Lime Energy Co. won a two-year contract valued at about $22 million by National Grid for the implementation of their Small Business Direct Install Program for the Western New York Region.
The program serves small commercial customers with annual demand of less than 100 kW and helps to offset the cost of implementing energy efficiency upgrades. The program will provide an estimated $15 million in incentives to National Grid customers, and has the potential to save participating small businesses over 77,000 MWh of annual energy usage.
National Grid serves about 600,000 residential, commercial and industrial counties in large portions of the ten Western New York counties. Launched in 2009 in response to the state’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS), aimed at reducing by 15 percent of energy usage statewide by 2015, National Grid’s Small Business Program has been a major contributor to the EEPS initiative thanks to the success that Lime and National Grid have shared. The program is one of the most ambitious SBDI programs ever undertaken.