New York Solar Rebates And Incentives

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New York Rebates and Incentives Summary

New YorkThe Empire state and home of the Big Apple, New York is not just one of the most populous states in the country it's also blessed with vast, lush wildlands. The state borders two great lakes – Ontario and Erie. And it’s becoming a hotbed for the solar industry.

New York is making significant strides toward a more sustainable energy future, which will rely on renewable sources like solar power.

While the state only gets about 4 kilowatt hours of sunlight a day and systems won’t produce as much as they do in states like Arizona, other factors are making it one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the country.

For one, energy costs a lot in New York – about 16 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 20 to 50 percent more than it costs in a lot of other parts of the U.S. That makes distributed generation power sources like solar that can cut a homeowner’s utility bills more attractive. It also means any investment will pay for itself more rapidly.

On top of that intrinsic incentive, New York has established an aggressive state rebates program for solar, which will refund $1,750 per installed kilowatt hour up to $12,500 or 40 percent of the installed cost of your solar project. Solar is exempt from property tax and sales tax. And home and business owners who install solar qualify for tax credits valued at 25 percent of the installed solar project.

The state’s 22.5 percent renewable energy portfolio standard for 2020 with 2 percent required to come from solar also encourages utility companies to pony up additional incentives and rebates.

In addition to all of that, the New York legislature is debating a solar jobs bill that would require the state to install 2,200 megawatts of solar by 2022, enough to power 400,000 homes. The idea behind the bill, which has received broad support, would be to generate thousands of jobs in the solar industry and attract new energy manufacturing and installation companies to the state.

Statewide enthusiasm about solar has led to some high-profile projects like the Empire State Building’s recent $20 million investment in energy retrofits to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification for an existing structure.

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Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity Rebate and Performance Incentive

NOTE: Previous Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2276 has been replaced with PON 2828 with updated incentives. The program is now actively accepting applications until December 31, 2015 or until the funds are fully committed.

The Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity program is designed to support small-sized electricity generation where the energy generated is used primarily at the electric customer's location (third party ownership is allowed). This program is a part of New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Customer Sided Tier and is administered by New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA). Applications for funding are being received until December 31,

Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

The Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program provides grants to low-income homeowners 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 $4,000. An income-qualified owner that occupies a unit in a 2-4 unit building can receive a

Building Energy Code

NOTE: The new Energy Code became effective starting October 3, 2016. The NYS 2016 Uniform Code Supplement can be accessed at this link

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP web sites.  

The Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS) requires that all government, commercial and residential buildings, including renovations involving building system replacement, must follow the 2015 International Energy Conservation (IECC)

Central Hudson Gas & Electric (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The Home Energy SavingsCentral Program offers customers rebates of between $20 and $750 for energy efficient equipment and measures. This is for residential electric customers who upgrade heating, cooling or ventilation systems with specific types of energy efficient equipment. These rebates include central air-source heat pumps, electric heat pump water heaters, furnace blower fans, wifi thermostats, and refrigerator recycling.  Rebates for the following types of natural gas equipment are available as well: natural gas furnaces, natural gas boilers, boiler reset controls, steam boilers, and indirect water heaters. Contact Central Hudson Gas & Electric for more information on these programs.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The Home Energy SavingsCentral Program offers customers rebates of up to $1,000 on energy efficient equipment and measures for residential gas customers who upgrade heating, cooling or ventilation systems with specific types of energy efficient equipment. Natural gas rebates apply to water heaters, natural gas boilers, steam boilers, boiler controls, furnaces, wifi thermostats, and duct and air sealing (with blower door and duct blaster testing). A variety of rebates are also available for electric customers. Rebates for the electric Home Energy SavingsCentral Program include air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, ECM furnace fans, heat pump water heaters, wifi thermostats, duct sealing,

City of Riverhead - Energy Conservation Device Permitting Fees

In 2006 the Town of Riverhead on Long Island enacted a special allowance in its building permit fee structure to provide a discount to people wishing to install energy conservation devices on residential or commercial buildings. The provision in the town code applies to any energy conservation device "installed in or on a structure which qualifies for any federal, state or local tax exemption, tax credit or tax rebate", but explicitly mentions solar panels as eligible for favorable treatment. The original law authorized a flat permitting fee of $150, which still generally applies, but the law was amended in December

Clean Energy Fund (CEF)

On January 2016, the New York Public Service Commission (PUC) approved $5 billion Clean Energy Fund (CEF) as a successor to the New York’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) and Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) fund, which both expired at the end of 2015. The Clean Energy Fund emerged from the regulatory proceedings of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative*. The ratepayer funded clean energy programs in New York are administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development’s (NYSERDA). NYSERDA will administer the CEF to fund all the state sponsored clean energy activities in the state. The

Clean Energy Standard

NOTE: In December 2018, the NY Public Service Commission (PSC) approved energy storage target of 1500 MW by 2025, increasing up to 3,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. 


