Orange county Community request for information
ROUND II of the HeatSmart Orange Program open for applications from Orange County municipalities!
Would you like to bring cost-effective clean heating and cooling solutions to homeowners in your community?
Consider applying for the next HeatSmart Orange campaign!
Energize NY and the HeatSmart Orange Campaign Team request submissions from Orange communities – either (a) cities, towns, and villages or (b) a coalition of towns and / or villages (one joint application may be submitted on behalf of the applying coalition) – to participate in the second HeatSmart Orange campaign!
The objective of HeatSmart Orange is to significantly ramp up the rate of clean heating and cooling (ie. geothermal and air source heat pump) system adoption and energy efficiency in participating communities in Orange County. By building and servicing a demand for clean energy options in home heating and cooling, the HeatSmart Orange Program seeks simultaneously to displace high cost heating fuel (propane, heating oil) while lowering local greenhouse emissions.
Once the second HeatSmart Orange Community is selected, the HeatSmart Orange Campaign Team will begin the process of selecting CH&C installers through a separate Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The selected CH&C installers will provide, at a minimum, competitive pricing, home CH&C assessments, collaboration in community outreach, and installation services. The selected HeatSmart Orange Community and selected installers, with support from the HeatSmart Orange Campaign Team, will develop and implement an approximately 20-week community outreach campaign with the goal of dramatically increasing the number of existing CH&C installations in the HeatSmart Orange Community.
If you would like your community to participate, encourage your community’s leaders to complete a Request for Information (RFI), which can be found below. Please click on the links below to download the RFI (PDF) and Attachments A and B (which are in Word format for ease of completion):
For questions regarding the RFI, we encourage interested communities to contact Carolyn Cassata at or 914-302-7300, ext 8107.
Submissions are due by October 9th at 5 p.m. Responses to questions received from interested municipalities will be posted here.
Community Questions 2019
How do I determine if my community has a Clean Energy Communities designation?
You can check the list here. This is only one of the possible qualifications a community can have for HeatSmart. While more than one qualification is notable, only one is required.
Who has to apply on behalf of a community?
A strong application will have two main components: municipal support and a core volunteer team. There is an outline of roles beginning on page 11 of the RFI document. These parties will work together to submit the application. Energize NY offers application assistance and, if requested, will come to you for a working session.
Are there any programs for landlords that rent apartments or homes?
Income eligible renters can qualify for the Empower NY Program, part of the suite of NYSERDA programs included in HeatSmart outreach.
Is there any way of knowing how many potential homes in a community may qualify?
See the previous answer regarding renters. All other efficiency and heat pump programs are aimed at owners of 1-4-unit homes. You can find housing data at your municipal offices or on the U.S. Census website.