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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Assisted Home Performance Grants   

Last DSIRE Review: 04/22/2013
Program Overview:
State: New York
Incentive Type: State Grant Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Furnaces , Boilers, Programmable Thermostats, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Room Air Conditioners
Applicable Sectors: Low-Income Residential
Amount:50% of costs
Maximum Incentive:Single-family: $5,000
Multi-family (2-4 units): $10,000 per building
Equipment Requirements:Eligible equipment and installations are determined by energy audit
Installation Requirements:Measures must be installed by BPI certified contractor
Funding Source:Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS)
Web Site: http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/BusinessAreas/Energy-Efficiency-and-Ren...
Summary:

The Assisted Home Performance Program provides grants to low-income home owners in 1-4 family buildings for up to 50% of costs for energy efficient improvements. The household income eligibility cut-off is set at 80% of the Median State Income or 80% of the Median Area Income (by county), whichever is higher. County level income eligibility levels based on household size are available on the program web site.

Single-family homeowners that meet the income eligibility guidelines generally qualify for grants of up to $5,000. An income-qualified owner that occupies a unit in a 2-4 unit building can receive a subsidy of up to $5,000 for the whole building without any income verification required for the tenants. A higher subsidy, up to a total of $10,000 per building, may be available if tenants also are income eligible. Incentives are reduced if only a portion of the tenants are income eligible (e.g., the maximum incentive is 30% if only two out of four total tenants meet the income requirements). The remaining costs of installation and purchase may be covered by the Home Performance with Energy Star Financing Program or the New York Residential Loan Fund programs.

In order to apply, the homeowner must contact a BPI contractor or a community organization - both lists are located on the program website above. The contractor will perform a Comprehensive Home Assessment (CPA) to determine what measures need to be installed. The assisted home performance work scope must have a savings to investment ratio of at least 1.1 for the recommended package of improvements in the CPA. Eligible measures and minimum equipment standards for this grant program are somewhat more limited than those eligible for the financing programs above. Click here for a list of eligible measures, and note that exceptions indicated in the footnotes.

Eligible customers are electricity and natural gas customers in the state that pay the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) surcharge on their energy bills. This includes most investor-owned electric and gas utilities within the state, but does not include municipal utilities.


 
Contact:
  Joseph DeRosa
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
Phone: (518) 862-1090 Ext.3487
Phone 2: (877) 697-6278
E-Mail: jgd@nyserda.ny.gov
Web Site: http://www.nyserda.ny.gov
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