2030 Districts Marketplace
The 2030 Districts Marketplace web platform is a fast, easy-to-use tool that enables everyone from schools and universities to high-rise office managers to easily purchase large quantities of green, ENERGY STAR. and WaterSense qualified products.
Clean Cities Coalition
Find tools and other resources focused on reducing transportation emissions through the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Coalition website. The local chapter also provides information on financial opportunities and past projects.
Energize NY Finance Program
The City of Ithaca, together with Tompkins County, recently launched the Energize NY Finance program, which is designed to help commercial and non-profit building owners reduce their operating costs and increase the value of their buildings through clean energy improvements.
Energize NY provides building owners with critical support, tools and low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects that cut energy consumption, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Efficiency Financing Guides
Need a basic introduction to energy efficiency financing? Here are a couple of good places to start.
EPA Water Conservation Program
WaterSense is a voluntary water conservation and efficiency program which seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products and services. Rebates available.
GreenWizard Energy Reduction Calculator
GreenWizard's Energy Reduction Calculator helps gauge energy usage against 2030 targets. This tool has been updated since its launch in 2013 as a partner project with Architecture 2030 and is offered for free.
Ithaca 2030 District Baseline Report
This report outlines the energy, water, and transportation use and emissions baselines for the Ithaca 2030 District.
NYSERDA Programs for Commercial Energy Efficiency
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is the state's administrator of funding for energy efficiency and load management programs. These programs are paid for through a system benefits charge (SBC) on the electricity transmitted and distributed by six of the state's investor-owned utilities – Con Edison, Orange and Rockland Utilities, National Grid (formerly Niagara Mohawk), New York State Electric and Gas, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, and Rochester Gas and Electric. Customers of those utilities may apply for the NYSERDA programs. Customers of the Long Island Power Authority and New York Power Authority should refer to the section below on utility energy efficiency programs.
There are a number of NYSERDA’s energy efficiency programs that are aimed at commercial property owners:
The Commercial Existing Facilities Program provides both pre-qualified and performance-based incentives. Pre-qualified incentives are tailored for smaller projects. Applicants can receive per-unit incentives up to $60,000 ($30,000 for electric and $30,000 for gas) for a variety of pre-qualified energy conservation measures such as lighting, HVAC, motors, furnaces, boilers, and interval meters. Performance-based incentives are available for more involved projects that produce verifiable electricity or gas savings. Incentives for electric efficiency are $0.12 per kWh of first-year savings in upstate locations, and $0.16 per kWh downstate. Gas incentives are $15/MMBtu upstate and $20/MMBtu downstate. There are also incentives for investments in energy storage, demand response, industrial and process efficiency, and monitoring-based commissioning.
The Commercial New Construction Program provides technical assistance and design incentives for incorporating energy efficiency in building designs and evaluating potential efficiency opportunities; funding for the incremental cost difference between traditional and efficient equipment; and assistance for commissioning, peak load management, advanced solar, daylighting, and other green building technologies.
Through the FlexTech program, financial support is offered on a cost-shared basis for feasibility studies, technical analysis of specific projects, peak load curtailment plans, data center efficiency analysis, retro-commissioning, and other types of engineering analyses performed by a pre-qualified consultant.
Customers with electric demand of 100 kW or less may be eligible for free energy audits through the Small Commercial Energy Efficiency program.
Small Business Energy Efficiency
Have a small business and interested in energy efficiency? Check out NYSEG's Small Business Energy Efficiency Program. Eligible small businesses will receive free energy assessments, and up to 70% of the cost of recommended equipment upgrades will be covered.
Training and Ongoing support for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
These trainings typically cover a basic understanding of the tool and do not cover every scenario members may encounter. The Ithaca 2030 District will be providing more hands-on assistance. Stay tuned for details.