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Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program

Date Last Updated2/13/2013
Incentive TypeRebate
State/FederalNY
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeNew York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Incentive Initiation Date2/1/2013
Incentive Expiration Date12/1/2015
Incentive Size and Funding SourceThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers incentives for electric and natural gas efficiency improvements to farms and farm producers. Incentives are based on the cost of making improvements identified in an energy audit. 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. 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.
Eligible RecipientFarms and farm producers are eligible. 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.
Eligible FuelDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
Other Selected Eligibility CriteriaIn order to qualify for incentives, a project must have a simple payback from 6 months to 18 years. It will only support improvements related to farm operations; energy efficiency measures in on-farm residences are not eligible for incentives. 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.
Application Form(s)Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program Application (PDF) (2 pp, 232K)
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