Month: January, 2016

20 Jan

Healthy Homes Training

Jordana Viuker enterprisegreencommunities, HPD

Developers, architects, and owners with NYC HPD-financed projects are required to complete HPD’s Healthy Homes training in order to achieve Enterprise Green Communities certification. The trainings, held quarterly, cover healthy building practices for construction projects.

Upcoming training sessions will be held on the following dates:

Thurs., March 17, 2016, 9am-12pm

Wed., May 11, 2016, 9am-12pm

Tues., June 14,2016, 1pm-4pm

Thurs., June 16, 2016 1pm-4pm


For more information regarding Healthy Homes Training, click here or reach out to Jordana Viuker at


20 Jan

SoCal is Hot for Multifamily Energy Savings

Greg Sherman California, energy, incentives
Southern California Regional Energy Network

If you’ve got multifamily properties in Southern California, now is the time to take advantage of the new SoCalREN program. The program provides $550 – $1200 per apartment for an energy and water retrofit project that achieves 10-30% in projected savings. Best of all, SoCalREN will also pay for an initial assessment fee, so there is no upfront cost to get started.

Bright Power’s engineering team is currently in the process of bringing over 30 properties totaling over 10,000 apartment units through this program. We are finding all kinds of opportunities: ultra low-flow toilets, domestic hot water recirculation controls, LED lighting, variable speed drive pool and spa pumps, and managed irrigation programs. Thanks to the SoCalREN program, these projects have a very attractive return on investment of over 25%.

By taking a portfolio-level approach, we are able to work through a portfolio of properties all in one shot. Both Bright Power and our clients benefit from the economies of scale, making the project financials more attractive and reducing the overall time required from our clients.

As is true with all incentive programs, funds are limited so you must act fast.

For more information, contact Greg Sherman at

14 Jan

New Incentives for CHP

Jesse Petersen BQDM, CHP, ConEd, energy management

CHP has never been a better deal in NYC!  Con Edison is partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to reduce electric demand in parts of Brooklyn and Queens (BQDM) by deploying a series of combined heat and power (CHP) projects. Even more exciting is that, for a limited time (applications are due February 29th, 2016), Con Edison and NYSERDA together will pay for up to 100% of project cost. Sounds great, but how do you get in? Let’s break it down.

What is BQDM?

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Brooklyn Queens Demand Management, or BQDM, is a Con Edison initiative put in place to reduce the electricity demand in specific Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods. See above map.  To delay building a new substation to meet growing electricity demand, Con Edison is providing a series of initiatives to reduce electricity usage during peak times.

Why CHP?

In short, it’s extremely efficient. Combined heat and power (CHP) or ‘cogeneration’ is a way of producing electricity and useful heat, at the same time. A CHP system consists of a natural gas-fired electric generator, plus a system to capture the heat that is always produced and typically lost, and put it to productive use.  The heat can be used for heating domestic hot water, hydronic and warm air heating and even, in some cases, air-cooling.  The CHP systems we recommend always provide back-up power (or “black-start”) during grid outages.

Plus, it’s extremely cost-effective. The electricity produced by a CHP system is directly related to the cost of natural gas, without any of the charges for electricity distribution that you pay for conventional utility power.  While an electric generator can reach a maximum of 45% efficiency, a CHP system with heat recapture can reach 80% efficiency.  The result is an electricity price of 8 cents per kWh throughout the lifetime of a CHP system.

Furthermore, running the CHP system during summer days relieves stress on the grid, lowers peak demand and reduces overall fuel consumption.      

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Just ask! Bright Power can verify your building’s eligibility for this program. We will help you evaluate your building based on the program’s criteria:

  • significant annual energy consumption for both electricity and heat (e.g. an electric utility bill of $5,000 or more per month and a gas bill of $3,500 or more)
  • access to natural gas (to be confirmed by National Grid)
  • sufficient space to accommodate a CHP system with reasonable access to electricity and natural gas infrastructure (typically a minimum of 200 square feet)

Our team of energy experts are available to go over these requirements with you to see if your building is a good fit for the program.  Don’t hesitate to reach out – the time is now!