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State Energy Incentives for Business



Alabama Energy Programs for Business

Production Incentives for Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Projects
Participating power distributors in TVA's Green Power Switch Generation Partners program offer production-based incentives for solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind projects to small-commercial customers and incentives for PV projects to large commercial customers. The energy generated from participating projects will be counted toward the green power resources for TVA's green pricing program, Green Power Switch. Consumers participate as either small-commercial or commercial customers. Under the small-commercial contract, TVA will purchase the entire output of a qualifying system at $0.15 per kWh through a participating power distributor, and the consumer will receive a credit for the power generated. Under the larger commercial contract, TVA will purchase the output at $0.20 per kWh. Qualifying sources for small-commercial projects include photovoltaic and wind turbine systems with a minimum output of 500 watts AC and a maximum of 50 kW. For commercial consumers, qualifying sources are restricted to PV only. Although the maximum output for commercial generation systems remains at 50 kW, the power distributor may elect to permit larger systems with mutual agreement of TVA on a case-by-case basis. Qualifying systems must be used primarily to provide all or part of the energy needs at a particular site and must not have previously generated into the grid.

Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority,
Muscle Shoals Office,
PO Box 1010,
Muscle Shoals,
AL 35662;
256-386-2431;
http://www.gpsgenpartners.com/
 
Up to $75,000 In Interest Subsidy Payments for Biomass Energy Systems
The Biomass Energy Program assists businesses in installing biomass energy systems. Program participants receive up to $75,000 in interest subsidy payments to help defray the interest expense on loans to install approved biomass projects. Technical assistance is also available through the program. Industrial, commercial, institutional facilities, and agricultural property owners are eligible. Interested parties must obtain loans from commercial lending institutions and submit repayment data to ADECA for interest payment assistance. Interest rates on loans should be no greater than 2% above the prime rate. With an initial emphasis on wood waste, the program also promotes landfill gas as a potential source of energy for industrial processes and other uses. Several landfill waste disposal facilities across Alabama have been identified as prime candidates for landfill gas recovery and utilization.

Contact: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Energy, Weatherization and Technology Division,
P.O. Box 5690,
401 Adams Avenue, Montgomery,
AL 36103-5690;
334-242-5290; 334-242-5330; Fax: 334-242-0552;
http://www.adeca.state.al.us/C16/Biomass Energy Program/default.aspx
 
Zero Interest Loans to $500,000 for Schools for Energy Efficient Measures
Through a private/public partnership with PowerSouth and U.S. Department of Agricultural (USDA) Rural Development, Alabama's Local Government Energy Loan Program offers zero-interest loans to schools in rural areas for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements that will eventually have a payback through utility savings. Under the program, qualifying schools may receive up to $350,000 per campus or $500,000 per school system for eligible projects. Eligible renewable energy resources generally include biomass, hydropower, geothermal energy, wind energy, and solar energy.

Contact: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Energy, Weatherization and Technology Division,
PO Box 5690, Montgomery,
AL 36103-5690;
334-242-5321; Fax: 334-242-0552;
http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/C3/Local Government Energy Loan P/default.aspx
 
Alabama Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentive
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Alabama are:
  • Biofuels Research and Development
  • Alternative Fuels Promotion and Information
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Alabama, go to:http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/AL

or Project Manager,
National Energy Technology Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy;
304-285-4185, Fax: 304-285-4638

or Executive Director,
Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition;
205-402-2755; Fax: 205-402-9907.
 

Alaska Energy Programs for Business

$20,000 Energy Rebates for Businesses in Alaska
Business$ense is a Golden Valley Electric Association program designed to increase the efficiency with which energy is used on GVEA's system. It provides rebates of up to $20,000 to commercial members who reduce their lighting loads through energy efficient lighting retrofit projects. Rebates can be applied to the cost of the products and their installation. Rebates will not be applied toward consultation or design fees. Customers must contribute two years' anticipated electric bill savings toward the project cost. For more information,

Contact: Information at GVEA,
Golden Valley Electric Association,
758 Illinois Street,
PO Box 71249,
Fairbanks, AK 99707-1249;
907-452-1151;
http://www.gvea.com/memserv/energysense/businesssense.php
 
$$ Incentives for Renewable Energy Generators
Golden Valley Electric's SNAP program encourages members to install renewable energy generators and connect them to their utilities' electrical distribution system by offering an incentive payment based on the system's production on a $/kWh basis. The amount paid by each participating utility to its renewable energy producers depends on the total amount contributed by GVEA purchasers through their green pricing program. To learn more,

Contact: Golden Valley Electric,
758 Illinois St.,
P. O. Box 71249,
Fairbanks, AK 99707-1249;
907-451-5607; Fax: 907-458-6365;
http://www.gvea.com/alternative-energy/snap/
 
Energy $$$ Money Back for Home Builders
Builder$sense is Golden Valley Electric Association&s electrical energy efficiency residential rebate program for home builders who install electrical energy efficiency measures during construction. Newly constructed residential buildings or those that had major remodeling or additions are eligible for the rebate, as long as they are receiving or have applied to receive service from GVEA at the site. Lighting rebates range from $5 to $75; vehicle engine preheating plug-ins go from $20 to $40; and eligible electric water heaters can get up to $75 in rebates.

Contact: Information at GVEA,
Golden Valley Electric Association,
758 Illinois Street,
PO Box 71249, Fairbanks,
AK 99707-1249; 907-452-1151 or 800-770-GVEA;
http://www.gvea.com/memserv/energysense/buildersense.php
 
Renewable Energy Grants
The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) administers a renewable energy grant fund and recommendation program to provide assistance to utilities, independent power producers, local governments, and tribal governments for feasibility studies, reconnaissance studies, energy resource monitoring, and work related to the design and construction of eligible facilities. In order to be eligible for a grant, projects must be located within Alaska. The list of eligible technologies includes solar, wind, geothermal, hydrothermal, certain types of biomass, biogas, wave, tidal, waste heat utilization, river in-stream power, and hydropower.
Also eligible are fuel cells that use hydrogen generated from an eligible renewable resource or natural gas; certain natural gas projects located in small communities; and, electricity or natural gas transmission and distribution infrastructure projects that link an eligible project to related infrastructure. To find out more,

Contact: Alaska Energy Authority,
813 West Northern Lights Blvd.,
Anchorage, AK 99503;
907-771-3048; Fax: 907-771-3942;
http://www.akenergyauthority.org/RE_Fund.html

Application: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/RenewableEnergyFund/GrantApp.doc
 
Energy Saving Loans for Homeowners' Associations
With this loan program, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) will fund homeowners' associations(HOA's) common area improvements. The improvements made must be necessary for the health and safety of the property's residents or for the structural integrity of the building, but can include improvements made for energy efficiency. Some examples are: roof or siding replacement, window replacement, or driveway improvements. Repayment of the loan is typically made through a pro-rata increase in the monthly dues in order to avoid a special assessment. For more details,

Contact: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation,
4300 Boniface Parkway,
P.O. Box 101020, Anchorage,
AK 99510-1020;
800-478-2432 or 907-338-6100; Fax: 907-338-9716;
http://www.ahfc.state.ak.us/loans/association.cfm

Application: http://www.ahfc.state.ak.us/iceimages/Loans/hoa7.pdf
 
$20,000 Loans to Make Properties Energy Efficient
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation offers a Small Building Materials Loan for applicants to complete or renovate their "small community" property. Applicants may borrow up to $20,000 for projects that improve the livability of a home, improve energy efficiency or expand space. The loan can be applied toward building materials, freight or third party labor costs, and the project should be completed within 180 days of the loan closing. If the owner does not occupy the property, then only duplexes (or higher) are eligible for the loan program.

Contact: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation,
Research Information Center,
POB 101020,
Anchorage, AK 99503;
800-478-2432; Fax: 907-338-1747;
http://www.ahfc.state.ak.us/loans/small_building_material.cfm
 
Alaska Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. There are currently no known State incentives offered in Alaska. To learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Alaska, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/AK

or Contact: Environmental Program Specialist,
State of Alaska Environmental Conservation - Air Nonpoint and Mobile Sources;
907-465-5176

or Project Manager,
U.S. Department of Energy,
Golden Field Office;
303-275-4817
 

Arizona Energy Programs for Business

$500,000 for Businesses to Install Solar Heating Systems
SRP's EarthWise Solar Energy Program provides incentives to residential and commercial customers who purchase photovoltaic (PV) or solar water-heating systems. For residential and commercial PV systems up to 20 kilowatts (kW) in capacity, the incentive is $3/watt DC, with a maximum payment of $60,000 per system. For commercial PV systems over 20 kW in capacity, the incentive is $2.50/watt DC, adjusted based on the expected energy generation and verified during a 30-day performance test. There is no stated maximum incentive for commercial systems, but installations which expect to receive incentives totaling $500,000 or more require pre-approval from SRP. To learn more, contact: Earthwise Solar Energy Program, SRP, 1521 N. Project Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281-2025; 602-236-4448 or 602-236-8888;
http://www.srpnet.com/environment/earthwise/solarbiz.aspx
 
Low-Interest Loan Program for Energy Efficient Installations
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) members may borrow $2.00 per watt up to a maximum of 25% of the total cost of solar or wind energy system. The interest rate is 3%. The loan will be secured by a lien on the house or property. The loan will be repaid in equal monthly installments over five years for loans under $10,000 and ten years for loans over $10,000. SSVEC's loan program can be combined with their rebate program. The loan and the rebate combined cannot pay for more 75% of the system's cost. Contact: Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, 350 North Haskell, Willcox, AZ 85643-1718; 520-515-3473; http://www.ssvec.org/programs/energySunWatts.php
 
Rebates up to 50% of Energy Project Cost
Through the SunWatts Program, Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) offers home and business owners a rebate of $4/W DC for installing photovoltaic, wind and biomass systems, with a maximum rebate of 50% total unit cost. Systems must be grid-connected to be eligible for the rebate. Note that customers receive no credit or payment for excess generation that flows back to the grid. SSVEC's rebate program can be combined with their loan program. The loan and the rebate combined cannot pay for more 75% of the system's cost. Contact: Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, 350 North Haskell, Willcox, AZ 85643-1718; 520-515-3473;
http://www.ssvec.org/programs/energySunWatts.php
 
Renewable Energy Credits for Business and Home
The SunShare Program offers incentives to encourage residential and business customers to install new photovoltaic (PV) equipment. The technologies now eligible for funding through the SunShare program all qualify under Arizona's renewable energy standard (RES) and include: residential PV (on-grid and off-grid); non-residential PV (on-grid and off-grid); residential solar water heating and solar space heating; non-residential solar water heating and solar space heating; daylighting; wind (on-grid and off-grid); and on-grid small hydro, biomas-biogas systems, pool heating (non-residential only), space cooling, and geothermal (electric, cooling and heating systems). To learn more about these incentives, contact: Tucson Electric Power, 3950 E. Irvington Road, Mailstop RC 116, Tucson, AZ 85702; 520-918-8296;
http://www.tep.com/Green/
 
$$ Rebates for Large Businesses
TEP's Large Business Program offers rebates to offset the initial costs of installing energy-efficient measures including lighting equipment and controls, air conditioning and heat pump equipment, motors and motor drives, compressed air, and refrigeration. Customers may also propose other energy efficiency solutions through custom measures. Eligible customers must submit a Pre-Notification Application to TEP. Once the initial application has been approved, the equipment is installed, a Final Application is submitted, and the customer should receive the rebate within 6 weeks of submitting the complete application. There is a maximum rebate up to 75% of the total project cost. Contact: TEP Commercial Energy Solutions, 4350 East Irvington Rd, Mail Stop DS502, PO Box 711, Tucson, AZ 85702; 866-324-5506; Fax: 866-277-5604;
http://www.tepcommercialenergysolutions.com/ProjectCenter/Default.aspx?tabid=2009
Application:
http://www.tepcommercialenergysolutions.com/ProjectCenter/Default.aspx?
tabid=2001
 
Your Small Business May be Eligible for Energy Rebates
TEP's Small Business Program encourages contractors to install selected high-efficiency lighting, HVAC and refrigeration measures for TEP small business customers. All rebates are for upgrades in already existing buildings and will be paid directly to the contractor. A list of eligible upgrades and program approved contractors can be found on the program website. Contact: TEP Commercial Energy Solutions, 4350 East Irvington Rd, Mail Stop DS502, PO Box 711, Tucson, AZ 85702; 866-324-5506; Fax: 866-277-5604;
http://www.tepcommercialenergysolutions.com/ProjectCenter/Default.aspx?
tabid=2010
 
$75,000 to Install Energy Saving Measures in Your Business
The TEP Commercial New Construction Program provides rebates to TEP's non-residential customers for the installation of energy-efficient equipment in new construction. Additionally, rebates are available to help offset the costs of designing more energy efficient buildings. Rebate amounts are based on the estimated energy savings over a one year period. The maximum rebate amount that a customer can receive in a calendar year for a new building construction project is $75,000 per project and for a design project the limit is $10,000 per design team. Contact: TEP Commercial Energy Solutions, 4350 East Irvington Rd, Mail Stop DS502, PO Box 711, Tucson, AZ 85702; 866-324-5506; Fax: 866-277-5604; http://www.tepcommercialenergysolutions.com/ProjectCenter/Default.aspx?
tabid=2011

Application:
http://www.tepcommercialenergysolutions.com/ProjectCenter/Default.aspx?tabid=2025
 
50% Money Back for Your Energy Projects
Through the SunWatts Program, Trico Electric Cooperative offers home and business owners a rebate of $4/W DC for installing photovoltaic systems and wind energy systems, and $0.50 per expected first year kWh savings for solar water heaters. The incentive can not exceed 50% of the total system cost. Eligible PV and wind energy systems may be either grid-tied or off-grid. Note that customers receive no credit or payment for excess generation that flows back to the grid. Contact: Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc., 8600 W. Tangerine Road, Marana,, AZ 85653; 866-337-2052 or 520-744-2944; Fax: 520-744-2329; http://www.trico.coop/sunwatts_information.html
 
Building Permit Fee Credit if You Install Solar Energy at Home or Business
The City of Tucson passed Resolution No. 20193 to encourage the installation of solar energy systems throughout the city. The resolution established a policy whereby the director of the Department of Development Services will credit the amount paid by an applicant for a building permit up to a maximum of $1,000 for the installation of a qualifying solar energy system installation, or the actual amount of the permit fee, whichever is less. Tucson includes in its definition of qualifying solar energy systems: photovoltaics (PV), solar domestic hot water and space heating, and solar air conditioning systems. To qualify, the proposed system must be capable of displacing a minimum of 1,500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year at the building site. Contact: Tucson City Solar Energy Coordinator, 4004 S. Park Ave., Bldg 1, Tucson, AZ 85714; 520-791-5111, ext. 327;
http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/dsd/Permit_Review_/Solar_Fee_Incentive_Waiver.pdf
 
Renewable Energy Credit Purchase Program
Through the Renewable Incentive Program, UniSource Energy Services (UES) offers customers who install various renewable energy sources the opportunity to sell the credits associated with the energy generated to UES. Previously, UES only provided incentives for solar technologies, but they expanded the list of qualified renewables to include all technologies eligible for Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard (RES). The solar technologies eligible for a rebate include photovoltaic (PV), solar hot water, solar HVAC and solar daylighting systems. For exact rebate amounts, contact: Renewable Energy Credit Purchase Program - UES, UniSource Energy Services, PO Box 3099, Kingman, AZ 86402-3099; 866-467-1229; http://uesaz.com/Green/
 
$25,000 for Energy Efficient Business Equipment
UniSource Energy Services (UES) offers the Commercial Energy Solutions Program for their non-residential gas customers to install energy efficient equipment. Incentives are provided for qualified equipment installed in a retrofit, major renovation, or new construction project in four categories: furnaces, process boilers, water heaters, and high efficiency commercial kitchen griddles. The amount of the rebate varies depending on the equipment size and efficiency; specifications are listed on the program website. The maximum incentive is $8,000 per customer per calendar year. K-12 school districts may receive up to $25,000 per calendar year. Contact: UES Gas Commercial Energy Solutions, UNS 2001 North 3rd Street, Suite 106, Phoenix, AZ 85004; 866-324-5506; Fax: 866-277-5604; http://uesaz.com/Green/Business/index.asp
 
$50,000 Tax Credit for Solar & Wind Installations
Arizona's tax credit for solar and wind installations in commercial and industrial applications is available for non-residential entities. The tax credit, which may be applied against corporate or personal taxes, is equal to 10% of the installed cost of qualified solar energy devices. The maximum credit per taxpayer is $25,000 for any one building in the same year and $50,000 in total credits in any year. If the allowable credit exceeds the taxpayer's income tax liability, the amount of the claim not used to offset taxes may be carried forward for not more than five consecutive taxable years as a credit against subsequent years' income tax liability. Contact: Arizona Department of Commerce, Energy Office, 1700 West Washington Ave., Suite 220, Phoenix, AZ 85007; 602-771-1100;
http://www.azcommerce.com/BusAsst/Incentives/Solar+Energy+Tax+Incentives+Program.htm
Application:
http://www.azcommerce.com/doclib/finance/solar%20application.pdf
 
Green Building Incentives for Scottsdale Homebuilders
Scottsdale's Green Building Program encourages environmentally responsible building in the Sonoran Desert region by incorporating healthy, resource- and energy-efficient materials and methods in the design and construction of homes. Incentives include expedited plan review and free promotional green building materials including a job site sign. Green building projects are reviewed and inspected as part of the city development regulatory process. As such, a green building permit is issued for construction, a green inspection card is used by the city building inspectors during construction and a green "certificate of occupancy" is issued upon completion of the project. For more details, contact: City of Scottsdale, 7447 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 125, Scottsdale, AZ 85251; 480-312-4202; Fax: 480-312-7314;http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/greenbuilding/
 
Green Incentives for Arizona Desert Towns
Buckeye's Green Home Building Program encourages sustainable construction for residential dwellings. It is customized to provide guidelines for environmentally responsible building in the Sonoran Desert region. Incentives include expedited plan review, free project construction water, and family Aquatic Center Passes and a Green Home Certificate of Occupancy. Proposed Green Building projects are reviewed and inspected as part of the Town's development process. To learn more, contact: Town of Buckeye, Community Development Department, 90 N. Apache Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326; 623-349-6199; Fax: 623-349-6199; http://www.buckeyeaz.gov/
 
Pay Less on Your Taxes if You Sell Energy Efficient Homes
Arizona provides an individual income tax subtraction to taxpayers who sell one or more energy efficient single family residences, condominiums or town houses. The credit may be claimed in the year that the house is sold. It is equal to 5% of the sales price excluding commissions, taxes, interest, points, and other brokerage, finance and escrow charges and cannot exceed $5,000. The taxpayer may elect to transfer a subtraction under this section to the purchaser of the residence or to the financial institution that secures a mortgage or deed of trust on the residence. To complete the transfer, the taxpayer must prepare a written statement that the taxpayer has elected not to claim the subtraction and that the purchaser or financial institution may claim the subtraction. Contact: Tax Assistance, Arizona Department of Revenue, 1600 W. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85007-2650; 602-255-3381 or 800-352-4090; http://www.azdor.gov/ResearchStats/legislative%20summaries/2000leg.htm
Application: Instructions for receiving the subtraction can be found in the instructions for Form 140, available under "Forms and Instructions" at http://www.revenue.state.az.us/
 
Go Green and Get a Property Tax Break
Arizona's property tax exemption applies to solar energy devices and any other device or system designed for the production of solar energy for on-site consumption. For property tax assessment purposes, these devices are considered to add no value to the property. For a complete list of eligible devices, contact: Tax Assistance, Arizona Department of Revenue, 1600 W. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85007-2650; 602-255-3381 or 800-352-4090; http://www.revenue.state.az.us/
 
Sales Tax Exemption for Solar Energy Devices
Arizona provides a sales tax exemption for the retail sale of solar energy devices and for installation of solar energy devices by contractors. These devices include wind electric generators and wind-powered water pumps in addition to daylighting, passive solar heating, active solar space heating, solar water heating, and photovoltaics. To take advantage of these exemptions from tax, a solar energy retailer or a solar energy contractor must register with the Arizona Department of Revenue prior to selling or installing solar energy devices. Other tax exemptions may apply. For more details, contact: Arizona Department of Commerce, Energy Office, 1700 West Washington Ave., Suite 220, Phoenix, AZ 85007; 602-771-1241;
http://www.azsolarcenter.com/benefits/solarsalestax.html
Application: http://www.azdor.gov/ADOR_Forms/70-79/74-4048_fillable.pdf
(Arizona Form 6015: Solar Energy Devices - Application for Registration)
 
$300,000 Incentives for Energy Saving Businesses
APS Solutions for Business has prescriptive, custom and energy study incentives available to its business customers, including schools, industrial facilities and public agencies. Prescriptive Incentives are available to business customers for both retrofit and new construction projects and include 75% of the cost, up to $150,000 per year for customers with an aggregated demand of 200 kW or less, and $300,000 per program year for customers with aggregated loads greater than 200 kW demand. Custom Incentives are available to large business (>200 kW demand) customers for retrofit and new construction energy saving measures not included in the list of qualified prescriptive measures. Custom measures are funded at $0.11/ annual kWh savings. Custom incentives are capped at 50% of incremental measure cost and $300,000. Energy Study incentives are designed to provide partial reimbursement of feasibility studies, design assistance, commissioning and retro-commissioning services with in the Customer's new or existing facility. Large business customers are eligible to apply for up to 50% of the qualifying study cost. For more details, contact: APS Solutions for Business, 428 E. Thunderbird Rd., #749, Phoenix, AZ 85022; 866-277-5605; Fax: 866-277-5604;
http://www.aps-solutionsforbusiness.com/ProjectCenter/Default.aspx?tabid=1281
Application: http://websafe.kemainc.com/ProjectCenter/Default.aspx?tabid=1315
 
$75,000 to Install Renewable Energy Systems
Through the Renewable Incentive Program, Arizona Public Service (APS) offers customers who install various renewable energy sources the opportunity to sell the credits associated with the energy generated to APS. The solar technologies eligible for a rebate include photovoltaic (PV), solar hot water, solar HVAC and solar daylighting systems. Up-front incentives for PV may be de-rated based on expected performance. Renewable energy systems are eligible for a maximum of up to $75,000. Contact: Credit Purchase Program Customer Service Line, Arizona Public Service Company, Solar Energy Services, Mail Station 3161, P.O. Box 53933, Phoenix, AZ 85072-3999; 602-328-1924; Fax: 602-250-2724;
http://www.aps.com/main/green/choice/choice_23.html?source=hme
 

Arizona Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Arizona are: 

  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Equipment Tax Credit

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Arizona, go to:   http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/AZ or contact:  Executive Director, Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition, Inc.; 480-314-0360 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 412-386-5793

 
Arkansas Energy Programs for Business

Low-Interest Loans to Encourage Energy Efficiency
Petit Jean Electric Cooperative is a member-owned rural electric cooperative that serves customers in the Clinton and Marshall areas. To encourage energy efficiency in businesses, Petit Jena Electric offers low-interest loans to multi-family homes and businesses for upgrades to heat pumps, building insulation, windows, doors and other appliances and building envelope improvements. Customers can borrow up to $4,000 for structures with 2-4 units and $1000 per unit for multi-family. For loan requests of greater than $10,000, Petit Jean may grant the loan after a more detailed review of the application. Contact: Program Manager, Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 37, 270 Quality Drive, Clinton, AR 72031-0037; 501-745-2493 or Program Manager, Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 96 Hwy 65 North, Marshall, AR 72650-0096; 870-448-3477; http://www.pjecc.com/erc_loans.ihtml

Low-Interest Commercial Loans Available 
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) offers low-interest loans to small businesses to institute pollution control measures required by state or federal law, or to institute pollution prevention and waste reduction measures. Maximum loan amount is $45,000 with a lifetime maximum of $65,000. Contact: Program Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Business Assistance, P.O. Box 8913, 8001 National Drive, Little Rock, AR 72219-8913; 501-682-0709; 888-233-0326; Fax: 501-682-0880; http://www.adeq.state.ar.us/poa/envloans.htm

Arkansas Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Arkansas are:  

  • Alternative Fuel Grants
  • Idle Reduction Technology Loan
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Equipment and Fuel Cell Income Tax Credit

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Arkansas, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/AR or contact: Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-5793 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Central Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition; 501-372-3300; Fax: 501-372-8060

 
California Energy Programs for Business
 
Solar Rebates for California Home and Business
Alameda Power & Telecom offers an incentive program to their customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Rebates will be provided to their commercial and residential customers on a per-watt AC basis, which, in keeping with the terms of the California Solar Initiative, will decline over the life of the program according to a ten-year schedule. Each succeeding year has a lower incentive amount and a higher maximum aggregate capacity for installations. Additional restrictions and eligibility requirements, as well as the full 10-year schedule can be found on the website below.  Contact:  Alameda Power & Telecom, Solar Electric Rebate Program, P.O. Box H, Alameda, CA 94501; 510-814-6403;
http://www.alamedapt.com/electricity/solar_pv_info.html
Application: http://www.alamedapt.com/electricity/solar_rebate.app_081808.pdf

Up to $100,000 for Green Building Projects
Anaheim Public Utilities offers the Green Building Program to assist in implementing green building design and construction in the City of Anaheim. The program rewards developers, owners, and construction firms who select building practices that encourage environmental innovation beneficial to both the health of the Anaheim community and its economy. Services and incentives include:

  • waive plan check fees: maximum $50,000/project
  • new construction incentives: maximum $75,000/commercial facility
  • Energy Star® appliance incentives: maximum $100,000/project
  • design review assistance: maximum $10,000
  • LEED certification: maximum $30,000
  • green building rater incentives: maximum $6,000
  • technical assistance and support throughout the application process

Individuals interested in participating in the program should contact the Green Building Action Team here: http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/adv_svc_prog/green_power/Grnbuild.pdf or contact:  Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-765-4259 or 888-459-4205; http://www.anaheim.net/section.asp?id=162

Incentives for Installing Energy Saving Systems
Anaheim Public Utilities offers a rebate to its residential and business customers who install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The incentive for residential customers is $4/watt AC. For commercial installations, the incentive is $2.80/watt AC.  Residential customers who participate in the Home Investment Package (HIP) get a solar bonus of $1 more per installed Watt.  To optimize the solar energy installation, residential applicants can participate in the Home Utility Check-Up program offered by Anaheim Public Utilities. To qualify, PV systems must have a minimum capacity of 1,000 watts.  To learn more, contact:  Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim Advantage, City Hall West, 201 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 801, Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-765-4182; Fax:  714-765-4152;
http://www.anaheim.net/article.asp?id=1644
Application:  http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/adv_svc_prog/pv/pv_intro.pdf (residential);
http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/adv_svc_prog/Solar4HIP.pdf (HIP participants);
http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/pdf/CommercialPhotovoltaicProgramFinal.pdf (commercial)

Pay Only 50% to Install Solar Energy System
The City of Banning Electric Department provides their commercial and residential customers with rebates on the purchase of photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebates are worth $4 per watt and cannot exceed 50% of the total system cost which includes photovoltaic cells, modules, mounting or tracking structures, wiring, inverters, and utility required interconnection equipment.  To learn more, contact:  City of Banning, Public Benefits Department, 176 E. Lincoln Street, Banning, CA 92220; 951-849-5224;
http://ci.banning.ca.us/index.asp?NID=122

$37,500 for Renewable and Solar Energy Projects
Berkeley's Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology (FIRST) allows property owners to borrow money from the city's Sustainable Energy Financing District to install photovoltaic (PV) systems and repay the cost over 20 years through an annual special tax on property tax bills. The FIRST Program will provide financing up to $37,500 per installation for either residential or commercial properties. Payments will be made through a special tax on the participant's property tax bill. If the owner moves out of their house during the 20 year repayment period, the property tax assessment and the PV system remain with the property.  Get more details by contacting:  FIRST Administrator - Renewable Funding, Berkeley FIRST Program, 1746 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612; 510-451-7900;
http://www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=26580
Application: http://www.berkeleyfirst.renewfund.com/apply-now/application-process

Rebate Incentive for Installing PV Systems
Burbank Water & Power (BWP) offers customers a rebate for PV systems. As of October 2008, the incentive is $3.00/W AC if the customer keeps the RECs or $3.50/W AC if BWP gets the RECS. Additionally, schools, affordable housing projects and non-profits can get a rebate of $4.00/W if they give the RECs to BWP.  Owners of systems larger than 30 kW can receive a performance based incentive (PBI) for the actual electricity their system produces during the first 5 years of operation. As of October 2008 the PBI is $0.414/kWh if customer keeps RECs, $0.483/kWh if customer grants RECs to BWP, and $0.552/kWh for schools, affordable housing, non-profits. Owners of systems smaller than 30 kW can elect to receive the PBI rather than the up-front payment, but systems over 30 kW can only receive the PBI.  All customers applying for a Burbank Water and Power solar incentive are required to first conduct an energy-efficiency audit of the building where the solar system would be installed. To learn more, contact:  Burbank Water and Power, 164 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502; 818-238-3653; Fax:  818-238-3594;
http://www.burbankwaterandpower.com/incentives-for-all-customers/solar-photovoltaic-power

California Solar Initiative
The California Solar Initiative (CSI) provides more than $3 billion in incentives for solar-energy projects.  The CPUC manages the solar program for non-residential projects and projects on existing homes, while the CEC oversees the New Solar Homes Partnership, targeting the residential new construction market. For a complete list of incentives, visit:  http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/solar or contact:  Program Manager, California Solar Initiative Program, PG&E Integrated Processing Center, P.O. Box 7265, San Francisco, CA 94120-7265; 800-743-5000; Fax: 415-973-2510;
http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/news/program_updates/2006-12-06_PROGRAM_TRANSITION.PDF

Businesses Get $75,000 for Solar Water Heating
In addition to solar electric projects, the California Solar Initiative (CSI) also provides incentives through a solar water heating program. This program is available to only retrofit systems for existing residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial electricity customers of San Diego Gas & Electric.  For residential and small commercial systems, the maximum incentive is $1,500 and for larger commercial systems, the maximum incentive is $75,000.  Incentives will be paid to qualified, licensed contractors to be passed through to the customer or directly to owners of self-installed systems. Contact: Center for Sustainable Energy, 8690 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123; 877-333-SWHP; Fax:  858-244-1178;
http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Solar/080220_SD_SolarPilot.htm

Solar Incentives for Newly Built Homes 
The New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is a 10-year, $400 million program to encourage solar in new homes by working with builders and developers to incorporate into the homes high levels of energy efficiency and high-performing solar systems. The NSHP specifically targets the market-rate and affordable housing single-family and multi-family sectors.  Incentives are determined by the housing type and the expected performance of the system, which depends on factors like equipment efficiency, geographic location, orientation, tilt, shading, and time-dependent valuation. To qualify for incentives, the residential dwelling unit must be achieve at least 15% higher energy efficiency than the current Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The incentive is paid once the system is installed, operational, and has met all program requirements.  For a complete list of all four incentive levels, see the website below.  Contact:   Public Information Officer, California Energy Commission, New Solar Homes Partnership, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-45, Sacramento, CA 95814-5512; 800-555-7794;
http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/nshp/index.html

Rebates for PV Systems
Through The City of Healdsburg's PV Buy-Down Program, residential and commercial customers are eligible for a $2.52-per-watt AC rebate on qualifying grid-connected PV systems. In keeping with SB1, the incentive level will decrease annually over the 10 year life of the program. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Other rebate incentives are available.  Contact:  City of Healdsburg, Attn: Efficiency Services, PO Box 421, Clackamas, OR 97015; 503-658-4239;
http://www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us/cms/content.jsp?id=com.tms.cms.section.Section_fin_
Energy_Efficiency_Program_Rebates


Cash Incentives for Installing a PV System
The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) PV Partners Program offers incentives to customers that install qualifying PV systems. The program, which has a budget of approximately $13 million over 10 years, is divided into 10 steps, each funded at $1.3 million. Each step is allocated across four customer rate classes: residential, small/medium commercial, large commercial and non-profit/public sector.  There is a specified PV capacity allocated to each rate class.  For specific rebate incentives per class, see the website.  Contact:  Utility Marketing Services, City of Palo Alto Utilities, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301; 650-329-2241; Fax:  650-617-3140;
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/utl/news/details.asp?
NewsID=622&TargetID=224

Get $75,000 for Solar Water Heating
The City of Palo Utilities is offering incentives for their residential, commercial and industrial customers to install solar water heating systems on their homes and facilities. There are two incentive options: Prescriptive Method and Area Method. Residential and Small Commercial installations must use the Prescriptive Method, which is calculated based on the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) rated savings of the system, and a design-based Solar Orientation Factor (SOF). Prescriptive incentives are capped at $1,500. Large Commercial installations must use the Area Method, which is based on the type of system installed, SRCC rated savings of collectors in various Climate Zones, and SOF. Area Method incentives are capped at $75,000.  For more information:  City of Palo Alto, Utility Marketing Services, 250 Hamilton Avenue, 3rd Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94301; 650-329-2241;
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=1032&
targetid=223

$50,000 for Business Owners to Install Solar Electric System
Customers of Colton Electric Utility who install a photovoltaic system that is connected to the utility's electric system are eligible for a rebate of $4.00/watt (PTC), up to 50% of total installed costs. The maximum incentive is $20,000 for residential customers and $50,000 for commercial customers. System size must not exceed the peak load of the facility.   Contact:  Colton Public Utilities, 150 S. 10th Street, Colton, CA 92324; 909-370-5561; Fax:  909-370-5132;
http://www.coltononline.com/csprog.html

Fee Waiver for Green Building
The City of Costa Mesa waives building permit fees for green installations. The City Council thinks that waiving these fees could act as an incentive to encourage the community to build green and reduce its carbon footprint. Resolution 07-71 waives permit fees for green installations, and provides a rebate for the cost of green building certification, not to exceed the cost of the building permit.  Green installations include home and business construction improvements requiring building permits for installing class A roof assembly, residential cool roofs, garden roofs, insulation above minimum energy code standards, renewable energy systems, biomass, wind turbine, geothermal heat pumps, cogeneration fuel cells, photovoltaics, skylights, tankless domestic water heaters, waterless urinals, grey water system, high performance windows and doors, high efficiency HVAC systems, and other green installations or innovations as approved by the Building Official.  Contact:  City of Costa Mesa Development Services Department, 77 Fair Drive, Second Floor, Costa Mesa, CA  92626; 714-754-5277; Fax:  714-754-4856;
http://www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us/departments/green-building/green-bldg.htm

Incentives for Renewable Energy Projects
The California Energy Commission offers cash incentives to promote the installation of grid-connected small wind and fuel cell renewable energy electric-generating systems through its Emerging Renewables Program. To qualify for an incentive, the participant must be a customer of one of the utilities contributing funds to support the program: Pacific Gas& Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, or Southern California Water Company (doing business as Bear Valley Electric Service).  Funding levels for the Emerging Renewables Program are:

  • Small Wind Turbines (up to 50 kW): $2.50/W for first 7.5 kW and $1.50/W for increments > 7.5 kW and < 30 kW  
  • Fuel cells (<30 kW) using renewable fuels: $3.00/W for systems less than 30 kW

Rebates for eligible renewable energy systems installed on affordable housing projects are available at 25% above the standard rebate level up to 75% of the system’s installed cost.  Contact:  Energy Call Center, California Energy Commission, Emerging Renewables Program, 1516 9th Street MS-45, Sacramento, CA  95814-5512; 800-555-7794; Fax:  916-653-2543;
http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/erprebate/

Cash Back If You Go Solar
The Solar Solutions program provides all customer groups with an incentive to install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes and buildings. The rebate levels for 2008 are $4.00 per watt (up to 50% of total costs) for the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system of a size less than or equal to 30kW. Larger systems can receive a rebate of $ 0.490 per kWh of actual electric production for the first 5 years. Systems installed at qualified affordable housing projects are eligible to receive larger incentives. Systems must be sized to produce no more than 125% of the customer’s past 12 months kWh consumption. The minimum installed cost for the customer after all grants, rebates, and a GWP incentive is $2.50/watt.  Eligible costs include expenditures for photovoltaic panels, mounting and tracking structures, wiring, inverters, foundations for free standing systems, interconnection equipment and meters, as well as applicable State licenses, permits, fees, and sales taxes. In addition to the $4/W incentive, all necessary City of Glendale licenses, permits, or fees are 100% reimbursable.  Contact:  Glendale Water and Power, 141 North Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91206; 818-548-2750;
http://www.glendalewaterandpower.com/save_money/solar/program.aspx

$10,000 Cash Back for Going Solar
Hercules Municipal Utility offers a $3-per-watt AC rebate to its residential and commercial customers who purchase and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Systems up to 10 kW are eligible, and the maximum incentive is $10,000.  To learn more, contact: Hercules Municipal Utility, 111 Civic Drive, Hercules, CA 94547; 510-799-8209;
http://www.ci.hercules.ca.us/index.aspx?page=160

Rebates for PV Systems
Through the PV Solutions Rebate Program, Imperial Irrigation District provides rebates to its residential and commercial customers who install grid-tied photovoltaic systems. The rebate level will decrease over time as specific capacity goals are reached. As of February 2008, the first and second tier of incentives have been fully claimed. The rebate level for the third round of installations is $2.42/W-AC.  For more details, contact:  IID Public Programs Office, Imperial Irrigation District, 1284 Main St., El Centro, CA  92243; 760-303-7756, ext. 6 or 760-339-9032; Fax:  760-482-9611;
http://www.iid.com/Energy_Index.php?pid=388
Application: http://www.iid.com/Media/APPLICATION-FOR-DIST-GEN-INTERC.pdf

Solar Incentive Program for Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) Solar Incentive Program has 10 phases with declining incentive levels as certain installed megawatt (MW) targets are met. There are separate goals for residential and non-residential participants, and the incentive levels for each will decline irrespective of the other. Starting at $0.14 per kilowatt-hour (adjusted for expected performance) for residential, non-profit and governmental participants, and $0.11 per kilowatt-hour (adjusted for expected performance) for commercial participants, the incentive levels will decrease by one cent ($0.01) every time a MW goal is reached. Bonus incentives of $0.02 per kilowatt-hour (residential, non-profit, government) and $0.01 per kilowatt-hour (commercial) are available if the installed system was manufactured in Los Angeles.   To find out more, contact:  Solar Program Information, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, 111 North Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90051; 800-473-3652 or 213-367-4122;
http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp000787.jsp

New Green Construction Projects Get Free Help & Fee Waiver
The Community Development Agency of Marin County provides incentives for new construction that incorporates green elements. The incentive program includes the following incentives:  waiver of the Title 24 energy fee (new construction projects only); fast-track permit processing; and free green building technical assistance, design consultation, resources and information for all Marin County residents.  Contact:  Marin County Community Development Agency, 3501 Civic Center Drive, #308, San Rafael, CA 94903-4157; 415-507-2797;
http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/CD/main/comdev/advance/Sustainability.cfm

Up to $500 to Install Solar Energy Systems
The rebate program offered by the Marin County Sustainability Team provides incentives to local residences, businesses and County employees who install solar energy systems. Rebates include $500 for a photovoltaic system, $300 for a solar hot water heater, and $200 for a solar pool heater. To qualify for this rebate, the applicant must live in unincorporated Marin County or be an employee of Marin County. In addition, the applicant must submit an energy efficiency checklist and the systems must meet the minimum qualifications listed on the program website.  Contact:  Marin County Community Development Agency, 3501 Civic Center Drive, #308, San Rafael, CA 94903-4157; 415-507-2797;
http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/CD/main/comdev/advance/Sustainability/Energy/
solar/incentives/solar_financing.cfm#local_incentives

Up to $70,000 for Businesses to Put in a PV System
Merced Irrigation District (MID) offers their residential, commercial and non-profit customers a rebate for installing solar electric photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes and offices. In keeping with the terms of Senate Bill 1, the incentive amount is scheduled to drop every year during the 10-year life of the program. The rebate available for 2008 is $2.80 per Watt (W), adjusted based on the expected performance of the system.  Maximum incentives are:  residential: $8,400 and commercial: $70,000.  Contact:  Merced Irrigation District, 744 W. 20th Street, Merced, CA 95340; 209-722-5761, ext. 119; Fax:  209-726-7010;
http://www.mercedid.org/solarprogram

Photovoltaic Rebate Program Offers Rebates
Modesto Irrigation District offers a photovoltaic rebate program for all of their electric customers. The capacity-based rebate is $2.60 per installed watt AC, per customer account, not to exceed 50% of total project costs. Public agencies will receive an additional $0.47 per watt, bringing their incentive up to $3.07 per watt.  The performance-based incentive is $0.233 per kWh of actual electricity production over a 10-year period. The rebate levels will decline over time.  To learn more, contact: PV Program Coordinator, Modesto Irrigation District, 1231 11th Street, Modesto, CA 95352; 209-526-7455; Fax:  209-526-7575;
http://www.mid.org/rebates/solar/default.htm

Pasadena Solar Initiative
Pasadena Water & Power (PWP) offers its electric customers a rebate for photovoltaic (PV) installations. The rebate amount varies depending on the customer class installing the system and the system's size.  As required by the California Solar Initiative, the PBI and EPBB incentive levels will step down annually over the 10 year life of this program. The 2008 base rate for the EPBB is $4 per watt AC for non-profits, and $3.50 per watt for all others. These levels are reduced depending on the Clean Power Estimator's analysis of the system. The 2008 rebate rate for the PBI is $0.632/kWh for non-profit applicants, and $0.552 / kWh for all others.  To learn more, contact:  Pasadena Water and Power, 150 Los Robles Avenue, Ste. 200, Pasadena, CA 91101; 626-744-4731;
http://www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/solar/default.asp

$1,500 to Make Your Property Energy Efficient
Through the Rebates for Multi-Family Properties Program, PG&E offers rebates for owners and managers of multi-family properties of five or more units. Insulation, appliances, HVAC and lighting improvements are among the eligible products for rebates and owners or managers can receive up to $1,500 in incentives per property.   Contact:  Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Residential Programs, P.O. Box 7265, San Francisco, CA 94120; 800-933-9555;
http://www.pge.com/myhome/saveenergymoney/eebuyersguides/appliances/

Cash Rebates for Builders That Use Energy Saving Features
Residential New Construction Rebates are available for builders of residential dwellings that incorporate energy efficient features. Incentives are available if builders meet the Energy Star requirements – 15% more efficient than required by the 2005 Title 24 Energy Code. For those homes that do not meet the Energy Star label but still include energy conserving features, PG&E offers prescriptive rebates to builders.  To learn more, contact:  Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Residential Programs, P.O. Box 7265, San Francisco, CA 94120; 800-342-7737;
 http://www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/incentivesbyindustry/
newconstruction/

$20,000 to Install a PV System
Plumas-Sierra REC offers an incentive for its customers to install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes and businesses. Rebates are available for qualifying systems between one kilowatt (kW) and 25 kW; the rebate amount is based on the installed capacity. The rebate level will step down over the 10-year life of the program. During the first program year, the rebate level is $2.80 per watt AC; the level will decrease by 7% annually thereafter. The program is available to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and non-profit members of Plumas-Sierra REC. There are annual incentive caps for each customer class:  $6,000 for residential, agricultural, non-profit applications; $12,000 for small commercial applications; and $20,000 for large commercial and industrial applications.  Contact: Plumas-Sierra REC, 73233 State Route 70, Portola, CA  96122-7064; 530-832-4261, ext. 6004;
http://www.psrec.org/energy_renewable_solar.php?sec=enersol&pag=enerrenew

Property Tax Exemption for up to 100% Cost of System
Section 73 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code allows a property tax exclusion for certain types of solar energy systems installed between January 1, 1999, and December 31, 2009.  This exclusion also includes the construction of an active solar energy system incorporated by an owner-builder in the initial construction of a new building that the owner-builder does not intend to occupy or use. Components included under the exclusion include storage devices, power conditioning equipment, transfer equipment, and parts. Pipes and ducts that are used to carry both solar energy and energy derived from other sources qualify for the exemption only to the extent of 75% of their full cash value. Likewise, dual-use equipment for solar-electric systems qualifies for the exclusion only to the extent of 75% of its value.  System owners should contact the applicable county assessor's office for further information:  http://www.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/assessors.htm or contact:  Tax Specialist – BOE, California State Board of Equalization, P.O. Box 942879, Sacramento, CA 94279-0090; 800-400-7115; http://www.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/pdf/lta08037.pdf

Up to $8,000 for Energy Upgrades at Home & Business
The Earth Advantage Rebate Program offers rebates to residential and business customers of Redding Electric Utility (REU) for solar PV, solar thermal, and geothermal heat pump systems.  Maximum rebate amounts are as follows:  PV: None;
Solar thermal: $1,000 for the 1st panel, $500 for the 2nd panel, $250 for the 3rd panel; Solar PV attic fans: $100/unit; and Geothermal: $8,000.  Customers are paid directly by check for the PV and thermal rebates and receive a bill credit for the attic fan rebate. REU reserves the right to inspect all systems before issuing the rebate.  Contact:  Redding Electric Utility, Earth Advantage Rebate Program, P.O. Box 496071, Redding, CA 96049; 530-339-7215; Fax:  530-339-7389;
http://www.reupower.com/energysvc/energy-rebates.asp

$$$ for Energy Efficient Improvements
Redding Electric Utility offers a variety of financial incentives for energy efficiency to its residential customers through its Earth Advantage Rebate Program. Rebates are for ENERGY STAR rated appliances, weatherization measures, HVAC equipment, renewable energy sources, and lighting equipment. Rebates are limited to upgrades and efficiency improvements on existing equipment, not new construction. Incentives maximum amounts range from $500 up to $8,000.  To learn more about individual rebates, see the website or contact:  Earth Advantage Rebates, Redding Electric Utility, PO Box 496071, Redding, CA 96049-6071; 530-339-7215;
http://www.reupower.com/energysvc/energy-rebates.asp

Businesses Get $66,000 to Install a PV Solar System
Roseville Electric residential customers who install a qualifying photovoltaic (PV) system are eligible to receive a rebate of $3.00 per watt-AC, up to $10,000. Roseville's commercial and non-profit customers are eligible for a rebate of $3.00 per Watt-AC, up to $66,000.  For more details, contact:  Roseville Electric, 2090 Hilltop Circle, Roseville, CA 95747; 916-774-5617;
http://www.roseville.ca.us/electric/business_customers/photovolatic_buydown_
program.asp

Application:  http://www.roseville.ca.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=7757

Green Building Incentives
The Green County San Bernardino program includes a number of incentives to encourage residents, builders, and businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. Homebuilders who build homes in the county which meet the California Green Builder standard will receive expedited plan checks, guaranteed timelines, and priority field inspection service. Residents and businesses in existing buildings can also receive incentives for improving their building's energy use. Permit fees will be waived for the installation of solar energy systems, wind-generated electrical systems, tankless water heaters, and highly efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.  Contact:  Regional Building Inspector Supervisor, San Bernardino County Building and Safety, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 1st Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0181; 909-387-4246; Fax: 909-387-4301;
http://www.solarsantamonica.com

Build Green with These Incentives
The County of San Diego has a Green Building Incentive Program designed to promote the use of resource efficient energy usage in new and remodeled residential and commercial buildings. As part of the program, the County will waive the fee for the building permit and plan check for a photovoltaic system. In addition, for qualifying resource conservation measures, the County will reduce building permit and plan check fees by 7.5% and grant expedited plan checks, saving approximately 7 to 10 days on the project timeline. To qualify for these conservation incentives, the project must comply with the program requirements for either natural resources conservation, water conservation, or energy conservation.  Other rebates and incentives may be available to those building greener and more efficient homes and buildings. For more information, contact:  County of San Diego, Department of Planning and Land Use, 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92123-1666; 858-565-5920;
http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dplu/greenbuildings.html

Up to $30,000 for Businesses to Install PV Systems
The City and County of San Francisco is providing rebates to residents and businesses who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their properties. Systems must be at least one kilowatt (kW) in capacity, and there is no maximum size limit to participate. There are four distinct funding levels for residential installations, ranging from $3,000 to $6,000. Commercial, non-profit and industrial installations receive a capacity-based incentive of $1,500 per kW, up to a maximum amount of $10,000. Multi-unit residential buildings that are operated by a non-profit may receive up to $4,500 per kW (depending on the number of units) up to a maximum of $30,000.  For more information on these incentives, contact:  San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, 1155 Market Street, First Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103; 415-554-1572;
http://sfwater.org/mto_main.cfm/MC_ID/12/MSC_ID/139/MTO_ID/361 

Lease Program for Solar Water Heating
Under the Solar Water Heating Program, the City of Santa Clara supplies, installs and maintains solar water heating systems for residents and businesses through its Water & Sewer Utilities Department. Solar equipment is offered by the city for the heating of swimming pools, process water, and domestic hot water. The pieces of hardware (solar collectors, controls and storage tanks) are owned and maintained by the city under a rental agreement. The renter pays an initial installation fee and a monthly utility fee. These amounts vary according to the size of the installation:  Solar Pool Heating System: installation cost is $625 plus $40 per panel; and Solar Domestic Hot Water System (Multi-Family): varies; typical installation fee for system to serve 10 dwelling units is approximately $7,500.  For more information, contact:  Solar Engineer, City of Santa Clara Water & Sewer Utility, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050; 408-615-2000; Fax:  408-247-0784;
http://santaclaraca.gov/pub_utility/ws_water_heating.htm

Building Permit Fee Waiver for Solar Projects
The City of Santa Monica waives building permit fees for solar energy systems. The hope is that waiving these fees could act as an incentive to realizing the City’s energy goals, and could persuade the public to invest in more efficient systems for their homes and businesses.  Contact:  City of Santa Monica, 1212 5th Street, First Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3126; 310-458-8229; Fax:  310-395-2138;
http://www01.smgov.net/finance/treasury/fees/toc3.htm

Expedited Permitting for Green Buildings
The City of Santa Monica has an ordinance in place to encourage the construction of sustainable buildings. The ordinance allows for priority plan check processing for building projects that are registered with the United States Green Building Council for certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The ordinance applies to all new buildings and major renovations which total an amount exceeding fifty percent of their replacement cost. All applicants wishing to receive priority plan check processing must submit proof of LEED registration and a checklist indicating all of the credits they plan to pursue before they can receive expedited permitting. Applicants must also clearly specify the materials, systems and strategies they will use to achieve the credits in the plans submitted to the City for plan check approval.   Contact:  City of Santa Monica, 1212 5th St., 1st Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310-458-8549; Fax:  310-395-2138;
http://www.smgreen.org/
 
$35,000 Grants to Build Environmentally Friendly
The Santa Monica Green Building Program offers financial incentives for buildings and innovative building technologies certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, awarding two types of grants to promote green building throughout the city. Grants for new private sector buildings are based on the level of certification attained under the LEED standards:  LEED Certified - $20,000; LEED Silver - $25,000; LEED Gold - $30,000; and LEED Platinum - $35,000.  All new construction and major renovation in commercial, affordable housing, mixed use, and multi-family residential that register for LEED (LEED-NC) certification are eligible to apply.  For more information about program, contact:  City of Santa Monica, 1212 5th St., 1st Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310-458-8549; Fax:  310-395-2138;
http://greenbuildings.santa-monica.org/mainpages/whatsnew.htm

Grants up to $5,000 for Innovative Technology Use
The City of Santa Monica also offers Innovative Technology Grants for energy efficient systems and urban runoff mitigation technologies. These grants do not apply to self-generation technologies, only energy efficiency measures. However, hybrid systems, such as solar absorption chillers or solar-assisted heating systems, may be considered. Grants cover 50% of the cost of eligible systems up to a maximum of $5,000.  Innovative Technology grants are available for all building types including commercial, affordable housing, mixed use, and single- and multi-family residential in both new and retrofit applications.  For more information about program, contact:  City of Santa Monica, 1212 5th St., 1st Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310-458-8549; Fax:  310-395-2138;
http://greenbuildings.santa-monica.org/mainpages/whatsnew.htm

Loan Program for Solar Energy Systems
The Solar Santa Monica program makes it easier for homeowners and local businesses to improve the efficiency of their buildings and install solar energy systems. Through this program, homes and businesses will first have a trained member of the Solar Santa Monica team conduct an on-site energy assessment to see how the home or business can save energy in the most cost effective way. The homeowner can then decide which energy improvements they want to make, and Solar Santa Monica will put them in touch with one of their preferred providers to make the improvements.  After all of the desired energy improvements have been addressed, the provider will provide a bid to the homeowner for a solar installation. If the homeowner decides to go forward with a solar installation, Solar Santa Monica will direct them to one of their preferred lending institutions to provide financing for the installation. A down payment may be required, but will not exceed $1,000.  Contact:  City of Santa Monica, 1212 5th Street, First Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3126; 310-458-8229; Fax:  310-395-2138;
http://www.solarsantamonica.com/

$$ to Produce Electricity Using Wind or Fuel Alternatives
The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers incentives to customers who produce electricity with wind turbines and fuel cells. The incentive payments range from $1/W - $4.50/W for renewable energy systems depending on the type of system. Retail electric and gas customers of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) or Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas) are eligible for SGIP.  The SGIP no longer provides rebates for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations.  To find out more about this program, contact:  Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Self-Generation Incentive Program, P.O. Box 770000, Mail Code B27P, San Francisco, CA 94177-001; 415-973-6436; Fax:  415-973-2510;
http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/sgip/

Solar Electric Buy Down Program
Silicon Valley Power (SVP) offers incentives for the installation of new grid-connected solar electric (photovoltaic, or PV) systems. Residential SVP customers are eligible for a rebate of $4.50 per watt AC up to $45,000 (10 kW). Commercial SVP customers are eligible for a rebate of $3.00 per watt AC for systems up to 100 kW. Commercial systems greater than 100 kW but smaller than 1 MW are eligible for a performance based incentive of $0.40 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Performance based incentives are paid to the customer quarterly for a period of five years.  Customers must have received an energy audit by SVP or other approved entity within the last two years to identify all other energy efficiency opportunities in addition to PV.  Contact:  Energy Conservation Hotline, Silicon Valley Power, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050; 408-244-7283; Fax:  408-244-2990;
http://www.siliconvalleypower.com/res/?sub=rebatessolar

More Rebates for Energy Saving Appliances
Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD) offers incentives for their residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Participants must be a TDPUD electric customer (and water customer for the clothes washers) to participate in TDPUD’s conservation rebate programs. Rebates are offered for:  dish washers, refrigerators, clothes washers, heat pumps and more.  Incentives range from $2 up to $250.  Contact:  Truckee Donner Public Utility District, PO Box 309, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96160; 580-582-3931 or 530-587-3896;
http://www.tdpud.org/index.php?cId=34
Application:  http://www.tdpud.org/pdf/Rebate%20program%20pamphlet,May07.pdf

$25,000 to Go Green
The Truckee Donner Public Utility District is participating in the California Solar Initiative (CSI) by offering rebates to its customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems. The incentive levels will step down annually during its 10 year existence. Currently, the incentive level is set at $5 per kilowatt (kW), adjusted based on expected-performance, with incentives capped at $15,000 for residential systems and $25,000 for commercial. Systems up to 2 MW may be installed, but the rebate will be applied to just the first 3 kW for residential and 5 kW for commercial systems.  Contact:  Truckee Donner Public Utility District, PV Buy Down Program, PO Box 309, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96160; 530-582-3922;
http://www.tdpud.org/index.php?cId=62

PV System Installation Rebate
Turlock Irrigation District (TID) offers an incentive program to their customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. In keeping with the terms of the California Solar Initiative, the incentive payment levels will decline over the life of the program in 10 steps as certain MW levels of PV systems are installed within the District. The incentive levels for the first step are $4 per watt AC of installed capacity for their residential customers, and $2.80 per watt AC for non-residential systems.  All existing customers will be required to have an energy efficiency audit conducted for their home or business as part of the PV reservation.  Contact:  Turlock Irrigation District, 333 East Canal Drive, P.O. Box 949, Turlock, CA 95380; 209-883-8506;
http://www.tid.org/Res/Solar/index.htm

$15,000 for Business PV System Installation
Through Ukiah Utilities’ PV Buy-down Program, residential and commercial customers are eligible for a $2.52-per-watt AC rebate on qualifying grid-connected PV systems up to a maximum system size of 1 MW. In keeping with SB1, the incentive level will decrease annually on July 1 over the 10 year life of the program. Rebates are limited to $6,000 per residential installation and $15,000 per commercial installation.  Contact:  City of Ukiah, Attn: Efficiency Services, PO Box 421, Clackamas, OR 97015; 503-658-4239;
http://www.cityofukiah.com/pageserver/?page=utilities_photovoltaic
Application:  http://www.cityofukiah.com/pdf/utilities/Ukiah_PV_Application_
SB%201_tax_info.pdf

Loans to Help You Become Energy Independent
The Energy Independence Program (EIP) allows property owners in Palm Desert to borrow money from the city for energy projects at their home or facility, and to repay those loans through increased property taxes. There is no maximum loan amount, but loans over $60K must be approved by the City Manager. Loans greater than $200K must be approved by the City Council.  EIP loans do not require a down payment and the interest rate initially will not exceed 7%, but may increase up to 10% after the first $2.5 million of city appropriations are exhausted. Loans are available to all owners of real improved property, but $1.25 million of the initial funding is reserved for owners of residential property. Loans can be used to fund solar installations and a wide range of efficiency projects in existing buildings, not new construction. Contact:  Energy Independence Program, Palm Desert, Office of Energy Management, 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 200 A, Palm Desert, CA 92260; 760-837-0287;
http://www.cityofpalmdesert.org/Index.aspx?page=484

Incentives for Producers of Renewable Energy
California enacted legislation requiring every electrical corporation to file with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a standard tariff for renewable energy output produced by a public water or wastewater agency that is a retail customer of an electrical corporation. The California feed-in tariff allows eligible customer-generators to enter into 10-, 15- or 20-year standard contracts with their utilities to sell the electricity produced by small renewable energy systems, up to 1.5 megawatt (MW), at time-differentiated market-based prices. The price paid will be based on the CPUC’s market price referent (MPR) table, shown in CPUC Resolution E-4137. As the feed-in tariff is meant to help the utilities meet California's renewable portfolio standard (RPS), all green attributes associated with the energy, including renewable energy credits (RECs), transfer to the utility with the sale. For more information, contact the one of the program administrators for the utilities:   

Or you can contact:  California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102; 415-703-2743 or 415-703-1170; Fax:  415-703-1158; http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/electric/RenewableEnergy/
feedintariffs.htm

