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School and Small Business Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program

Important Notice:
Based on high initial demand, the pipeline for program funding is now full for schools located outside of Underserved Communities. Applicants in this category may still apply and, depending on the availability of funding, will be put on a wait list should pipeline demand decrease. A list of Underserved Communities can be found in Appendix C of the Program Guide. Funding is not guaranteed for projects in the pipeline. As stated in section 3.1 of the Program Guide, the Program Administrator will award grants to projects that meet all program requirements as part of a complete application package and will commit and reserve funding on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funding is exhausted.

Incentives for HVAC projects are also available through your utility provider. Utility contact information can be found here.

On August 24, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the School and Small Business Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program Fund as P.L. 2021, c. 200 (“Law”). This Law funds two distinct programs: 1) the School and Small Business Ventilation and Energy Efficiency Verification and Repair (SSB-VEEVR) Program; and 2) the School and Small Business Noncompliant Plumbing Fixture and Appliance (SSB-NPFA) Program.

Together, these programs provide grants for the repair, maintenance, upgrade, replacement, and installation of certain HVAC systems, and the installation of energy efficient and water-conserving appliances to improve air quality and energy performance in school districts and small businesses, especially those in underserved communities. These programs will improve the health and safety of schools and small businesses while creating jobs for labor-intensive projects. Learn more.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible applicants are New Jersey Boards of Education and certain small businesses.

  • Boards of Education include public schools, such as local school districts, consolidated school districts, regional school districts, county vocational schools and charter schools.
  • Small Businesses include New Jersey-based businesses that:
    • are independently owned and operated;
    • have no more than 100 full-time employees;
    • have annual gross revenues which do not exceed $12 million; AND
    • are certified by the State as a women’s business or minority business.

GRANT FUNDING
The programs pay for up to 75% of the cost to repair and/or replace equipment. 75% of program funds will be awarded to schools and small businesses located in underserved communities. The Program Guides (SSB-VEEVR and SSB-NPFA) offer more details on funding requirements, eligible work, and a list of eligible underserved communities.

ELIGIBLE WORK

Ventilation and Energy Efficiency Verification and Repair (SSB-VEEVR)

Eligible applicants can improve the air quality and performance of their HVAC systems through an assessment. Assessments will ensure systems are tested, adjusted, and if necessary or cost effective, repaired, upgraded, or replaced. Grants can help pay for work such as:

  • HVAC assessment and verification reports
  • Deferred general maintenance
  • Adjustment of ventilation rates
  • Filter replacement
  • System repair, upgrade, or replacement
  • Carbon dioxide monitor installation

Grants may NOT be used for the assessment, repair or replacement of boilers or other types of HVAC equipment that do not directly and significantly affect ventilation or airflow. A Program Guide is available here.

Noncompliant Plumbing Fixture and Appliance (SSB-NPFA)

Eligible applicants can replace noncompliant plumbing fixtures and appliances with water-conserving plumbing fixtures and appliances.

Noncompliant plumbing fixtures are those that exceed the following water usage levels:
1.    Toilets using more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
2.    Urinals using more than 1 gallon of water per flush.
3.    Showerheads with a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
4.    Interior faucets that emit more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.

Noncompliant appliances are those that meet one of the following conditions:
1.    Commercial dishwasher manufactured before January 1, 2010, that does not meet the efficiency requirement of the ENERGY STAR® Product Specification for Commercial Dishwashers, Version 2.0.
2.    An automatic commercial ice maker manufactured before January 1, 2010, that does not meet the efficiency requirement of the ENERGY STAR Product Specification for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers, Version 3.0.
3.    A commercial clothes washer manufactured before January 1, 2010, that does not meet the efficiency requirement of the ENERGY STAR Product Specification for Clothes Washers, Version 8.0.

Grants may NOT be used to install brand new equipment that does not replace noncompliant equipment. A Program Guide is available here.

HOW TO APPLY
The application forms listed below contain detailed instructions to help you start your project. If you are applying for additional buildings, utilize the Multi-Site Building Worksheet. Program worksheets are also available to assist project development. Applications and worksheets should be emailed to SSBStimulus@NJCleanEnergy.com.

Program Applications

Program Worksheets

  • HVAC Worksheet - to help program participants gather the information needed to complete the Cost Estimate and HVAC Assessment Report, which includes documentation of existing HVAC equipment, systems, and upgrades.
  • Plumbing and Appliance Worksheet - to help program participants gather the information needed to document existing noncompliant plumbing fixtures and appliances, proposed water-conserving replacements, and cost estimates.

RESOURCES
Frequently Asked Questions

Informational Webinar Resources

Looking for a Testing and Balancing Technician?  The following organizations certify testing and balancing professionals.

Minority and/or Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE)
Small Business participants must be a Minority and/or Woman Business Enterprise (M/WBE). To be recognized as an M/WBE, a small business must be registered with the State of New Jersey. New Jersey’s website can guide you through the process of becoming a certified M/WBE.

Learn more about Indoor Air Quality in Schools

QUESTIONS
If you have additional questions, please contact us at 866-657-6278 or by email at SSBStimulus@NJCleanEnergy.com.


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