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New Jersey

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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New Jersey SmartStart Buildings - Direct Install Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/07/2014
Program Overview:
State: New Jersey
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces , Boilers, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motors, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Packaged HVAC Equipment; LED Lighting; Pipe Insulation; Low-Flow Devices
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government
Maximum Incentive:Lesser of 70% of project costs or $125,000 per project
Total cap of $250,000 per entity
Eligible System Size:Participants must have a peak demand of 200 kW or less over the preceding 12 months. Boilers may not exceed 500,000 Btuh
Furnaces may not exceed 140,000 Btuh
Equipment Requirements:Must exceed baseline efficiency; all improvements are conditional upon results of energy assessment
Installation Requirements:All work must be performed by a participating contractor
Funding Source:New Jersey Societal Benefits Charge (public benefits fund)
Program Budget:$36.2 million (FY2014), $43.3 million (FY2015)
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The Direct Install program offers turn-key energy efficiency solutions to mid-sized industrial and commercial customers that did not exceed peak electric demand of 200kW over the preceding 12 months.

In order to qualify for the program, customers must generally receive electric or natural gas service from one of New Jersey's seven regulated electric and natural gas utilities -- Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power & Light, Rockland Electric Company, New Jersey Natural Gas, Elizabethtown Gas, PSE&G, and South Jersey Gas

Program Description

In total, the program may provide incentives of up to 70% of the cost of energy efficiency retrofits such as the installation of energy efficient HVAC equipment, lighting, refrigeration equipment, motors, variable frequency drives, and natural gas equipment. Actual improvements are based on the results of an energy assessment. Incentives are capped at $125,000 per project.

The program operates through a combination of activities performed by the program manager and a set of participating contractors. The participating contractors are responsible for performing the actual equipment replacement and reporting to the program manager. The program web site contains a list of participating contractors organized by the local area which they serve. After the completion of the project and approval from the program manager, the program manager will provide incentives directly to the contractor for up to 70% of the cost of the retrofit, whereupon the contractor will invoice the customer for the remaining balance. Customers must agree to allow the program manager to access the project site to perform pre- or post-award inspections.

*In cases where a customer receives only one energy service -- electricity or natural gas -- from a participating utility, only measures associated with the qualifying energy purchase (e.g., gas equipment if only natural gas is purchased from a participating utility) are eligible for incentives.

  New Jersey Clean Energy Program - Direct Install
c/o TRC Energy Services
900 Route 9 Noth, Suite 104
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone: (866) 657-6278
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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