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New York State Affordable Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program

Affordable multifamily buildings with five or more residential units may qualify for energy efficiency incentives up to $2,000 per dwelling unit.

We’re offering incentives for the installation of energy efficient equipment and technology so you can reduce overall energy use and maintenance costs while increasing operating efficiencies and improving tenant comfort. Efficient buildings also release fewer carbon emissions, providing a big boost toward New York State’s ambitious climate goals.

This program is a combined effort of the Joint Utilities of New York—a coalition of utilities operating across the state, including Con Edison, Orange & Rockland, Central Hudson, National Grid, National Fuel Gas, and NYSEG/RG&E—and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Con Edison supports enrollments from customers in New York City and Westchester County, including those with Con Edison electric service and National Grid gas service.

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Who can participate?

Participation is limited to property owners or managers of existing affordable multifamily buildings with five or more residential units. Affordable multifamily housing is defined as buildings that have regulatory agreements with a housing agency or in which at least 25% of the units are, or are expected to be, occupied by households earning not more than 80% of Area Median Income or State Median Income, whichever is greater.

Supporting documentation, such as regulatory agreements or mortgages from housing agencies, must be provided. View a full list of accepted documentation. 

 

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Program Pathways and Incentives

Your pathway will be determined based on your project’s point score. Projects with 100 points or more are eligible for the Comprehensive Pathway, while projects under 100 points are eligible for the Non-Comprehensive Pathway. Not sure yet about your project’s scope or how many points your project might bring? Fill out an interest form.

For detailed information, refer to our Program Manual (PDF).

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Comprehensive Pathway Point Allocation Per Measure

40 Points

30 Points

20 Points

10 Points

5 Points

  • Window replacement
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  • Insulation (roof)
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  • Insulation (wall)
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  • Boiler replacement
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  • Domestic hot water heater replacements

  • Energy management system (EMS)
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  • Hot water and steam pipe insulation
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  • Central cooling
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  • Elevators
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  • Ventilation such as energy recovery ventilators

  • Air sealing
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  • Orifice plates
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  • Steam traps
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  • Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)
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  • HVAC electric controls (BMS, thermostats)
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  • Motors and drives

  • Boiler clean & tune
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  • Common area lighting
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  • In-unit direct install measures such as faucet aerators, showerheads, LEDs
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  • Appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washer/dryers, dishwashers)
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Please review the incentive fact sheet for a full list of eligible measures and point values.

Comprehensive Pathway: 100 Points

Featuring greater incentives allowing for more dramatically improved energy efficiency, the Comprehensive Pathway is for more intensive retrofit projects across multiple building systems, such as heating and cooling, insulation, and lighting.

Any project that accumulates 100 or more total points qualifies for Comprehensive Pathway incentives. Incentives are provided on a dollar-per-dwelling-unit basis with two tiers of incentives based on the project’s total points:

  • Tier 1 (100–149 Points): $1,500 per dwelling unit
  • Tier 2 (150+ Points): $2,000 per dwelling unit

To qualify for Comprehensive projects, you must complete an energy audit with an approved Energy Provider before work on the project begins.* Your Energy Provider can help you identify energy efficiency opportunities and determine the initial scope of work.

The program covers up to 75% of the costs associated with these audits by providing:

  • A 50% cost share when the audit is completed
  • An additional 25% when the building proceeds with a comprehensive energy retrofit

Find a list of eligible Energy Providers:

To apply for the Comprehensive Pathway, please submit an application.

Willdan Energy Solutions, our authorized implementation contactor, will guide you through the process, step by step. View the full project roadmap.

Non-Comprehensive Pathway: <100 Points

If you’re interested in completing smaller projects that do not reach 100 points, your incentives will be determined by the equipment installed and/or energy savings. Energy audits are not required for these projects and there is no minimum points threshold per project.

We can help you get started.

Please review the incentive fact sheet to learn more about eligible measures, requirements, and incentive amounts.

To apply for the Non-Comprehensive Pathway, please submit an application and select a participating contractor to install your upgrades.**

Your contractor will guide you through the process, step by step. View the full project roadmap.

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*If your building has recently gone through an energy audit, you may be exempt from this requirement. Examples of eligible audits include ASHRAE Level II or an Integrated Physical Needs Assessment (IPNA).

 

** You can also select contractors that are not part of our participating contractor network.