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NYSERDA - Field Monitoring Ground Source Heat Pumps on Long Island

“This field test study evaluated the performance of 33 ground source heat pump systems installed in 27 Long Island homes. Measured data for the WaterFurnace dual stage and variable speed heat pumps were collected for a year or more using the on-board Symphony™ monitoring system. A survey was also conducted to capture homeowner perceptions and experiences with the systems. This study follows a similar test of 49 Water Furnace heat pumps in Upstate New York (NYSERDA Report 18.03). The results showed that the seasonal average heating COP was 3.8 (with pumps, fans, and resistance elements), compared to 3.6 for the upstate systems. Ground loop temperatures were correspondingly higher in the milder heating climate. Homeowners reported that these systems maintained good comfort in the winter, which was corroborated by the minimal resistance heat use. Greenhouse gas savings were also documented, and annual cost savings were as high as $295 per installed ton compared to fuel oil at current, post-pandemic prices."

NYSERDA Field Monitoring Ground Source Heat Pumps on Long Island

Impact of Geothermal on Grid Planning

Jens Ponikau, CGD, NY-GEO President and Co-Founder Buffalo Geothermal recently presented to NYSEG/RGE.

This program and data were instrumental in geothermal being included in the global assumptions suggested by Charels River Assc. (CRA) for NYSEG/RGE.

Geothermal and Grid Planning 1-29-2024 to review Jens presentation deck
Presentation Recording 
CLICK HERE to review CRA Global Assumptions

Geothermal Collegiate Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Collegiate Competition (GCC) invites teams from collegiate institutions to develop real-world geothermal solutions while competing for cash prizes and gaining resume experience in the renewable energy industry.

Registration for the Fall 2023 GCC is now open! This year's competition features two tracks: Technical and Policy. Cash prizes of $10,000 for first place teams and $6,000 for second place teams will be awarded in each track. Final deliverables are due December 20, 2023, with an optional progress submission due in October 2023.

The GCC is administered for DOE by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); please email with any questions about the competition. Watch NREL's video about the 2023 competition here.

Learn more and apply here

$10 Million Announced in Round Four of Buildings of Excellence Competition

Nominations Due: September 21, 2023, at 3:00 PM

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $10 million in funding is now available under Round Four of the $58 million Buildings of Excellence Competition, which aims to advance zero-carbon multifamily buildings in New York. This round provides financial awards and recognition for the design and construction of resilient, climate- friendly buildings that are healthier for residents.

The Buildings of Excellence Competition is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Proposals are being accepted for early-stage design projects from developers and their design teams that integrate carbon neutral features into pre-schematic and schematic design phases, and lead to the cost-effective construction and completion of exemplary multi-family buildings

Proposals to the Competition's solicitation for demonstration projects will be accepted through Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 3:00 PM. Applications to secure Early Design Support will be accepted continuously through June 28, 2024, at 3:00 PM. For more information on this funding opportunity, please visit here.

NYSERDA Announces New $18M Funding Round for Building Innovation 

July 28, 2023- Cost Compression for ground source installations is a focus – “On July 28, Governor Hochul announced $18 million for the Next Generation (NextGen) Buildings Innovation Challenges (PON 3519) for projects that offer advanced building technologies for clean heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, building envelopes, and controls. Round seven includes a new challenge area to advance intelligent building control solutions, including the development and commercialization of technologies that manage energy assets and electrical loads that will further enable decarbonization and electrification.” Announcement link here.

NYSERDA On-The-Job Training Funds Available for Drillers/Driller Helpers

June 2, 2023 - NYSERDA’s On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program provides funding to clean energy businesses to reduce the financial risk of hiring and training new employees.  The program provides wage reimbursement up to 75% of a new hire’s wages for their first 16-24 weeks of employment and assistance with the development of training plans. New York State businesses hiring and training new drillers and driller helpers to work on ground-source heat pump projects are eligible to apply for this funding.  Public Opportunity Notice (PON) 3692 website here.  NYSERDA holds “virtual office hours” on the OJT program from 2:00 to 3:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month.  Alternatively, contact with questions.

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