Hello Friends of Heat/Cool Smart Brooklyn,
Thank you for your interest and participation in the Heat/Cool Smart Brooklyn (HCSB) Campaign. Since 2020 we have helped convert over 50 homes (1-4 Family) from fossil fuel heating to efficient electric heating and cooling systems, and weatherized a few along the way. We have also engaged many multi-family properties of different sizes, and hundreds of apartments, to plan clean heat conversions. HCSB’s funding from NYSERDA (NY State Energy Research and Development Authority) comes to a close this spring.
In May ’22 Con Edison suspended the Clean Heat Program and halted issuing incentives, pending the program’s restructuring and refunding. Most of the HCSB clean heat projects then under contract were delayed or cancelled, and our campaign has been on hold. Con Edison relaunched the program in mid-January with reduced incentive levels and monthly limits on project awards. Details on incentives for different project types are available under the ‘Con Edison Restart’ menu on our website: https://heybrooklyn.org/
We regret to report that the majority of HCSB’s clean heating and cooling contractors have not expressed interest in immediately returning to the ConEd Clean Heat Program.
HCSB had prepared to launch an Aggregated Retrofit Campaign to secure bulk procurement discounts and streamlined heating/cooling, weatherization and solar retrofits for customers in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the aggregated campaign is not feasible due to the Clean Heat Program delays and the limited time and resources available to us.
HCSB will continue to accept applications, share updated information and be available to assist with your projects through the spring. We will hand off the campaign enrollment contacts to a successor campaign through NYSERDA’s Clean Heating and Cooling Communities program. We expect that ConEd will work through the backlog of projects from the 8-month pause in the program, and NYSERDA will pick up the Brooklyn retrofit campaign later this year.
For any questions or comments, or for information on available retrofit programs for LMI or market rate properties, please contact us at: [email protected]
If you have enrolled in HCSB and have not signed a contract with an installer, we will contact you with opportunities for future retrofits.
If you would like a referral to a clean heat, weatherization or solar contractor, please fill out a form for your property type at https://heybrooklyn.org/.
The Heat/Cool Smart Brooklyn Team