Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders encourage residents and businesses recovering from Hurricane Sandy to explore all options available to them. Director Thornton said, “New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program is offering temporary financial incentives that will help people who had damage from Hurricane Sandy as they continue to recover.”
The following programs are available to homeowners:
If your home is located in a zip code designated as a "major" or "minor" damaged area impacted by Hurricane Sandy, you may be eligible for enhanced incentives on high efficiency equipment.
If you are located outside the eligible zip code list, you may also qualify for increased incentives by demonstrating that you have experienced damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Applications for Hurricane Sandy relief incentives outside the eligible zip code list will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Qualifying equipment purchased on or after October 29, 2012 through June 30, 2013 is eligible.
Visit each program webpage to complete an application form. Please be sure that a Hurricane Sandy Certification Form is included with your application. Frequently asked questions are also available to help clarify what is available.
Furnaces, Boilers, Heat Pumps, Gas Water Heaters and Mini-split Units
• In addition to existing rebates of $300-$400, an additional $200 will be applied. Incentives may also be available from your gas utility (check with your utility for more information).
Central Air Conditioners ($500) and Clothes Washers ($50)
• These rebates will be extended for eligible customers replacing equipment damaged by the storm.
New Jersey ENERGY STAR Homes
• Smart growth requirements are being waived for new construction projects in eligible areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
For Businesses & Local Governments:
Incentives available through NJ SmartStart Buildings have been increased by 50% for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Qualifying equipment purchased on or after October 29, 2012 through June 30, 2013 is eligible.
• Check the list of zip codes in "major" and "minor" affected areas to ensure your eligibility. If your zip code is not on the list, but you can demonstrate that your building's equipment was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, contact us at 866-NJSMART extension 4 for instructions.
• Complete the Hurricane Sandy Certification Form (e-form or regular form version) along with an application(s) for the NJ SmartStart Buildings energy efficiency measure for your project (e-forms or regular form versions).
• Frequently Asked Questions are available in case you need more information, or you may contact us at 866-NJSMART extension 4.
Food Service Equipment
In order to assist food providers recover, we've also added a new line of incentives for high efficiency food service equipment. Eligible equipment includes:
• Hot Food Holding Cabinets
• Ice Machines
• Refrigerators & Freezers
• Steam Cookers
Specific efficiency requirements and incentive levels are detailed on the Food Service Equipment application (e-form or regular form version).
Streamlined and Modified Requirements
Additional enhancements for buildings located in Hurricane Sandy areas include modifications to standard program requirements.
• Pre-inspections and pre-approvals will be waived where appropriate, as will equipment inventory requirements for those with proof of existing conditions (i.e. maintenance records, recent photographs and energy audit reports).
• Restrictions on performance lighting measures in major rehabilitation projects have been eliminated.
• Planned discontinuation of incentives for premium motors and T12 lighting has been extended from March 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013.
Make sure your homeowners and businesses are aware of enhanced temporary rebates due to Hurricane Sandy. And, don't forget municipal buildings (including schools) can also participate in New Jersey's Clean Energy Program.
“We want our residents to have the opportunity to apply for any assistance that is available to make this process easier and if they are not sure if they qualify to seek answers from the experts,” added Director Thornton. If you have any questions, please call 866-NJSMART (866-657-6278) or visit http://www.njcleanenergy.com/sandy/