BUFFALO, NY - January 9, 2018 - ACES Energy, Buffalo Geothermal, Dailey Electric, GeoTherm, Van Hee Mechanical, Phoenix Energy Supply, Waterfurnace and Earth Sensitive Solutions have teamed up to make Geothermal energy heating and cooling available to every homeowner in Western New York. Together these businesses have created a revolutionary concept; GroundUp: Geothermal Alliance of Western New York, to help homeowners easily transition to 100% clean energy.
“Our mission is to bring the highest quality and most affordable Geothermal heating & cooling systems to the people of Western New York, from the GroundUp,” boasted Todd Schmiegel of Buffalo Geothermal. “Our goal is to inform the public about Geothermal benefits and savings, ensure highest quality Geothermal system installation and design, and provide affordable Geosystems to the consumer.”
GroundUp allows qualified homeowners, who are eligible to receive a rebate from New York State, to install Geothermal energy heating and cooling HVAC systems in their home for a total cost of only $24,000, which is thousands of dollars cheaper than currently offered. Geothermal systems with dedicated geothermal heat pumps for domestic hot water are being offered for a total cost of $26,000 to qualified homeowners. The offer is available immediately and typically covers single family homes up to 4000 sqf with good insulation.
Installing Geothermal systems in WNY homes will also aid in reaching the state mandate to have a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority said, “Using clean energy technologies such as geothermal is critical to meeting Governor Cuomo’s nation leading clean energy goals. GroundUp’s ability to provide geothermal systems at a reduced price, together with the state’s rebate, will enable even more consumers to adopt this clean energy and help New York reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has up to $15 million available in rebates for the installation of ground source heat pump systems for residences, businesses and institutions. Rebates are available to qualified installers for two years or until all funds have been exhausted. The total amount of the rebate will be deducted from the total cost of the system, thereby passing the savings along directly to consumers.
Assemblyman Sean Ryan said “I am very excited about the GroundUp program. This is great news for homeowners across Western New York. New York has been a leader in advancing the use of clean renewable energy, and cutting carbon emissions. Geothermal energy systems are a great way for homes and businesses to lower their energy costs, and lower their reliance on fossil fuels. I was pleased to recently announce a change in New York State law that will allow homeowners, small businesses, and not-for-profits to install geothermal systems as part of the On-Bill financing program. It is great to see that the state and private sector are working together to expand the use of this clean, energy efficient technology.”
Geothermal energy heating and cooling systems also allow homeowners to have more control over their energy bills. .
“New York’s over-dependence on natural gas for both heating buildings and generating electricity means that consumers are hostage to budget busting price spikes when cold spells hit,” said Bill Nowak, Executive Director of New York Geothermal Energy Organization. “It's great to see geothermal companies pooling their buying power on behalf of consumers and helping to break the monopoly grip that fossil fuels have on our energy bills.”
GroundUp: Geothermal Alliance of Western New York is an initiative of the New York Geothermal Foundation and the first of its kind in the area to bring the revolutionary design of Geothermal to every homeowner at a discounted, affordable price. Interested homeowners can find more information and contact approved installers to set up installation at www.groundupgeo.org