76 West Clean Energy Competition: Information Session

Lunch Provided

Join 76West Director Brian Bauer and competition manager, Rena Scroggins, to learn more about the upcoming round of NYSERDA’s 76West Clean Energy Competition in the Southern Tier.

Learn more about NYSERDA’s competition with a $1 million top prize and $2.5 million in total prize money for six clean energy startups. The past winners are building the clean energy ecosystem and using their prizes to expand through R&D and manufacturing partnerships.

76West is focused on early stage companies with innovations in energy efficiency, renewables, or greenhouse gas reduction.

Winners are not required to relocate to the Southern Tier to take home the prize money, yet some past winners now call the highly-ranked region home for all or portions of their business.

76West is open for applications on December 3, 2018.

NYSERDA Free Electric Car Ride & Drive

Join us on Thursday June 21 for the unveiling of a new public access electric vehicle charging station and a FREE electric car Ride & Drive sponsored by NYSERDA!  Check out the latest models and learn and experience the many benefits of driving environmentally friendly vehicles from experts at Standard Hydrogen Corporation, Spark Charge, and others.  Food trucks will be available.

*Drivers license required to participate in the test drives.

Vehicles Include:

BMW X5 E (Plug in SUV)

★ Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Volt

★ Chrysler Pacifica PHEV

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Mitsubishi Outlander (Plug-In)

Nissan Leaf (BEV)

Smart 2-4 EV (U)

Toyota Prius Prime

Learn about available state and federal tax credits and rebates!

Save money at the pump. Never go to a gas station again! Average savings of $700-$1,000 per year.

Reduce your environmental impact. Reduce your carbon emissions by 60%. Learn more.

Thanks to NYSERDA, Charge NY, and SyracuseCoE for making this event possible!

Reports and Resources:

Rev Up Evs: Multi-State Study of the Electric Vehicle Shopping Experience, Sierra Club

Global EV Outlook 2016, International Energy Agency

EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, Department of Energy

NYSERDA’s RFP Networking Session

On Monday, February 26, SyracuseCoE will be hosting the NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY RFP Networking Session for professionals involved with or interested in learning about retrofit solutions for affordable housing units.

RetrofitNY’s Request for Proposal (RFP) began on February 6, 2018, working to renovate multifamily buildings to reach or approach net-zero energy performance, and revolutionizing the industry in New York.  They are currently seeking building owners and qualified teams to respond to the RFP.

At the event, the RetrofitNY Team will discuss their application process and answer questions, while allowing other industry professionals to network with solution providers and building owners.  Building owners, public housing authorities, architects, energy engineers, builders, manufacturers, high-performance (or passive house) building experts, solar PV providers, and affordable housing developers are all encouraged to attend.

To register, email RetrofitNY@nyserda.ny.gov with your organization name and the number of attendees.  Registration ends Thursday, February 22.

SyracuseCoE Opens One-of-a-Kind BEST Lab

Two of Syracuse’s signature strengths—robust, four-season weather and expertise in green building technologies—have attracted an international team to conduct a project that will help improve energy efficiency in buildings through weatherization technologies.

Project partners include the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the US Department of Energy (USDOE), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Syracuse University, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE). The partners have committed more than $2 million to undertake the three-year project.

The project is being conducted at the new Building Envelope Systems Test (BEST) Laboratory—opened in April 2009—a unique SyracuseCoE research and development facility located on SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner Syracuse University’s South Campus. The project focuses on the performance of air barriers—systems that control unintended air movement between outdoors and indoors, which can have major impacts on a building’s energy use and indoor air quality. In heating climates, up to 40% of the energy use in a building can be attributed to air leakage.

The BEST Laboratory resembles a small, two-story house. In place of windows, the laboratory has 34 openings for test panels, each of which is four feet wide and nine feet high. ABAA has installed panels that represent various materials and air barriers, which are then subjected to identical outdoor and indoor conditions. Inside, ORNL will install instruments to measure temperature, moisture and air movement. ORNL will analyze the results.

The location of the BEST Laboratory in Syracuse recognizes the expertise and resources available through SyracuseCoE, such as Jainshun Zhang, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at SU, who is director of the world-renowned Building Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) Laboratory in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Zhang, along with other SU faculty and students, will help manage the BEST Laboratory.

SyracuseCoE Team to Design High-Performance Homes

Thanks to $550,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded in February, a collaborative SyracuseCoE team will design and build up to six new energy-efficient “green” homes in Syracuse. CDH Energy leads the Home Performance Improvement Challenge (HomePIC). Additional members include the Building Performance Contractors Association, Camroden Associates, Northeast Green Building Consulting, and Syracuse University.

The HomePIC project team completed a similar NYSERDA sponsored project in 2007. The High Environmental Performance (HEP) house project developed a design for a new energy-efficient home built in Fayetteville, NY. The HomePIC project will extend the skills and experience deployed in the HEP house into the mainstream housing market. The goal of the HomePIC project is to work with builders that construct affordable homes of between 1,500 and 2,500 square feet and that are interested in achieving better energy performance from existing designs.

The NYSERDA grant will pay builders a $10,000 incentive to construct the first demonstration home of each design developed by the HomePIC team. In addition, SyracuseCoE has committed to provide up to $100,000 in incentives to build up to 10 new design homes in the Near West Side neighborhood. Design, construction, and performance data of completed homes will be available to builders and home buyers on the NYSERDA website.