NYSERDA Announces Competitive Solicitation to Fund Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Alternative-Fuel Vehicle Projects

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced additional funding for local governments, public K-12 schools, public universities and colleges, hospitals, and not-for-profit organization through the State Energy Program (SEP) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). $74 million is available on a competitive basis to fund the installation of energy efficiency measures, renewable energy systems, and for the introduction of alternative fuel vehicles into fleets.

The State Energy Program will provide incentives for the installation of eligible energy efficiency measures, renewable energy systems, and purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.

Projects might include: lighting, cooling, heating, motor, and building envelope measures; combined heat and power and geothermal installations; and solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. Light- and medium-duty vehicles fueled by natural gas, propane, hydrogen, or those that use electricity stored or generated on board as the primary fuel, and anti-idling equipment projects are eligible for funding.

Projects will be selected competitively based on the optimal energy and fuel savings, anticipated job creation/retention, ability to implement quickly, greenhouse gas and other emissions reduced, and location. Funds will be awarded regionally, with allocations based on the unemployed population within the region.

The first application due date is August 24, 2009. Should funds remain after the first round, an additional application due date is scheduled for October 26, 2009.

Earlier this month, NYSERDA released a $5 million incentive program for municipal governments, public K-12 schools, public universities or colleges, hospitals, and not-for-profits to conduct energy conservation studies for energy efficiency, energy management, clean fleets, and renewable energy. By participating in this program, facilities and institutions will be provided a detailed plan from which they can implement and install energy efficiency measures and renewable energy systems.

In developing the SEP plan, NYSERDA took into account the relative cost-effectiveness of each program and strategy to meet ARRA stated goals, the budget needed to carry out program activities, and the provisions of the ARRA that apply to the use of SEP funds. Further, NYSERDA considered the needs expressed by county and local governments, institutions, and organizations that responded to the Governor’s call for shovel ready projects; priorities that will meet New York’s clean energy goals; opportunity to use ARRA funds to augment rate-payer (SBC/RPS) funded programs; and methods to use SEP funds to leverage other resources and provide a steady funding source for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Click here to view details of the Project Implementation Funding program (RFP 1613).

For information on other ARRA funding opportunities, click here.


Press release

July 30, 2009

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