NYSERDA launches $3.3 million for adoption of energy-saving technology

September 23, 2013 - Green Buildings

Francis Murray, Jr., NYSERDA

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is making $3.3 million available for projects at commercial and institutional buildings to accelerate the adoption and utilization of commercially available energy-saving and load management technologies and strategies.
This funding opportunity, part of NYSERDA's Emerging Technologies and Accelerated Commercialization (ETAC) program, is designed to increase adoption of existing energy-saving technologies that have not yet received market acceptance. Through support for demonstration projects, performance measurement and verification (M&V) services, and a broad outreach campaign, ETAC showcases the benefits of energy saving technologies and helps accelerate them through the market development and adoption cycles.
Energy use in buildings accounts for nearly two-thirds of NYS' total energy consumption, and 50% of the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing energy efficiency in buildings not only saves money for building owners, but can also deliver system efficiency that will generate broader cost-savings to ratepayers.
In addition to funding for commercial and institutional projects, NYSERDA will launch similar ETAC funding opportunities for the one-to-four-family residential sector and larger multifamily buildings this fall. A separate, ongoing NYSERDA demonstration program for industrial processes is also available.
"ETAC takes an innovative approach to driving market development of energy-efficient technologies in support of governor Cuomo's aggressive energy savings goals for the state," said Francis Murray, Jr., president and CEO, NYSERDA. "Many viable energy-efficient products have been on the market but are underutilized. ETAC will help address barriers to increased market adoption, prove that these products can perform and provide cost savings to businesses."
ETAC promotes the pioneering work of energy efficiency services providers who can leverage relationships with long-term customers to deliver everything from small and medium-scale energy efficiency improvements to large, comprehensive and sustainable net-zero energy and deep-energy savings projects. Collaboration among industry leaders will build exposure and credibility for the most promising technologies, accelerating market awareness and encouraging investment. A few of the eligible technologies include load management-enabling technologies, solid-state lighting with controls, advanced heating and cooling technologies such as rooftop unit controllers, and deep energy savings approaches.
NYSERDA is providing funding in two categories:
* Energy Performance Validation: Open to a broad range of technologies, NYSERDA provides full cost of performance M&V studies for technologies that do not have previous third-party/independently validated performance or energy savings data.
Focused Demonstrations: For technologies falling into select focused technology categories and approaches that already have independently validated performance and energy savings data from previous projects, plus up to 60% of installation and/or implementation costs for the demonstration project, capped at a maximum of $150,000 per project.
* NYSERDA-funded M&V studies aim to both incorporate and look beyond previous energy performance validations, with the goal to assess the performance of the technology, and communicate the performance to the marketplace, to remove key market barriers.
Applicants may include, but are not limited to, developers, manufacturers or vendors of new technologies or approaches, building owners, trade or professional organizations and utilities. NYSERDA encourages teams to apply. This program is funded through NYSERDA's Technology and Market Development (T&MD) portfolio of programs, and is included under NYSERDA's $75 million Advanced Building Technologies initiative.
To apply for funding, please visit http://nyserda.ny.gov/etac-ci. Please email etac-ci@nyserda.ny.gov with any comments or questions.


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