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NY Home Energy Portal Timeline Announcement

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To: Contractors and Stakeholders
Regarding Programs: EmPower New York & Assisted Home Performance
Summary: NY Home Energy Portal Timeline Announcement
Contact: Please contact your Account Manager

In Spring 2023 the Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, EmPower NY, and the Residential Energy Assessment Programs will be migrating from the current project portal (Uplight) to a new portal called the NY Home Energy Portal. The new portal will have many features requested by contractors and should help quicken project approval and closure times.

To efficiently move to the new portal, there are a number of steps needed to migrate project data from the current system to the new system. Below is an estimated timeline of the transition, which is current based on the best information we have available at this time. As some of these factors are outside of NYSERDA’s control, this timeline is subject to change slightly. Please note, this timeline is updated from what was presented at the January 6, 2023, program webinar.

January and February 2023– NYSERDA will be working with the portal contractor to finalize the design and functionality of the portal and continue internal testing.

March through Mid-April– Voluntary testing is available to contractors and appliance vendors while internal NYSERDA testing continues. If you are a contractor or vendor interested in participating in this testing (which will be on sample projects), please email Scott Oliver at scott.oliver@nyserda.ny.gov.

Late April– Submitted customer applications will continue to be approved but will not be assigned out to contractors in Uplight for 1-2 weeks.

April 30– Contractors will have until 5:00 PM to submit documentation for completed projects or assessments in the Uplight portal.

May 5– Payments issued for all completed projects/assessments in the Uplight portal

Week of May 8– NY Home Energy Portal opens. For EmPower and Assisted Home Performance, all projects that were at the workscope submission stage or earlier in Uplight will be available in the new portal. New assignments of customers will begin.

Week of May 15– Payments begin for projects and assessments completed in the NY Home Energy Portal

June 1– Projects that were awaiting final completion in the Uplight portal will be migrated to the NY Home Energy Portal. Contractors can access these projects and continue the submission process, once projects are complete

NYSERDA realizes that this change will disrupt business practices for many contractors. We will developing additional materials to provide you with information about this transition. We encourage everyone to engage with your Account Managers and to attend the monthly program meeting on February 3 to ask questions and get more information.

NYSERDA Single Family Programs Update

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To: Contractors
Regarding Programs: EmPower New York & Assisted Home Performance
Summary: Monthly Contractor Check-in
Contact: hpwes@nyserda.ny.gov

NYSERDA Single Family Programs Update

Friday, March 3, 2023

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET

Event number: 2598 720 9155

Event password: Energy1

All attendees must register prior to joining the event. This process will allow you to add the meeting to your calendar and provides each individual with a custom link to join the meeting. Please do not share your link with anyone. To register, click the link below:

March 3-Single Family Residential Programs Update Webinar Link

All webinars are recorded and links to the recordings are available on the Contractor Support site.

Geographically Eligible Territories

To: EmPower, AHP Contractors, HUBS
Regarding Programs: EmPower New York
Summary: Geographically Eligible Territories
Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to your account manager or contact us at hpwes@nyserda.ny.gov.

In response to questions from stakeholders and participating contractors, NYSERDA is providing clarification on EmPower New York’s Geographically Eligible Territories:

  • Geographic Eligibility can only be used for determining income eligibility for single-family residences.
  • Two- to Four-unit buildings and Multifamily properties with five or more units are not eligible to be income qualified as geographically eligible and will need to provide alternate income documentation to determine program eligibility.

The following language has been added to Section 5.15a of the Program Manual.

Geographically Eligible Territories

As part of the Combined Residential Application, NYSERDA developed an income-eligibility tool to allow for low-income single-family households to qualify for Program incentives based on their location in geographically eligible territories where census data reports that 50% or more of the population of the Census Block Group have a household income that is below 250% of the federal poverty level.

If an applicant’s address is located within a geographically eligible territory, and is a single-family residence, they will be deemed eligible for EmPower and will not have to provide documentation of household income. An eligible single-family household can be owner occupied or occupied by a renter. Two- to Four-unit buildings and Multifamily properties with five or more units are not eligible to be income qualified as geographically eligible and will need to provide alternate income documentation to determine program eligibility.

An interactive map can be referenced on the EmPower Geo-eligibility Tool webpage, and shows the geographically eligible territories in blue. Enter an address in the search address box to determine if it is in a geographically eligible territory.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your account manager or contact us at hpwes@nyserda.ny.gov.

NYSERDA Single Family Programs Update

To: Contractors
Regarding Programs: EmPower New York & Assisted Home Performance
Summary: Monthly Contractor Check-in
Contact: hpwes@nyserda.ny.gov

NYSERDA Single Family Programs Update

Friday, February 3, 2023

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET

Event number: 2596 721 7792

Event password: Energy1

All attendees must register prior to joining the event. This process will allow you to add the meeting to your calendar and provides each individual with a custom link to join the meeting. Please do not share your link with anyone. To register, click the link below:

February 3 – NYSERDA Single Family Programs Update Webinar Registration Link

All webinars are recorded and links to the recordings are available on the Contractor Support site.

NYSERDA Single Family Programs Update

To: Contractors
Regarding Programs: EmPower New York & Assisted Home Performance
Summary: Monthly Contractor Check-in
Contact: hpwes@nyserda.ny.gov

NYSERDA Single Family Programs Update

Friday, January 6, 2023

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET

Event number: 2598 912 9322

Event password: Energy1

All attendees must register prior to joining the event. This process will allow you to add the meeting to your calendar and provides each individual with a custom link to join the meeting. Please do not share your link with anyone. To register, click the link below:

January 6 – NYSERDA Single Family Programs Update Webinar Registration Link

All webinars are recorded and links to the recordings are available on the Contractor Support site.