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Building Cleaner Communities Competition

Program Name: Building Cleaner Communities Competition
Program Sponsor: NYSERDA
Program Type:          Rebate/Incentives
Technology:               Alternative Energy Generation/ Renewables; Energy Efficiency/ Demand Response
Fuel:                        Electricity; Heat Pumps; Natural Gas; Co Generation; Fuel Neutral
Eligibility:  New and Existing Construction Buildings
Cost: None


NYSERDA’s Building Cleaner Communities Competition– formerly known as the Carbon Neutral Community Economic Development program- supports the design and construction of carbon neutral or net zero energy performance at the facility level, supporting building-specific measures for efficiency, all-electric heating and cooling, renewable energy, storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The program is open to existing and new construction buildings to achieve carbon neutral or net zero energy performance.

Buildings are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, and modernizing our buildings by integrating energy efficiency and electrification measures in existing buildings will help achieve healthier and comfortable buildings and reduce carbon pollution. Through this program, NYSERDA has recognized a total of 60 projects that have been awarded nearly $70 million in incentives since its launch in 2018.


This round of the competition includes funding for commercial, industrial, institutional, municipal, and mixed-use building projects across New York State that are transforming the market. Applicants may apply for incentives toward new construction or existing building renovation that is designed to achieve carbon neutral or net zero energy performance and demonstrates how the approach is replicable and cost effective.

Interested proposers can find more information here.

How the Program Works

Project awards will be up to 60% of eligible costs, or 75% of eligible costs for buildings owned by 501(c)(3) corporations, up to $1.7 million per award. Projects that will incorporate ground source heat pumps for all heating and cooling loads will be eligible for an additional incentive cap up to $2 million. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 31, 2024, at 4:00p.m.

Learn more about BCCC here.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application.

Applications need to present the projects Scope of Work, including a Project Description, Project Performance, Budget, Timeline, and Marketing Plan. For Category B projects, the applicant will need to make a Public Commitment to Carbon Neutrality.

Contact Information

Phone: 518-862-1090
Email: BCCC@nyserda.ny.govinfo