The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted a Clean Energy Standard (CES) in August 2016, instituting a timeline for the load serving entities* (LSE) in the state to procure at least 50% of the electricity consumed in the state from renewable energy resources by 2030. The Clean Energy Standard is designed to succeed the New York Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) which reached its final target at the end of 2015. 
The

ConEd (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Incentives Program

Con Edison is offering the Residential HVAC Electric Rebate Program. Through this program, incentives are offered on energy efficient heating and cooling equipment for residences in the eligible service area. Service addresses that have one to four residential dwelling units may participate in the program. Eligible measures and equipment include central air conditioning units, heat pumps, water heaters, and thermostats. All equipment must be installed by a participating contractor and installations may be inspected before incentive payments.

Additionally, rebates are provided for certain appliances. View the program web site for eligibility and instructions on how to have a secondary, working

ConEd (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Incentives Program

Con Edison offers Residential HVAC Gas Rebate Program. Through this program, incentives are offered on energy efficient heating and cooling equipment for residences in the eligible service area. Service addresses that have one to four residential dwelling units may participate in the program. Eligible measures and equipment include furnaces, water boilers, steam boilers, water heaters and smart thermostats. All equipment must be installed by a participating contractor and installations may be inspected before incentive payments. Contact Con Edison for more information on this program.

EmPower New York

The primary focus of EmPower New York program is to provide cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to eligible low-income households in New York. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) currently contracts with CLEAResult to implement the EmPower New York Program.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet income requirements to qualify for the program. In order to qualify, the customer must live in a building with 100 or fewer units, and either participate in a low-income utility assistance program; are eligible for regular Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits; or have an income of 60% or less

Energy Conservation Improvements Property Tax Exemption

NOTE: AB 260 enacted in October 2017 amends the property tax exemption adding micro-hydro, fuel cell, micro combined heat and power, and electric energy storage system and storage equipment to be eligible for tax exemption for any increase in the value through the addition of these systems for period of fifteen years. 

Qualifying energy-conservation improvements to homes are exempt from real property taxation to the extent that the addition would increase the value of the home. The exemption includes general municipal property taxes, school district taxes, and special ad valorem taxes, but does not apply to special assessments. Eligible properties

Energy Conservation Improvements Property Tax Exemption

In 2017, New York passed Assembly Bill 260, creating an exemption from real property taxes for certain energy equipment including electric energy storage equipment and systems.

Other equipment included in the exemption includes micro-hydroelectric energy systems, fuel cell electric generating systems, and micro-combined heat and power generating equipment systems (all of which were added in the 2017 bill), as well as solar, wind, and farm waste energy systems (all of which were previously included).

The tax exemption lasts for a period of fifteen years from the date that construction started. To qualify for the exemption, electric energy storage equipment

Ground Source Heat Pump Rebate Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provides rebates for the installation of ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems at single-family/multifamily residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial sites. Rebates will be granted to GSHP systems installed after January 1, 2017, on a first-come, first-served basis, with applications accepted through June 30, 2019. Eligible sites include new and existing buildings installing a GSHP system for space heating and cooling, domestic hot water, and/or process heating that pay or will pay the surcharge. 

Only participating designers and participating installers are eligible to submit rebate applications, and GSHP systems must be

Guidance for Local Wind Energy Ordinances

Note: The documents described in this summary were designed to provide guidance to local governments that wish to develop their own siting rules for wind turbines. While they were developed under contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a state agency, none of the documents themselves have any legal or regulatory authority.

