The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recently announced the "Buy Green, Save Green Rebates for New York State Local Governments" program, which is making $1.1 million available to encourage small municipal governments to replace inefficient appliances and equipment with energy-efficient models.
The rebates will pay 75 percent of the purchase price of eligible products, which include ENERGY STAR refrigerators, dehumidifiers, commercial dishwashers, room air conditioners, imaging equipment (including copiers and fax machines; digital duplicators; printers, scanners and all-in-one devices; and mailing machines), as well as compact fluorescent light bulbs and light emitting diode light bulbs in quantities of 10 or more. Advanced power strips in quantities of two or more will also be eligible for the rebate. Since there is no ENERGY STAR designation for power strips, a list of eligible power strips is posted on nysappliancerebates.com.
"This program will assist municipalities across New York state to invest in energy efficiency measures that will help reduce their operational costs through lower energy bills," said Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO, NYSERDA. "Gov. Cuomo's commitment to energy efficiency programs is just one reason New York is a nationally recognized leader in its energy efficiency efforts."
The $1.1 million includes funding from a U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant award received by New York State to stimulate energy efficiency in small municipalities and a DOE State Energy Program award, which provides financial and technical assistance to states through formula and competitive grants.
The rebate program is for local governments that meet all three of the following eligibility requirements:
They are New York State small municipal governments that were included in the 2007 Census of Governments as currently incorporated municipalities.
They have a governance structure that includes an elected official and a governing body.
They have not received a direct EECBG allocation of Department of Energy formula grant.
Eligible municipalities are listed on nysappliancerebates.com along with municipalities that are ineligible for this program due to receiving a direct EECBG allocation already. Details about the program and information on eligible products can also be found on nysappliancerebates.com.
Sewer districts, school districts, fire districts and other sub-components of eligible villages, towns, cities and counties are not eligible under DOE's criteria.
The purchase price for an individual piece of equipment cannot exceed $4,999, and each eligible municipality can receive up to $20,000 total in rebates.
Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for completed applications, which will be available on nysappliancerebates.com or by calling 1-877-NYSMART or 1-877-697-6278.
Appliances and equipment may be purchased at any location. NYSERDA works with more than 1,000 retail partners to help promote the sale of ENERGY STAR products.