Solar Renewable Energy Credit Program
City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) currently purchases Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) to meet the demand for the solar portion of their retail green power program, PaloAltoGreen. This program is a voluntary program through which CPAU customers can support renewable energy development by paying an extra 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for their electricity needs. CPAU then uses this money to purchase wind and solar power Renewable Energy Credits, or directly install city-owned systems.  In an effort to support solar development within CPAU's service territory, rather than purchasing SRECs from outside sources, the City Council decided to enter into contracts with their commercial and industrial customers for the purchase of the SRECs associated with their solar installations. CPAU currently pays $50/MWh for SRECs and prices are expected to vary between $30/MWh and $150/MWh in the future.  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU), 250 Hamilton Avenue, 3rd Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94301; 650-329-2241; http://www.city.palo-alto.ca.us/depts/utl/news/details.asp?
NewsID=468&TargetID=224
and http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=9933

$$ to Produce Electricity with Biomass Systems
Southern California Edison Company (SCE) offers a production incentive to customers who generate electricity with eligible biomass-energy systems, including landfill gas, municipal solid waste, wood and wood waste, fuel cells, digester gas, and sewer gas. Separate contracts are available to facilities with capacities of less than 1 megawatt (MW), facilities greater than or equal to 1 MW but not greater than 5 MW, and systems greater than 5 MW but not greater than 20 MW. The seller may select a term of 10, 15 or 20 years. The production incentive payment is tied to the Market Price Referent, which increases annually. Participants will receive the rate that is available when their project comes on-line for the duration of their contract period. All renewable-energy credits (RECs) are transferred to SCE.  For more information, contact:  Southern California Edison, 2244 Walnut Grove, Rosemead, CA 91770; 626-302-5358;
http://www.sce.com/EnergyProcurement/bsc.htm
Application: http://www.sce.com/NR/rdonlyres/8A92FD33-9052-414B-89FB-5355EFDB4931/0/
BSC_Application_051107.pdf

$500,000 Energy Loans for Agricultural & Food Processing Companies
The California Energy Commission provides financing to the agricultural and food processing industries to purchase proven cost-effective energy efficient and renewable emerging technologies. Loans of up $500,000 are available with a fixed interest rate of 3.2%.  Eligible technologies include:  thermal heat pumps, electrodialysis membrane systems, enterprise energy management systems, heating and cooling topping cycle systems, ultra-low NOx controlled energy efficient burners, solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems, utilization of food and animal waste for bio-energy generation. These are the only technologies which can receive funding through this program. Eligible business entities include food and fiber processing, animal feeding and processing, breweries, wineries, creameries, irrigation districts and agricultural production.  Contact: California Energy Commission, Grants and Loans Office, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-1, Sacramento, CA 95814-5512; 916-654-4019;
http://www.energy.ca.gov/process/agriculture/loan_solicitation/
Application:  http://www.energy.ca.gov/process/agriculture/loan_solicitation/
2007-04_AG_LOAN_PACKAGE.PDF

$3 Million for Schools to Increase Energy Efficiency
The California Energy Commission will provide up to $26 million in loans to schools, hospitals, and local governments for the installation of energy-saving measures or for energy audits and studies. Interest rates are fixed at 3.95% for the term of the loan. The maximum loan amount is $3 million and there is no minimum loan. Loans must be paid back within 15 years from energy costs savings, or in 2 years for energy audits. Common projects include lighting and equipment upgrades and heating systems, but can also include other energy-saving measures and renewable energy systems.  Contact:  Public Programs Office, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, MS #42, Sacramento, CA 95814-5512; 916-654-4147;
http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/financing/index.html
Application:  http://www.energy.ca.gov/2007publications/CEC-400-2007-010/CEC-400-2007-010.PDF

$25,000 Grants for Efficient Building Design Projects
Alameda P&T offers its commercial customers grants of up to $25,000 for energy efficient building design and equipment in new commercial construction, or other approved unique energy efficient projects.   To learn more, contact:  Alameda Power and Telecom, Energy Management Coordinator, PO Box H, Alameda, CA 94501; 510-748-3947;
http://www.alamedapt.com/electricity/com_savings.html

$2,000 for Business Energy Makeovers
Burbank Water and Power (BWP) offers the Business Bucks Grant Program to its small and mid-sized business customers for installation of energy efficient equipment. Burbank businesses with monthly electricity costs falling in the range of about $100 to $3,000 are eligible to participate in this program.  Interested customers must call Richard Heath and Associates (RHA) in order to schedule a comprehensive energy and water survey. Businesses can select recommendations they would like to install and BWP's certified installers will conduct that work at the facility. BWP will pay up to $2,000 for recommended retrofits selected.  Contact:  Richard Heath and Associates; 877-290-2590;
http://www.burbankwaterandpower.com/index.php/incentives-for-businesses/bwps-
business-bucks-program

FREE Lighting Upgrades up to $2,500 for Your Business
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) offers up to $2,500 in free efficient lighting upgrades through their Small Business Direct Install (SBDI) Program. Small businesses on rate schedule A1 are eligible to participate in the SBDI program and receive energy saving lighting system upgrades for equipment, such as fluorescent lighting and energy efficient exit signs.  A SBDI Program Representative will visit the small business and conduct an on-site lighting assessment to help identify energy saving opportunities. Once the business has agreed to the energy plan, licensed professionals will retrofit the building with new, energy efficient lighting. The old equipment will also be removed and recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.  Contact:  Commercial Resource Center, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, 111 N. Hope St., Room 1063, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 800-499-8840;
http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp010211.jsp

$100,000 Grants for New Energy Saving Ideas
Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) offers their Energy Efficiency Technology Grant Program to its business customers to fund research, development, and effective use of innovative energy technologies that are unique to that particular business or industry's specific manufacturing techniques or processes. Grant amount is up to 100% of the project cost with a maximum of $100,000 per project with no matching funds or repayment requirements. Proposals must meet one of the following categories to be eligible for consideration:  building end-use efficiency; environmentally preferred advanced generation; renewable generation; energy-related environmental research; strategic energy research; and electric transportation.  In addition, a feasibility study can help determine the effectiveness of the proposed projects, and RPU may provide up to $5,000 per project per calendar year to pay for the study. Contact:  Programs & Services, Riverside Public Utilities, 3460 Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501; 951-826-5485;
http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/busi-technologygrant.asp

$50,000 to Buy Natural Gas Equipment
San Diego Gas and Electric's On-Bill Financing (OBF) program offers qualified business customers 0% financing from $5,000 to $50,000 for qualifying natural gas equipment. The program is open to all non-residential customers, including governments and owners of multi-family units who do not reside on premises. Participants must have had an active account for past two years, no disconnect notices in past 12 months and no deposit on hand. The funds can be used for a wide variety of efficiency improvement projects, and the monthly loan payments will be added directly to the customer's bill.  Contact:  Energy Information Center, San Diego Gas & Electric, P.O. Box 129831, San Diego, CA 92112-9831; 800-644-6133;
http://www.sdge.com/business/esc/promo_obf.shtml
Application:  http://www.sdge.com/business/esc/documents/obf_application.pdf

Low-Interest Energy Saving Loans for Businesses
Sacramento Municipal Utility District offers low-interest loans to help their commercial customers finance energy efficient equipment in their facilities. Presently, SMUD offers financing at a fixed interest rate of 7.5%, but interest rates are subject to change. A loan application fee of $100 will be charged for all loan amounts over $1,000. SMUD will return this fee if they decline the application. Generally, all loan amounts over $2,500 or greater will be secured by a UCC1 Financing Statement fixture filing with the County Recorder. However, large loan amounts may be secured by a Deed of Trust, requiring a $150 filing fee. More information regarding loan application process, loan payment options, or fees can be found on the program website listed below.  Contact:  Commercial Services, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, 6201 S Street, PO Box 15830, Sacramento, CA 95852-1830; 888-742-7683; http://www.smud.org/en/business/Pages/index.aspx

Up to $50,000 for Qualifying Natural Gas Equipment
SoCalGas' On-Bill Financing (OBF) program offers qualified business customers 0% financing from $5,000 to $50,000 for qualifying natural gas equipment. The program is open to all non-residential customers, including governments and owners of multifamily units who do not reside on premises. Participants must have had an active account for past two years, no disconnect notices in past 12 months and no deposit on hand. The funds can be used for a wide variety of efficiency improvement projects, and the monthly loan payments will be added directly to the customer's bill. Contact:  On-Bill Financing Program, Southern California Gas Company, 555 W. Fifth Street, GT28A4, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1046; 800-427-6584, ext. 6;
http://www.socalgas.com/business/documents/obfFactSheet.pdf

FREE Upgrades to Business Lighting & A/C Systems
Alameda Power and Telecom offers rebates for its commercial customers to install energy efficient lighting and air conditioning systems. To qualify, you must first fill out the application forms available on their website, and schedule a pre-installation inspection. Alameda Power and Telecom will then award the rebate once they receive the proofs of purchase and conduct a post-installation inspection. The incentives vary according to the type and efficiency of the equipment installed, and the type and efficiency of the equipment being replaced.  To learn more, contact:  Alameda Power and Telecom, Energy Management Coordinator, PO Box H, Alameda, CA 94501; 510-748-3947; http://www.alamedapt.com/electricity/com_rebates.html

Up to $75,000 in Business Efficiency Incentives
Anaheim Public Utilities (APU) offers several Business Efficiency Incentives Programs to commercial facilities interested in energy efficiency. Eligible businesses undergo a feasibility study that includes a demand and energy-impact assessment and examines any potential energy-efficient upgrades as well as a cost analysis. Note that APU will cover the cost of feasibility studies up to a maximum of $10,000 per project.  Rebates for air conditioners, motors, heat pumps and lighting vary according to system type, size, and efficiency rating. For more details, contact:  Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-765-4259 or 888-459-4205;
http://www.anaheim.net/article.asp?id=990

$6,000 for Dry Cleaners to Go Green
Anaheim Public Utilities (APU) offers the Green Cleaners Incentives Program, whereby dry cleaner businesses may receive up to $6,000 for upgrading to energy-efficient, environmentally friendly equipment. To be eligible, equipment must save energy and eliminate the use of the dry cleaning solvent perchloroethylene, which is being phased out by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Qualifying businesses can receive $2,000 per unit for up to three units of equipment purchased and installed in a calendar year. Replacement equipment must not be removed from Anaheim for three years after receipt of incentive. Contact:  Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-765-4259 or 888-459-4205;
http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/adv_svc_prog/greenercleanerspage1_2.pdf

$75,000 to Help Pay for Cleaner Energy Equipment
Anaheim Public Utilities (APU) offers commercial, industrial and institutional customers the New Construction Incentives Program to offset installation and upgrade costs of energy efficient equipment. APU representatives assist in planning an energy efficient facility to meet or exceed California Title 24 standards and reduce future operating costs.  Interested customers must contact APU to set up initial consultation. Working with a design team and builder, APU will contribute up to $10,000 for design assistance. Total rebates can be up to $25,000 per measure and $75,000 per facility. Contact:  Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-765-4259 or 888-459-4205;
http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/adv_svc_prog/new_con/index.pdf

FREE Energy Management Assistance for Businesses
Anaheim Public Utilities (APU) provides an energy efficiency incentive to its small business customers, generally defined as privately owned and having a monthly peak demand of less than 100 kW. Upon request, Anaheim Public Utilities will conduct a free on-site energy use survey and recommend energy efficient measures and technologies to reduce the energy consumption. APU will assist in replacing old equipment with energy efficient equipment.  The maximum incentives are generally: T8 fluorescent lights, electronic ballasts and controls: $5,000 and programmable thermostats: $800.  Contact:
Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-765-4259 or 888-459-4205;
http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/adv_svc_prog/small_bus_assist/
intro.pdf

Solar Energy Incentives in California
Azusa Light & Water provides rebates to their customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems through their Solar Partnership Program. The rebate amount is determined by the ownership of the Renewable Energy Credits (REC) associated with the system. If the customer elects to retain ownership of the RECs, they will receive the lower rebate amount of $2.80 per watt. The higher rebate amount of $4.00 per watt is available to customers who give the RECs to Azusa Light & Water.  For more information, contact: Azusa Light & Water, PO Box 9500, Azusa, CA 91702; 626-812-5154 or 626-812-5125;
http://www.ci.azusa.ca.us/index.asp?nid=565

$100,000 + Free Shade Trees to Help the Environment
Burbank Water and Power offers a rebate to its business customers for installing energy efficient equipment in their facilities. The rebate is offered for a variety of energy efficient measures and technologies, and customers should call to be sure their specific project would qualify. Complete rebate applications must be submitted within four months after the project completion date.  The annual customer rebate total may not exceed $100,000. In addition to this and other business efficiency programs, Burbank Water and Power also offers its business customers up to 20 free shade trees to increase the facility's cooling efficiency.  Contact:  Burbank Water and Power, 164 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502; 818-238-3638;
http://www.burbankwaterandpower.com/index.php/incentives-for-
businesses/energy-solutions-business-rebate-programs

Business Get Help Buying Energy Saving Lights
City of Lompoc Utilities offers rebates to its commercial customers for upgrading their facilities with energy efficient lights. The City will rebate $15.00 per ballast to a small user and $10.00 to a large user to replace incandescent or old electromagnetic/T12 fixtures with electronic ballasts operating T-8 lamps. Contact CLU for more information, and for the full details of the exit sign incentive.  To learn more, contact:  City of Lompoc Utilities, Customer Service, 100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc, CA 93438; 805-736-1261;
http://www.cityoflompoc.com/splash/utilprograms.htm

$50,000 to Install a Solar Energy System
City of Lompoc Utilities provides rebates to its electric customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems. To qualify for the rebate the system must meet all the criteria as defined by the Lompoc City Electric interconnection agreement for self-generating electric systems and the requirements set forth by the California Energy Commission.  The incentive amount is $3.50 per watt AC or 50% of the project cost up to $50,000.  To learn more, contact:  City of Lompoc, Customer Service, 100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc, CA 93438; 805-875-8298;
http://www.cityoflompoc.com/departments/utilities/conservation.htm or http://www.cityoflompoc.com/departments/utilities/solar_pv_info.pdf

$100,000 to Replace Your Business’s Equipment
City of Palo Alto Utilities, through the Commercial Advantage Program, offers several incentives for their commercial customers to replace old equipment with new, more efficient equipment. Rebates are available for:  lighting; boilers and water heating equipment; HVAC equipment; chillers and heat rejection equipment; food service equipment; refrigeration equipment; custom rebates; and appliances and general equipment.  The rebate is capped at $100,000 per fiscal year, and applies to replacement equipment only. Applications must be approved before the replacement equipment is purchased, and the equipment must be installed within 6 months of the application approval. Contact:  City of Palo Alto Utilities, Utility Marketing Services, PO Box 10250, Palo Alto, CA 94303; 650-329-2241; http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/utl/news/details.asp?NewsID=
471&TargetID=223

Application: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=8056

$100,000 for Bigger Businesses to Improve Energy Efficiency
Glendale Water and Power (GWP) offers an incentive to its medium and large business customers to encourage energy efficiency through their Business Energy Solutions Program. The incentive amount is based on the projected cost of the efficiency improvement and the amount of energy saved through the measure. The incentive is capped at $0.10/square foot for energy audits, 25% of paid labor and materials costs for approved retrofit projects, or 100% of the incremental costs to bring a remodeling and/or new construction project above the minimum Title 24 energy standard. There is also a maximum limit of $100,000 in incentives to one customer per fiscal year.  Contact GWP's Business Account Representatives early in the process to ensure eligibility and the availability of funding. Contact:  Glendale Water and Power, Customer Service, 141 North Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA 91206; 818-548-2746 or 818-548-2747; Fax:  818-240-6492;
http://www.glendalewaterandpower.com/save_money/large_business/incentives_
program.aspx?section=Business_Resources

$$ to Replace Inefficient Air Conditioners
Glendale Water and Power (GWP) offers the Peak Hogs Cash Incentive program for small business owners and small business property owners as well as landlords and building owners of multi-family residential rental units to replace inefficient air conditioning units with new ENERGY STAR® qualified.  All air conditioning units to be replaced must be in working condition. Window air conditioning units do not qualify. The actual rebate amount is determined by the level of efficiency and can equal up to 50% of the installed cost.  Building owners must contact GWP to schedule a pre-retrofit inspection. Contact:  Glendale Water and Power, Peak Hogs Program, 141 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA 91206; 818-548-3300; http://www.glendalewaterandpower.com/save_money/peak_hogs.aspx?
section=Business_Resources&type=business_small

$1,250 for Small Business to Become Energy Efficient
Glendale Water and Power offers incentives to its small business customers (monthly electric bill is less than $3,000) to encourage energy efficiency through their Smart Business Energy Saving Upgrade Program. This program begins with a free survey of the customer's energy usage, and a free customized Energy Savings Report, which lists the energy saving opportunities specific to the customer's facility. The customer can choose from the list of potential improvements, and GWP will install those measures for free, up to $1,250. These improvements include:  new energy efficient lighting; window tinting; AC tune-ups; ENERGY STAR® thermostat; motion sensors or refrigerator gaskets. Interested customers must contact GWP to schedule an appointment.  Contact:  Glendale Water and Power, Smart Business Energy Saving Upgrade Program, 141 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA 91206; 800-263-9313; http://www.glendalewaterandpower.com/save_money/small_business/energy_
saving_survey.aspx?section=Business_Resources

FREE Money to Improve Irrigation Pumps
Designed for irrigation, golf course and municipal water pumping needs, the Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program (AEEP) promotes state-of-the art methods for improving irrigation pump efficiency. For customers who take advantage of the program, IID Energy will provide information and tools necessary to get the maximum operational efficiency from the water pumping system.  Trained technicians will determine the potential cost-savings opportunities through an equipment analysis. Once the recommended retrofits have been completed, IID Energy will help offset costs with a rebate based on anticipated energy savings.   To be eligible, pumps must be 10 HP or more.  Contact:  Imperial Irrigation District, RRP Processing Center, PO Box 937, Imperial, CA 92251-0937; 760-339-9032 or 760-391-5951; http://www.iid.com/Energy/BusinessEfficiency

Energy Rebates for Business Improvements
Imperial Irrigation District Energy offers incentives to its commercial customers to encourage energy efficiency. Qualifying equipment must retrofit, replace, or upgrade old equipment with new, energy-efficient technologies that meet and exceed the current Title 24 standards. Rebates are paid by check directly to the customer or to a third-party payee designated by the customer. The amount of the rebate depends upon the equipment installed.  IID also offers an A/C system check through their CheckMe! Program. To participate, call the nearest Certified Air Conditioning Contractor partnering with IID:  http://www.proctoreng.com/checkme/Find.html.  Contact:  Imperial Irrigation District, RRP Processing Center, PO Box 937, Imperial, CA 92251-0937; 760-339-9032 or 760-391-5951; http://www.iid.com/Energy/BusinessEfficiency

Energy Incentives for New Constructions
IID’s New Construction Energy Efficiency Program (NCEEP) is a non-residential new construction and renovation energy efficiency program that combines an integrated design process with financial incentives. NCEEP is geared toward assisting customers in moving beyond initial cost considerations and towards the realization of long term energy cost savings as well as avoiding lost opportunities as new non-residential buildings are designed and constructed.  For more information, contact:  Imperial Irrigation District, RRP Processing Center, PO Box 937, Imperial, CA 92251-0937; 760-339-9032 or 760-391-5951; http://www.iid.com/Energy/BusinessEfficiency

Free Money to Install Energy Saving Equipment or Systems
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers incentives for the installation of energy saving measures, equipment or systems that exceed Title 24 or minimum industry standards. Incentives are based on estimation software that determines the energy savings for each project. Some eligible projects include lighting and a/c upgrades and more.  Prior to beginning the project, customers should submit an application along with the applicable CPP efficiency measure input form. LADWP will calculate the energy savings based on the Energy Efficiency Measures listed in the application. Upon successful completion of the final post-inspection, LADWP will process the incentive payment.  Contact:  Non-Residential Rebate Programs, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, 111 N. Hope St., Room 1063, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 818-342-5397; http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp008836.jsp
Application:  http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp008865.pdf

$375,000 per PV System
Lodi Electric Utility offers rebates to its residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems. Rebates for both residential and non-residential PV systems installed in 2008 is $2.80/watt. This incentive amount will decrease 7% each year after 2008. The maximum rebate is $375,000 per system, with a maximum payment of $75,000 per customer per year until the entire rebate commitment is paid.  Contact:  Lodi Electric Utility, Customer Programs, 1331 South Ham Lane, Lodi, CA 95242; 209-333-6815; http://www.lodielectric.com/commercial/rebateoffer.php?id=8
Application:  http://www.lodielectric.com/commercial/Solar_Rebate_Pilot.pdf

$50,000 Cash Rebates to Buy Energy Saving Products
Modesto Irrigation District’s Commercial Power Saver Rebate Program offers commercial, industrial and agricultural customers cash rebates for the purchase and installation of qualifying energy efficient products. Some of the incentives include:  sunscreens or window film; lighting; occupancy sensors; central A/C; heat pumps; and split or packaged unitary systems.  Rebates are for purchases made on or after November 1, 2007, and do not apply to new construction, additions to existing facilities, or reconstruction of existing facilities.  There is an annual rebate cap of up to $50,000.  For more details, contact:  Modesto Irrigation District, Energy Management Department, PO Box 4060, Modesto, CA 95352-4060; 209-526-7339; http://www.mid.org/rebates/business/default.htm

Over $10,000 for Businesses Energy Upgrades
The Custom Power Saver Rebate Program is available to larger commercial, industrial or agricultural customers that receive electric service from MID. Accounts billed on GS-1, FL or SL rate schedules are not eligible for this program. For projects that qualify for a rebate of $10,000 or more the savings estimate must be reviewed and stamped by a State of California licensed engineer. There is also a minimum rebate amount of $250. The rebate does not apply to new construction.  Almost any project that involves the replacement of existing equipment with high efficiency equipment may be eligible for the rebate.  To learn more, contact:  Modesto Irrigation District, Energy Management Department, PO Box 4060, Modesto, CA 95352-4060; 209-526-7339; http://www.mid.org/rebates/business/default.htm

Upgrade Your Irrigation System
Pacific Power, through the FinAnswer® Express and Energy FinAnswer® programs, offers incentives for agricultural irrigation customers to help upgrade their system and receive cash incentives. The Energy FinAnswer program provides no-cost pump testing, irrigation system analysis and custom incentives of $0.12 per kilowatt-hour annual energy savings plus $50 per kilowatt average monthly demand savings. In addition, eligible customers can receive cash incentives when replacing worn nozzles or upgrade to premium efficiency motors. The incentive amount is based on the equipment purchased and installed.  To learn more, contact:  Pacific Power, Energy FinAnswer, 6301 Bearden Lane, Modesto, CA 95357; 800-222-4335; Fax:  209-527-2921; http://www.pacificpower.net/Article/Article54795.html

Free Money to Improve Your Business’s Energy Usage 
The Standard Energy Efficiency Rebate Program covers a variety of specified improvements, including:  agricultural improvements; appliances and general improvements; boilers and water heaters; business computing; food service improvements; heating, ventilation and a/c improvements; lighting; and refrigeration.   This program is offered to businesses and non-residential customers to increase their energy efficiency.  Proof of purchase must be received by PG&E within 90 days of purchase to receive the rebate.  Contact:  Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Business Center, P.O. Box 7265, San Francisco, CA 94120; 800-468-4743; http://www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/
rebatesincentives/ref/

Application:  http://www.pge.com/includes/docs/pdfs/mybusiness/
energysavingsrebates/rebatesincentives/eefficiency
/Final_EE_Rebate_Application.pdf

Get $$ to Make Your Vending Machine More Efficient  
The Non Residential Retrofit (NRR) Program is a calculated incentive program that provides incentives for retrofit improvements that are not covered under the standard rebate program. For example, a vending machine controller could be covered under funding for this program. After a project proposal is reviewed and approved by PG&E, funding is appropriated in order for the project to be implemented.   To learn more, contact:  Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Business Center, P.O. Box 7265, San Francisco, CA 94120; 800-468-4743;
http://www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/rebatesincentives/ief/
Application: http://www.spc-nrrdr.com/download/2008SPCDocs/PGE/2008%20PG&E%20app%20forms.xls

$150,000 for Green Building Projects 
The New Construction Cash Incentives and Design Incentives Program offers rebates for technical assistance and design when building energy efficient facilities. A design team can receive up to $50,000 for energy efficient design, while an owner can receive up to $150,000 per facility.  To learn more, contact:  Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Business Center, P.O. Box 7265, San Francisco, CA 94120; 800-468-4743;
http://www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/rebatesincentives/inc/

Small Business Rebates for Helping the Environment 
The Energy Management Solutions for Small Business Program offers rebates and incentives for energy-efficient technologies, whether the business is replacing existing equipment with new energy-efficient technologies or purchasing new. Additionally, cash incentives and design assistance are available for new buildings and system processes.  Examples of popular technologies available include:  agricultural products; appliances and general improvements; boilers and water heaters; business computing; food service; lighting and more.  To learn more, contact:  Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Business Center, P.O. Box 7265, San Francisco, CA 94120; 800-468-4743;
http://www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/incentivesbyindustry/
smallbusiness/energymanagement/

 
Green Incentives for Home Builders
Pacific Gas and Electric provides rebates to homebuilders who construct energy efficient homes. There are three separate programs, each with their own requirements and incentive structure that builders can choose from:

  • The ENERGY STAR Performance Method:  Builders of single-family homes can qualify for this incentive by constructing homes which meet energy requirements. Homes are eligible for a rebate of $400 if they are built in Coastal Climate Zones 1-7, or $500 if they are built in Inland Climate Zones 8-16  
  • The New Solar Homes Partnership Performance Method:  Provides incentives for home builders to construct new homes with photovoltaics built in.
  • The Prescriptive Method:  Builders not participating in either of the above methods can receive rebates for upgrading one or more specific prescriptive features in homes within their developments. An incentive will be paid for each qualifying feature that is not used to meet the 2005 Title 24 baseline.

