Affordable Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program

Our Affordable Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program offers incentives for the installation of energy efficient equipment and technology to help you reduce overall energy usage and maintenance costs, while increasing operating efficiencies and improving your tenants’ comfort. Efficient buildings also release fewer carbon emissions, helping to support New York State’s climate goals.


Owners, agents, or property managers with affordable multifamily buildings that include five or more residential units may be eligible to participate. If the building you manage is designated as affordable housing, you may qualify for energy efficient retrofits that can help you reduce energy costs. Affordable multifamily housing is defined as buildings that have regulatory agreements with a housing agency or in which at least 25% of the units are, or are expected to be, occupied by households earning not more than 80% of the Area Median Income or State Median Income, whichever is greater. Supporting documentation must be provided to participate. View the full list of accepted documentation.

If your building is not developed and maintained as affordable housing, you may be eligible for our Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program. Learn more here.

There are two types of projects, Comprehensive projects and Non-comprehensive projects, with differing incentive structures. See below for more information on each.

For detailed information, refer to our program guidelines for overall program rules and measure specific requirements.

Need more information before moving forward? Submit an interest form to be contacted by an implementation contractor.


The program is structured with two options: A Comprehensive Plan and a Non-Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan provides whole-building retrofits across multiple building systems (such as heating and cooling, insulation, lighting), allowing for more significant efficiency upgrades and greater incentives. Incentives are applied based on a system of accumulated points. A minimum of 100 points is needed to be considered as a comprehensive project and technical assistance, also known as energy audits or energy assessments, will be required. Incentives up to $1,200 per dwelling unit are available. View our Comprehensive Incentive Structure for details.

The Non-Comprehensive Plan are smaller-scaled projects that do not meet the 100 point minimum for the comprehensive pathway and do not require technical assistance. Incentives for projects based on the non-comprehensive plan are determined by the equipment installed and/or energy savings. We also offer free installation in dwelling units of quick, easy measures such as LED lights, low flow showerheads, and faucet aerators.

Download our Fact Sheet to learn more about our incentive structure.


To qualify for comprehensive projects energy audits, also known as energy assessments, will be required. These are conducted by energy consultants before the project begins and can help identify energy efficiency opportunities and determine an initial scope of work. To encourage and support comprehensive projects, we have a list of energy consultants via the link below. The program covers up to 75% of the costs associated with these assessments by providing:

  • A 50% cost share when the assessment is completed
  • An additional 25% when the building proceeds with a comprehensive energy retrofit

For a list of eligible energy consultants, click here.

If a building has recently gone through an energy audit, they may be exempt from this requirement. Examples of eligible audits include ASHRAE Level I, ASHRAE Level II, or an Integrated Physical Needs Assessment (IPNA).

Interested in becoming an eligible energy consultant? Learn more to become a NYSERDA Multifamily Building Solutions Provider or a NYSERDA FlexTech Consultant.


Contractors are an essential part of this program and are encouraged to become approved as Participating Contractors. Participating Contractors in good standing may be allowed to accept incentive payments on behalf of the customer.

To become eligible as a Participating Contractor, complete a Participating Contractor application and follow the instructions to submit to the utility in your service area. For additional information, read our Participating Contractor Agreement.



If you’re ready to pursue an eligible project, get started by submitting an application now. First, complete our application. Once completed, finish your application by clicking below, completing the Customer Information section and uploading your completed application within the document upload section and save.


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Please note if you have separate electric and natural gas utilities and your project covers both electric and natural gas measures, your electric company will oversee and coordinate your project. For example, if we provide your natural gas service and National Grid provides your electric service, you can apply directly with National Grid.