The New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has created a wind energy toolkit to provide information on various aspects of wind energy development and to help communities that are interested in wind energy development prepare for the issues that they might

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

NYSERDA offers 10% discount and additional low-interest financing options for New York State homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Eligibility

NY State residents who own single-family or multifamily homes with up to 4 units are eligible for the program. To participate in the On-Bill financing program, the homeowner must be a customer of the following participating utilities: Central Hudson, Con Edison, PSEG-Long Island, National Grid (upstate customers only, New York State Electric and Gas, Orange and Rockland, or Rochester Gas and Electric.

Program Description:

To participate in the program, the homeowner must schedule a home energy assessment with

Interconnection Standards

New York was the second state to adopt uniform interconnection standards for distributed generation (DG) systems. The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) originally adopted Standard Interconnection Requirements (SIR) for systems up to 300 kilowatts (kW) in capacity in December 1999. The Standard Interconnection Requirements (SIR) have subsequently been amended several times since, necessitated by changing net metering rules and other legislations. Most recently, the rules were updated on January 2017 which require the developers to demonstrate that they have obtained site control while applying for interconnection. During April to December in 2016 more than 2,000 projects between 50kW and

Local Option - Municipal Sustainable Energy Programs

Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not underwrite commercial mortgages. Visit PACENow for more information about PACE financing

Local Option - Real Property Tax Exemption for Green Buildings

In July 2012 New York enacted legislation allowing municipal corporations to exempt green buildings from real property taxes. It is important to note that this law allows but does not require local governments to extend favorable property tax treatment to green buildings. In order for the exemption to apply, a municipal corporation must first adopt an ordinance this effect.

In order to qualify for an exemption, the new construction or improvement (does not include routine maintenance or repairs) must commence on or after January 1, 2013; be valued in excess of $10,000; and projects must meet the LEED, Green Globes,

Local Option - Solar Sales Tax Exemption

New York enacted legislation in July 2005 exempting the sale and installation of residential solar-energy systems from the state's sales and compensating use taxes. The exemption applies to solar-energy systems that utilize solar radiation to produce energy designed to provide heating, cooling, hot water and/or electricity. In 2012 the exemption was also extended to commercial solar energy systems, effective January 1, 2013. In 2015 the exemption was extended to solar systems that are owned by third party owners, who provide solar electricity to residential and commercial users. Both solar lease payments and the receipts of the sale of electricity by

Local Option - Solar, Wind & Biomass Energy Systems Exemption

Note: In pursuant to S.B. 07026, the expiration deadline for the eligible renewable energy projects have been extended to 01/01/2025.

Section 487 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law provides a 15-year real property tax exemption for solar, wind energy, and farm-waste energy systems constructed in New York State. As currently effective, the law is a local option exemption, meaning that local governments are permitted decide whether or not to allow it. The exemption was mandatory prior to a 1990 reenactment in which the local option clause was added. The exemption is valid unless a government opts out

Low-rise Residential New Construction Program

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through its Low-Rise Residential New Construction program (PON 2309) provides financial incentives to the builders and the Home Energy Rating Providers to support construction of certified New York ENERGY STAR homes as well as New York Energy $mart designation homes for eligible gut rehabilitation projects. The program provides both financial and technical assistance to participating buildings and developers, as well as to the Residential Energy Service Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Providers and Home Energy Raters.

Eligibility

Incentives are available for projects located within the service territory of an

National Fuel (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebates

National Fuel offers pre-qualified equipment rebates for the installation of certain energy efficiency measures to residential customers in Western New York. Incentives from $40 to $600 are available for furnaces, steam and hot water boilers, storage and tankless water heaters, and wifi thermostats that meet the program's minimum efficiency requirements. In order to be eligible for a rebate, equipment must be installed in a western New York residence on or after January 1, 2019 and be fueled by natural gas. Rebate amounts may not exceed the purchase price. 
Program rebates are available for existing single-family, multi-family and mobile homes and condominiums.

National Grid (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs (Upstate New York)

National Grid residential electric customers in Upstate New York are eligible for several incentives offerings. Rebates are available for heating and cooling equipment and the improvement of multi-family residential units. Incentives may be available to multi-family property for residents or building managers of apartment or condominium complex with 5-50 units per building. The program provides free energy audits and free installation of low cost energy efficiency equipment.
Applications for incentives can be sent through regular mail, or be submitted online. Contact National Grid for additional information on these offerings.  