To find out more about each of these incentives, see the website below or contact:  PG&E Integrated Processing Center, Residential New Construction, P.O. Box 7265, San Francisco, CA 94120-7265; 800-342-7737;
http://www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/incentivesbyindustry/
newconstruction/

$50,000 Combined Incentives for Energy Saving Improvements
Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) offers a wide variety of rebates to its commercial customers who wish to increase the efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are provided for HVAC equipment; lighting; motors; and ENERGY STAR® rated appliances.  RPU also offers free pickup and recycling for old, inefficient refrigerators. The maximum combined incentive for all rebates is $25,000 per customer account per year, with the rebate being no more than 25% of the equipment cost.  In addition, commercial customers may be eligible to participate in the Energy Management Systems Assistance Program.  This program provides monetary incentives by assisting business electric customers with technology purchases that can provide energy savings and promote energy efficiency. Projects that promote energy efficiency and conservation will be evaluated individually by RPU and may receive up to $25,000 or up to 50% of the owner's cost.  Contact:  Programs & Services, Riverside Public Utilities, 3460 Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501; 951-826-5485;
http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/busi-guidelines.asp
Application:  http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/pdf/ProgAppl.pdf

$150,000 for Developers & Business Owners to Go Green
Riverside Public Utilities' (RPU) Energy Efficiency Construction Incentive is designed to encourage owners/developers to invest in energy efficient designs in new construction, building expansion and many other major retrofit projects. RPU incentives can cover up to 50% of the owner's cost for energy efficiency measures with a cap of $150,000 (whichever is less). Most major retrofits of existing buildings may be included under the program with the same criteria, or will be covered by other RPU programs already in place. RPU will apply all available programs to maximize the benefit to the customer.  Contact:  Information Specialist, Riverside Public Utilities, Programs & Services, 3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92522; 951-826-5485;
http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/busi-construction.asp
Application:  http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/pdf/ProgAppl.pdf

$500,000 to Install a Commercial PV System
The non-residential photovoltaic (PV) rebate program provides financial incentives for Riverside Public Utilities' business customers to install qualifying PV systems on their facilities. The rebate amount is $3.00 per watt AC and cannot exceed 50% of the total system cost. Specific dollar limits for the incentive also apply based on the rate schedule of the applicant. Incentives for customers on the flat rate (E200) are capped at $50,000. The incentive cap for demand customers (E20D) is $200,000, and the cap for large customers (TOU) is $500,000.  Contact:  Information Specialist, Riverside Public Utilities, Programs & Services, 3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92522; 951-826-5485;
http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/busi-solar.asp
Application:  http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/pdf/ProgAppl.pdf

Financial Help for Installing Energy Efficient Equipment
Roseville Electric offers incentives for its commercial customers to increase the efficiency of their existing facilities. Rebates are offered for energy efficient lighting equipment, HVAC system improvements, chillers and custom efficiency improvement projects. All rebate forms include full equipment specifications and program details (see the website below). In some cases, rebates are only available for large commercial customers. In addition to these incentives for existing facilities, Roseville Electric also offers rebates for new construction projects which incorporate efficient lighting systems, building envelope, mechanical systems or meet whole building design standards.  To learn more, contact:  Energy Efficiency Programs, Roseville Electric, 2090 Hilltop Circle, Roseville, CA 95747; 916-797-6937; Fax:  916-774-5583; http://www.roseville.ca.us/electric/business_customers/business_
rebates/default.asp

Up to $45,000 for New Green Construction Projects
Roseville Electric offers incentives for their commercial customers to consider energy efficiency when designing and building new facilities. Customers can choose from any combination of rebates offered for lighting equipment, building envelope efficiency, mechanical systems and whole building design. Incentive rates vary in relation to the timing of fund reservation requests. Maximum owner incentives are $22,500 to $45,000.  Rebates are also offered to designers assisting participating businesses. Designers are eligible to earn $100/kW reduced through their design, up to a maximum incentive of $15,000. Contact:  Roseville Electric, 2090 Hilltop Circle, Roseville, CA 95747; 916-746-1667; Fax:  916-774-5583;
http://www.roseville.ca.us/electric/new_construction/commercial.asp

Think Green & Get $150,000 for Your Project
Savings by Design offers services and incentives to help owners and designers of commercial buildings raise energy performance. Qualified non-residential new construction and renovation projects in the service area of one of the five participating utilities are eligible to participate. The five participating utilities are Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company. Savings by Design has two basic approaches through which to participate: the Whole Building Approach and the Systems Approach. Through the Whole Buildings Approach owners may be eligible for incentives of up to $150,000 and design teams may receive up to $50,000. The Systems Approach evaluates individual efficiency improvements to qualifying systems. Incentives are based on annualized kWh and therm savings. Owners are eligible for incentives up to 50% of the cost of energy efficiency improvements or $150,000, whichever is less. In addition, design assistance is available to owners and design teams. Interested customers must contact the utility early in the design process to determine funding availability and start technical and design assistance.  Contact one of the five participating utilities for more details:
http://www.savingsbydesign.com/

$350,000 for Farmers to Make Their Business Run Efficiently
The Ag Efficiency Plus Program provides rebates to their agricultural customers who install energy efficient equipment in their facilities. Eligible agricultural facilities include dairies, greenhouses, livestock farms, food processing facilities, orchards, crop farms, feedlots, aquaculture facilities, wineries, and warehouses. Prescriptive rebates are available for a wide variety of equipment including lighting, motors, variable speed drives, controllers, ventilation and refrigeration equipment. If a facility uses specialized equipment or operates under a schedule that is not typical of other agricultural producers or processors, the customer can receive custom rebates determined on a per kWh saved basis. Custom measures, however, are capped at 50% of the project cost, while prescriptive rebates can pay 100% of the costs. Total incentives per site may not exceed $350,000. Southern California Edison can also provide free energy audits through this program.  Contact:  AG Efficiency Plus, Southern California Edison, Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200, Lafayette, CA 94549; 800-791-7541; Fax:  925-284-3147; http://www.agefficiencyplus.com/

$2.4 Million for Business Energy Conservation
Southern California Edison (SCE) offers incentives for non-residential customers, regardless of size and energy usage.  Prescriptive rebates for lighting, refrigeration, food service, agricultural equipment and air conditioning technologies are available.  In addition, SCE has a Standard Performance Contracting program in which non-residential users have the option of designing an energy retrofit conservation measure. Incentives are based on the type of measure installed and the kWh saved over a 12-month period. Applicants are eligible to receive up to 50% of the cost for each measure type. The maximum incentive is $2,400,000 annually, per customer site.  SCE also offers demand curtailment programs for non-residential users. Rebates or rate discounts are available to customers who agree to have their energy usage curtailed during peak periods and seasons.   For more details, contact:  Business Programs, Southern California Edison Business Incentives & Services, P.O. Box 800, Rosemead, CA 91770; 800-736-4777; Fax:  629-633-4833; http://www.sce.com/RebatesandSavings/SmallBusiness/

 

$350,000 for Energy Improvements to Your Business
The Express Efficiency Program gives rebates for retrofit, pre-approved improvements to business, industrial and agricultural customers that have a monthly electrical demand of at least 100 kilowatts or 4,166 therms. Rebates are available for lighting improvements, refrigeration, natural gas technologies, food service or other improvements. A commercial or agricultural customer is limited to $350,000 in Express Efficiency Rebates per year and per energy source.  Contact:  San Diego Gas & Electric, Business Programs, 8335 Century Park Ct., CP12C, San Diego, CA 92123; 800-411-7343; http://www.sdge.com/business/esc/

Rebate Program for California Small Businesses
The Small Business Super Saver Program is a prescriptive efficiency rebate program for small business owners. Rebates for lighting, food service, refrigeration and other technologies are available. Only retrofit projects qualify and business customers must demand less than 100 kilowatts or 4,166 therms per month.   For more information, contact:  San Diego Gas & Electric, Business Programs, 8335 Century Park Ct., CP12C, San Diego, CA 92123; 800-411-7343; http://www.sdge.com/business/esc/

$350,000 for Energy Conservation Improvements 
The Standard Performance Contracting Program offers incentives for improvements that exceed government energy standards for business, industrial and agricultural customers, regardless of size. Funding for conservation improvements is up to $350,000 or 50% of the total project costs and the incentives are based on the amount of direct energy saved. Contact:  San Diego Gas & Electric, Business Programs, 8335 Century Park Ct., CP12C, San Diego, CA 92123; 800-411-7343; http://www.sdge.com/business/esc/
 
Incentives for High-Efficiency Improvements to Your Facility 
The Energy Savings Bid Program offers non-residential users the opportunity to design a high-efficiency retrofit improvement for their facility and propose an incentive amount from SDGE. Electric projects should save at least 500,000 kilowatts annually, and natural gas projects should save at least 25,000 therms annually. Possible incentive amounts and applications are available by contacting:  San Diego Gas & Electric, Business Programs, 8335 Century Park Ct., CP12C, San Diego, CA 92123; 800-411-7343; http://www.sdge.com/business/esc/

Energy Incentives for Building a New Home
San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) encourages home builders in the San Diego area to construct energy efficient homes through their Residential New Construction Energy Efficiency Incentive Program. There are two ways that builders can participate in this program and there are different incentive structures depending on which option is chosen::

  • Performance Program - builders who construct residences which are at least 15% more efficient than Title 24 standards can receive incentives on a per-unit basis up to $500 per unit.
  • Individual Measures Program - open to all single-family and low-rise/high-rise multi-family projects. To participate, the buildings must meet the standards of Title 24, and then the builder can pick and choose from a variety of added features and receive incentives based on those specific features. The individual incentives for these measures range from $25 for a verified duct design in a multi-family structure, to $200 for installing a tankless water heater in either a single-family or multi-family building.  

Contact:  Program Coordinator, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Advanced Home Program, 1919 South State College Boulevard, SC8389, Anaheim, CA 92806; 877-789-9866;
http://www.sdge.com/builderservices/

Free Money to Reduce Your Energy Usage
The Sierra Pacific Power Surebet program offers prescriptive and custom incentives for non-residential customer to reduce energy usage. The prescriptive rebate program targets lighting, motors, cooling and refrigeration. Custom rebates are also available for improvements that do not fall under the prescriptive rebate program. An eligible project will involve a capital improvement that reduces overall energy usage or peak hour energy usage and produces savings that are sustainable over at least five years. New facilities may be eligible if the improvement is not related to lighting. Applications and invoices must be filed within 60 days following the installation of energy efficient measures.  The maximum incentive is capped at $100,000, 50% and 25% depending on project qualifications.  Contact:  Sierra Pacific Power, 6226 West Sahara Ave., P.O. Box 98910 (mail stop 329), Las Vegas, NV 89146; 800-342-6335; Fax:  702-367-5452 or Kema, Inc., Surebet Program, 492 Ninth Street, Suite 220, Oakland, CA 94607; 800-342-6335; Fax:  510-891-0430;
http://www.californiasurebet.com/ProjectCenter/

$2 Million in Energy Rebates for Businesses
Silicon Valley Power (SVP) offers a variety rebates to its business customers, capped at a maximum total incentive of $2,000,000 per customer per year. Rebates are available for the following:  HVAC systems; chillers; commercial washing machines; food service equipment; lighting; and motors and VFDs.  In addition, Customer Directed Rebates are available for energy efficiency related projects that decrease electrical usage and may not otherwise fit into the other rebate offers. Custom rebates are capped at $500,000 per project. Contact:  Business Rebates, Silicon Valley Power, 1601 Civic Center Drive, Suite 204, Santa Clara, CA 95050; 408-615-5694; Fax: 408-243-0873;
http://www.siliconvalleypower.com/bus/?sub=busrebates

$35,000 to Energize Your Business
Sacramento Municipal Utility District offers incentives for its commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a wide variety of energy efficient commercial equipment, including:  lighting equipment and controls, HVAC systems and controls, motors, and refrigeration equipment and controls. In general, equipment must exceed Title 24 standards.  The maximum incentive is generally $35,000 per rebate.  Contact:  Commercial Services, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, 6201 S Street, PO Box 15830, Sacramento, CA 95852-1830; 888-742-7683;
http://www.smud.org/en/business/Pages/index.aspx

$$ for Businesses to Install Solar PV Systems
SMUD offers cash incentives to commercial, industrial, and non-profit customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Customers have the option of taking a one-time, up-front payment through the Expected Performance Based Incentive (EPBI) or payments over the course of a 5 or 10 year period through the Performance Based Incentive (PBI).  The current EPBI is $1.90/W-AC for systems up to 1 MW but will be adjusted based on the expected performance of the system. Customers who install systems under the performance-based incentive (PBI) will have their actual energy production measured during the course of the contract period. Options include a 5-year PBI at $0.30/kWh or a 10-year PBI at $0.18/kWh. Systems greater than 1 MW would receive lower incentive rates.   For more information, contact:  Commercial Services, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, 6201 S Street, PO Box 15830, Sacramento, CA 95852-1830; 916-732-6762;
http://www.smud.org/en/community-environment/solar/pages/compv.aspx
Application:  http://www.smud.org/en/community-environment/Documents/2661%20fMX.PDF

Rebates for Contractors Going Green
Southern California Gas Company provides incentives to encourage the owners and managers of multi-family residential buildings to increase their energy efficiency. Rebates are available for certain appliances located within apartment dwelling units, and other equipment located in the common areas of apartment and condominium complexes, and common areas of mobile home parks.  Rebate amounts range from $30 up to $1,500.  Contact:  Southern California Gas Company, Multi-Family Rebate Program GT28A4, 555 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1046; 714-634-3052 or 213-244-5256;
http://www.socalgas.com/residential/contractors/
Application: http://www.socalgas.com/residential/documents/application.pdf

$200,000 for Commercial Energy Upgrades
The Express Efficiency Program (EEP) covers the cost of prescriptive improvements, such as the installation of commercial grade clothes washers, boilers, water heaters, steam trap replacement and other energy efficient measures.  Incentives are capped at $200,000/year; $50,000 for greenhouse curtains.  Contact:  Southern California Gas Company, Business Programs, Box 513249 ML 28H2, Los Angeles, CA 90051; 800-508-2348 or 800-427-2200;
http://www.socalgas.com/business/

$100,000 for Business Energy Efficiency 
The Business Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) encourages large scale improvements to both commercial equipment and to processes to manufacturing. Applicants can create custom improvements under this program that will save on gas usage or purchase equipment that was not covered under the Express Efficiency Program. Incentive amounts are $0.60 to $0.80/therm saved, or 30% of the cost. A business that purchases energy efficient equipment can be eligible for incentives up to $1,000,000.  Contact:  Southern California Gas Company, Business Programs, Box 513249 ML 28H2, Los Angeles, CA 90051; 800-508-2348 or 800-427-2200;
http://www.socalgas.com/business/

$25,000 to Replace Food Service Equipment
The Food Service Equipment Rebate Program (FSERP) covers the replacement of commercial food service equipment, such as steamers, fryers and ovens. Applicants may receive rebates of $125 to $2,000 per unit, up to $25,000.  To learn more, contact:  Southern California Gas Company, Business Programs, Box 513249 ML 28H2, Los Angeles, CA 90051; 800-508-2348 or 800-427-2200;
http://www.socalgas.com/business/

Up to $1.0 Million to Improve Your Gas Usage
The Energy Efficiency Grant Program (EEGP) is designed to encourage very large non-residential customers to design innovative retrofit solutions to save gas usage. This program will fund projects that save at least 200,000 therms per year and equipment projects and process improvements are eligible and incentives are based on the lesser of $0.50/therm saved or 50% of project costs. To begin the process, the customer should contact their SoCalGas Account Executive. The applicant will then work with SoCalGas to design implementation and performance measures.  Contact:  Southern California Gas Company, Business Programs, Box 513249 ML 28H2, Los Angeles, CA 90051; 800-508-2348 or 800-427-2200;
http://www.socalgas.com/business/

$25,000/Year for Gas-Related Energy Upgrades
The Commercial and Industrial Incentive Program (CIIP) provides incentives for new equipment, refurbishing of selected applications or modification of your gas related process when other SoCalGas programs do not cover these changes. This incentive is equal to 30% of equipment cost or $0.80 per therm saved, whichever is less. The maximum incentive available is $25,000 per customer, per eligible account, per year.  Contact:  Southern California Gas Company, Business Programs, Box 513249 ML 28H2, Los Angeles, CA 90051; 800-508-2348 or 800-427-2200;
http://www.socalgas.com/business/

$500,000 to Help Your Business Save Energy
The Savings By Design Program (SBD) is an energy efficiency program that provides technical and financial resources to help commercial and industrial customers save energy and money when they design, expand, or change new or existing processes and facilities. Incentives equal $0.60 per therm saved annually, up to $500,000 or 50% of incremental cost, whichever is less.  Contact:  Southern California Gas Company, Business Programs, Box 513249 ML 28H2, Los Angeles, CA 90051; 800-508-2348 or 800-427-2200;
http://www.socalgas.com/business/

$25,000 to Replace a Gas Engine or Gas Pump
The Gas Engine Program (GEP) provides funding to replace or rebuild an existing gas engine and pump. The maximum incentive available is $25,000 per eligible customer, per year.  To learn more, contact:  Southern California Gas Company, Business Programs, Box 513249 ML 28H2, Los Angeles, CA 90051; 800-508-2348 or 800-427-2200;
http://www.socalgas.com/business/

Home Builder Incentives for Meeting Clean Energy Standards  
SoCalGas offers an incentive for home builders to build homes which exceed Title 24 standards. The program is open to all single-family and low-rise/high-rise multi-family new construction projects. Incentives are offered through two avenues:

  • The performance based approach, also known as the California Energy Star New Homes Program, offers incentives ranging between $150 and $400 per dwelling, depending on the type of dwelling and the climate zone in which it is constructed.  
  • The measure based approach provides incentives for individual measures which increase the energy efficiency of a home including HVAC system design, proper duct design and installation, quality installation of insulation, and installation of high efficiency tankless water heaters. Incentives range between $25 and $200 per measure.

For more information, contact:  Advanced Home Program, Southern California Gas Company, 1919 South State College Boulevard, SC8389, Anaheim, CA 92806; 866-563-2637;
http://www.socalgas.com/construction/ahp/

California Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in California are: 

  • Idle Reduction Incentives
  • Alternative Fuel Incentive Development
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebate Program
  • Alternative Fuel Research and Development
  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
  • Funding for Emission Reductions
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Refueling Infrastructure Grants and Loans
  • Lower-Emission School Bus Grants
  • Alternative Fuel Research and Development
  • Vehicle Emission Reduction Grants - Sacramento
  • Funding for Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emission Reductions - Sacramento
  • Funding for Air Quality Improvement Programs - Ventura County
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle, Refueling Infrastructure and Idle Reduction Grants - San Joaquin Valley
  • Low-Emission Vehicle Incentives and Technical Training - San Joaquin Valley
  • Funding for Emission Reductions - South Coast
  • Technology Advancement Funding - South Coast
  • Natural Gas Vehicle Home Fueling Infrastructure Incentive - South Coast
  • Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicle and Infrastructure Incentives – Vacaville
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Parking Incentive - Sacramento
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Parking Incentive - Los Angeles
  • Clean Vehicle Parking Incentive - Hermosa Beach
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Zero Emission (ZEV) Vehicle Parking Incentive - San Jose
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Parking Incentive - Santa Monica
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Parking Incentive - Los Angeles Airport
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in California, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/CA or contact:  Clean Cities Coordinator, Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition; 213-978-0854 or Clean Cities Regional Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 412-386-4862
 
Colorado Energy Programs for Business
 
Up to $15,000 for Solar Energy System Installations
The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) offers a Solar Rebate Program to homeowners and small businesses wishing to install a solar electric or solar domestic hot water system. The GEO has provided matching grants to select Program Partners with the goal of developing local solar electric and solar domestic hot water system rebate programs.
  • Solar Electric
    The Residential Solar Electric Program currently offers rebates of up to $6,000 per system ($3,000 from the GEO and $3,000 from Program Partners) to qualified homeowners through their local Partner for the installation and upgrade of net metered solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.  Rebates of up to $15,000 for small businesses will be available in January 2009.  The Solar Electric Program is not available in Investor-Owned Utility (Xcel Energy and Aquila Colorado) service territories.
  • Solar Domestic Hot Water
    The Solar Domestic Hot Water Program offers rebates of up to $3,000 per system ($1,500 from the GEO and $1,500 from Program Partners) to qualified homeowners through their local Partner to homeowners who use solar energy to heat domestic water.  Rebates of up to $9,000 for small businesses will be available in January 2009.  The Solar Domestic Hot Water Program is available statewide.

Contact:  GEO Residential Solar Program Administrator, Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA), 841 Front Street, Louisville, CO 80024; 303-333-7342 or 888-633-9764; Fax:  303-474-7579; http://www.colorado.gov/energy/renewables/ResidentialSolarProgram.asp

Cash Incentives to Install a PV Solar System
Aquila's On-Site Solar PV Rebate Program provides an incentive of $2 per watt DC of installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity combined with a separate payment for the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the PV-generated electricity over a 20-year period. The rebate and REC payment incentive program are available to any Aquila customer who installs a new PV system up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity for on-site use.  Aquila recommends using a qualified PV installation contractor from a list furnished by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, available at:  http://www.coseia.org/.  For more details, contact:  Aquila PV Rebate Program, Aquila, Inc., 105 South Victoria, Pueblo, CO 81003; 800-454-8651; http://pv.aquilaprograms.com/
Application:  http://pv.aquilaprograms.com/download/website.program.application.
and.agreement.pdf

Tax Refunds for PV & Solar Water Installations
The City of Boulder offers a solar sales and use tax rebate for photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating installations. PV owners may receive a rebate (essentially a tax refund) drawn from the unrestricted tax revenues collected from solar energy sales.  Approximately 55% of solar sales and use tax revenues go to restricted funds. Of the unrestricted revenues, 35% percent is refunded to the PV system owner.  For more details, contact:  City of Boulder, Office of Environmental Affairs, Boulder, CO 80306; 303-441-3878; Fax:  303-441-4070; http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&
task=view&id=7700&Itemid=2845

Application:  http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/files/Environmental%20Affairs/climate%20
and%20energy/Solar%20Rebate/solar_rebate_form_final_fillable.pdf


Grant $$ to Install Energy Saving Measures on Affordable Housing Developments
A portion (65%) of the renewable energy fund (listed above) is dedicated for the purpose of providing financial assistance through grants toward installation of photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems.  The ClimateSmart Solar Grant Fund is used to rehabilitate or install solar energy systems on affordable housing developments and site-based non-profit organizations in Boulder.  The amount of each grant varies, depending on the project.  For more information, contact:  City of Boulder, Office of Environmental Affairs, Boulder, CO 80306; 303-441-3878; Fax:  303-441-4070; http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&
task=view&id=7700&Itemid=2845

Application:  http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/files/climatesmart_solargrant_ver1.pdf (for non-profits or housing projects) and http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/files/climatesmart_solargrant_ver2.pdf (for homeowners)

$$ Rebates for PV Solar System Installations
Through its Renewable Energy Rebate Program, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) offers a $3.75 per-watt (AC) rebate to customers who install grid-connected solar electric (PV) systems with a minimum capacity of 500 watts and a maximum of 10 kW for residential systems and 25 kW for commercial systems.  The incentive amount is likely to decrease by $0.25 to $0.50 per watt per year.  Qualifying PV modules must be included in the California Energy Commission (CEC) List of Eligible Photovoltaic Modules found at http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/cgi-bin/eligible_pvmodules.cgi.  Qualifying inverters must be included in the CEC List of Eligible Inverters found at http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/cgi-bin/eligible_inverters.cgi.  To find out more about this incentive, contact:  Colorado Springs Utilities, P.O. Box 1103, Colorado Springs, CO 80947; 719-668-8509; Fax:  719-668-2510; http://www.csu.org/residential/rebates/renew_rebate/index.html
Application:  http://www.csu.org/residential/rebates/renew_rebate/9541.pdf

$25,000 for Renewable Energy Projects
Gunnison County Electric Association's (GCEA) low-interest loan program is available to members and non-members in the GCEA service territory for the installation of photovoltaic, wind, and other renewable energy projects as approved by the board of directors. A loan of up to $25,000 over 10 years is available to qualifying participants. Current interest rates vary by month but are fixed at the time the loan is made.  The loan does not cover batteries, and is limited to systems 10kW or smaller.  Contact:  Program Information, Gunnison County Electric Association, Inc., 37250 Hwy. 50, P.O. Box 180, Gunnison, CO 81230; 970-641-3520; Fax:  970-641-5302; http://www.gcea.coop/

$20,000 Rebates to Install New Energy Technologies
Holy Cross Energy's WE CARE (With Efficiency, Conservation And Renewable Energy) Program offers a $2.00-per-watt DC incentive for renewable energy generation using wind, hydroelectric, photovoltaic, biomass or geothermal technology. Payments are not to exceed 50% of actual installed costs, and the maximum rebate per installation is $20,000. While systems larger than 10 kW are capped at the $20,000 rebate level, there is technically no capacity limit to participate in the rebate program.  Systems must be within Holy Cross’s service territory and connected to Holy Cross Energy's electric system to qualify for renewable energy incentives.  For more details, contact:  Holy Cross Energy, P.O. Box 2150, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602-2150; 970-947-5430; Fax:  970-947-5455; http://www.holycross.com/
Application:  http://www.holycross.com/media/EDocs/WE_CARE_Application__Rev_5_122107_.pdf

$3,000 for New Installations of Solar Systems
La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) offers a one-time rebate, not to exceed the cost of the system, to residential customers who install a solar, wind or hydropower facility. To be eligible for the rebate, the system must be grid-tied and located in LPEA's service territory. The rebate is $2 per watt up to $3,000.  Customers retain ownership of the renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with the electricity they generate.  To learn more, contact:  La Plata Electric Association, 45 Stewart St., P.O. Box 2750, Durango, CO 81302; 970-247-5786; Fax:  970-247-2674; http://www.lpea.coop/company_info/Board%20Policies/300%20series%
20PDF/Policy%20359.pdf

Property Tax or Sales Tax Exemption for Homes & Businesses
Colorado enacted legislation in April 2007 (SB 145) to authorize counties and municipalities to offer property or sales tax rebates or credits to residential and commercial property owners who install renewable energy systems on their property.
Eligible renewable energy property is defined as any fixture, product, system, device or interacting group of devices that produce electricity from renewable resources, including, but not limited to, photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, small wind systems, biomass systems, or geothermal systems.  The program would be administered at the local level by individual cities and counties. Individuals should contact the cities or counties where their property is located to see if a tax rebate or credit will be established in their community.  Websites for many Colorado cities can be found at the Colorado Municipal League website:  http://www.cml.org/.  Websites for Colorado counties can be found at the Colorado Counties, Inc. website:    http://www.ccionline.org/.  You can read more about this exemption here: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2007a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/31EEE26AB
55EDC4A87257251007D4FBD?open&file=145_enr.pdf

Credits Applied to Your Account for Energy Upgrades
Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. (MVEA) will pay credits to MVEA customers who install selected electrical heating systems and/or selected electrical appliances. The items covered by this credit program are:

  • Heat Pumps: $125 - $150 per ton
  • Terminal Unit: $85/unit
  • Resistance Heating/ETS: $6-$16/kW
  • Electric Water Heater: $50/unit plus additional rebate for timer and lifetime warranty

Application must be submitted within 180 days of installation.  To learn more, contact:  Member Services, Mountain View Electric Association, Inc., 1655 5th Street, Limon, CO 80828-1600; 719-775-2861 or 800-388-9881; Fax:  719-775-9513; http://www.mvea.coop/documents/Credits%20Program07.pdf

Energy Efficiency Utility Rebates
The Sangre De Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) offers the Energy Efficiency Credit Program, a rebate program for space heaters and water heaters that run on off-peak time periods and Energy Star refrigerators and freezers.  For Space Heating, only permanent installations are eligible for this program and the minimum installation allowed is 1,000 watts. Rebate amounts are: $10 per kilowatt for resistive devices, $25 per kilowatt for electric thermal storage devices and $25 per timer installed. Credit must be requested within 180 days of installation. Heat pumps are also eligible for rebates; customers should contact SDCEA for more information on amounts and eligibility.  New and replacement water heaters are also eligible for rebates under this program. Eligible water heaters are at least 30 gallons, have a six-year warranty, and satisfy the energy factor requirements on the program website. Water heaters are eligible for a $100 rebate per unit, and a $25 rebate per timer device. In addition, the customer can receive a $25 rebate for purchasing a lifetime warranty on the water heater. The Energy Star Refrigerator and Freezer program provides rebates of $40/unit for customers who submit a receipt and an application signed by an SDCEA representative within 180 days of the equipment purchase.  Contact:  Program Manager – SDCEA, Sangre De Cristo Electric Association, 29780 North U.S. Highway 24, P.O. Box 2013, Buena Vista, CO 81211; 719-395-2412 or 800-933-3823; Fax:  719-395-8742; http://www.myelectric.coop/products/eec.cfm

Up to $200,000 for Solar Energy Systems
Xcel Energy's Solar Rewards Program provides an incentive of up to $3.50-per-watt (DC) for customers who install grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems ranging from 0.5 kilowatts (kW) to 10 kW-DC in capacity. The incentive is structured as a $2.00-per-watt rebate and a renewable-energy credit (REC) payment of up to $1.50 per watt. The REC payment may be adjusted, either up or down, based on the calculation of a system's expected electricity output, compared with an optimally oriented, fixed (i.e., non-tracking) system at the customer’s location, but only if the calculated system output differs from the optimally oriented system output by more than 10%. Battery storage is not covered by the rebate.  Maximum incentives are $35,000 for systems up to 10 kW; and $200,000 for the rebate portion for systems >10 kW up to 100 kW.  To qualify for a solar rebate, participants must receive approval from Xcel Energy prior to installing the system.  Contact:  Xcel Energy, 5050 N Service Drive, Winona, CO  80202; 507-457-1249; http://www.xcelenergy.com/Residential/RenewableEnergy/
Solar_Rewards/Pages/home.aspx
 

Up to $2,500 for Energy Efficiency Installations
United Power offers rebates for the installation of a variety of energy efficient equipment including heating and cooling systems, water heaters, and motors. Customers should contact a United Power Member Services representative prior to purchasing and installing any new equipment to ensure program requirements are met. All credits must be requested within 180 days of installation. An inspection report signed by a United Power Energy Management Specialist is required to qualify for any of these credits.  Rebates range from $20 up to $2,500.  In addition, during the holiday season, United Power offers a rebate for energy efficienct LED holiday lights. Rebates of $2 per strand of 49 lights of less and $4 per strands of 50 lights or more, will be offered as a credit on the customer's bill.  Contact:  Energy Management Team, United Power, 500 Cooperative Way, Brighton, CO 80603; 303-659-0551 or 800-468-8809; http://www.unitedpower.com/rebate.aspx 

Grants, Loans & More for Renewable Energy Needs
The New Energy Economic Development (NEED) program receives its funding from the Clean Energy Fund, and provides grants, loans and other financial incentives to attract manufacturers of renewable energy and energy efficient products to the state.  Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate the ability to provide substantial matching funds. (However, matching funds are not required if an applicant demonstrates sufficient need.)  To learn more, contact:  Governor's Energy Office, 1580 Logan Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80203; 303-866-2100 or 800-632-6662; Fax:  303-866-2930; http://www.colorado.gov/energy/resources/funding-opportunities.asp

Grants for Non-Profits to Install Solar Electric Systems
Namaste Solar Electric provides grants to help local non-profits install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their buildings.  Two types of grants are available through the program: matching grants and full grants. Matching grants allow non-profits to install PV systems with minimal investments. Namaste Solar's contribution is determined by calculating the retail price of the solar system and deducting the utility rebate amount (generally 50%-60%). Namaste Solar will contribute 50% of the remaining amount. The nonprofit's contribution can be secured through other grants, fundraisers or angel donors, or with general operating funds. With full grants, Namaste Solar donates 100% of the post-rebate cost of the solar system.  Contact:  Namaste Solar Electric, Inc., 2639 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302; 303-447-0300, ext. 220; http://www.namastesolar.com/donations.html

Renewable Energy Property Tax Assessment
In Colorado, property tax for utility-scale electric-generating facilities is based on installed cost. Renewable-energy facilities installed are assessed property taxes as though their installed costs were comparable to those of nonrenewable-energy facilities. The incremental value of the renewable facilities above the nonrenewable facilities is disregarded. The Colorado Division of Property Taxation is responsible for determining the nonrenewable comparison value each year. To learn more, contact:  Department of Local Affairs, Division of Property Taxation, 1313 Sherman Street, #419, Denver, CO 80203; 303-866-2371; http://www.dola.state.co.us/dpt/state_assessed/index.htm

Commercial and Industrial Energy Grant Program
Holy Cross Energy has developed a voluntary carbon reduction strategy designed to slow the growth of carbon dioxide emissions created in the generation of electricity. It offers its industrial and commercial members an energy efficiency grant which can pay for up to half the cost of a professional, engineering grade energy use evaluation of the consumer's facilities, or up to half the cost of actual labor, equipment and/or material costs to install energy saving measures identified in an energy evaluation.  For more information, contact:  Member Service Representative, Holy Cross Energy, 3799 Highway 82, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601-9349; 970-945-5491; Fax:  970-945-4081; http://www.holycross.com/

