is the development of a stronger clean-energy industry in New York. It will provide financial assistance for the manufacturing of renewable, clean-energy, and energy-efficient products.
Eligibility: Incentives can be awarded to manufacturing companies for developing or expanding a facility to produce renewable, clean-energy and energy-efficient products in New York. The products eligible under this program are:
- Renewable or clean-energy products that produce or support the production of renewable or clean electricity;
- Energy-efficient end-use technologies that result in a substantial increase in the efficient use and or conservation of electricity
- Electric storage technologies for grid-connected applications
Incentives: Each project can be awarded $15,000,000 for manufacturing renewable, clean-energy and energy-efficient products. The location of the manufacturing facility should be Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP) or other locations as per New York Smart Energy Program. The incentives payments are released in three phases:
- Phase1: Up to 5% of funding up to a maximum of $75,000 on completion of site characterization activities.
- Phase 2: Up to 20% funding up to a maximum of $300,000 for pre-production development.
- Phase 3: At least 75% of funding for the sale of clean-energy products produced at the facility.
The program invites proposals for funding requirements. Proposals are accepted through June 30, 2011 on a first come first serve basis. Address for sending proposals:
Roseanne Viscusi, PON No. 1176
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, New York 12203-6399
The proposal should have the following format:
Section 1: Technical proposal
This section should have technical project information and benefits, business development plan, proposing team qualifications, and statement of work. Under technical project information and benefits, include the following:
- product description
- facility description
- production estimate
- benefits to New York state
Under business development plan, include the following information:
- market analysis
- marketing strategy
- manufacturing plan
- cash flow projections
- risk assessment
- corporate and ownership structure
Include the following information about the team:
- team profile
- organizational chart
- team qualifications
- previous experience
Section 2: Project budget, terms and schedule
This should provide information on cost sharing summary, milestone payment schedule, project expenditure time line, contract pricing proposal forms, letters of commitment, and exceptions to the terms and conditions.
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