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NYSERDA Announces $10 million for Installation of Air Source Heat Pumps

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the availability of $10 million for the installation of program-qualified air-source heat pump systems (ASHPs) in homes and businesses across New York State. Part of a larger statewide strategy focused on renewable heating and cooling, this initiative is the first component of an ASHP sales and training program aimed at increasing the availability of these units in the marketplace.

While ASHPs have been used in warmer climates as an efficient cooling system, recent advances in technology have been incorporated into new models allowing them to meet both the heating and cooling needs for customers in colder climates like New York.

Air source heat pumps provide energy bills savings as well as environmental benefits. Increased use of this technology supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

ASHPs collect heat from the exterior air, concentrate it through an outdoor compressor, and distribute it inside through an indoor room unit. Heat pumps require electricity to run, but deliver more energy than they use. In the summer, a heat pump’s operation is reversed to air condition the home by moving heat from indoors to outdoors.

According to the Department of Energy, when properly installed, ASHPs can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electricity it consumes. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling in summer months.

Participating installers are eligible to receive up to $500 per program-qualified ASHP system on a first-come, first served basis, with up to $500,000 per Participating Installer. The program provides flexibility to participating installers to decide how best to use these incentives to help grow the ASHP portion of the business.

While the technology has advanced rapidly, allowing ASHPs to meet the heating and cooling needs of customers here in New York, a limited number of contractors deploy this solution in the market. The ASHP Program will help to expand the pool of current contractors offering these products, while also helping those contractors to sell more ASHPs to meet customer needs.

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2017 Green Buildings Open House

The Ithaca-Area Green Buildings Open House is finally here! On Saturday, September 30th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, we invite you to visit about a dozen homes all over the county that use renewable energy and/or eco-friendly building practices.

Stay tuned for maps, updates, and listings! We'll have all the information in the coming weeks, but rest assured this is gearing up to be one of the best tours we've ever held! With a huge range of homes featuring both the latest and time-honored green building methods, materials and technologies, there's sure to be something to inspire everyone!

Whether you're a homeowner looking for renovation ideas, someone thinking about building a new home, a renter, a builder, architect, or engineer, you'll find inspiration at this year's GBOH.

Updated info will be posted at ccetompkins.org/gbo or call 607-272-2292. Until then, you can learn more about CCETC's green building web pages and explore some of the dozens of homes and businesses that have been featured in past tours by going to our Ithaca-Area Green Buildings page.

WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 10 am - 4 pm

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, September 29, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 am
Tompkins County Public Library
101 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

If you have any issues you would like to bring to the TCCPI monthly meetings, please e-mail us at info@tccpi.org. General meetings are on the last Friday of every month, except for November and December. Because of the holidays, the November-December meeting is on the second Friday of December.


Be sure to visit the website for TCCPI's latest project, the Ithaca 2030 District, an interdisciplinary public-private collaboration working to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district in Downtown Ithaca.