The Agriculture Energy Audit Program offers technical assistance to identify energy efficiency measures for eligible farms and on-farm producers, including but not limited to: dairies, orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. NYSERDA will assign Flexible Technical Assistance (FlexTech) Program Consultants to perform energy audits for eligible farms.
In addition, greenhouse facilities can receive a free benchmarking report through the New York State Greenhouse database and benchmarking tool. The report describes energy-use intensity and benchmarks the facility against an anonymous aggregate of peer facilities.
Who Can Apply
Farms must be customers of a New York State investor-owned electric utility and pay the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Please check your farm’s current utility bills.
How it Works
You can request the level of energy audit that best fits your farm’s needs. NYSERDA will assign a Flexible Technical Assistance Consultant to visit your farm and perform an energy audit at no cost to you.
|Level||Audit Activities||Type of Report that the Farm Receives|
|Comprehensive||Detailed energy audit||Energy audit report with calculated evaluations of appropriate energy efficiency measures including simple payback; meets ANSI/ASABE S612 standards|
|Targeted||Energy audit focused on specific systems, energy efficiency measures, or renewable energy||System-specific energy analysis report|
$3,500,000 is available to fund audits. NYSERDA reserves the right to extend and/or adjust funding for audits should other program funding sources become available.
A grower can request a greenhouse benchmark report. NYSERDA will assign a FlexTech Program Consultant to visit the facility, collect data, and enter it into the State’s greenhouse database and benchmarking tool to generate the report. There will be no cost to the greenhouse facility for this service.
How to Apply
To apply for an energy audit or a greenhouse benchmarking report, download, complete, and submit the Agriculture Energy Audit application . You can submit your application vial email to aeep [at] nyserda.ny.gov or mail your application to:
Attn: Agriculture Energy Audit Program Administrator
17 Columbia Circle Albany, NY 12203-6399
aeep [at] nyserda.ny.gov
greenhousebenchmarking [at] nyserda.ny.gov