BPU to launch program for energy-efficient equipment purchases

TRENTON – The Board of Public Utilities will launch a program within the next couple of weeks that will provide various incentives and rebates toward energy-efficient equipment purchases for residents and businesses that suffered losses in Superstorm Sandy.

Betsy Ackerman, who runs the agency’s Clean Energy Programs, said some $47 million is available to be tapped for purchases of appliances boilers, furnaces, water heaters, and other equipment. Commercial properties that lost items such as dishwashers, freezers, and refrigerators can take advantage of this program, she explained.  

Other measures were proposed to streamline a sometimes cumbersome application and inspection process.

Eligibility will mostly be limited to people and businesses in certain areas that the BPU mapped out as areas that saw massive devastation in the wake of Sandy.

Those who have already purchased energy-efficient equipment could still be eligible for incentives or rebates retroactively.

The incentives will be in place until June 30.

Recommendations were also made to help people who weren’t able to claim Solar Renewable Energy Credits because their meters were not installed by the time Sandy struck.

 

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