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NYSERDA’s P-12 Schools Initiative

Wednesday, July 22, 2020  

Would you like to get a better handle on your school district’s energy usage, save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a healthier learning environment for the students you serve? If so, check out NYSERDA’s P-12 Schools Initiative offerings, including the P-12 Benchmarking Program and the Green and Clean Energy Solutions Program. 

The P-12 Benchmarking Program is available to provide up to three years of free energy benchmarking services to your school. Benchmarking is a process of measuring, tracking, and analyzing a building’s utility costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy usage over time or relative to other similar buildings. Participating schools will receive free benchmarking assistance from a NYSERDA consultant who will track your buildings’ energy performance and provide your school with benchmarking reports every six months. The Benchmarking Reports will outline trends in energy use, water use and greenhouse gas emissions to demonstrate how your building performs over time. In addition, your school may also receive a free site-specific report which will show where operational, maintenance and energy management modifications can result in energy savings.

Participation in the P-12 Benchmarking Program will help you to:

  • Identify energy inefficiencies
  • Maximize energy performance
  • Support financial planning and budgeting efforts
  • Inform energy conservation policy and program development
  • Increase stakeholder awareness about energy consumption impacts
  • Gain recognition for environmental efforts

The Green and Clean Energy Solutions Program provides funding to reduce school energy use and assist in the transition to cleaner heating and cooling technologies. Schools are eligible for up to $250,000 for energy studies to reduce energy use as well as up to an additional $250,000 to support the design of clean heating and cooling systems or net zero designs. Schools are also eligible for direct incentives for projects that reduce energy use through eligible mechanical, equipment, and building envelope efficiency efforts. If a school participates in the GCES Program, they can receive a free clean heating and cooling screening, which evaluates the investment in clean heating and cooling technologies, including ground source heat pumps (GSHP), air source heat pumps (ASHP) and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems.

To be eligible to participate in both programs, schools must be located in New York State and pay into the Systems Benefits Charge on their electric utility bill.

Visit or e-mail to learn more about the P-12 Schools Initiative Programs. And please tell them your New York State School Facilities Association sent you!