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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/01/2013
Program Overview:
State: New York
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Dishwasher, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Heat recovery, Motors, Motor VFDs, Agricultural Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Commercial Cooking Equipment
Applicable Sectors: Agricultural
Amount:General: 75% of project costs
Energy Audits: up to $2,500 (cost share may be required for audit costs exceeding this amount)
Maximum Incentive:$250,000 per farm
Equipment Requirements:Equipment must meet Energy Star minimum efficiency requirements (where applicable)
Installation Requirements:Improvements in farm residences are not eligible for incentives
Funding Source:System Benefits Charge (SBC)
Expiration Date:12/01/2015 (or until funding is exhausted)
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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers incentives for electric and natural gas efficiency improvements made on farms and by farm producers. This includes, but is not limited to: orchards, dairies, greenhouses, vegetable growers, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg operations. The program is only available to customers that pay the System Benefits Charge (SBC) on their natural gas or electricity bills. It will only support improvements related to farm operations; energy efficiency measures in on-farm residences are not eligible for incentives.

The program is based on customized approach where the subject property undergoes an energy audit to identify potential improvements, then receives incentives based on the cost of making improvements identified in the audit. The eligible technologies listed above are only examples of some types of measures that may be supported by the program. Energy audits costing less than $2,500 are provided at no cost, but cost sharing may be required for more complex energy audits that cost more than $2,500. In order to qualify for incentives, a project must have a simple payback from 6 months to 18 years. For qualifying projects, the incentive is set at 75% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of $250,000. A minimum cost share of 25% is required on the part of the applicant, and any other grants or incentives received in connection with the project do not count towards this cost share. The cost of the project is considered to be the total invoice cost, excluding any internal labor costs. The program will not support projects completed prior to an application; projects involving renewable energy installations; fuel switching; or those oriented around power quality or power factor improvements.

The program will accept applications through December 1, 2015 or until funding is exhausted. For further information, interested applicants may visit the program web site or contact the program administrator.

  Jessica Zweig (Technical Contact)
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
Phone: (518) 862-1090 Ext.3346
Phone 2: (866) 697-3732
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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