NYSERDA (the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority which, among other things, administers the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS) issues approximately $1.5 million per year in incentives to encourage the development of a network of Eligible Installers who will install end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use.
The incentives, of up to $150,000 per site, will be paid to Eligible Installers who install approved new grid-connected wind generation systems using Qualified equipment; eligibility requirements are described below.
Incentives are intended to benefit both the installer for business development, and the wind generation system owner, where generated power offsets the customer’s utility power purchases. The Eligible Installer must pass through incentives directly to their customers. Incentive levels depend on wind generator size, tower height, and customer type and are posted on www.PowerNaturally.org.
Information about the program is available in Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 1098, which was released in 2007. Applications accepted through December 31, 2009 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
The PON predated legislative changes in 2008 that expanded New York’s net metering regime and which encourage more wind on the grid.