Up to $10,000 to Install Small Wind Turbines
The Governor's Energy Office (GEO) provided matching grants to three electric cooperatives and one municipal electric utility to provide rebates for small wind to their local businesses and residents. The GEO established some basic rules but gave the participating administrators flexibility to modify their programs to best suit their customer's needs. In general, an incentive may not exceed 50% of the installed system cost.  Recipients of the incentive must also meet some basic efficiency requirements designed by the participating administrators.  The maximum incentive amounts are $5,000 to $10,000, which varies by utility.  The participants providing small wind rebates at this time are:

Contact:  Governor's Energy Office, Eastern Plains Regional Representative, 1580 Logan Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80203; 970-371-3939; http://www.colorado.gov/energy/renewables/small-wind-incentive.asp
 
Business Lighting Rebates
Colorado Springs Utilities offers an incentive for its business customers to upgrade their facility's lighting through their Business Lighting Rebate Program. The rebate is offered only for retrofitting and the amount is on a per-fixture basis, and varies by the number of lamps in each fixture. Original purchase receipts must be included with the application formContact:  Colorado Springs Utilities, Business Lighting Rebate, PO Box 1103, Mail Code 1025, Colorado Springs, CO 80947; 719-448-4800; http://www.csu.org/business/rebates/lighting/index.html
Application:  http://www.csu.org/business/rebates/lighting/7959.pdf

$$ Rebates for Commercial Cooling Needs
Estes Park Light and Power Department offers its commercial customers an incentive to install energy efficient central air conditioners and heat pumps. Additional Bonus Rebates can be granted; check on the website for more details. All systems must meet minimum efficiency standards described on their website. Applications must be received by Platte River within 60 days of the installation date.  Contact:  Estes Park Power & Light, Customer Service, 170 MacGregor Avenue, P.O. Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; 970-586-5331 or 970-577-3580; Fax:  970-586-6909 or Platte River Power Authority, Rebate Program Administrator, 2000 East Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525; 970-226-4000; Fax:  970-229-5244; http://www.prpa.org/productservices/crppoverview.htm
Application:  http://www.prpa.org/productservices/crppmaterials.htm

$70,000 to Upgrade Business Equipment
Fort Collins provides businesses incentives for new construction projects and existing building retrofits. The Electric Efficiency Program encourages companies to retrofit their facilities with new energy efficient equipment including lighting, air conditioning, motors, mechanical systems and industrial process improvements. A free energy audit performed by the utility can help decide what the incentives should be used for. Incentives for are the greater of $500 per kilowatt (kW) of summer peak demand reduction or $0.10 per annual kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved. Typically, the incentive pays for 25% to 50% of the project costs. Incentives must be approved before the project starts.  Fort Collins Utilities also offers cash rebates for upgrading to energy efficient central air conditioners and heat pumps. The amount of the rebate depends on the efficiency of the equipment. For air conditioners, rebates range from $50/ton to $65/ton, plus bonus incentives for units which are more efficient than the program requires. For heat pumps, rebates are worth $50/ton plus bonus incentives. Application must be received within 60 days of installation date.  Contact:  Fort Collins Utilities, The Power-to-Save Team, 330 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524; 970-221-6700; http://fcgov.com/conservation/biz-eep.php
Application:  http://fcgov.com/conservation/xls/eep_proj_app-2007.xls
 
$50,000 + Design Assistance for Energy Efficient Buildings
The Integrated Design Assistance Program encourages the construction of new energy efficient buildings by offering rebates and design assistance. Participating companies can choose either prescriptive rebates for certain equipment types, or they can take a whole building approach. Businesses taking advantage of the whole design approach can receive up to $50,000 to help offset costs for additional design professionals, and the greater of $500 per kilowatt (kW) of summer peak demand reduction or $0.10 per annual kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved.  Contact:  Fort Collins Utilities, The Power-to-Save Team, 330 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524; 970-221-6700; http://fcgov.com/conservation/biz-eep.php

$$ to Install Energy Saving A/Cs and Heat Pumps
Longmont Power and Communications offers its commercial customers an incentive to install energy efficient central air conditioners and heat pumps. The rebate is a per ton amount which varies with system size from $50-$65/ton for systems between 64,999 Btu/h and 239,999 Btu/h. All systems must meet minimum efficiency standards described in the website. Rebate qualifications and amounts are subject to change at any time. Contact:  Longmont Power & Communications, Customer Service, 1100 South Sherman Street, Longmont, CO 80501; 303-651-8386; http://www.prpa.org/productservices/crppoverview.htm
Application:  http://www.prpa.org/productservices/crppmaterials.htm

$100,000 for New Energy Efficient Equipment
Longmont Power & Communication offers an incentive for its business customers to install new or retrofitted energy efficient equipment in their facilities. Projects can qualify for the greater of $0.10 per annual kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy savings or $500 per kilowatt (kW) summer demand savings. Incentive caps may apply. Projects are eligible for funding only if an application is processed by LPC or Platte River prior to beginning work. There is a limit of $100,000 per customer per year.  Contact:  Longmont Power & Communications, Customer Service, 1100 South Sherman Street, Longmont, CO 80501; 303-651-8386; http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/lpc/bus/eep_homepage.htm

Free Money to Upgrade Your Lighting & Fixtures
For energy efficient lighting, Longmont Power & Communication offers the LightenUP Program. Incentives vary depending on the types of fixtures and whether the lights are being installed in a new construction, or they are replacing less efficient lights in an existing building. For retrofit projects, rebates range from $500-$550/kW. Specific rates are listed on the program website.  Contact:  Longmont Power & Communications, Customer Service, 1100 South Sherman Street, Longmont, CO 80501; 303-651-8386;  http://www.prpa.org/productservices/lightenup.htm

$50 to $100 Rebates for Dishwashers, Washing Machines & Toilets
Longmont Power and Communications offers an incentive for its residential and commercial customers to install energy efficient washing machines and dishwashers.  The rebates are as follows: $50 for ENERGY STAR dishwashers; $50 for ENERGY STAR clothes washers; $50 for ultra-low volume toilets; and $100 for dual-flow toilets.  The original receipt or other manufacturer documentation must be shown upon request of the rebate.  Contact:  Longmont Power & Communications, Customer Service, 1100 South Sherman Street, Longmont, CO 80501; 303-651-8386; http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/lpc/
Application:  http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/lpc/gen/toolbox/pdfs/2008rebate_app.pdf

Cash Back for A/Cs and Heat Pumps
Loveland Water and Power offers its commercial and industrial customers an incentive to install energy efficient central air conditioners and heat pumps. The incentive amount is $65/ton for systems with a minimum efficiency rating of 13 SEER and 64,999 Btu/h or lower, and $50/ton for systems with a minimum efficiency rating of 11.0 EER between 65,000 and 134,999 Btu/h; a rating of 10.8 between 135,000 Btu/h and 239,999 Btu/h and a rating of 10.0 if the system is 240,000 Btu/h or higher.  For specific incentives, contact:  Loveland Water and Power, Customer Service, 500 East Third Street, Civic Center Complex, South Annex, Loveland, CO 80537; 970-962-3000; http://www.prpa.org/productservices/crppoverview.htm
Application:  http://www.prpa.org/productservices/crppmaterials.htm

$70,000 to Save Energy + Free Money for Light Fixtures
Loveland Water and Power offers an incentive for its business customers to install new or retrofitted energy efficient equipment in their facilities. During the summer peak period from 3 to 7 pm, June through August, Platte River will reward participating facilities with a $500 per kW-reduced rebate. All other times participants are awarded $.10 per annual kW saved. Projects are eligible for funding only if an application is processed by LPC or Platte River prior to beginning work. There is a limit of $70,000 per customer per year. For energy efficient lighting, Loveland Water and Power offers the LightenUP Program. Incentives vary depending on the types of fixtures and whether the lights are being installed in a new construction, or they are replacing less efficient lights in an existing building. For retrofit projects, rebates range from $500-$550/kW. For information on either program, contact: Loveland Water and Power, Customer Service, 500 East Third Street, Civic Center Complex, South Annex, Loveland, CO 80537; 970-962-3000; http://www.prpa.org/productservices/eepoverview.htm and http://www.prpa.org/productservices/lightenup.htm

Free Money for a Variety of Energy Improvements
Xcel Energy offers rebate programs for Colorado commercial customers for a wide range of energy efficiency technologies including heating and cooling, motors, lighting, and refrigeration. In many cases, Xcel energy will cover at least part of the cost of the assessment, in addition to the equipment installation rebate. If the customer would like to make energy efficiency improvements that are not included in their specific rebate programs, they may be eligible for the custom rebate program.  In conjunction with these prescriptive and custom rebate programs, Xcel Energy also offers design assistance and recommissioning diagnosis for commercial customers. Energy Design Assistance is only for new construction, additions, or major renovations to commercial spaces over 50,000 sq. ft. or housing/condominium projects over 150,000 square feet.  To learn more about specific incentives, contact: Customer Service, Xcel Energy, Business Programs, 1225 17th Street, Suite 1300, Denver, CO 80202; 800-895-4999; http://www.xcelenergy.com/

Colorado Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Colorado are: 

  • Biofuels Research Grants
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebate
  • Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Colorado, go to:  http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/CO or contact:  Clean Cities Coordinator, Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition; 719-322-6279 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office; 303-275-4817
 
Connecticut Energy Programs for Business
 
Up to $60,000 in Funding for Developers of Affordable Housing Projects
Through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund's Affordable Housing Initiative, developers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at affordable housing projects may apply for a grant to defray a portion of the upfront installation costs. Because the solar PV system will displace a portion of the electricity used, tenants will receive long-term financial benefits through stabilized electricity costs.  The rebate level for developers of single-family residential units is $6/watt (W) for the first 10 kilowatts (kW).The funding cap is $60,000 per project. Factors considered in calculating the rebate include: PV panel selection, inverter efficiency, system orientation and tilt, and shading on the site. For multi-family and rental units, the rebate level is $6/W for the first 200 kW, with a maximum award of $850,000 per project. Contact: Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, 200 Corporate Place, 3rd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067; 860-563-5851 Fax: 860-563-4877; http://www.ctcleanenergy.com/default.aspx?tabid=101

Solar Lease Program for Photovoltaic Systems
CT Solar Lease allows homeowners to lease a photovoltaic (PV) system, with fixed monthly payments for a term of 15 years. This program, which combines the benefits of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund's Solar Rebate Program and federal tax credits for solar energy, is available to owners of one- to four-family homes with a household income not greater than 200% of the area's median income. All electricity generated by a leased PV system reduces the homeowner's electric bill. At the end of the 15-year term, the homeowner may either buy the system at a reduced cost, extend the lease for another five years at a reduced monthly cost, or remove the system - at the homeowner's expense - and return the system to the program operator. The homeowner is responsible for paying all repairs and maintenance during the lease, as well as insurance though the CT Solar Lease program requires PV installers to warranty labor for the system for five years and manufacturer warranties are required for the PV modules (20 years) and inverters (five years). Contact: CT Solar Lease Program, AFC First Financial, 1005 Brookside Road, Great Bear Center, Allentown, PA 18106; 800-232-3477; http://www.ctsolarlease.com/

Generous Incentives in Solar Photovoltaic Program
The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund's solar photovoltaic (PV) program offers qualified installers monetary incentives that will be passed on to customers in the form of rebates. This program supports multi-family residences, institutions and non-profit installations. The funding cap is $50,000 for non-profits per project. Factors considered in calculating the rebate include: PV panel selection, inverter efficiency, system orientation and tilt, and shading on the site. Please note that the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund has announced that rebate levels will be reduced on January 1, 2009 due to the recent extension and expansion of the 30% federal tax credit for residential photovoltaic (PV) systems. Contact: Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, 200 Corporate Place, 3rd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067; 860-257-2362; Fax: 860-563-4877; http://www.ctcleanenergy.com/default.aspx?tabid=68

Loans up to $60,00 for Multi Residential Energy Programs
Energy Conservation Loans for single families are available through the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund to owners of one- to four-family homes who meet established income limits for family size and location. These loans may be used for a variety of energy conservation improvements such as: chillers; furnaces; boilers; heat pumps; air conditioners; programmable thermostats; duct/air sealing; building insulation; windows; passive solar space heat; solar water heat; solar space heat; photovoltaics; wind, biomass; and geothermal heat pumps. Interest rates vary and the loan may be repaid over 10 years. Loans for large residential properties are available through the Multi-Family Energy Conservation Loan Program. The terms are similar to the single-family dwellings loans but with a higher principal available. Contact: Connecticut Housing Investment Fund, 121 Tremont Street, Hartford, CT 06105; 860-233-5165 Ext.2019; Fax: 860-920-2038; http://www.chif.org/owner_borrowers/index.shtml - energy

Capital Grants for Customer-Side Distributed Resources
Connecticut offers grants to retail end-use customers of electric distribution companies for the installation of customer-side distributed resources. Customer-side distributed resources are defined as “the generation of electricity from a unit with a rating of not more than sixty-five megawatts on the premises of a retail end user within the transmission and distribution system including, but not limited to, fuel cells, photovoltaic systems or small wind turbines, or a reduction in the demand for electricity on the premises of a retail end user in the distribution system through methods of conservation and load management, including, but not limited to, peak reduction systems and demand response systems." Eligible baseload distributed generation projects will receive an award of $450 per kilowatt (kW). Electric distribution companies will purchase excess generation from the projects at the company's non-firm tariff rate. A grant payment will be issued to the customer-generator after the Department of Public Utility Control receives security equal to 50% of the grant amount, when the DPUC receives an affidavit that the project has completed final acceptance of the applicable interconnection process, including satisfactory commissioning test; and  the project is operational. Contact: Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051; 860-827-2773; Fax: 860-827-2613; http://www.state.ct.us/DPUC/dg.htm

Low Interest Loans for Customer-Side Distributed Resources
Long-term financing is available to retail end-use customers for the installation of customer-side distributed resources. Customer-side distributed resources are defined as "(A) the generation of electricity from a unit with a rating of not more than sixty-five megawatts on the premises of a retail end user within the transmission and distribution system including, but not limited to, fuel cells, photovoltaic systems or small wind turbines, or (B) a reduction in the demand for electricity on the premises of a retail end user in the distribution system through methods of conservation and load management, including, but not limited to, peak reduction systems and demand response systems." Interest rates are fixed and will be determined at the time the application is approved by Banc of America. Loans will be collateralized by way of equipment, or other collateral or credit enhancements required by Banc of America. Contact: Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051; 860-827-2811; Fax: 860-827-2613; http://www.state.ct.us/DPUC/dg.htm

Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems
Connecticut provides a property tax exemption for "Class I" renewable energy systems and hydropower facilities that generate electricity for private multi-family residential use. The exemption is available for systems installed on or after October 1, 2007, that multi-family dwellings limited to four units. In addition, "any passive or active solar water or space heating system or geothermal energy resource" is exempt from property taxes, regardless of the type of facility the system serves. In addition, Connecticut municipalities are authorized, but not required, to offer a property tax exemption for qualifying combined heat and power (CHP) systems installed on or after July 1, 2007. Connecticut municipalities are also authorized, but not required, to offer a property tax exemption for the amount by which the assessed valuation of an active solar energy heating or cooling system exceeds the assessed value of a conventional heating or cooling system, and also the amount by which the assessed valuation of a passive or hybrid solar energy heating or cooling system installed exceeds the valuation at which such real property would be assessed if built using conventional construction techniques. Contact: Public Information, Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, Policy Development and Planning Division, 450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106-1379; 860-418-6200; 800-286-2214; Fax: 860-418-6487; http://www.opm.state.ct.us/

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Energy Efficient Products
In Connecticut, compact fluorescent light bulbs and certain weatherization products are exempt from the state sales and use tax. Residential weatherization products are defined as programmable thermostats, window film, caulking, window and door weather strips, insulation, water heater blankets, water heaters, natural gas and propane furnaces and boilers that meet the federal Energy Star standard, windows and doors that meet the federal Energy Star standard, oil furnaces and boilers that are at least 84% efficient, and ground-source heat pumps that meet the minimum federal energy efficiency rating. Contact: Public Information Officer, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, Taxpayer Services Division, 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5032; 860-297-5962; http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?Q=382830&A=1436

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Solar and Geothermal Systems
Connecticut has enacted legislation that establishes a sales and use tax exemption for solar energy equipment and geothermal heat pumps. This legislation has added passive and active solar water-heating systems, passive and active solar space-heating systems, and solar-electric systems to the list of exempt technologies. The exemption includes equipment related to eligible systems and sales of services relating to the installation of eligible systems. Contact: Public Information Officer, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, Taxpayer Services Division, 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5032; 860-297-5962; http://www.ct.gov/DRS

$750,000 Incentives in Operational Demonstration Program
The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) created the Operational Demonstration Program to enable early-stage companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of their own near-commercial, clean-energy technologies. The program supports proposals for demonstration projects that have a high likelihood of developing into a commercial product within a reasonable period of time. Eligible resources include solar, wind, ocean thermal, wave or tidal, run-of-the-river hydro, fuel cells, hydrogen generation and storage technologies, landfill gas, low-emission advanced biomass-conversion technologies, and usable electricity from combined heat and power (CHP) systems with waste-heat recovery systems. Projects must have a capacity of at least one kilowatt (kW), or the functional equivalent for hydrogen generation. Funding for the Operational Demonstration Program will be provided in the form of an unsecured loan, with repayment contingent upon the product achieving "commercial success." The CCEF will also collect an additional percentage of product revenues for products that exceed a higher revenue threshold. The maximum amount of funding for each individual award is $750,000. Requests for funding above $500,000 must be justified, however, by the unique nature of the project, the project’s large scale, or compelling potential benefits for Connecticut electric ratepayers. Applicants must be entrepreneurs, developers or integrators of the technology they hope to commercialize and must have a demonstrated long-term interest in commercializing the technology. Contact: Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, Connecticut Innovations, 200 Corporate Place, 3rd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067; 860-257-2332; Fax: 860-563-4877; http://www.ctcleanenergy.com/default.aspx?tabid=98

Awards to $30,000 in New Energy Technology Program
Connecticut's New Energy Technology program aims to develop innovative energy-efficient technologies and renewable-energy technologies in order to save energy, improve air quality and generate employment opportunities in Connecticut. Grants are available to applicants who submit promising pre-commercial technologies that conserve energy or facilitate the use of renewable energy. Individual awards up to $10,000 will be awarded to as many as five "small firms" - a firm that employs 30 or fewer people - each year. Previous award recipients have used grant funding for product development, prototype testing, patent application, business plan development, payroll, and product marketing and promotion at trade shows. In addition to providing grant funding, the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM) offers guidance to recipients to find additional technical and financial assistance. This assistance could include locating potential industry partners, or identifying and applying for other state and federally sponsored programs. Grant recipients submit progress reports on a quarterly basis until the grant is expended. Grant recipients are expected to submit a final report after one year, describing the project's progress and how the award has assisted the project's development. Contact: Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, 450 Capitol Avenue, MS 52ENR, Hartford, CT 06106; 860-418-6384; Fax: 860-418-6495; http://www.opm.state.ct.us/pdpd2/grants/net.htm

$4.0 Million Available in Renewable Distributed Generation Program
Connecticut's On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation (DG) Program provides grants to support the installation of systems that generate electricity at commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Systems utilizing solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, fuel cells, landfill gas, low-emission advanced biomass-conversion technologies, run-of-the-river hydropower, wave or tidal power, or ocean-thermal power are eligible. Most program support will target PV and fuel-cell projects. All projects must have a minimum system capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW), and projects must use an energy-generation device that is commercially available and offers warrantees, spare parts and service commensurate with commercial status. The maximum individual project award is $4 million, with the exception of PV-only projects, which are limited to $850,000 per project. In addition, grants of up to $50,000 per installation are available to support site-specific technical studies and financial feasibility studies. Furthermore, eligible clean-energy projects installed in the congested area of southwestern Connecticut receive a premium of 2¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh), based on the estimated lifetime output of the system. The following funding limits and evaluation timeframes apply to individual projects: Solar - incentives range from $3.50 per watt to $4.75 per watt; Fuel Cells - up to $4.70 per watt with a 10-year evaluation timeframe and fuel-cell projects with a capacity up to 1,000 kW are eligible for an incentive up to $4.70 per watt; Small wind - $3.60 per watt with a 15-year evaluation timeframe; Small biomass - $3.30 per watt, 10-year evaluation timeframe; Landfill gas - $3.20 per watt, 10-year evaluation timeframe; and Hydro with a 20-year evaluation timeframe. The CCEF takes ownership of the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with electricity generation by PV and wind projects 50 kW-PTC and larger that receive funding. In turn, the CCEF compensates PV system owners based on the estimated present value of the system's RECs over 15 years. Contact: Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, 200 Corporate Place, 3rd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067; 860-563-5851 Ext.331; Fax: 860-563-6978; http://www.ctcleanenergy.com/default.aspx?tabid=95

Grants Available in Project 150 Initiative
The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund’s (CCEF) Project 150 Initiative was authorized by a legislation that requires the state's two electric distribution companies - CL&P and UI - to enter into long-term electricity purchase agreements to obtain at least 150 megawatts (MW) of "Class I" renewable energy. Pricing under these contracts includes a premium of up to 5.5¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Eligible technologies generally include photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal energy, geothermal energy, wind energy, ocean thermal energy, wave and tidal energy, fuel cells, landfill gas, low-impact hydropower, hydrogen, low-emission biomass, combined heat and power (CHP), and electricity generated by alternative fuels. For all projects the price paid by the distribution company is based on the energy delivered to a specified Connecticut “node.” Project developers were directed to energy pricing inclusive of all capital costs, fuel costs, fixed and variable O&M costs, and any other costs associated with delivering the contracted energy output of the facility to the bid-specified point of delivery. The CCEF announced it would award at least $50,000 to each project selected for an electricity purchase agreement under the Project 150 Initiative. Contact: Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, 200 Corporate Place, 3rd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067; 860-563-5851 Ext.331; Fax: 860-563-6978; http://www.ctcleanenergy.com/default.aspx?tabid=97

$500 Incentive for Energy Efficient Furnaces and Boilers
Connecticut’s Furnace Replacement Rebate Program encourages households to replace existing multi-family residential furnaces or boilers with more energy-efficient models. The program provides rebates of up to $500 to households that purchase and install replacement natural gas, propane or oil furnaces and boilers between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2017. Rebates are available for replacement natural gas furnaces or boilers that meet or exceed federal Energy Star standards, and for propane and oil furnaces and boilers that are at least 84% efficient. The program is administered by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM). Only natural gas, oil and propane furnaces/boilers installed in existing multi-family residential structures containing a maximum of four units are eligible. Rebates are not available for new construction/installation. The rebate amount may not exceed the total cost of the replacement furnace/boiler. Contact: Public Information – OPM, Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, Policy Development and Planning Division, 450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106-1308; 866-940-4676; http://www.ct.gov/opm/furnacerebate

$40,000 Grants for Energy Conscious Blueprint Program
The United Illuminating Company (UI) Energy Conscious Blueprint Program provides design grants and implementation grants to assist designers, project owners and architects of commercial or industrial buildings with the additional cost of modeling, analysis, actual design and implementation of energy-efficient buildings. Customers with commercial, industrial, and governmental new construction, additions, or major renovation projects are eligible to participate. UI offers a wide variety of structured and custom options and works closely with the customer throughout all stages of the project. Incentives may be based on a dollar amount per square foot or on the percentage by which the building exceeds the energy efficiency code. In addition, the program offers rebates for new construction, major renovation and equipment replacement to increase the electric energy efficiency of non-residential new construction and major renovation projects. The rebates are customized to the individual project and will vary likewise. Contact: The United Illuminating Company, 157 Church St, New Haven, CT 06510; 877-947-3873; 203-499-2025; http://www.uinet.com/uinet/connect/UINet/Top+Navigator/Your+Business/UI+Products+%26+Services/Energy+Conscious+Blueprint/

Zero Interest Loans in Small Business Energy Program
Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) Small Business Energy Advantage Program is a combined rebate and loan program offered to some of CL&P's business and industrial customers for making energy efficiency improvements to their facilities. Business customers with an average 12-month peak demand between 10 kW and 200 kW qualify, and while all industrial customers within that range are eligible, CL&P prefers industrial customers with loads below 50 kW. A contractor conducts an energy assessment of the facility and submits a proposal of possible energy-efficiency measures, estimated energy savings, customer incentives, and financing options. Once approved by CL&P, exact rebate amount is determined. In addition to the rebate, the remaining cost of the project can be paid off in the form of a zero interest loan directly from CL&P. Contact: Connecticut Light & Power, Customer Service, P.O. Box 270, Hartford, CT 06141; 877-947-3873; http://www.cl-p.com/

Zero Interest Loans to $100,000
Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) offers the Small Industrial and Commercial Loan Program to industrial and commercial customers for the installation of electric energy-saving measures. Eligible industrial customers are those that have been in business at least three years, with a good credit history, fewer than 100 employees, and an average demand over 200 kW. Commercial customers must have an average demand between 200-350 kW and have been in business a minimum of three years. Loans are not available for customers or projects that qualify for CL&P’s Energy Conscious Blueprint or Small Business Energy Advantage programs. The loan is interest-free and has a maximum five-year payback period. The maximum loan amount is $100,000 and the minimum is $5,000. Contact: Connecticut Light & Power, Customer Service, P.O. Box 270, Hartford, CT 06141; 877-947-3873; http://www.cl-p.com/

Zero Percent Financing Program for Commercial and Industrial Customers
In partnership with three local banks, Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) is offering a zero percent loan for eligible energy efficiency improvement projects for commercial and industrial customers. Eligibility is determined by a technical evaluation of the customer's facility. The evaluation must show that the proposed energy efficiency improvements would result in a positive cost benefit and project payback of five years or less. Contact: Norwich Public Utilities, Efficiency Programs, 16 South Golden Street, Norwich, CT 06360; 860-823-4153; http://www.norwichpublicutilities.com/energyefficiency/efficiency-comm.html

No Interest Loans in Small Business Energy Program
The Small Business Energy Advantage Program is a combined rebate and loan program offered to small business customers of the United Illuminating Company (UI) for energy efficiency improvements. UI sends a representative to complete an energy audit. Based on the results, UI recommends certain energy efficient measures to be carried out by pre-approved energy efficiency professionals. The business customer then receives a rebate ranging from 25% to 50% of the cost. The remaining costs may be paid off as a zero interest loan on the business’ monthly utility bill. Contact: The United Illuminating Company, 157 Church St, New Haven, CT 06510; 877-947-3873; http://www.uinet.com/uinet/connect/UINet/Top+Navigator/Your+Business/UI+Products+%26+Services/Small+Biz+Energy+Adv./

Rebates in Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) offers rebates for certain energy-efficiency equipment purchased by the utility's commercial and industrial customers. Rebates are available for energy-efficiency HVAC equipment, motors and vending machines. The rebates have fixed amounts and are provided on a per-unit basis. They vary by the type of efficiency measure and are paid directly to customers after they install pre-designated measures using qualified, licensed contractors. Funding for these programs is limited, and rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that rebates for energy-efficiency lighting are no longer available under this program. Contact: Connecticut Light & Power, Customer Service, P.O. Box 270, Hartford, CT 06141; 877)-947-3873; http://www.cl-p.com/Business/SaveEnergy/BusinessRebates.aspx

 

Rebates to Improve Energy Efficiency
The Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) Energy Opportunities Program helps its business and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their existing facilities by offering rebates on various retrofit possibilities. Eligible customers are commercial and industrial users that have an average peak demand of greater than 200 kilowatts. Customers with less than this amount could also qualify for this program if they do not qualify for other CL&P incentive programs. For prescriptive measures, customers can receive incentives for the costs associated with the installation of high efficiency equipment. Existing equipment (except lighting) must be operational and have at least 25% of its useful life remaining. New construction and/or major renovation projects are not eligible for this program. For other projects, customers can receive the lesser of 50% of the costs or a set dollar amount based on the energy savings. Contact: Connecticut Light & Power, Customer Service, P.O. Box 270, Hartford, CT 06141; 877-947-3873; http://www.cl-p.com/Business/SaveEnergy/Services/EnergyOpportunities.aspx

Rebates for Commercial and Industrial Customers
The Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) offers a number of prescriptive rebates for non-residential customers. The Lighting Rebate Program offers rebates to commercial and industrial customers for installing more energy efficient lighting fixtures into already existing facilities. New construction projects are not eligible. There must be at least a 10% system wattage reduction between the old and new system wattage for product to qualify. Additionally, commercial, industrial, agricultural and institutional CL&P customers of any size requiring new or replacement three-phase, premium-efficient general purpose motors between 1 and 200 horsepower are eligible for the MotorUp Rebate Program. Rebates are based on motor horsepower and range from $45 to $700. Rebates are applied for after the equipment has been installed. Commercial, industrial, agricultural, and institutional CL&P customers are eligible for the Cool Choice Program if they install new or replacement rooftop, split systems, terminal A/C units, and heat pumps with up to 30 tons of cooling capacity that meet or exceed current program efficiency standards. CL&P must pre-approve applications for rebates of $5,000 or more. Rebates vary according to technology and size, and range from $70 to $200 per ton. Finally, CL&P sponsors a $75 rebate for each vending machine occupancy sensor than a commercial business installs in their facility. Contact: Connecticut Light & Power, Customer Service, P.O. Box 270, Hartford, CT 06141; 877-947-3873; http://www.cl-p.com/

