Exciting progress has been made regarding development of the Express Contract Pilot. Based on participant feedback, the following enhancements have been made:
- Support was added for all eligible fuel switches.
- Combined loan projects are now supported.
- Incentive screening has been updated to use the AHP award amount and/or loan interest rate approved by EFS.
- Loan and subsidy projects are no longer automatically rejected by EFS and do not require resubmission after approval.
- New projects with no EFS reference number entered during the Utility and Incentive Information stage will be approved as Market Rate, eligible for the 10% contractor incentive.
- The savings data checks have been refined with the intent of flagging fewer jobs for manual review, while maintaining the Program’s ability to catch outliers which may be the result of user input errors. Some changes include:
- Several redundant or unnecessary data checks were removed.
- Some error messages have been updated to provide clearer guidance.
- Easily identifiable errors will now present instant feedback to the contractor, rather than sending the project to Manual Review. For example, contractors may notice new error messages if any existing equipment is modeled below the minimum BPI 2400 input constraints.
- We are continuing to work with software vendors to ensure they are compliant with the NYSERDA data set requirements.
As a reminder, Express Contract has some significant advantages over the Eligibility Screening Tool in the Contract workflow.
- Express Contract is fully compatible with HPXML files, whereas EST has several known bugs and limitations which require manual workarounds.
- Fewer user inputs are needed in order to screen the measure eligibility. For example, the proposed insulation details are automatically pulled from the HPXML file and checked against the Program Insulation Rules.
- Contractors can receive instant feedback and automated workscope approvals.
- It’s possible to go from project creation to workscope approval within a few minutes.
- Express Contract pulls real time pre-approval data from EFS’ system, which does not require manual verification.
NYSERDA would like to encourage the pilot participants to submit projects through the new workflow in order to test the recent improvements to the user experience. The Express Contract User Guide has been updated to reflect the recent improvements.
Announcements will be made when Express Contract is released for use by the full contractor base.
The Express Contract Pilot Webinar can be found here.