 

National Grid (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs (Metro New York)

National Grid’s High Efficiency Heating Rebates are offered to residential gas heating customers in the New York City metro area including Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.  Rebates vary depending on equipment type and where customers live. All equipment must meet efficiency standards provided on the website. 

Applications are to be completed and sent in after equipment installation. Eligible equipment includes high efficiency heating equipment (boilers and furnaces), indirect water heaters, wifi thermostats, home air sealing measures, heating duct insulation and air sealing. The application form is available on the program's website. The program website also allows participants to check for

National Grid (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs (Upstate New York)

National Grid’s High Efficiency Heating Rebates are offered to gas heating customers in the Upstate New York counties of Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington. All equipment must meet certain energy standards provided on the website. Applications are to be completed and sent in after equipment installation. Eligible equipment includes High Efficiency Heating Equipment (boilers, furnaces and controls), Indirect Water Heaters and Wi-Fi enabled thermostats. The application form is available on the program's web site. Applications for incentives can be sent through regular mail, or be submitted online. Contact

Net Metering

NOTE: In March 2017, the NY Public Service Commission issued an order regarding the future of net metering in the state. The order is one of the major milestones in the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, and addresses the transitional steps from traditional net metering into a Value of Distributed Energy Resource (VDER) tariff that accurately values and compensates distributed energy resources. Starting March 9, 2017 distributed energy projects will transition into a VDER tariff in a phased process. All projects interconnected prior to March 9, 2017 will retain their previous compensation through net energy metering. 

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New York City - Energy Conservation Requirements for Existing Buildings

In December 2009 the New York City Council enacted a series of bills intended to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings in the city. Each of the four bills addresses a different aspect of improving energy efficiency in the city's buildings as follows: energy conservation standards for building renovations; annual energy benchmarking and disclosure; mandatory lighting system upgrades and tenant sub-metering; and mandatory energy auditing, retro-commissioning, and retrofits. The initiatives described here, along with several other related pieces of legislation, are part of a broad effort which the city calls the "Greener, Greater Buildings Plan". Some important details of

New York City - Green Building Requirements for Municipal Buildings

In 2005 New York City passed a law (Local Law No. 86) making a variety of green building and energy efficiency requirements for municipal buildings and other projects funded with money from the city treasury. The building requirements (described in detail below) apply to new construction, building additions, and substantial reconstructions of existing buildings. Substantial reconstruction is defined as a capital project that involves construction work affecting at least 50% of the floor area or that involves rehabilitation work in at least two of the three major building systems (HVAC, electrical, plumbing). The construction cost values below are adjusted annually

New York City - Property Tax Abatement for Photovoltaic (PV) and Energy Storage equipment

NOTE: A.B. 10410 and its companion bill provide a property tax abatement for energy storage equipment in New York City worth 10% of the expenditures on the equipment (up to a maximum of $6,500 or the total value of taxes owed by the owner of the equipment). (See. S.B. 8971). S7110 enacted on September 2016 extends the property tax abatement for PV systems until January 1st 2019. 

In August 2008 the State of New York enacted legislation allowing a property tax abatement for photovoltaic (PV) system expenditures made on buildings located in cities with a population of 1 million or

New York Industrial Retential Network - RenewableNY Program

RenewableNY provides grant funding and project management support for industrial facilities to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, including lighting upgrades, solar energy systems, cogeneration, and process efficiency upgrades. The project helps businesses to invest in energy-efficiency capital improvements now that will save them money in the long run.

New York Power Authority - Energy Services Programs for Public Entities

NOTE: NYPA currently provides clean energy advisory, planning and consulting services to state and local governments. Its services include, but not limited to, energy audits, energy efficiency project design, procurement and construction, management implementation services, and low cost financing. NYPA has limited grant to facilities these projects and currently does not offer any incentive programs. 

New York Power Authority (NYPA) provides energy efficiency improvements to eligible public sector organizations at no up-front cost. A range of energy efficient upgrades are available through Energy Services Programs for Public Entities. This program covers the initial costs of purchasing and installing energy efficient

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - Clean Energy Business Partners Program

NYSERDA's Clean Energy Business Partners range from emerging to established companies who use innovative research and cutting edge technology to develop energy efficient and clean energy technologies. These companies have received support from NYSERDA to nurture and grow their ideas into a commercially viable product or process.

NY Green Bank

In December 19, 2013 the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a petition issued by NYSERDA’s to establish and fund the operations of New York Green Bank (NY Green Bank). NY Green Bank is a  state-sponsored specialized financial entity, working to accelerate clean energy deployment throughout New York State by   partnering with the private sector to address and alleviate market and financial barriers preventing a thriving clean energy marketplace. NY Green Bank does not accept deposits or offer retail loans, and instead works on the wholesale level, operating in direct response to real-time market needs.

Funding

On December 2013, the PSC

NY-Sun Commercial and Industrial Incentive Program

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through NY-Sun Commercial/Industrial Incentive Program (PON 3082) provides incentives for installation of non-residential new grid connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that are greater than 200 kW. Incentives for systems smaller than 200 kW systems are offered through the NY- Residential  and Small Commericial incentive program. Incentives are awarded on a first-come, first serve basis, until the funds are fully committed. Applications are being accepted through December 29, 2023. 

Eligibility

Incentives are provided to new customer-sited PV systems, greater than 200 kW per electric meter, that are grid connected and displace utility

NY-Sun Loan Program

NY-Sun loan program is part of broader NY-Sun Initiative program to accelerate the use of solar PV across the State. In addition to cash incentives, NY-Sun Initiative also provides State sponsored low-interest financing options to install solar PV systems.  The financing for the program is made available through the Green Jobs- Green New York (GJGNY) Act of 2009. 

Eligibility

The PV installations up to 200 kW should be performed by a participating Solar Electric Installer. List of participating installers is available here. Beginning from October, 2014, NY-Sun loan program has added Solar Thermal as an eligible resource for financing.

NY-Sun PV Incentive Program (Residential, Low-Income, and Small Business)

NOTE: Effective June 2018, the program was revised with changes to system size caps, new incentive rates, removal of 110% demand rule, and other minor changes.  

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through NY Sun Incentive Program (PON 2112) provides cash incentives for the installation of approved, grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems. The program was re-launched in 2014 with a goal of supporting 3.175 GW of installed capacity by 2023. The program provides cash incentives for residential solar systems that are 25 kW or less, and for small commercial systems in Upstate and PSEG Long Island region

NYSEG (Gas) - Residential Efficiency Program

NYSEG offers rebates to residential natural gas customers for installing energy efficient equipment.  Customers can complete one rebate application for multiple pieces of equipment as long as they are not the same type of equipment. Most products must be installed using a licensed contractor or a contractor that can supply either a Federal ID number, a Certificate of Insurance or a Business Certificate. Customers can refer to the ENERGY STAR web site for tips on how to find the right contractor.

An online rebate reservation is used to ensure program funds are not overextended. All new rebate requests must first

NYSERDA Bulk Energy Storage Incentive Program

In December 2018, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted 1,500 MW energy storage target by 2025, and a 3,000 MW target by 2030. As a part of the order, the PSC directed NYSERDA to develop incentive designed to meet the statewide energy storage goals. 

The Bulk Energy Storage Incentive program offers financial incentives for new energy storage projects greater than 5 MW (AC) that are connected to the grid. The energy storage system must provide services to the wholesale energy market, ancillary services, or distribution level service. 

Eligibility

The projects must be greater than 5 MW (AC). Any

NYSERDA Retail Energy Storage Incentive Program

NOTE: The Block 1 of 100 MWh of energy storage capacity has been fully subscribed. The incentives is now offered at Block 2 level at $250/kWh for total Block of 125 MWh. 

In December 2018, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted 1,500 MW energy storage target by 2025, and a 3,000 MW target by 2030. As a part of the order, the PSC directed NYSERDA to develop incentive designed to meet the statewide energy storage goals. 

The Retail Energy Storage Incentive program offers financial incentives for new energy storage projects smaller than 5 MW (AC) that are i) connected

On-Site Wind Incentive Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provides incentives for eligible small wind systems. Incentive payments are paid directly to the eligible installers, who pass on the savings to the customers.  Installers are generally limited to having 10 open applications at any given time under the current program (PON 2439) or previous programs (see PON 2439 for information on exceptions to this rule).

Eligibility
This program is offered as part of the Customer-Sited Tier of the state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) program. Consequently, only customers of electricity distribution utilities that collect the RPS surcharge -- Central

Orange and Rockland Utilities (Electric) - Energy Efficiency Program

Orange and Rockland Utilities offers electric energy efficiency program that provides rebates to replace various appliances. To apply for rebate, submit rebate application form along with required documents. The incentives also apply for small business electric customers. 

Orange and Rockland Utilities also provides rebates for residential customers for recycling older, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. All appliances must meet the program requirements listed on the program web site. For more information call 1-877-852-5678.

Orange and Rockland Utilities (Gas) - Residential Efficiency Program

Orange and Rockland Utilities provides rebates for residential customers purchasing energy efficient natural gas equipment. Rebates exist for furnaces, water boilers and controls, steam boilers, water heaters, thermostats, and air sealing. Equipment minimum requirements must be met in order to qualify for rebates.  For boilers and furnaces, equipment with higher efficiency levels will be awarded higher rebates.  Visit the program website or contact the utility directly for more information. 

PSEG Long Island - Net Metering

NOTE: As of January 1, 2014, Long Island is served by PSEG Long Island, replacing Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

Although PSEG Long Island’s net metering policy is not governed by the State’s net metering law, the provisions are similar to the State law. Net metering is available for residential, non-residential, and farm-service PV and wind energy systems, farm-service, and residential micro-CHP and fuel cell systems. Eligible systems are subject to the following system capacity limits:

  • Residential: Solar and wind systems up to 25 kW, micro-CHP and fuel cell systems from 1 - 10 kW
  • Farm-Service: Solar systems up to

PSEG Long Island - Renewable Electricity Goal

NOTE: As of January 1, 2014, Long Island is served by PSEG Long Island, replacing Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). Long Island Renewable Energy goal ended in 2013, and currently does not have any specific renewable energy target. In October 2014, PSEG LI filed its first annual Long Range Plan (Utility 2.0 plan) which includes specific goals of reducing peak demand and improving efficiency. PSEG LI is currently developing its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which would include resource standards. 

As a municipal utility, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is not obligated to comply with the New York Renewable Portfolio

PSEG Long Island - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

PSEG Long Island offers a variety of incentives which help residential customers upgrade to more energy efficient equipment and appliances in their homes. Incentives are available for home energy audits and for purchase and installation of equipments including refrigerators, washers, dryers, pool pumps, lighting, central AC, heat-pumps, and geothermal energy. Applications for rebates can be applied online, or through mail. Applications should be accompanied by supporting documentation including copy of recent PSEG residential electric bill, copy of sales receipt including manufacturer, model number and price of the product purchased. 

In-home energy assessment is available through the PSEG's Home Performance with

PSEG Long Island- Commercial Solar PV Feed-in Tariff

NOTE: The initial enrollment period of October 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 has ended. However, the Authority will continue to accept applications from eligible Generation Projects until February 1, 2020. For the duration of this enrollment period, all responsive bids that have not been accepted into Feed-in Tariff III during the initial enrollment period nor withdrawn by the Generation Project owner will be placed on the Wait List. Applications submitted after January 31, 2017 must include a proposed price of $0.1649 per kWh. 

PSEG Long Island’s Commercial Solar Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program supports the development of solar energy for

Refundable Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit (Corporate)

The state of New York began offering a corporate income tax credit for biodiesel purchases used for residential space heating and water heating beginning in 2006. The original credit was authorized for only one year from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. However, in 2008 the law was amended to reinstate the credit for purchases made between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011. The window was extended through December 31, 2016 by A.B. 7793 in October 2011. Eligible taxpayers are defined as corporations that are subject to the franchise tax on business corporations, including a corporation that is

Refundable Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit (Personal)

The state of New York began offering a personal income tax credit for biodiesel purchases used for residential space heating and water heating beginning in 2006. The original credit was authorized for only one year from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. However, in 2008 the law was amended to reinstate the credit for purchases made between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011. At this point it expired, but was extended again in July 2012 through the end of 2016. Eligible taxpayers are defined as individuals; members of a partnership or an LLC treated as a partnership for

Renewable Heat NY

NOTE: On August 2015, NYSERDA increased the incentive levels for technologies offered under the Renewable Heat NY program. In general, new incentives fund up to 45% of the total project cost, which is a significant increase from previous incentive cap of 25% of the total cost for most projects. See the summary below for changes in the program. 

Renewable Heat NY program offers rebates to install high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating system for residential and commercial customers in New York. The program is administered by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is funded through the Regional Greenhouse

Residential Solar Tax Credit

Enacted in August 1997, this personal income tax credit originally applied to expenditures on solar-electric (PV) equipment used on residential property. The credit, equal to 25% percent of the cost of equipment and installation, was expanded in August 2005 to include solar-thermal equipment. The solar-thermal provisions apply to taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2006. The credit is capped at $3,750 for solar-energy systems placed in service before September 1, 2006, and capped at $5,000 for solar-energy systems placed in service on or after September 1, 2006.

In August 2012 the credit was amended yet again (A.B. 34)

Residential Wood Heating Fuel Exemption

New York exempts retail sales of wood used for residential heating purposes from the state sales tax. The law also permits local governments (municipalities and counties) to grant an exemption from local sales taxes. If a city with a population of 1 million or more chooses to grant the local exemption, it must enact a specific resolution that appears in the state law. Local sales tax rates in New York range from 1.5% to more than 4% in addition to the general state sales tax rate of 4%. For buildings with both residential and non-residential units where more than 25%

RG&E (Gas) - Residential Efficiency Program

RG&E is offering residential natural gas customers rebates for installing energy efficient equipment. Customers can complete one rebate application for multiple pieces of equipment as long as they are not the same type of equipment. Most products must be installed using a licensed contractor or a contractor that can supply either a Federal ID number, a Certificate of Insurance or a Business Certificate. Customers can refer to the ENERGY STAR Web site for tips on how to find the right contractor.

An online rebate reservation system is used to ensure program funds are not overextended. All new rebate requests must

Solar Easements & Local Option Solar Rights Laws

New York's real property laws allow for the creation of solar easements. Like those in many other states, these are voluntary contracts which must be entered into in order to ensure uninterrupted solar access for solar energy devices. Solar easement agreements are required at a minimum to contain information describing the easement location and orientation to real property subject to the easement, provisions for termination, and provisions for compensation in the event that interference occurs.

The New York General City, Town, and Village codes also allow local zoning districts to make regulations regarding solar access that provide for "the accommodation

Solar Sales Tax Exemption

New York enacted legislation in July 2005 exempting the sale and installation of residential solar-energy systems from the state's sales and compensating use taxes. The exemption was extended to non-residential solar systems in August 2012 (S.B. 3203), effective beginning January 1, 2013. In 2015 the exemption was extended to solar systems that are owned by third party owners, who provide solar electricity to residential and commercial users. Both solar lease payments and the receipts of the sale of electricity by such systems are exempt from state sales and use tax.  

For both residential and non-residential systems, the exemption applies

Solar Thermal Incentive Program

NOTE: The incentive amounts for the program was updated effective July 17, 2015. Applications are being received until December 15, 2015 or, until the funds are exhausted. 

Eligibility

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers incentives for the installation of solar water heating systems for residential, commercial, agricultural, governmental, and not-for-profit institutional customers of the state's major investor-owned utilities. The program is part of the Customer-Sited Tier (CST) of the state renewable portfolio standard (RPS).  The program is open to customers of investor owned utilities including: Central Hudson Gas & Electric, National Grid, Orange and

System Benefits Charge

New York's system benefits charge (SBC), established in 1996 by the New York Public Service Commission (PSC), supports energy efficiency, education and outreach, research and development, and low-income energy assistance. To support the SBC program, the state's six investor-owned electric utilities collect funds from customers through a surcharge on customers' bills. The SBC program is administered by NYSERDA and funds numerous programs to improve the state's transmission and distribution infrastructure. The program goals include improving system-wide reliability and increasing peak-electricity reductions through end-user efficiency actions; improving energy efficiency and access to energy options for under-served customers; reducing the environmental impacts

Town of Babylon - Long Island Green Homes Program

The Long Island Green Homes Program is a self-financing residential retrofit program designed to support a goal of upgrading the energy efficiency of existing homes in the Town of Babylon. The program is a "benefit assessment" program, which allows the town to make a specific improvement that serves a public purpose on a parcel of property, and assess the cost of the benefit against the property. The main benefit of the program is that it allows homeowners to avoid the potentially large up-front costs associated with making energy efficiency improvements, and instead allowing them to pay for their cost over