Incentives Available in Operation and Maintenance Program
All Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) commercial and industrial customers are eligible for the Operation and Maintenance Program that helps improve the maintenance and operation of electric equipment. CL&P will pay 50% of the cost for analysis and up to 50% for the installation of all measures that meet the program requirements. Providing the recommended installations occur, the 50% cost to the customer for analysis will be reimbursed at project completion. Measures are decided by the result of the energy assessment and vary at each facility. Some of the more common measures include: modifications to existing EMS systems, pumps, and fans, HVAC and compressed air systems. Contact: Connecticut Light & Power, Customer Service, P.O. Box 270, Hartford, CT 06141; 877-947-3873; http://www.cl-p.com/

Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Groton Utilities offers incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to install energy-efficient equipment in their facilities through several efficiency programs. Rebates for energy-efficient lighting retrofits and vending machine controls are based on the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) saved. Rebates for new energy-efficient lighting and high-efficiency motors are based on the number and type/efficiency rating of units installed. Rebates for HVAC equipment are based on the system size and efficiency. In most cases, the rebate is limited to 50% of the total project cost. Groton Utilities also offers cash incentives for customers who participate in the utility's Demand Response Program. This voluntary program requires customers to reduce electricity consumption when the electric system is severely constrained and the price of electricity is very high. This typically occurs only a few times a year during peak summer months. Contact: Customer Service, Groton Utilities, 295 Meridian Street, Groton, CT 06340; 860-446-4000; Fax: 860-446-4098; http://www.grotonutilities.com/elec_conserv_comm.asp

Rebates for High-Efficiency Energy Systems
Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) provides rebates to its commercial, industrial, institutional, and agricultural customers for high-efficiency HVAC systems and premium efficiency electric motors purchased and installed on or after January 1, 2007. The rebates have fixed amounts and are provided on a per-unit basis. Rebates for HVAC systems vary between $70-$250, while rebates for motors vary between $45-$700 depending on the size and efficiency rating. Completed and signed applications must be submitted within 30 days of the equipment installation to be eligible for rebates. In addition to these rebates NPU customers can also participate in the NPU Light Bulb Program and purchase compact florescent bulbs (CFLs) from the Energy Star Lights catalog at a direct discount. Contact: Norwich Public Utilities, Efficiency Programs, 16 South Golden Street, Norwich, CT 06360; 860-823-4153; http://www.norwichpublicutilities.com/energyefficiency/efficiency-comm.html

Rebates in Cool Choice Energy Efficiency Program
The Cool Choice Program offers rebates to commercial, industrial or agricultural customers of the United Illuminating Company that install high-efficiency air conditioning and air to air heat pump systems. The amount of the rebate varies depending on the specific type of technology and the efficiency, but ranges from $70 to $200 per ton. Pre-approval from participating electric utility or sponsor required if the rebate total is greater than $5,000. Applications are available on the website listed above and can be submitted after equipment is installed. Contact: The United Illuminating Company, 157 Church St, New Haven, CT 06510; 877-947-3873; 203-499-5828; http://www.uinet.com/uinet/connect/UINet/Top+Navigator/Your+Business/UI+Products+%26+Services/Cool+Choice/

$200,000 in Rebates for Eligible Efficient Technologies 
The Energy Opportunities Program is offered by The United Illuminating Company (UI) to any of its commercial or industrial customers who are interested in retrofitting their existing building in an energy efficient manner. UI offers rebates for a wide range of technologies. Eligible technologies are: equipment insulation; lighting; lighting controls/sensors; chillers; furnaces; boilers; heat pumps; air conditioners; CHP/Cogeneration; heat recovery; steam-system upgrades; compressed air; programmable thermostats; energy mgmt. systems/building controls; windows; motors; motor-ASDs/VSDs; custom/others pending approval; and refrigeration. Possible financing is available to qualifying customers. Generally, measures that have a shorter energy payback period are eligible for incentives under this program; technologies that have a longer payback can receive funding under the UI Energy Conscious Blueprint Program. Contact: The United Illuminating Company, 157 Church St, New Haven, CT 06510; 877-947-3873; 203-499-2025; http://www.uinet.com/uinet/connect/UINet/Top+Navigator/Your+Business/UI+Products+%26+Services/Energy+Opportunities/

Incentives in Express Lighting Program
In conjunction with Connecticut Power and Light, the United Illuminating Company offers the Express Lighting Rebate Program to its commercial and industrial customers for rebates for installing energy efficient lighting fixtures into already existing facilities. New construction projects are not eligible. There must be at least a 10% system wattage reduction between the old and new system wattage for product to qualify. A wide range of lighting equipment is eligible for rebates on a per-unit basis ranging from $10 to $50 per fixture. Contact: The United Illuminating Company, Conservation Load Management, 157 Church St, New Haven, CT 06510; 877-947-3873; http://www.uinet.com/

Rebates to $700 in MotorUp Incentive
The United Illuminating Company's MotorUp Premium Efficiency Motor Initiative gives rebates to industrial, commercial, institutional and agricultural customers for installing high energy efficient motors. To qualify for an incentive, the motor(s) must operate a minimum of 2,000 hours per year and meet efficiency standards listed on the application. Contact: The United Illuminating Company, 157 Church St, New Haven, CT 06510; 877-947-3873; 203-499-5828; http://www.uinet.com

Connecticut Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Connecticut are:

  • Biodiesel Production and Distribution Grants
  • Biofuels Support
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Parking - New Haven

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Connecticut, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/CT or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-4726; Fax: 412-386-5835 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Capital Clean Cities of Connecticut; 800-255-2631; Fax: 860-646-8861

 
Delaware Energy Programs for Business
 
$250,000 Rebates for the Installation of Renewable Energy Systems
The Green Energy Program actually consists of three separate programs: one for Delmarva Power & Light (DP&L), the state's only investor-owned utility; one for the state's municipal utilities; and one for the Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC). All three programs are currently managed by the Delaware Energy Office. Under the Investor Owned Utility Program incentives are available for the installation of qualifying photovoltaic, solar water heating, wind turbine, fuel cell, and geothermal heat pump systems. Under the Investor-Owned program, 60% of rebate funding is available for non-residential customers, including energy efficiency education programs. For customers of Delmarva Power, the maximum individual grant amount is 50% of installation costs for photovoltaic, solar water heating, fuel cells, and wind turbine systems, with the following caps: PV non-residential $250,000; solar water heating non-residential $250,000; solar water heating integrated into a radiant heating application - non-residential $250,000; small wind turbines - non-residential $100,000; and fuel cells - non-residential $250,000. Grants are also available for geothermal heat pumps at a maximum of $600/ton capped at $25,000 for non-residential systems. Municipal and Cooperative Utility Program - like the investor-owed Program, the Delaware Electric Cooperative and municipal utility Green Energy Program funds provide rebates up to 50% of the system cost for PV, solar water heating, wind, fuel cells, and geothermal heat pump systems. Contact: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Energy Office, 1203 College Park Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904; 302-735-3480; Fax: 302-739-1840; http://www.delaware-energy.com/green-energy-program-home.htm
 
Grants to $250,000 to Develop or Improve Renewable Energy Technology
The Delaware Green Energy Fund's Research and Development Program offers grants to projects that develop or improve renewable energy technology in the state. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will accept proposals for program grants for qualifying projects that improve the engineering, adaptation or development of products or processes that directly relate to renewable energy technology. Delaware Research and Development Program grants are available to applicants located within the state for projects conducted in the state Subject to availability of funds, the Research and Development Program offers grants up to 35% of the cost of qualifying projects and shall not exceed $250,000 per project. Proposals are accepted on a bi-annual basis. Contact: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Energy Office, 1203 College Park Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904; 302-735-3480; Fax: (302) 739-1840; http://www.delaware-energy.com/
 
Grants to $200,000 for Renewable Technology Projects
The Technology and Demonstration Program provides grants to projects that demonstrate the market potential for renewable technologies and accelerate the commercialization of these technologies in Delaware. Novel or unconventional energy efficiency technologies are also eligible for funding under this program, subject to certain limitations. Individual grants awarded under Green Energy Fund's Technology Demonstration Program generally shall not exceed 25% of the cost of the eligible equipment for a renewable energy technology project and will not exceed $200,000 per project. Grant limits are different for passive solar projects. Projects must include a public education component, such as integration into an educational program or location at a facility that allows public tours of the installed renewable energy technology. Contact: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Energy Office, 1203 College Park Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904; 302-735-3480; Fax: (302) 739-1840; http://www.delaware-energy.com/
 
Delaware Alternative Fuel and Vehicle IncentivesState and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Delaware are:
  • Low-Speed Vehicle Access to Roadways
  • Alternative Fuel Tax Exemption
  • Idle Reduction Requirement
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Delaware, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/DE or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-4726; Fax: 412-386-5835 or Delaware Clean State Coordinator, Delaware Energy Office; 302-735-3480; Fax: 302-739-1840
 
District of Columbia Energy Programs for Business
 
Rewards up to $20,000 for Renewable Energy Technologies
The District of Columbia Renewable Energy Demonstration Project (REDP) was developed by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) Energy Division to increase the awareness and use of renewable-energy technologies by businesses and institutions. Non-residential awards are limited to $2.50 per watt up to 8 kW, with a maximum award of $20,000. Eligible renewable technologies are photovoltaics, wind, biomass, geothermal electric, CHP/Cogeneration, small hydroelectric, fuel cells using renewable fuels, and other distributed generation technologies. Due to limited funding, applicants for round four funding will automatically enter a reservation queue for the next round of funding. Contact: District Department of the Environment, Energy Division, 2000 14th Street, NW, 300 East, Washington, DC 20009; 202-673-6700; Fax: (202) 673-6725; http://ddoe.dc.gov/ddoe/cwp/view,a,1209,q,493006.asp
 
District of Columbia Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in the District of Columbia are:
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Exemption
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Exemption from Driving Restrictions
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in the District of Columbia, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/DC or contact Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 304-285-4535 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; 202-962-3355
 
Florida Energy Programs for Business
 
Up to $37,500 for Solar Electric Systems
Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) offers its customers a rebate of $1.50 per watt to install solar-electric systems, also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems. The maximum rebate is $7,500 for residential customers and $37,500 for commercial customers. GRU will perform a pre-inspection of the applicant's site; results of the pre-inspection will determine rebate eligibility. The final rebate level will be determined following verification of the installed system by a GRU solar field inspector. The rebate only applies to locations within the GRU electric service territory. For more details on this program, contact: Conservation Services Department, PO Box 147117, Station A114, Gainesville, FL 32614; 352-393-1460;
http://www.gru.com/YourHome/Conservation/Energy/Rebates/solarElectric.jsp
Application:
http://www.gru.com/Pdf/YourHome/Rebates/Solar%20PV%20Survey%20Request.pdf
and http://www.gru.com/Pdf/YourHome/Rebates/PVrebateform.pdf
 
$5,000 for Energy Efficient Hot Water Heaters
The JEA Solar Incentive Program provides financial incentives to JEA's residential and commercial customers who install new and retrofit solar hot water heaters on homes and businesses. The highest rebates are available when customers use local installers as outlined below. There is a maximum award of $5,000 for each new commercial installation ($800 for residential installation) and up to 30% of total cost (up to $500) to restore an existing solar water heating system to working order. More details on these incentives are available by contacting: JEA, Director, Environmental Programs, 21 W. Church St., Jacksonville, FL 32202; 904-665-8729; http://www.jea.com/community/conservcenter/business/solar.asp
 
Free Power Rinser Saves Florida Restaurants $1,300/Yr.
Save money and water with a new high-efficiency, stainless steel Power Rinser. UCNSB offers a FREE Power Rinser from Niagara Conservation so that you can save up to 80% on your water consumption without noticing a change in your sprayer's water pressure or flow. Equipped with a 5-year warranty, the Power Rinser is interchangeable with all brands. Contact: New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission, P.O. Box 100, 200 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170-0100; 386-424-3067; http://www.ucnsb.org/conservation-water.aspx
 
Up to $100,000 in Solar Energy Incentives
The Solar Energy System Incentives Program provides financial incentives for the purchase and installation of solar energy systems from July 1, 2006, through June 20, 2010. The program provides rebates to Florida residents, businesses, non-profits and public facilities that purchase and install new photovoltaic (PV) systems two kilowatts (kW) or larger in capacity, solar water heating systems that provide at least 50% of a building's hot water consumption, and a solar thermal pool heaters. Incentive amounts range from $100 up to $100,000. Applications for the rebate must be submitted within 120 days of the purchase of the solar energy equipment. Contact: Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Energy Office, 2600 Blairstone Road MS #19, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400; 850-245-5993; http://www.dep.state.fl.us/energy/energyact/solar.htm
 
$5 Million Tax Credit for Renewable Energy Businesses
A renewable energy production tax credit was established in Florida (SB 888) to encourage the development and expansion of renewable energy facilities in the state. This annual corporate tax credit is equal to $0.01/kWh of electricity produced and sold by the taxpayer to an unrelated party during a given tax year. For new facilities (placed in service after May 1, 2006) the credit is based on the sale of the facility's entire electrical production. For an expanded facility, the credit is based on the increases in the facility's electrical production that are achieved after May 1, 2006. The combined total amount of tax credits which may be granted for all taxpayers under this program is limited to $5 million per state fiscal year. If the amount of credits applied for each year exceeds $5 million, the DOR will award a prorated amount based on each applicant's increased production and sales. To find out more, contact: Taxpayer Services, Florida Department of Revenue, 1379 Blountstown Hwy., Tallahassee, FL 32304-2716; 800-352-3671 or 850-488-6800; http://www.dep.state.fl.us/energy/energyact/incentives.htm
Application: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/forms/2008/f1193.pdf
 
Renewable Energy Technologies Investment Tax Credit
A corporate tax credit was established in Florida (SB 888) to promote investment in
1) hydrogen-powered vehicles and hydrogen vehicle fueling stations;
2) commercial stationary hydrogen fuel cells; and
3) production, storage, and distribution of biodiesel and ethanol.
The tax credit amount for each technology is as follows:
  • Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles and Hydrogen Vehicle Fueling Station: 75% of all capital costs, operation and maintenance costs, and research and development costs, up to a limit of $ 3 million per state fiscal year for all taxpayers, in connection with an investment in hydrogen-powered vehicles and hydrogen vehicle fueling stations in the state, including, but not limited to, the costs of constructing, installing, and equipping such technologies in the state
  • Commercial Stationary Hydrogen Fuel Cells: 75% of all capital costs, operation and maintenance costs, and research and development costs, up to a limit of $ 1.5 million per state fiscal year for all taxpayers, and limited to a maximum of $ 12,000 per fuel cell, in connection with an investment in commercial stationary hydrogen fuel cells in the state, including, but not limited to, the costs of constructing, installing, and equipping such technologies in the state.
  • Biodiesel and Ethanol Production, Storage, and Distribution: 75% of all capital costs, operation and maintenance costs, and research and development costs, up to a limit of $ 6.5 million per state fiscal year for all taxpayers, in connection with an investment in the production, storage, and distribution of biodiesel (B10-B100) and ethanol (E10-E100) in the state, including the costs of constructing, installing, and equipping such technologies in the state. Gasoline fueling station pump retrofits for ethanol (E10-E100) distribution also qualify as an eligible cost.
This legislation also created a a sales tax refund for products relating to hydrogen-powered vehicles, commercial stationary hydrogen fuel cells, and materials used in distributing biodiesel and ethanol. To find out more, contact: Taxpayer Services, Florida Department of Revenue, 1379 Blountstown Hwy., Tallahassee, FL 32304-2716; 800-352-3671 or 850-488-6800; http://www.dep.state.fl.us/energy/energyact/incentives.htm
 
Faster Permitting Process for Green Projects
In an effort to promote environmentally sensitive design and construction, the Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed an ordinance to expedite the permitting process for green buildings certified by a recognized environmental rating agency. Commercial, industrial, and residential projects are all eligible as long as they are located in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and the City of West Miami. See the Miami-Dade County Building Department website for additional information: http://www.miamidade.gov/building/home.asp or contact: Miami-Dade Permitting and Inspection Center, 11805 SW 26 Street (Coral Way), Miami, FL 33175-2474; 786-315-2000
 
$9,000 to Create New Jobs in the Energy Industry
The Targeted Jobs Incentive Fund (TJIF) provides financial incentives for select industries, including Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Manufacturing, Installation and Repair Companies, wishing to relocate or expand within Miami-Dade County. To be eligible, companies relocating to Miami-Dade County must create at least 10 new jobs, and expanding companies must create either at least 5 new jobs or at least 10% of the company's work force at the time of application, whichever is greater. Miami-Dade County will provide a qualifying Company up to $9,000.00 per new job in TJIF incentives as follows:
  • Up to $3,000 for each new job.
  • Up to $1,500 bonus for each new job if the Company is located in a Designated Priority Area.
  • Up to $1,500 bonus for each new job if the employee resides in a Designated Priority Area.
  • Up to $1,500 bonus for companies that operate their businesses out of buildings or facilities that qualify as "green construction" and/or that incorporates alternative energy systems; and an additional bonus of up to $500 if the Company operates its business in a building or facility which incorporates solar thermal, photovoltaic, fuel cell, and/or co-generating energy generation. The alternative energy systems, with the exception of solar thermal, must be grid interconnected to the local utility to qualify.
  • Up to $1,500 bonus, if the company is in the business of Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Manufacturing, Installation and Repair.
Other qualification criteria must be met. For more information, contact: The Beacon Council, 80 Southwest Eighth Street, Suite 2400, Miami, FL 33130; 305-579-1300; http://www.beaconcouncil.com/Web/Default.aspx
 
$200 to Make Your Hot Water More Energy Efficient
Orange County offers a $200 rebate on newly installed solar hot water systems in the county. To be eligible for the rebate, the system owner must complete an application and provide proof of an energy audit, installation date and receipt of a solar hot water rebate from the utility. Only new systems, installed on or after April 22, 2008, are eligible and the rebate application must be received within six months of installation. For more details, contact: Orange County Environmental Protection Division, 800 Mercy Drive, Suite 4, Orlando, FL 32808; 407-836-1400; Fax: 407-836-1499; http://www.orangecountyfl.net/cms/DEPT/CEsrvcs/epd/SolarWaterProgram.htm
Application:
http://www.orangecountyfl.net/NR/rdonlyres/e6crpj7cgd6fvziztl
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Incentives to Produce Solar Energy
The Pilot Solar Program offers to purchase the environmental attributes or renewable energy credits (RECs) from customers who install a photovoltaic (PV) and/or solar thermal energy system on their property. Incentive payments are equal to $0.05/kWh for PV and $0.03/kWh for solar water heating (SWH) systems and appear in the form of a credit on customers' monthly utility bills. To learn more, contact: Orlando Utilities Commission, 500 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801; 407-423-9100, ext. 2086; Fax: 407-423-9198; http://www.ouc.com/green/solar_pilots.htm
Application: http://www.ouc.com/green/Commercial%20Solar%20Information%20Packet.pdf
 
100% Property Tax Exemption for Energy Efficient Homes
In June 2008, Florida enacted legislation that revived a renewable energy property tax exemption that had previously expired in 1990. Under Florida law, improved real property upon which a renewable energy source device is installed and operated is entitled to an exemption in the amount of the original cost of the device, including the installation cost. The exemption does not include the cost of replacing, removing or improving existing property in the course of the installation. To learn more, contact: Taxpayer Services, Florida Department of Revenue, 1379 Blountstown Hwy., Tallahassee, FL 32304-2716; 800-352-3671 or 850-488-6800; http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/
 
No Sales Tax on Solar Energy Systems
Solar energy systems have been exempt from Florida's sales and use tax since July 1, 1997. The exemption is available to a purchaser as a refund of previously paid taxes. An application, along with the sales invoice or other proof of purchase must be filed with the Department of Environmental Protection. This exemption for fuel cells and other equipment, machinery and materials for renewable energy technologies is effective through July 1, 2010. The exemption for solar energy systems, however, remains a permanent exemption. Contact: Taxpayer Services, Florida Department of Revenue, 1379 Blountstown Hwy., Tallahassee, FL 32304-2716; 800-352-3671 or 850-488-6800; http://www.dep.state.fl.us/energy/energyact/incentives.htm
Application: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/energy/energyact/files/form_feo_06_01_nov_11_07.pdf
 
Grants for Renewable Energy Technologies
The Renewable Energy Technologies Grants Program was established to provide renewable energy matching grants for demonstration, commercialization, research, and development projects relating to renewable energy technologies. Eligible recipients (must be in-state) include municipalities and county governments; businesses; universities and colleges; utilities; not-for-profit organizations; and other qualified entities as determined by the Department of Environmental Protection (the program administrator). Grant amounts vary. For more details, contact: Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Energy Office, 2600 Blairstone Road, MS #19, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400; 850-245-8002; Fax: 850-245-8003; http://www.dep.state.fl.us/energy/energyact/grants.htm
 
Get $450 Back to Install Solar Water Heating
The City of Tallahassee Utilities offers a $450 rebate to homeowners and homebuilders who install a solar water-heating system. This rebate may be applied to a first-time installation or to the replacement of an older solar water-heating system. Homebuilders may also apply for the rebate when installing a solar water heater on a new home. The homeowner must allow the City of Tallahassee to conduct an energy audit on the home in order to make a preliminary assessment of sun exposure and to provide program guidance. Contact: City of Tallahassee Utilities, 300 South Adams St. B32, Tallahassee, FL 32301; 850-891-4968; http://www.talgov.com/you/energy/energy_programs.cfm
 
Business Energy Efficiency Rebates
Florida Power and Light offers incentives for its business customers to upgrade their HVAC system, building envelope, water heating, refrigeration or lighting systems with energy-efficient equipment. The rebates vary according to system size and efficiency rating. In addition to these incentives, FPL also offers a free Business Energy Evaluation and a custom incentive that rewards energy-saving innovations that trim at least 25 kW from FPL's summer peak demand. To find out more about these incentives, contact: Business Care Center, Florida Power and Light, FPL General Mail Facility, Miami, FL 33188-0001; 800-375-5566; http://www.fpl.com/business/savings/rebates_and_incentives.shtml
 
Up to $40,000 for Businesses to Use Less Energy
Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) offers an incentive to its small commercial customers for upgrading the energy efficiency of their heating and cooling units and replacing their exit signs with new LED signs. Larger commercial customers building a new facility or retrofitting old equipment can also take advantage of the custom rebate program. The size of the rebate depends upon how much electricity is conserved and is limited to 50% of the project cost, or $40,000, whichever is less. GRU also offers free Smart Vendor equipment which senses when a facility is unoccupied and turns off vending machines to save energy. Contact: Gainesville Regional Utilities, Conservation Services Department, PO Box 147117, Station A114, Gainesville, FL 32614; 352-393-1460; http://www.gru.com/YourBusiness/Conservation/Energy/Rebates/lgBusiRebates.jsp
 
$$ Back for New Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems
Gulf Power Company offers a $400/ton rebate on the installation of new geothermal heating and cooling systems for qualified customers. Eligible geothermal systems must meet the minimum Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 13.0 at 86° entering water temperature and a water flow of three gallons per minute per ton. All participants must be willing to have an existing home energy audit or new home plan review completed to address proper HVAC sizing, proper installation and other conservation measures. Multi-family installations exceeding 50 tons and single-family installations exceeding 10 tons are subject to a cost-effectiveness analysis. Learn more by contacting: Gulf Power Company, Marketing Department, One Energy Place, Pensacola, FL 32520; 877-655-4001; http://www.gulfpower.com/residential/pdf/installguide.pdf
 
$15,000 to Weatherize Your Business's Roof
Progress Energy Florida offers an incentive to its business customers for building envelope improvements including ceiling insulation, window film, and a variety of products and approaches meant to reduce the amount of heat transferred to and from a building through the roof. Rebates are provided to customers who install either cool roof materials, roof insulation, or green roofs. The rebates can be applied to both retrofits and new construction projects. Upon request, Progress Energy Florida will provide a free Business Energy Check to determine if the facility is eligible for the incentive. Eligible facilities will earn a per-square-foot incentive based on the type of material used. The maximum incentive for roofing materials is $15,000 and for window film/solar screens is $55 per room. Contact: Progress Energy Florida, Small/Medium Business Customer Service, PO Box 1551, Raleigh, NC 27602; 877-372-8477; http://progress-energy.com/custservice/flacig/efficiency/index.asp
 
Free Money to Improve Business Equipment Efficiency
Progress Energy Florida offers an incentive to its business customers for replacing their old equipment with high-efficiency models. Rebates are available for HVAC equipment, including heat pumps and air conditioners, packaged terminal heat pumps, and water-cooled and air-cooled chillers. Rebates are also provided for improvements related to HVAC systems, including duct testing, demand control ventilation, high efficiency energy recovery ventilation, HVAC steam cleaning, and rooftop unit recommissioning. And rebates are also provided for efficient lighting and controls, efficient compressed air systems and efficient motors. Contact: Progress Energy Florida, Small/Medium Business Customer Service, PO Box 1551, Raleigh, NC 27602; 877-372-8477; http://progress-energy.com/custservice/flabusiness/efficiency/efficiencyservices.asp
 
Businesses Cool Down with Energy Incentives
Aimed at systems under 760,000 Btu, incentives for installing new equipment that meets Tampa Electric's energy efficiency standards are approximately $30 per ton, or $0.0025 per Btu. (This program covers both direct expansion air conditioners and package terminal air conditioners.) Tampa Electric also offers incentives to commercial customers for reducing their load during peak hours through their Commercial Load Management Program. For more information, contact: Tampa Electric, Energy Management Services, P.O. Box 111, Tampa, FL 33601; 813-223-0800 or 888-223-0800; http://www.tampaelectric.com/business/saveenergy/coolingrebate/
 
Improve Your Business's Lighting System
Tampa Electric offers a cash rebate for commercial and industrial customers replacing their existing interior lights with energy-efficient fluorescent lighting systems. Tampa Electric will send a qualified lighting engineer to inspect the facility and make recommendations. Once installed, the facility will earn $0.15 for every watt reduced. Commercial/Industrial customers must achieve a minimum lighting reduction of 1,000 watts within conditioned spaces to be eligible. Tampa Electric also offers incentives to businesses for reducing their load during peak hours through their Conservation Value Program. For more information, contact: Tampa Electric, Energy Management Services, P.O. Box 111, Tampa, FL 33601; 813-223-0800 or 888-223-0800; http://www.tampaelectric.com/business/saveenergy/indoorlighting/
 
Florida Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Florida are:
  • Alternative Fuels Production Incentive
  • Renewable Energy Grants
  • Hydrogen and Biofuels Tax Exemption
  • Hydrogen and Biofuels Investment Tax Credit
  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Florida, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/FL or contact: Clean Cities Coordinator, Florida Space Coast Clean Cities Coalition; 321-638-1443 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 304-285-4185
 
Georgia Energy Programs for Business
 
Sales Tax Exemption for Biomass Materials
Georgia enacted legislation creating an exemption for biomass materials from the state's sales and use taxes. To qualify for the exemption, biomass material must be utilized in the production of energy, including the production of electricity, steam, or both electricity and steam. Pellets and fuels derived from biomass are generally eligible. Contact: Tax Information, Georgia Department of Revenue, 1800 Century Center Blvd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30345-3205; 404-417-4477; http://www.dor.ga.gov/
 
Corporate Tax Credits for Clean Energy Equipment
Georgia has enacted legislation establishing corporate tax credits for clean energy equipment installed and placed into service. Eligible efficient technologies are lighting; lighting controls/sensors; and comprehensive measures/whole buildings. Renewable technologies are: solar water heat; solar thermal electric; solar space heat; solar thermal process heat; wind; geothermal heat pumps; and biomass gasification. The following credit limits for various technologies apply: a maximum of $100,000 per installation for domestic solar water heating; a maximum of $500,000 per installation for photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal electric applications, active space heating, biomass equipment and wind energy systems; a maximum of $100,000 per installation for Energy Star-certified geothermal heat pumps; a maximum of $100,000 for lighting retrofit projects; and a maximum of $100,000 for energy-efficient products installed during construction. Before claiming the credit, the taxpayer must submit an application to the Georgia tax. This tax credit is in effect from July 1, 2008, until December 31, 2012. Contact: Taxpayer Services Division, Georgia Department of Revenue, 1800 Century Center Blvd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30345-3205; 404-417-4480; http://www.gefa.org/Index.aspx?page=423
 
Incentives to Contractors for Energy Efficient Measures in New Homes
Diverse Power is offering a number of rebates for new and existing homes that install energy-efficient measures, such as heat pumps including geothermal, water heaters, and heat recovery systems. New home rebates are paid directly to the contractor unless another arrangement is made. Contact: Customer Service - DP, Diverse Power, 1400 South Davis Road, P.O. Box 160, LaGrange, GA 30241; 706-845-2000; Fax: 706-845-2020; http://www.diversepower.com/rebates_incentives.php
 
Rebates Available in Home Energy Program
Habersham Electric Membership Corporation offers a rebate program for residential and manufactured homes that meet certain insulation specifications and pass inspection by a Habersham EMC representative. After meeting these specifications new homes and manufacturers are eligible for a $200 rebate. In addition, new, existing and manufactured homes are eligible for a $150 to $200 rebate on a qualified heat pump. Touchstone Energy Homes are also eligible for an Energy Conservation rate discount and can use the Energy Efficient Loan Program to finance these energy conservation improvements. Contact: Customer Service - HEMC, Habersham Electric Membership Corporation, P.O. Box 25, Clarkesville, GA 30523; 800-640-6812; 706-754-2114 Fax: 800-640-6813; http://www.habershamemc.com/tshome.aspx
 
Production Incentives for Solar and Wind Generation Projects
Participating power distributors in Tennessee Valley Authority's Green Power Switch Generation Partners program offer production-based incentives for solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind projects to small commercial customers and incentives for PV projects to large commercial customers. Under the small-commercial contract, TVA will purchase the entire output of a qualifying system at $0.15 per kWh through a participating power distributor and the consumer will receive a credit for the power generated. Under the larger commercial contract, TVA will purchase the output at $0.20 per kWh. Qualifying sources for small commercial projects include photovoltaic and wind turbine systems with a minimum output of 500 watts AC and a maximum of 50 kW. For large commercial consumers, qualifying sources are restricted to PV only. Although the maximum output for commercial generation systems remains at 50 kW, the power distributor may elect to permit larger systems with mutual agreement of TVA on a case-by-case basis. Qualifying systems must be used primarily to provide all or part of the energy needs at a particular site and must not have previously generated into the grid. Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority 400 W. Summit Hill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101; http://www.gpsgenpartners.com/ or http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/distributors.htm
 
Prime Interest Rate Loans for Weatherization MeasuresWalton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) offers the Prime PowerLoan program for commercial accounts. Customers can receive prime rate financing for the installation of, among other things, weatherization measures. These include caulking/weather-stripping, duct/air sealing, and building insulation. Contact: Customer Service - Walton EMC, Walton Electric Membership Corporation, P.O. Box 260, Monroe, GA 30655; 770-267-2505; http://www.waltonemc.com/prod_rebateprog.htm
 
Loans to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Business
Hart EMC, in conjunction with the National Rural Cooperative Finance Corporation, offers the EC Commercial Loan Program. This program offers commercial customers, inside and outside the Hart EMC service area, the opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of their facility's equipment through low-interest financing. Loans are underwritten and serviced by the First National Bank of New England. Hart EMC does not need to be the applicant's service provider. Contact: Customer Service - Hart EMC, Hart Electric Membership Corporation, Member Services Department, P.O. Box 250, 1071 Elberton Road, Hartwell, GA 30643; 706-376-4714; 800-241-4109; Fax: 706-376-7200; http://www.hartemc.com/index.asp?rightnav=true&name=EC%5FCommercial%5FLoans&rid
=17&lid=19&lname=For+Your+Business
 
Rebates for Builders and Developers of Energy Efficient Homes
Energy Power Board offers an incentive to the builders and developers of residential properties to encourage the construction of energy efficient homes. The size of the rebate is dependent upon the type of dwelling constructed. EPB will work with developers in the planning stages to determine the proper mix of insulation, windows, doors, heat pumps, water heating and appliances to achieve energy right efficiency to meet the requirements for this rebate. Contact: Energy Power Board, EPB Energy Services, PO Box 182255, Chattanooga, TN 37422; 423-648-1372; Fax: 423-648-1233; http://www01.epb.net/index.php?page=business_builders&id=68
 
$300 Incentives for Builders of Energy Star Homes
Georgia Power provides an incentive for home builders to construct new homes which meet Energy Star guidelines. Through this program, builders constructing new efficient homes in Georgia Power's service territory, which utilize electric heating and water heating can receive a $300 incentive to help with the cost of having the home rated. The builder may choose the RESNET certified Home Energy Rater of their choice to rate the house. The rater must review the house plans and perform required testing at completion to qualify the house as ENERGY STAR. Contact: Customer Service, Georgia Power Company, 241 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30308; 800-524-2421 Ext.800; 404-506-6526; https://customerservice.southerncompany.com/builder/EnergyStar.aspx
 
Rebates for Right Choice Builders
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is an electric cooperative that encourages the construction of homes that are energy efficient. Jackson EMC offers the Right Choice Savings Program. Builders who meet the certification standards of the program and build homes that meet certain energy efficiency requirements will be certified as Right Choice builders. Right Choice builders are eligible to receive the following incentives: rebates; reduced or free underground service; third-party review of the size and design of HVAC systems; training and support; inspection and high-tech performance testing by trained technicians; state energy code RES-CHECK compliance certificate; and a one-year comfort warranty and three-year HVAC energy usage warranty backed by Jackson EMC. Contact: Customer Service - Jackson, Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, P.O. Box 38, Jefferson, GA 30549; 706-367-5281; http://www.jacksonemc.com/rightchoice/builder_info.html
 
Incentives in Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) provides a variety of rebates for commercial customers who wish to upgrade the energy efficiency of their facility. If recommended by a Sawnee Energy Services Representative (ESR), commercial customers can receive rebates for the installation of high efficiency lighting, office equipment, solar film window tinting, energy management systems or programmable thermostats that result in peak demand reduction. Maximum incentives are: Energy Star office equipment $100; programmable thermostats $25 for each HVAC system; lighting $400; solar film window tinting $150; equipment upgrade $500; and energy management system $100. To receive this rebate, the ESR must inspect the facility prior to installation. Contact: Customer Service - Sawnee EMC, Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation, 543 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming, GA 30040; 800-635-9131; Fax: 678-947-3368; http://www.sawnee.com/Energy/incentives.htm
 
Georgia Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Georgia are:
  • Alternative Fuel Production Facility Tax Exemption
  • Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Credit
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Georgia, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/GA or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 304-285-4185; Fax: 304-285-4638 or Clean Cities Director, Middle Georgia Clean Cities Coalition; 478-747-7920; 478-803-2506; Fax: 478-751-9168
 
Hawaii Energy Programs for Business
 
Cash Back to Install a Solar Water Heater
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) provides a one-time rebate to qualifying customers who install solar water heaters. The Commercial Energy $olutions rebate for solar water heater is offered as a custom incentive on a case-by-case basis to HECO, MECO and HELCO customers. Commercial customers receive $125 per deferred kilowatt (kW) that is coincident with peak electric demands, plus $0.05 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for retrofits and $0.06 per kWh for new construction, based on estimated annual energy savings calculated at time of installation. A participating contractor will visit the home or business, analyze the building's hot-water usage, and provide a bid for a complete installation, including the anticipated energy savings. When a system is installed, the contractor will instantly deduct the rebate from the installed cost of the system. Customers may also qualify for the 35% Hawaii State Energy Tax Credit and the 30% federal tax credit for solar water heaters. Contact: Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Customer Efficiency Program, P.O. Box 2750, Honolulu, HI 96840-0001; 808-947-6937; http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.508576f78baa14340b4c0610c510b1ca/
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Up to 80% Money Back for Installing Energy Saving Devices
Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative's Commercial Energy Wise Program allows participants to receive an energy use analysis and screening for the installation of cost-effective energy saving devices, which includes solar water heating systems. Commercial customers are eligible for a 50% to 80% rebate for such devices. To learn more, contact: Kauai Island Utility Coop, Energy Wise Programs, 4463 Pahee Street, Lihue, HI 96766; 808-246-8284; Fax: 808-246-8268; http://www.kiuc.coop/co-opportunities/links/com/ewc.htm
 
Income Tax Credits for Business and Residential Energy Improvements
The Hawaii Energy Tax Credits allow individuals or corporations to claim an income tax credit of 20% of the cost of equipment and installation of a wind system and 35% of the cost of equipment and installation of a solar thermal or photovoltaic system. For a complete list of allowable credits, please refer to: http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/energy/renewable/solar. Contact: Information Specialist, Hawaii Department of Taxation, Taxpayer Services Branch, P.O. Box 259, Honolulu, HI 96809; 808-587-4242; http://www.state.hi.us/tax/tir/tir07-02.pdf and http://www.state.hi.us/tax/
 
Go Green and Get Your Permit Faster
In Hawaii, the law requires each county agency that issues building, construction, or development-related permits to establish a procedure for priority processing of permit applications for construction projects incorporating energy and environmental design building standards. The priority processing will be provided at no additional cost. Contact your county building department for further information; details can be found here: http://www.bookmarki.com/Articles.asp?ID=164
 
$2.0 Million Over 5 Years for High Tech Businesses
Hawaii offers a 100% tax credit on an equity investment in a qualified high tech business (QHTB). The purpose of this credit is to encourage investment in Hawaii's high tech companies. A qualified high technology business is defined as a business that conducts more than fifty per cent of its activities in qualified research, which includes non-fossil fuel energy-related technology like energy produced by wind, solar energy, hydropower, geothermal resources, ocean thermal energy conversion, wave energy, hydrogen, fuel cells, landfill gas, waste to energy, biomass including municipal solid waste, and biofuels.The credit will be allocated as follows:
  • 35% in the year the investment was made (maximum credit of $700,000)
  • 25% in the first year following the year in which the investment was made (maximum credit of $500,000)
  • 20% in the second year following the investment (maximum credit of $400,000)
  • 20% in the second year following the investment (maximum credit of $400,000)
  • 10% in the third year following the investment (maximum credit of $200,000)
  • 10% in the fourth year following the investment (maximum credit of $200,000)
Contact: Technical Section, Hawaii Department of Taxation, Taxpayer Services Branch, PO Box 259, Honolulu, HI 96809; 808-587-1577; http://www.state.hi.us/tax/announce/2003ann01.htm
 
Bond Funding for Solar & Energy Efficient Upgrades
The Honolulu Solar Bond includes $7.85 million for solar and energy-efficiency retrofits for Honolulu public buildings. The bond measure will fund lighting or air-conditioning improvements in municipal buildings across the island, as well as photovoltaic (PV) installations on city buildings in Kapolei. By bundling solar with energy efficiency, projects can be structured so that energy savings exceed debt service and will be immediately revenue-positive. For more information, contact: Councilmember Charles K. Djou, 530 S. King Street, Room 202, Honolulu, HI 96813; 808-527-5683; Fax: 808-550-6736; http://www.votesolar.org/honolulu.html
 
$125,000 to Install Solar Water Heating
The Honolulu Solar Roofs Loan Program offers low-interest loans (0% or 2%) to income-qualified homeowners on the Island of Oahu for the installation of solar water heating systems through the City's Rehabilitation Loan Program. The low-interest loans are available for single-family homes, condominiums, and coops. The maximum loan is $80,000 for each dwelling unit for owner-occupied properties up to 4 dwelling units not to exceed $125,000 per property. For all other properties, the maximum loan amount is determined by a formula. Most solar hot water heater installations cost approximately $5,000 to $6,000. Loans will be secured by a promissory note and a mortgage on the property. Contact: Honolulu Solar Roofs Initiative, City and County of Honolulu, Solar Roofs Initiative, 51 Merchant St., Honolulu, HI 96813; 808-523-4207; Fax: 808-527-5546;
http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.508576f78baa14340b4c0610c510b1ca/
?vgnextoid=b28c5e658e0fc010VgnVCM1000008119fea9RCRD&vgnextfmt=default
 
$1.5 Million Loans to Make Your Farm Energy Efficient
Hawaii offers a loan program for agriculture and aquaculture renewable energy projects. Farmers and Aquaculturists may receive loans for projects involving photovoltaic (PV) energy, hydroelectric power, wind power generation, methane generation, bio-diesel and ethanol production. Loans may provide up to 85% of the project cost (up to a maximum of $1,500,000) for a term of up to forty years. To be eligible, the applicant must be a qualified farmer or aquaculturist with a sound credit rating and the ability to repay the loan, as determined by the Department of Agriculture. Contact: Public Information, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, 1428 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814; 808-973-9560;
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2008/bills/HB2261_SD1_.htm
 
Rebates on Appliances for Your Business
As part of their Energy$olutions Business program, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) provides rebates for purchases of energy-efficient appliances. Rebate varies based on energy savings, whether the purchase is for retrofitting or new construction, and in some cases, size of equipment. These rebates cover many of the energy-efficiency options for businesses, and those that are not covered specifically may fit into the Customized Incentives Program, which includes (but is not limited to) window tinting, adjustable speed drives, air conditioning system improvements, process heat recovery, booster pump, heat pump water heaters, and solar water heating. For a complete list of incentives, see the website below or contact: Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., P.O. Box 2750, Honolulu, HI 96840-0001; 808-543-7987; Fax: 808-543-7519;
http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.8e4610c1e23714340b4c0610c510b1ca/
?vgnextoid=84c9f2b154da9010VgnVCM10000053011bacRCRD&vgnextfmt=default
 
Hawaii Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Hawaii are:
  • Business Investment Tax Credit
  • Ethanol Production Incentive
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Hawaii, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/HI or contact: Clean Cities Coordinator, Honolulu Clean Cities Coalition; 808-768-3500 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 412-386-4862
 
Idaho Energy Programs for Business
 
$100,000 for Business Energy Efficiency Projects
The Idaho Office of Energy Resources administers low-interest loan programs for energy efficiency projects, and for active solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower and biomass energy projects. The interest rate is 4% with a 5-year repayment term. Loans are available for retrofit only, with the exception of some renewable resources. Non-residential customers may undertake projects to improve insulation, windows and doors, heating systems, building commissioning, or custom-designed projects. Specific energy-efficient agricultural equipment may also be eligible. Note that the commercial and industrial loan has a minimum lending amount of $1,000 and a maximum of $100,000, but loans for the agricultural and public sectors do not have a minimum loan amount.Contact: Idaho Office of Energy Resources, 322 E Front St., PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0098; 800-334-SAVE or 208-287-4899; Fax: 208-287-6700;
http://www.idwr.idaho.gov/
 
$$ Funding for Renewable Energy Projects
Using revenues generated from the sales of Green Tags, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) accepts proposals for funding for renewable energy projects located in the Pacific Northwest. Any private person, organization, local or tribal government located in the Pacific Northwest may participate. Projects that generate electricity are preferred. Acceptable projects include solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electric, wind, hydro, biomass and animal waste-to-energy. BEF may deliver funding through various means, including grants, loans, convertible loans, guarantees, and direct investments in renewable energy projects. BEF renewable energy grants and investments may range from a few thousand dollars for small installations, to significant investments in central station grid-connected renewable energy projects. If a BEF grant is requested for a generating project, the BEF share generally does not exceed $20,000 and 33% of total capital costs and 0% of operating costs. To learn more, contact: Renewable Energy Programs, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, 240 SW 1st Ave., Portland, OR 97204; 503-248-1905 or 866-233-8247;
http://www.b-e-f.org/grants/index.shtm
 
$20,000 for Schools to Install Solar Systems
Bonneville Environmental Foundation's (BEF) Solar 4R Schools program seeks to install small-scale solar systems at schools interested in increasing the visibility of renewable energy. BEF donates the photovoltaic system and monitoring equipment, performs all installations with help from school staff, and provides a renewable energy curriculum framework to the school. Once the systems are running, the students are able to access photovoltaic monitoring data on school computers as they learn about renewable energy. Elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools are all eligible under this program. BEF will generally completely fund or supply 1.1 kW system installations and fund up to 33% (and generally not more than $20,000) of other larger renewable energy projects. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. Contact: Renewable Energy Programs, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, 240 SW 1st Ave., Portland, OR 97204; 503-248-1905 or 866-233-8247;
http://www.b-e-f.org/grants/renew_intro.shtm
Application:
http://www.b-e-f.org/grants/docs/BEF%20S4RS%20Application-f.pdf
 
Get Paid to Go Green
The Northwest Solar Cooperative (NWSC) offers to purchase the rights to the environmental attributes or "Green Tags" derived from grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) or wind energy at a rate of $0.02 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) through December 31, 2009. Residential and non-residential owners of PV and wind-energy systems installed after June 1, 2002, in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana are eligible to participate in the Green Tag Purchase Program. For more information, contact: Northwest Solar Cooperative, Gladstone, OR 97027; 503-655-1617; http://www.cascadesolar.com/greentags.htm
 
Property Tax Exemption for Wind and Geothermal Energy Producers
Idaho enacted a bill that restructured the method of taxation for producers of wind energy from a property tax to a tax on production. The aim of this restructuring was to ease the burden on commercial wind farms in the early years of operation. Legislation was also passed to include geothermal energy producers into this method of taxation. Under these policies commercial wind operators and geothermal energy producers, excluding those regulated by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, are exempt from paying taxes on real estate, fixtures or property related to their renewable energy systems. In lieu of property taxes, however, wind and geothermal energy producers must instead pay a tax of 3% of their gross energy earnings. To learn more, contact: Information Specialist, Idaho State Tax Commission, PO Box 36, Boise, ID 83722-0410; 208-334-7500 or 800-972-7660; Fax: 208-334-7846;
http://tax.idaho.gov/ and http://www3.idaho.gov/oasis/H0529.html
 
No Sales Tax on Energy Efficient Projects
Idaho offers a sales-and-use tax rebate for qualifying equipment and machinery used to generate electricity from fuel cells, low-impact hydro, wind, geothermal resources, biomass, cogeneration, solar and landfill gas. Purchasers qualify for a rebate only if the equipment is used to develop a facility or a project capable of generating at least 25 kW of electricity. To receive the rebate, the taxpayer must pay any sales and use tax on the purchase. After a public utility, a cooperative utility, a municipal utility or the Idaho Public Utilities Commission certifies that the project will generate at least 25 kW of electricity, the taxpayer may file a refund request with the Idaho State Tax Commission. A claim for this rebate must be filed on or before the last day of the third calendar year following the year in which the taxes sought to be refunded were paid. For more information, contact: Tax Information, Idaho Tax Commission, PO Box 36, 800 Park Blvd. #4, Boise, ID 83722-0410; 208-334-7660 or 800-972-7660; Fax: 208-334-7846; http://tax.idaho.gov/
 
State Bond Program for Independent Power Producers
Idaho Legislation allows independent (non-utility) developers of renewable energy projects in the state to request financing from the Idaho Energy Resources Authority. The authority was created to finance the construction of electric generation and transmission projects by electric utilities. To learn more about this state bond program, contact: Idaho Energy Resources Authority, 1015 West Hays Street, Boise, ID 83702; 208-344-3873; Fax: 208-344-0077; http://www.iera.info/ or http://www3.state.id.us/idstat/TOC/67089KTOC.html
 
0% Interest Loans for Energy Conservation
Idaho Falls Power is offering a 0% loan program to qualifying commercial customers to install efficient lighting and other energy conservation measures. The building must receive its electricity service from Idaho Falls Power and an energy audit must be performed on the building by IFP Energy Services personnel prior to purchase and/or installation. The project must also have a 10-year simple payback or less. Eligible measures include: lighting efficiency improvements; electric heating; ventilation or air conditioning system improvements; motor efficiency improvements; and building envelope improvements. There is a $500 minimum loan amount and a $25,000 maximum loan amount. Contact: Idaho Falls Power, PO Box 50220, Idaho Falls, ID 83405; 208-612-8280; Fax: 208-612-8435; http://www.ci.idaho-falls.id.us/main/index2.asp?PageId=642
 
Up to $2,000 to Replace Your Appliances
The Efficient Electric Appliance Program provides zero interest loans to qualifying Idaho Falls Power customers to purchase and install efficient electric appliances. The program will loan up to 100% of the actual cost of eligible measures for qualifying customers not to exceed $2,000. Electric appliances eligible for financing include, but are not limited to, the following: water heaters (minimum .93 energy factor), refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, compact fluorescent bulbs, horizontal axis washing machines, electric rechargeable lawn mowers, electric rechargeable weed trimmers, and in-wall heaters/electronic thermostats. Contact: Customer Service, Idaho Falls Power, PO Box 50220, Idaho Falls, ID 83405; 208-612-8526; http://www.ci.idaho-falls.id.us/main/index2.asp?PageId=562
 
Up to $7,500 for a New Heat Pump
The Heat Pump Program offers zero interest loans to qualifying Idaho Falls Power customers who install energy efficient heat pumps in existing buildings for heating or cooling. The program will loan up to 100% of the actual cost of installing heat pumps for qualifying customers not to exceed $7,500 (some restrictions apply). Customers may opt to apply for this loan or instead receive a rebate for air source heat pumps ($1,500 if ducts are outside, $750 if ducts are inside) and ground source heat pumps ($2,500). Contact: Customer Service, Idaho Falls Power, PO Box 50220, Idaho Falls, ID 83405; 208-612-8143;
http://www.ci.idaho-falls.id.us/main/index2.asp?PageId=566
 
$$ Incentives for Commercial HVAC Upgrades
Avista Utilities' Commercial HVAC Variable Frequency Drive Initiative offers incentives to their customers for variable frequency drives (VFD) installed on commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. Incentive amounts vary based on technology. To learn more, contact: Avista Utilities, Energy Solutions MSC-34, PO Box 3727, Spokane, WA 99220; 800-227-9187;
https://www.avistautilities.com/business/rebates/washington_idaho/
Pages/incentive_9.aspx

Application: https://www.avistautilities.com/business/rebates/washington_idaho/
Documents/VFD%20Web.pdf
 
Cash Back for Commercial Lighting Upgrades
Avista Utilities' Commercial Lighting Program provides incentives for lighting upgrades. Incentive amounts vary; some common lighting upgrades eligible for incentives through the program include: T12 fluorescents to T8 fluorescents; high bay HID lighting to T5 fluorescents; high bay HID lighting to pulse-start metal halide lighting; incandescent to compact fluorescents or cold cathode fluorescents; incandescent exit signs to LED exit signs; installation of occupancy sensors; and installation of individually controlled daylighting ballasts. Contact: Avista Utilities, Energy Solutions MSC-34, PO Box 3727, Spokane, WA 99220; 800-227-9187;
https://www.avistautilities.com/business/rebates/washington_idaho/
Pages/incentive_6.aspx

Application:
https://www.avistautilities.com/business/rebates/washington_idaho/
Documents/Lighting%20Web.pdf
 
$$$ to Optimize Energy Performance
Avista Utilities' customers that achieve a minimum of 4 points for optimized energy performance and comply with all LEED whole building modeling requirements are eligible for a $1.25 per conditioned square foot rebate through Avista's LEED (NC) and $.50 per conditioned square foot through the LEED (EB) Certification Incentive Program. To learn more, contact: Avista Utilities, Energy Solutions MSC-34, PO Box 3727, Spokane, WA 99220; 509-495-4260;
https://www.avistautilities.com/business/rebates/washington_idaho/
Pages/incentive_10.aspx
 
Incentives to Conserve Energy with Your Computer
Avista Utilities Power Management for Personal Computer (PC) Networks offers incentives to commercial customers who initiate a power management program for their network PCs. To be eligible for the $10.00 per controlled PC incentive, the customer must meet certain criteria. See the program website for a list of eligible measures. Contact: Avista Utilities, Energy Solutions MSC-34, PO Box 3727, Spokane, WA 99220; 800-227-9187;
https://www.avistautilities.com/business/rebates/
washington_idaho/Pages/incentive_14.aspx

Application:
https://www.avistautilities.com/business/rebates/washington_idaho/Documents/
Power%20PC%20Web%200308.pdf
 
Premium Efficiency Motors Program
Avista Utilities' customers can qualify for incentives through the Premium Efficiency Motors Program by developing a comprehensive motor inventory using the Department of Energy's free MotorMaster+ software program, and share the inventory list with Avista for incentive qualification. Alternately, customers may elect to apply for a rebate when purchasing new premium efficiency motors. To qualify for a rebate, motors must meet or exceed the efficiencies shown on Avista's Rebate and Minimum Full Load Efficiency table. Avista Utilities offers rebates and incentives to their electric customers to help pay for qualifying premium motors. The rebate is distinguished from an incentive, in that a rebate does not require prior completion of an Energy Efficiency Agreement between Avista and the customer. However, the rebates are conservatively based on average motor loading and operating conditions. To learn more, contact: Avista Utilities, Energy Solutions MSC-34, PO Box 3727, Spokane, WA 99220; 800-227-9187;
https://www.avistautilities.com/business/rebates/washington_idaho/Pages/incentive_12.aspx
Application:
https://www.avistautilities.com/savings/rebates/Documents/Motors%20Web.pdf
 
Energy Home Improvement Incentives for Idaho and Washington
Avista Utilities Home Improvement and New Home Construction programs offer a variety of incentives for residential energy efficiency measures. Offers apply to residential homeowners in Washington and Idaho who heat their homes primarily with Avista electricity or natural gas. Incentives vary depending on technology, and apply to existing and new construction homes. Here are some incentives that are provided:
  • Natural Gas Furnace/Boiler: $400
  • Air Source Heat Pump: $400
  • Geothermal Heat Pump:$1,500
  • Floor and Wall Insulation (existing homes): $0.50/sq. ft.
  • Attic and Ceiling Insulation (existing homes): $0.25/sq. ft.
  • Windows (existing homes): $3.00/sq. ft.
A $900 incentive is available for new construction homes using Avista electric or Avista electric and natural gas that meet the Energy Star Homes criteria and are verified as an Energy Star Home. A $650 incentive is available for homes that have natural gas heat and hot water provided by Avista, but not electric. To learn more, contact: Avista Utilities, Energy Solutions MSC-34, PO Box 3727, Spokane, WA 99220; 800-227-9187;
https://www.avistautilities.com/savings/rebates/Pages/
WashingtonandIdahoCustomerRebates.aspx
 
$$ Incentives for Grocery Stores to Improve Energy Efficiency
Avista Utilities offers incentives to customers who improve refrigeration efficiency through its Supermarket and Grocery Store Refrigeration Rebate program. Rebates are offered for a wide variety of energy efficient equipment, and are based upon Avista's Supermarket & Grocery Store Rebate Table:
http://www.energysmartonline.org/pdfs/Avista/Incentive%20Worksheet
%20Avista%20April%202008.pdf
. To learn more, contact: Avista Utilities, Energy Solutions MSC-34, PO Box 3727, Spokane, WA 99220; 800-227-9187;
http://www.energysmartonline.org/home.php?u=14
 
$100,000 for Constructing Efficient Buildings
Idaho Power's Building Efficiency for Commercial Construction program is designed for commercial construction projects of all size commercial and industrial buildings that are (or will be) on Idaho Power rate schedules 7, 9 or 19. Incentives vary, based on technology, and are offered for lighting systems, building shell, cooling systems and controls, and other energy efficient building system controls. Only projects that are part of a new building, an expansion to an existing building, or a major renovation can qualify. The maximum incentive is $100,000 per project (regardless of size). All Building Efficiency final applications must be submitted within 60 days of project completion. Contact: Idaho Power, Building Efficiency CHQ-7, PO Box 70, Boise, ID 83707; 208-388-6484 or 208-388-2200; http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/
yourbusiness/buildingefficiency.htm

Application:
http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency
/yourbusiness/buildingefficiency_applications.htm
 
$100,000 to Reduce Your Energy Usage
Large commercial and industrial Idaho Power customers that reduce energy usage through more efficient electrical commercial and industrial processes may qualify for an incentive of 12 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved per year or 70% of the project cost up to $100,000. Incentives are given to customers that are making complex energy efficiency upgrades to their electrical industrial and commercial processes, motor systems, controls, fans, pumps, compressors, lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration. Projects must have a minimum estimated savings of 20,000 kWh per year to qualify. Projects must be completed within one year of signing an agreement with Idaho Power and incentives will be dispersed only as long as funds are available. Contact: Customer Service, Idaho Power Company, P.O. Box 70, Boise, ID 83707-9902; 208-388-2200; http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/
yourbusiness/industrialincentive.htm
 
$$$ to Upgrade Your Facility's Energy Efficiency
Idaho Power offers incentives for its commercial and industrial customers in Idaho and Oregon to upgrade to more efficient equipment in their facilities. They provide rebates for lighting equipment and controls, HVAC equipment and controls, motors and controls, building shell, plug loads and grocery/refrigeration equipment. This program is for Idaho Power commercial or industrial customers on rate Schedule 7 (Small General Service, Small Commercial), Schedule 9 (Large General Service, Large Commercial), or Schedule 19 (Large Power Service). Incentives range from $5 up to $750, but could be for more than $1,000. Customers can see how much they can receive by using the incentive calculation worksheet:
http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/
yourbusiness/easyUpgrades_worksheets.htm
.
Contact: Idaho Power, Building Efficiency CHQ-7, PO Box 70, Boise, ID 83707; 208-388-6484 or 208-388-2200; http://www.idahopower.com/easyupgrades/
Application: http://www.idahopower.com/easyupgrades/easyUpgrades_preApp.htm
 
Get Help Paying for Irrigation Installations
Through Idaho Power's Irrigation Efficiency Rewards program, agricultural irrigation customers qualify to receive an incentive for a portion of the cost to install a new, more efficient irrigation system or to make energy-efficient improvements to an existing one. Idaho Power's agricultural representatives can provide an energy evaluation free of charge to help determine what part of the system can be changed to make it more energy efficient. For more information, contact: Irrigation Efficiency, Idaho Power, PO Box 70, Boise, ID 83707; 208-388-2200; http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/irrigation/
irrigationprogram.htm
 
Get More Efficient Equipment for Your Business
Rocky Mountain Power provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers in Idaho to retrofit their existing facilities with more efficient equipment, or install energy efficient equipment in new facilities. Prescriptive rebates are available for pre-approved lighting systems, HVAC equipment and efficient motors. Rebates may also be available for custom efficiency projects which do not fall within one of the pre-approved product types. All rebates are contingent upon the availability of funding, so potential participants should contact Rocky Mountain Power before beginning their project. To learn about the specific rebates, contact: Customer Service, Rocky Mountain Power, 201 South Main St., Suite 2300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; 888-222-4335; http://www.rockymountainpower.net//Navigation/Navigation64669.html
 
