New Jersey SmartStart Buildings - Direct Install Program (New Jersey)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||New Jersey SmartStart Buildings - Direct Install Program|
|Incentive Type||State Rebate Program|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit|
|Eligible Technologies||Boilers, Central Air conditioners, Custom/Others pending approval, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Furnaces, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motor VFDs, Motors, Programmable Thermostats, Refrigerators, Packaged HVAC Equipment; Pipe Insulation; Low-Flow Devices|
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Eligible System Size||None specified; with some exceptions participants must have a peak demand of 150 kW or less over the preceding 12 months.|
|Equipment Requirements||Must exceed baseline efficiency; all improvements are conditional upon results of energy assessment|
|Funding Source||New Jersey Societal Benefits Charge (public benefits fund); ARRA|
|Installation Requirements||All work must be performed by a participating contractor|
|Maximum Incentive||Lesser of 70% of project costs or $75,000 per project; annual entity cap of $250,000|
|Program Budget||$27 million (new 2012 funding)|
|Program Administrator||New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Office of Clean Energy|
The Direct Install program offers turn-key energy efficiency solutions to qualified industrial and commercial customers that, with some exceptions, have a peak electricity demand of 150 kilowatts (kW) or less over the preceding 12 months. The program managers may make case-by-case exceptions to this general rule for facilities that exceed the 150 kW demand threshold by up to 10%.
In order to qualify for the program, customers must generally receive electric or natural gas service from one of New Jersey's seven regulated electric and natural gas utilities -- Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power and Light, Rockland Electric Company, New Jersey Natural Gas, Elizabethtown Gas, PSE&G, and South Jersey Gas.* However, with the addition of ARRA funding, for a limited time incentives are available to New Jersey oil, propane, cooperative and municipal electric customers that previously were not eligible for the program. In total, the program may provide incentives of up to 70% of the cost of energy efficiency retrofits such as the installation of energy efficient HVAC equipment, lighting, refrigeration equipment, motors, variable frequency drives, and natural gas equipment. Actual improvements are based on the results of an energy assessment. Incentives are capped at $75,000 per project and $250,000 per entity per year.
The program operates through a combination of activities performed by the program manager and a set of participating contractors. Beginning in 2012, the program manager (TRC Energy Services) will perform the initial energy assessment to identify equipment to be replaced. The participating contractors are responsible for performing the actual equipment replacement and reporting to the program manager. The program website contains a list of participating contractors organized by the local area which they serve. After the completion of the project and approval from the program manager, the program manager will provide incentives directly to the contractor for up to 70% of the cost of the retrofit, whereupon the contractor will invoice the customer for the remaining balance. Customers must agree to allow the program manager to access the project site to perform pre- or post-award inspections.
*In cases where a customer receives only one energy service -- electricity or natural gas -- from a participating utility, only measures associated with the qualifying energy purchase (e.g., gas equipment if only natural gas is purchased from a participating utility) are eligible for incentives.
|Contact Name||New Jersey Clean Energy Program - Direct Install|
|Department||c/o TRC Energy Services|
|Address||900 Route 9 Noth, Suite 104|
|Place||Woodbridge, New Jersey|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.