To respond to the abundance of diverse manufacturer claims regarding solid-state lighting (SSL) products, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has implemented a new policy for its Existing Facilities Program. Starting June 1, NYSERDA will accept only SSL products listed by either Energy Star or the DesignLights Consortium's Qualified Products List. NYSERDA has made the change in order “to ensure that the products [they] support will deliver promised light levels and energy savings throughout their product lives.” Furthermore, the Existing Facilities Program will require that both LM-79 and LM-80 test documentation be included for all SSL products specified on performance-based projects.

Currently, NYSERDA does not provide any incentives for SSL products, save for those listed under the “Exit Sign” category. Going forward, however, NYSERDA will not provide incentives for products that have not met LM-79 and LM-80 testing criteria. In addition to these requirements, NYSERDA will require that all SSL products be backed by a three-year manufacturer's unconditional warranty. For further details, visit NYSERDA's website: