Energy Smart New Construction Program (New York)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place New York

Name Energy Smart New Construction Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Multi-Family Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government, (See Summary for Details on Sector Eligibility)
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 50-75% of incremental costs, depending on type of project

Equipment Requirements Energy efficiency measures must exceed energy code
Start Date 2012-01-04
Expiration Date 2015-12-31 (or until funding is exhausted)
Funding Source System Benefits Charge
Installation Requirements Vary by project type

Maximum Incentive Up to $825,000 for upstate residents, and $1.575 million for Con Edison customers (not including bonus incentives)

Program Budget $91 million (2012 - 2015)

Program Administrator New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

References DSIRE[1]


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) encourages the incorporation of energy efficiency and renewable-energy resources into the design, construction and operation of agricultural, commercial (wholesale/retail), industrial/manufacturing, institutional and multi-family buildings (5 units or more) through the Energy $mart New Construction Program. The definition of eligible applicants includes governmental entities, not-for-profits, health care facilities, K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Substantial renovations of existing buildings are also eligible for incentives under this program. Residents and businesses interested in participating in this program should first contact NYSERDA at (866) 697-3732. NYSERDA can walk potential participants through the process, and help them to better understand the program and how they can benefit from it.

Under Program Opportunity Notice 1601 (PON 1601), $91 million is available to conduct technical assessments of energy-efficiency measures in building designs and to offset up to 75% of the incremental capital costs to purchase and install energy-efficient equipment. Maximum incentive amounts vary by project type and incentive category. Incentive amounts for projects in Consolidated Edison's (ConEd) service territory are generally higher than incentive amounts for projects in other utilities' service territory. The total per project limit is $1.575 million for projects in ConEd's service territory and $825,000 for eligible customers of other utilities. Bonus incentives for certain improvements are not counted towards the project cap.

Funding is available for technical assistance; commissioning services; pre-qualified measures; custom electric efficiency measures; whole-building design; and LEED projects. Incentives are based on the predicted energy performance of the building design and are available on a first-come, first-served basis from January 4, 2012 through December 31, 2015. For details or additional information, see the current program solicitation at the program web site, shown above.

The program is funded by the New York's System Benefits Charge (SBC) and is only available to electricity and natural gas customers that pay this charge.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name E. Stephen Finkle
Department New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Address 17 Columbia Circle
Place Albany, New York
Zip/Postal Code 12203-6399
Phone (518) 862-1090 Ext:3505
Phone 2 (866) 697-3732

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"