August 09, 2011


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers a variety of incentives to support the construction of new ENERGY STAR Homes.  Incentives are available for newly constructed residential dwellings of 3 stories or less that are located with the service territory of an electric or natural gas utility that collects the System Benefits Charge (SBC) or the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) surcharge. The utility service territories which currently meet this requirement are as follows: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, National Fuel Gas, National Grid, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation.

Incentives are available for home builders, home energy rating providers, and homeowners/building owners (for affordable housing). Home builders may receive a variety of incentives for constructing new ENERGY STAR Homes, display homes, and model homes; utilizing the services of "quality installers" (i.e., BPI accredited technicians and firms) for the installation of building envelope, insulation, air sealing, heating systems and cooling systems; cooperative advertising; and event organizing. Projects located in the "downstate" region are eligible for an enhanced incentive. The downstate region is comprised of the five New York City counties, Westchester county and certain locations on Long Island. Home energy rating providers are eligible for an incentive of $75 per dwelling unit for the provision of various services. Homeowners and building owners are eligible for an affordable housing incentive of up to $500 per dwelling unit where the occupant or expected occupants meet affordable housing income eligibility criteria.

The program budget is set at roughly $14.5 million through the end of 2011. Please see the Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2039 for more detailed information on program opportunities and requirements.


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: New York
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.nyserda.org/Funding/2309pon.asp
Administrator: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Start Date: 07/01/2011
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Incentive Amount: General Builder Home Incentive (BHI): $1,250 (upstate); $1,500 (downstate)
Model Home: $3,000
Display Home: $2,500
First Plan Review/Rating: $200 - $500
Quality Installer (envelope, insulation, air sealing): $250
Quality Installer (primary heating): $250
Quality Installer (primary cooling): $250
Owner Incentive (affordable housing): $500 per unit
HERS Provider Incentive: $75 per unit
Cooperative Advertising Incentive: 50% of expenditures
Event Organizer Cooperative Advertising Incentive: lesser of 25% of cost or $1,000 per dwelling unit participant
Maximum Incentive: Cooperative Advertising Incentive: $50,000 (1-60 homes); $100,000 (61+ homes)
Other Incentives: determined by standardized incentive schedule
Eligible System Size: Buildings must generally be 3 stories or less (some case-by-case exceptions may apply)
Equipment Requirements: Homes must be EPA ENERGY STAR Home compliant (2.0/2.5 depending on date of building permit)
Installation Requirements: Work must be performed by a New York ENERGY STAR Home Program Partner


Name: Patrick Fitzgerald
Organization: New York State Energy Research and Developmen
Address: 17 Columbia Circle
Albany NY 12203-6399
Phone: (518) 862-1090
Email: pgf@nyserda.ny.gov

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.