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Grants to New York Colleges and Universities for Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Campus Challenge – Energy to Lead Competition 2020


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Funding Source
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/20/20 3:00 PM EST Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York colleges and universities for projects to implement clean energy solutions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Proposals are invited for replicable and innovative projects resulting in deep and substantial energy savings. Energy savings may be a product of the implementation of energy efficiency measures, energy conservation methods, or renewable energy systems, or a combination of one or more of these activities. Projects should incorporate student involvement and/or on-campus engagement to the extent possible.

Proposals will also integrate student engagement and share best practices with other campuses to encourage replication. Applicants are encouraged to consider a variety of approaches to planning, funding, and implementing energy projects while maximizing quantifiable energy and greenhouse gas reductions on campus. 

To support the Clean Energy Action Plan and further campus decarbonization, projects within any declared gas moratorium or gas constrained area and/or any projects that reduce dependence on gas supplies will be awarded additional points during proposal evaluation. Such projects may include natural gas efficiency and conservation tactics, implementation of clean heating and cooling, primary fuel switching to reduce carbon emissions, investigation of other non-pipeline alternatives, etc.

The following are examples of eligible project types. This list is not exhaustive.

  • Net zero energy and/or net zero carbon
  • Deep energy saving retrofits
  • Comprehensive energy efficiency measure implementation
  • Clean heating and cooling
  • Natural gas efficiency and/or conservation
  • Primary fuel switching from natural gas to reduce carbon emissions
  • Any combination of the above
  • Any project that results in deep and impactful energy savings resulting in substantive carbon reduction

Projects must be performed on systems with a remaining useful life of at least six (6) years.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Only REV Campus Challenge members are eligible to apply. Any higher education institution in New York State can become a REV Campus Challenge member. The Energy to Lead Competition is NOT limited to system benefits charge (SBC) paying customer – REV Campus Challenge members in ALL utility territories may apply.

Ineligible projects include:
- Projects containing conversion to natural gas
- Full system replacements to new fossil fuel-based systems
- Measures with available investor owned utility incentives
- Projects that have been installed prior to Program launch

Pre-Proposal Conference
Informational Webinars:
An informational webinar will be held on November 6, 2019. Additional webinars may be added. All webinars will cover the same content.
- Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:00 pm

Feedback sessions:
Proposing institutions are invited, but not required, to present preliminary proposal concepts to NYSERDA staff. During the session, NYSERDA panelists will provide constructive feedback and raise critical questions to help proposers strengthen and increase the impact of their proposals. Feedback sessions will be held in-person at the State of New York Sustainability Conference in Rochester. Conference registration is not required to participate. Feedback sessions are open to all REV Campus Challenge members interested in submitting a proposal. Feedback session presentations and panelist feedback will NOT be considered by NYSERDA in final proposal evaluation. NYSERDA encourages inclusion of a student(s) in feedback session presentations.

For those interested, but unable to attend, NYSERDA will also host virtual group feedback sessions.

For registration links and more information, see

Pre-Application Information
Due Date: 02/20/2020 (Round 1)

Cost-sharing is NOT required but may be viewed favorably in proposal evaluation as it improves project economics and demonstrates enhanced institutional commitment to the success of the project.

Please note: for electronic submission, there are required questions that you will have to answer in addition to uploading attachments and you should allot at least 60 minutes to enter/submit proposals.

To join REV:

Program Overview:

Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
Awards range from $500,000 and $1.5 million per award.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For technical questions, contact:
Lindsay Holle
(518) 862-1090, ext. 3051

For contractual questions concerning this solicitation, contact:
Venice Forbes at
(518) 862-1090, ext. 3507

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