The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has just announced that a new rebate program for non-residential wood pellet boilers/furnaces is now open for business.

This program is available for non-residential bulk fuel fed pellet boilers/furnaces for businesses, municipalities, non-profits, schools, colleges and universities, and multi-family buildings, among others. The rebate is 30% of the costs of purchase and installation, up to a maximum of $50,000. An additional rebate for 30% of the costs of thermal storage tanks, up to a maximum of $5,000, is also available. The budget for this program is $629,000 for state fiscal year 2014, ending June 30, 2014.

An important component of this new program is a requirement to “benchmark” the energy performance of the building which will house the new heating system. Benchmarking provides a measure of the energy consumption of a building relative to other similar buildings. When installing a new heating system, it is critical to look at the energy performance of the building as a whole and to address opportunities for better insulation, air sealing and other measures to tighten the building envelope in order to maximize energy savings and building comfort.

If you have questions about the details of this program, please read more about the program here. If you require additional information, please contact Program Manager Barbara Bernstein, Barbara.bernstein@puc.nh.gov, 271-6011.