Our process

Step 1: Introductions
First, we want to get to know you, your business and your building(s), so that we can determine what resources and opportunities are available to you. You’ll complete a brief survey, followed by an introductory call with NCIF’s Project Manager and an energy engineer, at which time we’ll establish next steps.

Step 2: Energy Assessment Design
You may need or want an energy assessment in order to move forward with an energy-improvement project; but not all energy assessments are created equal. We’ll kickoff an energy assessment with a questionnaire about your energy use, challenges and interests – this will indicate what level energy assessment you need.

Assessments range from $2,500 – $5,000, or more for very large or complex projects.

NCIF may be able help you offset the cost of an energy audit.

Step 3: Energy Assessment Site Visit
If you need a certified energy audit, our energy engineer will conduct an on-site visit. The person most familiar with your facilities should be available during the visit; site visits generally take 1 to 3 hours.

Step 4: Report Delivery & Questions Answered
The result of an energy assessment is a written report, including an analysis of your current energy usage and potential impact of energy-saving improvements. The report will make recommendations, on which some incentive programs rely (e.g. USDA programs). We’ll go over the report with you, answer any questions and establish next steps for helping you implement the improvements.

Step 5: Project Development & Funding
Our team can help facilitate the implementation of your energy-project, connecting you with vendors as well as resources to cover the out-of-pocket costs. We can help you identify grants, rebates and financing opportunities.

NCIF offers flexible and affordable financing for qualified applicants.