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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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New Jersey SmartStart Buildings - Direct Install Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/28/2013
Program Overview:
State: New Jersey
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces , Boilers, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motors, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Packaged HVAC Equipment; LED Lighting; Pipe Insulation; Low-Flow Devices
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government
Amount:Varies
Maximum Incentive:Lesser of 70% of project costs or $75,000 per project; annual entity cap of $250,000
Eligible System Size:None specified; participants generally must have a peak demand of 150 kW or less over the preceding 12 months.
Equipment Requirements:Must exceed baseline efficiency; all improvements are conditional upon results of energy assessment
Installation Requirements:All work must be performed by a participating contractor
Funding Source:New Jersey Societal Benefits Charge (public benefits fund); ARRA
Program Budget:$27 million (new 2012 funding)
Web Site: http://www.njcleanenergy.com/commercial-industrial/programs/direc...
Summary:

The Direct Install program offers turn-key energy efficiency solutions to qualified industrial and commercial customers that, with some exceptions, have a peak electricity demand of 150 kilowatts (kW) or less over the preceding 12 months. The program managers may make case-by-case exceptions to this general rule for facilities that exceed the 150 kW demand threshold by up to 10%.

In order to qualify for the program, customers must generally receive electric or natural gas service from one of New Jersey's seven regulated electric and natural gas utilities -- Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power & Light, Rockland Electric Company, New Jersey Natural Gas, Elizabethtown Gas, PSE&G, and South Jersey Gas.* However, with the addition of ARRA funding, for a limited time incentives are available to New Jersey oil, propane, cooperative and municipal electric customers that previously were not eligible for the program. In total, the program may provide incentives of up to 70% of the cost of energy efficiency retrofits such as the installation of energy efficient HVAC equipment, lighting, refrigeration equipment, motors, variable frequency drives, and natural gas equipment. Actual improvements are based on the results of an energy assessment. Incentives are capped at $75,000 per project and $250,000 per entity per year.

The program operates through a combination of activities performed by the program manager and a set of participating contractors. Beginning in 2012, the program manager (TRC Energy Services) will perform the initial energy assessment to identify equipment to be replaced. The participating contractors are responsible for performing the actual equipment replacement and reporting to the program manager. The program web site contains a list of participating contractors organized by the local area which they serve. After the completion of the project and approval from the program manager, the program manager will provide incentives directly to the contractor for up to 70% of the cost of the retrofit, whereupon the contractor will invoice the customer for the remaining balance. Customers must agree to allow the program manager to access the project site to perform pre- or post-award inspections.

*In cases where a customer receives only one energy service -- electricity or natural gas -- from a participating utility, only measures associated with the qualifying energy purchase (e.g., gas equipment if only natural gas is purchased from a participating utility) are eligible for incentives.


 
Contact:
  New Jersey Clean Energy Program - Direct Install
c/o TRC Energy Services
900 Route 9 Noth, Suite 104
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone: (866) 657-6278
E-Mail: DirectInstall@trcsolutions.com
Web Site: http://www.njcleanenergy.com/
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