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Better Buildings By Design

A 'Better Building' will:

  • Enhance your building's image
  • Require less long-term maintenance and repairs
  • Provide greater tenant comfort and public safety
  • Increase energy efficiency & rental values
  • Increase resale value

Information regarding COVID-19

At RO, our thoughts are with those whose families and friends have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus. In response to COVID-19, we are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our employees and clients.  All employees are currently working from home and we are utilizing video and audio conferencing in order to stay connected.  We are doing our part to flatten the curve.

While we are utilizing technology and distance to create a safe working environment, RO is fully operational and able to respond to our clients’ needs. We are here to help in any way we can.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and remember we will get through this together.

CHP Program Update

The CHP program has undergone extensive changes since it was released and it may be more appealing than ever to multi-family building owners.

What is a CHP System?

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems provide electric power, heating and cooling from a single fuel source located in the building. It is also called cogeneration.

Typical power generation systems create heat as a byproduct and release it into the air as waste. A  CHP systems captures this heat and uses it to heat water and for heating and cooling. The recycling of heat makes this a very efficient system that saves energy and money. 

CHP systems can also produce electricity and heat during a grid outage, a popular feature that appeals to many building owners and tenants. 

 What has changed with the program?

There have been many changes to the program but a few that directly affect multi-family building owners are:

  • - Systems smaller than 50kW are now eligible
  • - Systems larger than 1.3MW are eligible but after 12/31/16 those large than 3 MW will not be  
  • - CHP systems fueled by propane, compressed natural gas and pipeline natural gas are all eligible
  • - An incentive calculator in now available to help estimate the amount of the incentive

What are the next steps?

Applications for installation projects 3MW and smaller will be accepted until December 31, 2018 and projects over 3MW until December 30, 2016 or until funds run out. RO can help you with the application process, choose the correct equipment to maximize your benefit and estimate the amount of incentive available.

Additional information about the program can be found on the NYSERDA website. Contact RO today and see if a CHP System is right for your building.

NYSERDA Increases Incentives

New credits are available for energy efficient buildings

A joint initiative between Con Edison and NYSERDA is underway to improve energy efficiency. Building owners and managers, as well as third party developers acting on behalf of the building owner/manager, will be eligible for financial incentives based on their demand reduction for energy efficiency and demand management projects. Buildings that meet all the criteria, and which are also eligible for incentives through an already existing Con Edison or NYSERDA program, will receive a combination of both incentives.  

Projects must be completed prior to June 1, 2016

Project Current Incentive/kW EDMP Incentive/kW Total Benefit/kW
Thermal Storage  $600 $2,000 $2,600
Battery Storage $600 $1,500 $2,100
Chiller/HVAC/BMS/ Controls $0.16/kWh $1,250 $0.16/kWh + $1,250/kW
Lighting/LED $0.16/kWh $800 $0.16/kWh+ $800/kW
DR Enablement $200 $600 $800
Fuel Switching Steam AC Program   $500 - $1,000
CHP Incentives have not changed   See PON 2701 or PON 2568

Act early. The first to install will be the first to be paid. Our engineers can evaluate your building(s) for eligibility and work with you from the initial application process through completion of the project.

Large projects get greater incentives

Load Reduction Additional Incentives
Projects over 500kW Additional 10% of base incentive
Projects over 1MW Additional 15% of base incentive


The future closure of Indian Point Energy Center may cause energy shortages and increase the potential for brown outs. You must act.