Programs & Incentives
In order to receive funding through NYSERDA, you must use a NYSERDA-approved installer. A list of eligible solar and wind installers can also be found on NYSERDA’s website.
The size of your system and current service classification will determine your new service classification once your generator is interconnected. Some customers may qualify for net metering or remote net metering. If you do not qualify for net metering, please see our electric rate tariffs (leaf 228 for service classification 10 and leaf 272 for service classification 14) for more information.
Community Distributed Generation(CDG)
CDG Allocation Request Form
This form is for use in connection with Central Hudson's Community Distributed Generation Program as contained in General Information Section 46 of P.S.C. No. 15 – Electricity (“Tariff”). Please fill in all of the required fields on the following form, sign and mail them to the address located at the bottom of page. CDG Allocation Request Form
CDG Host Allocation Review and Approval
This document, which was developed and approved by the CDG Billing and Crediting Working Group, provides guidance on timelines for CDG Host Allocation Review and Approval for an initial CDG Allocation Request and modifications to a previously approved form. CDG Host Allocation Review and Approval Guidance Document
Prior to commencing net metered service under CDG (and annually thereafter), CDG Hosts must self-certify in writing that they will abide by all terms and conditions of General Information Section 46 – Community Distributed Generation of P.S.C. No. 15 – Electricity and the requirements of the PSC that are adopted pursuant to orders issued in Case 15-E-0082 and Case 15-M-0180, as they may be amended or superseded time to time. Here is an "example form" that may be used to fulfill this self-certification requirement.
Net metering is achieved by allowing a customer's meter to spin in the reverse and forward directions. When the customer's generator is producing less energy than the customer is using, the electric meter will measure the energy passing from the utility to the customer and spin in the forward direction. When the customer's generator is producing more energy than the customer is using, the electric meter will measure the excess energy passing from the customer to the utility and spin in the backward direction. The surplus energy is subtracted, or "netted," from the energy supplied by the utility to the customer, thus "net metered." Information on New York State's program, including rebates and incentives, can be found at www.nyserda.ny.gov.
The following chart summarizes New York State law regarding eligibility for net metering:
|Incentive Type:||New York (PSL §66-l) - Net Metering*|
|Limit on System Size:||25kW||Up to 2 MW||500 kW|
|Remote Net Metering:||No**||Yes||Yes|
|Limit on Overall Enrollment:||.3% of 2005 Demand per IOU|
*Refer to specific utility tariff leaves for more detailed rules and regulations applicable to net metering.
**Residential customers who own or operate a farm operation as defined by Agriculture and Markets Law 301(11) and locate solar photovoltaic, micro-hydroelectric, wind, or fuel cells on property owned or leased by the customer are also eligible for remote net metering.
Customer Benefit Contribution
As part of the July 16, 2020 Order Establishing Net Metering Successor in Case 15‐E‐0751, the New York State Public Service Commission developed a Customer Benefit Contribution ("CBC") which is a monthly $/kW DC charge to recover public benefit program costs from mass market and small commercial customers that install behind the meter generation and interconnect on or after January 1, 2022.
The CBC charge, which is applicable to customers with on‐site solar, wind or micro‐hydroelectric resources (with demand less than 25 kW), fuel cell, micro‐CHP, and anaerobic digesters will be issued on a separate tariff statement containing the charge by service classification, compensation type and project type. The CBC charge will be updated each January.
The CBC is not applicable to commercial demand‐metered customers with projects under 750 kW, battery storage or projects compensated under Community Distributed Generation (“CDG”) or Remote Crediting programs.
A Customer that owns or operates non-residential photovoltaic generating equipment, farm waste electric generating equipment, non-residential micro-hydroelectric generating equipment, non-residential fuel cell generating equipment or residential customers with farm operations that own or operate micro-hydroelectric generating equipment, photovoltaic generating equipment or fuel cell generating equipment, all as defined in Public Service Law Section 66-j, or farm or non-residential wind electric generating equipment, as defined in Public Service Law Section 66-l, that is net metered pursuant to the applicable sections in General Information Section 38.
Customer Requirements and Eligibility
The customer must apply for remote crediting by providing the Company with an executed Application, signed by the customer, for Remote Crediting, as set forth below. After the initial application for remote crediting, the customer may designate additional Satellite Accounts or delete existing active Satellite Accounts from the remote net metering arrangement once per year, from January 1 through January 31 to be effective commencing with the subsequent Host Account billing.
The customer must designate the customer meter where the net metering eligible resource is located (“Host Account”) and the customer accounts where the customer would like to apply net metering credits (“Satellite Accounts”) from the Host Account. The customer may designate all or a portion of net metering credits generated by the Host Account to be applied to Satellite Accounts.
Accounts must be held by the same customer, on property owned or leased by the customer, within the same load zone as determined by the New York Independent System Operator’s locational based margin price as of the date of the initial request by the customer to conduct net metering. The Company reserves the right to investigate and/or obtain proof that all accounts are held by the customer.
In order to satisfy the statutory 2,000 kW limit applicable to photovoltaic generating equipment, each solar array of not more than 2,000 kW must:
(a) be separately metered and interconnected to the utility delivery system; and,
(b) be located on a separate site; and,
(c) be independently operated from any other project.
Please see Leaf 163.5.6 of our electric rate tariffs for additional information.
If you are not eligible for net metering, there are many other options available to offset your usage. Please see our electric rate tariffs for more information.
State and federal incentives exist for a variety of renewable energy sources. In addition, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers incentives to install grid-tied solar and wind generators. Please visit their website for more information: