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Primary Energy Consultants- New Construction

Program Name: Primary Energy Consultants- New Construction
Program Sponsor: NYSERDA
Program Type:          Information Sharing/ Technical Support; Energy Audits/ Consultants
Technology:               Alternative Energy Generation/ Renewables; Energy Efficiency/ Demand Response; Low Embodied Carbon Materials
Fuel:                Fuel Neutral
Eligibility:                        Firms and businesses that deliver energy consulting services in multiple service categories; all owners and developers of commercial new construction projects
Cost:  Varies by project


The former PON 3609 program that provided technical and financial support for commercial new construction projects ended in February 2023. NYSERDA now offers technical support in this sector through its Primary Energy Consultants – New Construction Program. NYSERDA does not offer financial incentives for new construction, change of use, or substantial renovation projects to non-residential and mixed-use buildings that achieve Carbon Neutral Ready performance through this new program. Primary Energy Consultants and the corresponding New Construction Initiatives Support Services Request for Proposal (RFP) 3771 focus exclusively on technical guidance and matching building owners and developers with firms that meet NYSERDA’s minimum requirements to provide support services for projects in NYSERDA’s New Construction initiatives.


Firms interested in becoming approved Primary Energy Consultants through RFP 3771 must demonstrate relevant staff credentials, experience on at least three previous projects providing energy consulting services, and evidence of achieving above-code energy performance on at least one project since 2016. The eligibility criteria vary based on the service category.

NYSERDA is looking for firms and businesses that deliver energy consulting services in multiple service categories, including:

  • Energy modeling and analysis
  • Building commissioning
  • Advanced clean energy building facilitation
  • Third-party quality assurance, and
  • Smart-building service

All owners and developers of commercial new construction projects are eligible to sign up with an approved Primary Energy Consultant using NYSERDA’s filtering tool.

How the Program Works

Once approved, consultants will enter into a standard two-year agreement with NYSERDA to deliver energy consulting services to building owners, developers, and leaseholders, with the possibility of renewal. Benefits for approved Primary Energy Consultants include:

  • Access to New Construction initiatives cost-share funding, as available.
  • Technical guidance documents, case studies, and other materials to improve on the services you offer.
  • Promotional materials to help get the word out on the benefits of hiring an energy consultant.
  • Being searchable by project owners looking to take advantage of NYSERDA programs on

All commercial building owners and developers may select a Primary Energy Consultant using the list maintained by NYSERDA (searchable by County, Specialty, and Credentials). The Primary Energy Consultant may also help developers identify current NYSERDA funding opportunities and other New Construction Program resources that their projects qualify for.

How to Apply

To become a Primary Energy Consultants through RFP 3771, interested firms can submit an online application through the NYSERDA portal. The application requires a company profile, evidence of licenses and certifications, work samples from previous projects, and a rate schedule. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection within four weeks after a complete application is received.

Contact Information

Get in touch at or call (800) 284-9069.

For inquiries related to RFP 3771, applicants can contact Gwen McLaughlin at (212) 971-5342, ext. 3099 or by email at, or Pat Fitzgerald at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3385 or by email at for technical questions. Contractual inquiries can be directed to Venice Forbes at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3507 or