Energy Smart Commercial Lighting Program Incentives

March 18, 2013


Note: The expiration date for this program listed in Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 1059 has now passed. This summary has been retained for informational purposes only and will be updated as further information becomes available.

Under the New York Energy $mart Program, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers incentives for energy-efficient lighting projects implemented by participants in NYSERDA's Commercial Lighting Program.* As of August 2011, through December 30, 2011 a total of $300,000 is available on a first-come, first-served basis for projects designed to improve energy-efficient lighting in commercial facilities. Contractors, distributors, designers, architects, engineers, energy services companies (ESCOs), interior designers, manufacturing representatives, and other lighting decision makers are eligible to apply. The program does not offer incentives directly to end-use customers. The incentive amount varies by project size and type. See the program web site for details.

To receive incentives under this program, the applicant must be approved as a "Business Partner" by NYSERDA. In addition, the applicant must target customers located in the following electric utility service territories: Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Con Edison, New York State Electric & Gas, National Grid, Orange & Rockland Utilities, or Rochester Gas and Electric. Projects must be implemented in a building that contributes to the state's System Benefits Charge (SBC) through one of these utilities. Business Partner Participation Agreements executed on or after January 1, 2009 are effective until December 30, 2011, at which time they will expire.

*For more information on how to participate in NYSERDA'S Commercial Lighting Program, contact ICF International, NYSERDA’s program administrator, at 1-866-698-8177.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: New York
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Start Date: 01/01/2009 (earliest date for Participation Agreements)
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Other EE
Incentive Amount: Varies by project size and type
Maximum Incentive: $75,000 per "Business Partner"


Name: Program Information - NY Energy $mart Commercial Lighting Program
Address: c/o ICF International
Albany NY 12205
Phone: (866) 698-8177

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.