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New Jersey SmartStart Buildings provides financial incentives for qualifying equipment. These incentives help offset some of the added cost to purchase qualifying energy-efficient equipment, which provides significant long-term energy savings. A wide range of incentives are available for qualifying equipment (depending on type, size and efficiency)
Application and Eligibility Process
For all Prescriptive measures with the exception of Prescriptive & Performance Lighting and Lighting Controls, pre-approval is not required prior to installation, however any customer and/or agent who purchases and installs equipment without Program Manager approval does so at their own risk.
Eligibility: in order to be eligible for program incentives, a customer, or an agent (contractor/vendor) authorized by a customer, must submit a properly completed application package. A complete application package should include:
For completed projects that do not require program pre-approval (excluding Prescriptive Lighting, Prescriptive Lighting Controls, Performance Lighting and Custom Measures) the application must be submitted within 12 months of equipment purchase. Sufficient documentation must be provided confirming the date of equipment purchase (material invoice, purchase order, etc.). Customers may choose to submit additional documentation to allow the program to process payment including a valid Tax Clearance Certificate for the customer (see tax clearance requirements) and final invoice documentation. All projects are subject to post-inspection to confirm equipment installation prior to payment.
Pre-Inspections: the Program Manager reserves the right to conduct a pre-inspection of the facility prior to the installation of lighting, lighting control equipment and custom measures. This will be done prior to the issuance of the approval letter. Work must not begin prior to formal program approval.
Tax Clearance Requirements: the name of the customer listed on the certificate must match the customer name listed on the utility bill and application. In addition, the customer tax ID listed on the application must agree with the tax ID on the Certificate. Certificates are valid for 180 days and must be valid on the date the Program Manager signs off on the incentive. Please see HERE for more details and form access.
Utility account: Each utility account requires a complete, separate application. Projects for the same utility account that are being done at the same time must be submitted on one application. Applications for measures that are self-installed by customers must be signed by the customer and not the sales vendor of the measure, however, the customer may elect to assign payment of the incentive to the sales vendor. This application package must be received on or before June 30, 2016 in order to be eligible for the fiscal year program (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) incentives.
Expirations: Pre-approved projects are given a one year approval in which the proposed measure is to be installed and operational. When a project has expired the customer will have 30 days to submit final project paperwork OR submit a request for an extension. Extension requests must be received prior to the existing expiration or within the 30 day period provided by the expiration notice. The request must be in writing from the customer and include the circumstances that led to the extension request, and the percentage of the project completed. Extension requests may be granted for a period no longer than six (6) months. The Program Manager may provide up to two, six (6) month extensions from the original approval expiration date. If the project has not started and the applicant is still interested in installing the equipment, the existing application will be cancelled and a new application must be submitted. The incentive amount will be based upon the program guidelines in effect at the time of the new submission. If no response is received within 30 days of expiration the project will be cancelled. Lighting, lighting controls and custom applications require pre-approval prior to installation.
Listed below are the types of qualifying equipment and ranges of incentives. For details on equipment requirements and full listings of incentives, refer to the online application forms.
Electric Unitary HVAC
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Variable Frequency Drives
Gas Water Heating
Prescriptive lighting Application
Food Service Equipment
*Equipment incentives are calculated based on type, efficiency, size, and application and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for details.