In growing a business, it is important to manage your costs however large or small. New York State has an abundance of programs to help companies become more energy efficient and save money. You may not see the energy you use, or where it comes from, but you see the costs associated with using that energy. To help manufacturers in New York more efficiently manage their energy consumption we have found the best energy efficiency resources for New York State Manufacturers.
Utility companies in New York State offer incentives that help reduce the cost of retrofitting lighting, heating, cooling, commercial kitchen equipment, motors, and controls, etc. Flexible payment plans can help spread the cost of improvements over a 12-month period and can be paid directly through your utility bill. If you are replacing equipment or if you believe you have a project that will reduce energy usage at your facility, reach out to your utility provider. A custom project could be created if it fits program criteria.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) hosts a plethora of programs to help organizations in New York innovate and commercialize energy efficiency and provide renewable energy programs. It also lists over 20+ different programs to help companies implement intricate energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, while benefiting from the cost savings gained from using these programs. To find the right program for your organization NYSERDA has a directory.
The Center for Economic Growth’s SolarGEN program is a collaborative solar procurement initiative designed to lower the barriers for manufacturers and commercial organizations to add solar electricity generation to their businesses. CEG vets a selection of solar providers based on their certifications, experience, equipment and pricing to find the best fit for your organization. These providers will then place bids for your facilities based on an established criteria and baseline price. SolarGEN makes it easy to turn a non-productive area, like a roof, into a value-adding part of your organization.
CEG is the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center for the Capital Region and designed the SolarGEN program specifically based upon the needs of the Capital Region manufacturing community.
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is a statewide research and technology transfer center funded by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), located at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and partnered with three additional universities. Their goal is to provide full geographic coverage of pollution prevention programs and services to businesses across New York State.
NYSP2I’s areas of technical expertise include the following: improving efficiency and reducing the environmental footprint of a manufacturing process or facilities; independent product technology assessments, validation and effectiveness studies for commercialization acceleration; supply chain sustainability assessments, strategy, and implementation; food waste reduction and landfill diversion; and building re-tuning training for energy reduction opportunities.
The New York Green Business program (NYGB) is run by the New York State Department of Conservation and offers recognition, resources and incentives for organizations in New York State to implement a wide range sustainable business practices into their operations. It’s a win-win for everyone as these organizations cut costs through more efficient energy usage, and New York State becomes a more energy efficient and sustainable business environment. Members receive the benefit of a network of NYBG member organizations to collaborate and spread solutions to what may be common energy efficiency problems among member organizations.
While this list may seem small, the scope of these programs is far reaching and provide real value to manufacturers who want to implement energy efficiency in their organizations as a method of cost control while simultaneously becoming a more environmentally friendly organization.
Your local Manufacturing Extension Partnership center can help you determine which programs and resources would be the best help for the unique manufacturing challenges your organization may face.
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