Energy Efficiency Making Gains in NY

Posted by Amy Guinan

Sep 17, 2015 2:35:16 PM


Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

Geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations, a renewable energy technology where water is circulated through underground pipes to provide buildings with heating and cooling, are often confused with geothermal electricity generation or overlooked for wind or solar.  

In early July, two bills passed the New York State legislature to provide tax incentives to GHP installations -- which will help to put this technology on equal tax footing with other renewable resources.

The first bill grants a tax credit of 25 percent to owners of residential GHP systems, with a cap of $5,000: this is equivalent to the tax credit for solar PV in New York. The second bill provides a state sales tax exemption for both residential and commercial GHP installations.

By working closely with bill sponsors on the tax implications and providing comprehensive and compelling information about the technology, both bills passed the State Senate and the State Assembly unanimously.

New York Ideal for GHP

Through a mix of large amounts of hydro and nuclear (along with other sources), NY is particularly suited to benefiting from GHP installations: electricity generation is cleaner than other states and  meaningful cuts in carbon emissions will come from energy efficiency measures that GHP installations can provide.  

Other benefits for NY (and beyond) include:

  • Net zero buildings 
  • Job creation
  • Cleaner energy supply 

It's a good day for energy efiiciency technology in NY.


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