Idaho Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Idaho are:
  • Biofuel Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Tax Deduction
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Idaho, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/ID or contact: Clean Cities Coordinator, Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition; 208-384-3984 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office; 303-275-4817
 
Illinois Energy Programs for Business
 
$500,000 for Biogas and Biomass Energy Programs
The focus of the Biogas and Biomass to Energy Grant Program, through the Renewable Energy Resources Program (RERP), is to demonstrate the use of biogas and biomass for on-site energy generation at facilities in Illinois. Projects designed to use biogas or biomass as a source of fuel to produce electricity with combined heat and power (CHP) through gasification, co-firing or anaerobic digestion technologies are being targeted. The biogas and biomass grant program will provide a 50% cost-share for energy feasibility studies or for the installation of equipment for these purposes. The maximum grants available for feasibility studies, biogas projects, and biomass projects are $2,500, $225,000, and $500,000, respectively. All projects must be located in Illinois within the service areas of utilities. A list of these utilities is available from the grant guidelines posted on the project website. Eligible applicants include state and local government entities, public and private schools, universities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. Contact: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 3-400, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-814-4763; Fax: 312-814-1800;
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/Clean+Energy/
 
Go Green & Get a Faster Permit and Fee Waiver
The Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) Green Permit Program provides developers and owners with an incentive to build green by streamlining the permit process timeline for projects which are designed to maximize indoor air quality and conserve energy and resources. Projects accepted into the Green Permit Program can receive permits in less than 30 business days or in as little as 15 business days. The number of green building elements included in the project plans and project complexity determines the length of the timeline. Projects which meet more stringent sustainability guidelines may also qualify for a waiver of consultant code review fees. Interested applicants are encouraged to involve DOB early in the design process. DOB will help to guide the applicant through the process to ensure the shortest permitting process time. Contact: City of Chicago, Department of Buildings, 121 N. Clark St., Rm. 906, Chicago, IL 60602; 312-744-6575;
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalEntityHomeAction.do?entityName=
Green+Buildings&entityNameEnumValue=194
 
Grants to Develop Energy Efficient Affordable Housing
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provides grants through the Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program. Under this Program, grants are provided to Illinois based non-profit and for-profit housing developers to include energy efficient building practices in the rehab or new construction of affordable housing units. This grant helps offset the incremental cost of going from typical construction to energy-efficient construction. Maximum grant amounts can be found on the website below. Contact: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, 620 E. Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701; 217-782-7500 or 217-785-2373; Fax: 217-785-2618; http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/
Energy+Efficiency/housing_energy_program.htm

Application:
http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/NR/rdonlyres/EEDBC8EE-FDAB-46AF-B748-964E0703D832/
0/EEACHeepguidelinesFINAL42808.pdf
 
50,000 for Renewable Energy Improvements
The Renewable Energy Resources Program (RERP) provides rebates for solar-energy systems installed in Illinois after January 1, 2008. The program offers rebates of up to 30% of an individual system's cost, with a maximum individual award of $10,000. Eligible applicants include individuals, businesses, associations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. Projects with total costs exceeding $50,000 are ineligible, and rebates are not available for projects that receive private-foundation funding in excess of 30% of the total project cost. To learn more, contact: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, 620 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62704; 217-785-3420 or 217-782-7500;
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/
Energy/Clean+Energy/01-RERP.htm

Application:
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/NR/rdonlyres/D18E3734-4E41-4027-A9D4-81489F107ADA/0/
FY09RERPSolarEnergyRebateGuidelines.pdf
 
Tax Exemption for Energy Upgraded Properties
Illinois offers a special assessment of solar energy systems for property-tax purposes. For property owners who register with a chief county assessment officer, solar energy equipment is valued at no more than a conventional energy system. Eligible equipment includes both active and passive solar-energy systems. The exemption is not valid for equipment that is equally usable in a conventional energy system or for components that serve non-solar energy generating (e.g., structural, aesthetic, insulating, etc.) purposes. Find out more by contacting: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 3-400, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-814-4763; Fax: 312-814-1800;
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy
Application: Fill out the PTAX-330 form and file it with your chief county assessor:
http://www.revenue.state.il.us/taxforms/howto.htm
 
Grants to Improve Energy Efficiency in Illinois
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) provides grants, on a competitive basis, to programs and projects that improve energy efficiency, develop renewable-energy resources, and preserve and enhance natural areas and wildlife habitats in Illinois. Since 2001 the Foundation has awarded more than 2,600 grants totaling $138 million. Typically, there are two competitive grant cycles per year, with deadlines for letters of inquiry in January and July. Grants support wind, solar (both solar thermal and solar electric applications), biomass, fuel cells and other forms of distributed generation. Award amounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account cost-effectiveness of the project, project innovation, simple project payback, and other sources of funding and owner contribution. Contact: Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, 2 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 950, Chicago, IL 60602; 312-372-5191; Fax: 312-372-5190;
http://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/grants.asp
Application:http://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/applications_body.asp
 
Commercial Wind Energy Property Valuation
Illinois has a law providing consistent valuation procedures for commercial wind farm equipment. For five years, beginning in the 2007 assessment year, wind energy devices larger than 500 kilowatts (kW) and producing power for commercial sale will be valued at $360,000/Megawatt (MW) of capacity, annually adjusted for inflation according to the U.S. Consumer Price Index. This figure is termed the trended real property cost basis. Because Illinois assesses property for property tax purposes at 1/3 of its fair cash value, in practice the assessed value of commercial wind energy property is $116,998/MW. The law also defines an allowance for physical depreciation of the device, calculated by dividing the age of the turbine by 25 and then multiplying the result by the trended real property cost basis. The physical depreciation allowance may not exceed 70% of the trended real property cost basis, though additional depreciation allowances may be granted for functional or external obsolescence. To learn more, contact: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 3-400, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-814-4763; Fax: 312-814-1800;
http://www.revenue.state.il.us/LocalGovernment/PropertyTax/windenergydevice.pdf
 
$200,000 for New Construction or Renovation Energy Projects
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Bureau of Energy and Recycling administers the public sector energy efficiency programs for new construction and major renovation projects that exceed 15,000 square feet and produce electrical savings through efficiency improvements in buildings, equipment, and processes. The program is available to local, state, and federal governments; public school districts; community colleges; and universities that receive electricity distribution service from Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) or Ameren affiliated utilities (AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP, and AmerenCIPS). This includes customers that purchase energy through an alternative supplier. Incentive amounts are determined by the square footage affected and how far the project exceeds the state commercial energy code (2006 IECC). Maximum incentives are: projects 10% to 20% beyond energy code: $100,000 and projects 25% to 30% beyond energy code: $200,000. Contact: Public Sector Energy Efficiency, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, 620 East Adams Street, Attn. PSEE, Springfield, IL 62701-1615; 217-785-2863; Fax: 217-785-2618;
http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/
 
$250,000 Grants to Install Solar Energy Systems
The Illinois Solar Energy Incentive Program provides funding for the purchase and installation of certain types of solar-energy system. Grants are available to residents, businesses, state and local government entities, schools, and non-profit organizations. Eligible technologies include solar thermal systems that collect and transfer heat for space, water heating, and/or electric generation; photovoltaic (PV) systems on buildings that register for and achieve a LEED Silver or higher rating; and innovative PV systems including but not limited to building integrated or highly efficient designs. Projects must have a minimum cost of at least $50,000 in order to be eligible for an award. The maximum grant for an individual project is $250,000 regardless of the technology employed. This program does not provide funding for the installation of renewable energy equipment at single-family residences. An applicant must be a customer within the service area of a utility that imposes the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge. Participating utilities are listed on the application available at the program website. Contact: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 3-400, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-814-4763; Fax: 312-814-1800;
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/
Clean+Energy/02-solar+Energy+Incentive+Program.htm
 
$10,000 Helps Reduce Your Business' Energy Intake
The Large-Customer Energy Analysis Program (LEAP) works with large energy users such as manufacturers, hospitals, large commercial buildings, universities, and local governments to help manage their energy costs by making cost-effective efficiency improvements. The program provides participants with an opportunity for rebates of 50%, up to $10,000, towards the cost for developing an energy efficiency action plan and 50%, up to $10,000, for the cost of a technical assessment. The DCEO also offers occasional Sustainable Energy Workshops, with 12 to 17 companies per workshop, to explain the steps for developing an sustainable energy plan. After the workshop, consulting services are provided to each participating company to assist them in developing a plan to manage their energy expenditures more effectively. To find out more, contact: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, 620 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62704; 217-785-3420 or 217-782-7500;
http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/
Energy/Energy+Efficiency/meep_program.htm
 
$100,000 Grants & $10,000 Rebates for Energy Upgrades
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Bureau of Energy and Recycling administers the public sector energy efficiency programs. Standard rebates and grants are available for many lighting, refrigeration, HVAC, and motor efficiency improvements. The program is available to local, state, and federal governments; public school districts; community colleges; and universities that receive electricity distribution service from Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) or Ameren affiliated utilities (AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP, and AmerenCIPS). This includes customers that purchase energy through an alternative supplier.Standard incentive amounts vary according to equipment type, size, and relative level of energy efficiency. Custom incentives are based on the amount of energy that a given improvement saves annually, up to $0.07/kilowatt-hour (kWh). Custom measures must have a payback period of between one and seven years. Incentive totals may not exceed 100% of the incremental measure cost or 50% of the project cost. In addition, rebates may not exceed $10,000 and grants will not exceed $100,000. Contact: Public Sector Energy Efficiency, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, 620 East Adams Street, Attn. PSEE, Springfield, IL 62701-1615; 217-785-2863; Fax: 217-785-2618;
http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/
 
$100,000 for Business Energy Efficient Improvements
Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenIP, AmerenCIPS, and AmerenCILCO) offer their non-residential Illinois customers a wide range of incentives for the installation of energy efficiency improvements. Prescriptive rebates are available for many lighting, refrigeration, HVAC, and motor efficiency improvements. Prescriptive incentive amounts vary according to equipment type, size, and relative level of energy efficiency. Custom incentives are based on the amount of energy that a given improvement saves. All custom measures must have a payback period of 1.5 to 7 years. The total of all incentives received per program year may not exceed $100,000 per site and the rebate received for custom improvements may not exceed 50% of the incremental project cost. The minimum custom incentive is 10% of the incremental project cost. Contact: Act On Energy - Business Program, Ameren Illinois Utilities, 300 Liberty Street, Peoria, IL 61602; 866-800-0747; Fax: 866-677-7950;
http://www.actonenergy.net/business.asp
 
Up to $1,000 Rebates for Commercial Efficiency Upgrades
City Water Light and Power has two rebates to help their commercial customers increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Energy efficient air-to-air, geothermal and water-loop-system heat pumps are eligible for rebates which vary according to the technology type, cooling capacity, cooling efficiency, and category, as defined by program rules (all-new/all-electric; air-conditioner-replacement; or replacement heat pump). Another rebate, will pay for 30% of the cost of installing insulation up to $500. Rebates are available only to CWLP electric customers. To learn more, contact: City Water Light and Power, Energy Services Office, 2nd Floor, 231 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62701; 217-789-2070; Fax: 217-789-2210;
http://www.cwlp.com/special_services/special.htm
Application: http://www.cwlp.com/online_services/commercialserviceformpdf2.pdf
 
$100,000 Rebates to Improve Energy Using Equipment
Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) offers its non-residential Illinois customers a wide range of incentives for the installation of energy efficiency improvements. Prescriptive rebates are available for many lighting, refrigeration, HVAC, and motor efficiency improvements. Custom rebates are available for some measures not covered by the prescriptive rebates. The program is available only to non-residential customers that receive wire service from ComEd under an eligible rate schedule. Prescriptive incentive amounts vary according to equipment type, size, and relative level of energy efficiency. Custom incentives are based on the amount of energy that a given improvement saves. Custom measures must comply with minimum and maximum payback period requirements that vary by project type. The total of all incentives received per program year may not exceed $100,000 per site and the rebate received for custom improvements may not exceed 100% of the incremental cost or 50% of the project cost. Contact: Smart Ideas, Exelon Corporation, ComEd Energy, 444 E. Roosevelt Road #338, Lombard, IL 60148; 888-806-2273; Fax: 630-396-9036;
http://www.exeloncorp.com/ourcompanies/comed/comedbiz/
energy_savings_products_and_services/
 
$1.0 Million for Business-Related Energy Projects
The purpose of Renewable Energy Business Development Grant Program is to support domestic renewable energy technologies through the development of renewable energy businesses and component manufacturers. The program will support expenses related to the development of business plans; engineering designs and drawings; advanced market studies and financial analyses; equipment purchases; information dissemination; and other unspecified business development activities. Grant awards will vary, but are generally limited to $1 million. Renewable-energy technologies eligible for funding support include wind energy, solar-thermal energy, photovoltaics, dedicated crops grown for energy production and organic waste biomass, hydropower that does not involve new construction or significant expansion of hydropower dams, and more. To find out more, contact: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 3-400, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-814-4763; Fax: 312-814-1800;
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/
Clean+Energy/03-Renewable+Energy+Grant+Program.htm
 
Illinois Alternative Fuel and Vehicle IncentivesState and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Illinois are:
  • Biofuels Production Facility Grants
  • Clean Diesel Retrofit and Idle Reduction Grants
  • E85 Fueling Infrastructure Grants
  • Clean School Bus Program
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Alternative Fuel Rebates
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Incentives
  • Biofuels Research and Development
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Illinois, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/IL
or contact: Clean Cities Coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition; 312-744-8096 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 304-285-4535
 
Indiana Energy Programs for Business
 
$100 Tax Credit for Purchasing Energy Star Equipment
Indiana offers a tax credit to individuals and small businesses for the costs associated with purchasing Energy Star qualified air conditioners, furnaces, programmable thermostats and water heaters (collectively heating and cooling equipment). The credit may be claimed against the state income tax, insurance premium tax, or financial institutions tax. The amount of the tax credit is set at 20% of the expenditures for qualified heating and cooling equipment up to $100 per taxable year. Credits in excess of a taxpayer's liability for a given year may not be refunded, carried over to succeeding years, or carried back to prior years. It is important to note that the energy savings tax credit can only be claimed for the 2009 and 2010 tax years. Contact: Tax Information IN DOR - Business, Indiana Department of Revenue, 100 N Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-233-4015;
http://www.in.gov/dor/index.htm and http://www.in.gov/legislative/
ic/code/title6/ar3.1/ch31.5.html
 
Property Tax Exemption for Energy System Installations
In Indiana, systems that generate energy using solar, wind, hydropower or geothermal resources, including geothermal heat pumps, are exempt from property tax. The exemption is allowed every year that a qualifying system functions. Significantly, the entire renewable energy system and affiliated equipment that is unique to the system, including equipment for storage and distribution, are exempt from property tax. The exemption applies to both real property and mobile homes equipped with renewable energy systems and may only be claimed by property owners. Questions about this incentive should be directed to the local auditor or assessor; click here to find your local officials:
http://www.in.gov/dlgf/2440.htm
Application: Property owners that wish to claim this deduction must fill out Form 18865 and file it with the local county auditor:
http://www.in.gov/icpr/webfile/formsdiv/18865.pdf
 
Rebate Program Offering $250 for Heat Pump Installations
Rush Shelby Energy provides a rebate program to help offset the cost of air to air heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps and water heaters. Heat pump rebates are $250. Heat pumps must be installed by a qualified installer; a list of qualified installers can be acquired by contacting one of RushShelby Energy offices. Water heaters are eligible for a $150 rebate if they are replacing a fossil fuel or if they are part of new construction. The replacement/new water heater must have an energy factor of .75 or higher. Contact: Customer Service, Rush Shelby Energy, 2777 S. 840 W., P.O. Box 55, Manilla, IN 46150; 765-544-2600 or 800-706-7362; Fax: 765-544-2620;
http://www.rse.coop/heatpump.html
 
$500 to Get an Energy Efficient Heat Pump
Tipmont REMC customers are eligible for rebates for the purchase and installation of air source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps are eligible for a rebate of $100 per ton, up to $500. For air source heat pumps, the amount of the rebate depends on the efficiency of the system, up to a maximum of $500. Half of the rebate will be issued after the system is inspected, and the other half will be issued as a bill credit on the customer's next two bills. This rebate is only eligible for residences or buildings that are occupied year-round. If a builder is installing one of these systems in a spec house, the builder is eligible for the rebate. In the case of a rental property, the rebate will go toward the landlord. To be eligible for the rebate, if the system is installed in an unheated portion of the property, the HVAC system return air ducts must have insulation of R-19 or higher. Contact: Customer Service, Tipmont REMC, 403 S Main Street, PO Box 20, Linden, IN 47955-0020; 800-726-3953;
http://www.tipmont.org/Services/rebates.htm
 
$500 Incentive for Builders to Make Homes Energy Efficient
Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana offers a flat $500 rebate to builders of residential single-family Energy Star certified homes that receive gas service from the company. In order to qualify, homes must receive a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) of 85 or better and must use natural gas for all space heating and water heating. Furnaces and water heaters are subject to additional efficiency requirements. Builders may receive rebates for up to 15 homes per year. Rebate forms must be postmarked within 90 days of completion of home construction. Contact: Energy Star Home Rebate, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, PO Box 3552, Evansville, IN 47734-3552; 866-227-1376;
https://www.vectrenenergy.com/web/eenablement/learn_about/conservation/rebates_i.jsp
 
Up to $500 for High Efficiency Natural Gas Installations
Vectren Energy Delivery offers its residential natural gas customers in Indiana rebates for the installation of certain high efficiency natural gas appliances. Rebates are available for: natural gas furnace: $200; natural gas boiler: $500; natural gas water heater: $100; natural gas tankless water heater: $150; and programmable thermostat: $20 purchased after May 1, 2008. The program is only available for residential homes or rental buildings with three units or less. Builders are eligible to receive rebates for the installation of qualified measures in new homes. In order to be eligible for a rebate, equipment must meet certain efficiency and installation requirements. Rebate forms must be postmarked no later than thirty days after the purchase of a qualified measure. Contact: Residential Rebates, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, PO Box 3552, Evansville, IN 47734-3552; 866-240-8476;
https://www.vectrenenergy.com/web/eenablement/learn_about/conservation/rebates_i.js
 
$25,000 to Install High Efficiency Equipment
Vectren Energy Delivery offers its commercial natural gas customers in Indiana rebates for the installation of certain types of highly efficient natural gas equipment. Prescriptive equipment rebates are available for measures including furnaces, boilers, boiler controls, water heaters, and steam trap servicing. A custom incentive program is available for projects that do not qualify under the prescriptive rebate program. Prescriptive rebate amounts vary from $20 for a programmable thermostat to as much as $5,000 for natural gas boiler equipment. The custom rebate program offers a rebate of $0.50 per therm for energy savings of up to 7,500 therms and $1.00 per therm for energy savings of greater than 7,500 therms. The maximum rebate for the custom program is the lesser of 30% of the cost of a project or $25,000. Contact: Prescriptive Rebates, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, PO Box 3552, Evansville , IN 47734-3552; 866-240-8476 or Design-Aire Engineering - Custom Rebates, 220 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3702; 317-464-9090 or 866-515-9090;
https://www.vectrenenergy.com/web/eenablement/learn_about/
conservation/rebates_i.jsp
 
$25,000 Grants for Alternative Energy Projects
The Alternative Power and Energy (APE) Grant Program provides a matching fund grant to non-profit, public and commercial entities to support the purchase and installation of alternative energy systems that offset fossil fuel usage and encourage public education. The program targets projects that use solar hot water systems, solar electric systems, wind power, and combined heat and power (CHP) projects using biogas and located at municipal wastewater treatment facilities. Each project may receive up to $25,000 for a grant, with different incentive amounts for the size and costs of the energy systems. Solar electric systems may receive funding for the first 5 kW of rated capacity; wind power systems may receive funding for the first 10 kW of rated capacity; and solar hot water and biogas CHP systems are eligible for an award of up to 50% of project costs. Larger systems are eligible for funding, but the additional capacity will not be subsidized. Contact: Indiana Office of Energy and Defense Development, 101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 1250, Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-234-8978; Fax: 317-232-8995;
http://www.in.gov/oed/2376.htm
 
Up to $25,000 in Energy Rebates for Businesses
Citizens Gas of Indiana offers rebates to its commercial customers for the installation of several types of efficient natural gas appliances, as well as certain equipment upgrades and tune-up services. Prescriptive rebates are available for boilers; boiler reset controls; boiler modulating burner controls; furnaces; programmable thermostats; commercial and residential size water heaters; low flow pre-rinse sprayers; boiler tune-ups; and certain steam trap services. Custom rebates are available for improvements that are not eligible under the prescriptive rebate program. Rebates for prescriptive measures vary by equipment. Some take the form of a flat rebate while others are based on a percentage of the equipment purchase cost, subject to a maximum. Custom rebates are set at 30% of project costs up to a maximum of $25,000. Examples of eligible projects may include but are not limited to: heat recovery; HVAC and water heating control projects; outside air control; insulation; and infrared heaters. Businesses that wish to participate in the custom rebate program must first contact Design-Aire Engineering (DAE) at 317-464-9090 to verify project eligibility. Contact: Citizens Gas, Attn: Rebates, 431 Charmany Drive, Madison , WI 53719; 800-203-1856;
http://www.citizensgas.com/forhomes/appliancerebates.html
 
Up to $500 Rebates for Energy Efficiency Homes
Citizens Gas of Indiana offers rebates to its residential customers for the installation of several types of efficient natural gas appliances. Rebates are only available for residential homes and rental properties of 3 units or less on the D1 and D2 rate schedules and are not available in the Westfield area. Eligible improvements include programmable thermostats, furnaces, boilers, and water heaters (regular and tankless). All equipment must be fueled by natural gas and must also meet minimum equipment requirements established by the utility. Citizens Gas also offers rebates to builders for the construction of homes that meet the Energy Star certification standard, which requires a HERS index rating of 85 or less. In order to qualify, homes must use natural gas for all space heating and water heating needs; use qualifying furnaces and water heaters; and meet certain other installation requirements. At the time of home construction, builders may claim rebates for both the qualifying equipment that they have installed and the Energy Star Home rebate. Rebates range from $20 up to $500. Contact: Citizens Gas, Attn: Rebates, 431 Charmany Drive, Madison , WI 53719; 800-203-1856;
http://www.citizensgas.com/forhomes/appliancerebates.html
 
$50,000 in Rebates for Business Energy Upgrades
Duke Energy encourages its business customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities through their Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. The equipment rebates provided through this program are available to all of their Indiana commercial and industrial customers with a demand of 500 kW or less. Eligible products include lighting equipment, HVAC equipment and motors and pumps. The energy efficient equipment can be installed in new or existing facilities, with the exception of many of the lighting products, whose rebates apply to retrofits only. Customers may install the equipment themselves, but those installations will have to be inspected by Duke Energy before the rebate is awarded. Rebate applications must be submitted within 90 days after the new equipment is installed and operational. There is a combined rebate maximum of $50,000 per facility per year. Contact: C & I Programs, Duke Energy, WP680, 1000 E. Main St., Plainfield, IN 46168; 800-283-7741;
http://www.duke-energy.com/indiana-business/energy-management/
energy-efficiency-incentives.asp

Application: http://www.duke-energy.com/indiana-business/energy-management/
application-process.asp
 
$250 Rebates to Buy Heat Pumps
Jay County Rural Electric Membership Cooperative (REMC) offers rebates to its customers for the purchase and installation of heat pumps. Customers can receive a $200 bill credit for a heat pump or an air-source heat pump, and a $250 bill credit for a geothermal heat pump. In order to receive the credit, customers should contact Jay County REMC about the credit before installation of the heat pump, and the bill credit will be issued following installation. Contact: Customer Service - Jay REMC, Jay County REMC, 484 S 200 W, P.O. Box 904, Portland, IN 47371; 260-726-7121 or 800-835-7362; http://www.jayremc.com/marketing.HTM
 
Indiana Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Indiana are:
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Manufacturer Tax Credit
  • E85 Fueling Station Grant Program
  • E85 Storage Tank Cleaning Grants
  • Ethanol Production Tax Credit
  • E85 Fuel Retailer Tax Credit
  • E85 Fuel Use Tax Credit
  • Vehicle Research and Development Grants
  • Biodiesel Price Preference
  • Biodiesel Production Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Blending Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Retailer Tax Credit
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Indiana, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/IN
or contact: Executive Director, Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance, Inc., 317-834-3754 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 304-285-4535
 
Iowa Energy Programs for Business
 
$25,000 in Zero or Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Measures
Alliant Energy, in conjunction with Wells Fargo Bank, offers a no or low-interest loan up to $25,000 for commercial and agricultural customers who purchase and install energy efficient measures. If a loan term of 12 months or less is chosen, the customer is eligible for a loan with no interest; longer terms are eligible for the 6.9% interest rate. All measures must meet minimum efficiency standards in order to be eligible for this program. Only qualified equipment and contract labor costs are eligible for financing. Eligible efficiency technologies are: clothes washers/dryers, refrigerators/freezers, water heaters, lighting, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, programmable thermostats, windows. Contact: Energy Efficiency Programs, Alliant Energy-Interstate Power and Light, P.O. Box 351, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0351; 800-255-4268; Fax: 319-786-4746;
http://alliantenergy.com/docs/groups/public/documents/pub/p014682.hcsp
 
Low Interest Loans up to $1.0 Million for Renewable Energy Production
The Alternate Energy Revolving Loan Program (AERLP) is administered by the Iowa Energy Center and funded by the state's investor-owned utilities. The AERLP provides loan funds to organizations that seek to build renewable energy production facilities in Iowa. Eligible renewable energy technologies include solar water heat, solar space heat, solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, landfill gas, wind, biomass, and small hydroelectric. Successful applicants will receive a single, low-interest loan that consists of a combination of AERLP funds and matching lender-provided funds. The AERLP provides 50% of the total loan at 0% interest, with a maximum of $1 million. The remainder of the loan is provided by a lender at market rate. The maximum loan term allowed for the AERLP funds is 20 years. Contact: Iowa State University, Iowa Energy Center, 2521 University Blvd. Ste 124, Ames, IA 50010-8229; 515-294-8819; Fax: 515-294-9912;
http://www.energy.iastate.edu/AERLP/index.htm
 
Grants for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research
The Iowa Energy Center provides grants for energy research on topics that have strong relevance to Iowa. Funding is available to Iowa's colleges and universities, Iowa-based private non-profit organizations, and Iowa-based foundations. Private sector research partnerships are encouraged. However, grants are not available for private use or capital projects. Research grants are awarded in two broad categories: energy efficiency and renewable energy. Renewable energies include: passive solar space heat, solar water heat, solar space heat, solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, landfill gas, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, renewable transportation fuels, and municipal solid waste. Past grants have supported research in biofuels, wind-resource assessment, photovoltaic (PV) research, biomass gasification, energy-efficient livestock-confinement ventilation, process-manufacturing efficiency, and commercial building HVAC control. Contact: Iowa State University, Iowa Energy Center, 2521 University Blvd. Ste 124, Ames, IA 50010-8229; 515-294-8819; Fax: 515-294-9912;
http://www.energy.iastate.edu/Funding/GrantProgram.htm
 
Rebates for Energy Efficient Improvements
The Ames Electric Department has two separate programs aimed at supporting energy efficiency improvements. One program provides rebates for the installation of energy efficient space conditioning units while the other offers direct installation of weatherization improvements subsequent to a utility-sponsored energy audit. Eligible efficiency technologies are heat pumps, air conditioners, and programmable thermostats. Weatherization improvements include window caulking, weather stripping, building and water heater insulation, and lighting. Incentive amounts range from $25 to over $500. Contact: Ames Electric Department, 502 Carroll, Ames, IA 50010; 515-239-5177; 515-239-5120;
http://www.cityofames.org/SmartEnergy/
 
Energy Replacement Tax Exemption for Generation of Energy
Under the Energy Replacement Generation Tax Exemption, all energy generated by methane gas conversion property (including digester gas facilities) and wind energy conversion property is exempt from the replacement generation tax. In addition, large hydroelectric generators (100 MW or more) pay a reduced generation tax equivalent to $0.000001847 per kWh. Contact: Alan Harding, Iowa Department of Revenue Hoover Building, Taxpayer Services, 1305 E. Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319; 515-281-4782;
http://www.iowadnr.com/energy/
 
Up to $10,000 in Rebates for Eligible Renewable Technologies
Rebates for renewable-energy systems are available to small commercial customers of all Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. (WPPI) utilities, including Independence Light & Power. Customers must reside in the service territory of the participating utility, and the system must be installed on the customer's property. Projects must be approved by the utility before installation. The following technologies generally qualify for a cash rebate: solar thermal systems, photovoltaic systems, and wind energy systems. Maximum incentives are $10,000 for photovoltaic and wind energy systems, $3,500 for solar thermal systems, and repairs to existing systems $2,500. Contact: Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. (WPPI), 1425 Corporate Center Drive, Sun Prairie, WI 53590-9109; 608-837-2653; 800-255-9774;
http://www.wppisys.org/
 
Up to $5000 in Incentives for Energy Efficient Technologies
Indianola Municipal Utilities offer an energy efficiency rebate program that includes the following: commercial lighting, central air conditioning, add-on heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, programmable thermostats and energy audits for commercial/industrial customers. Maximum incentives are: central A/C $250 maximum, 10 unit maximum per customer per year; commercial lighting $5,000 per customer per year; air source heat pumps $500 maximum, 10 unit maximum per customer per year; geothermal heat pumps $1,000 maximum, 5 unit maximum per customer per year. Rebates are given in the form of a credit to the customer's city utility account. Contact: IMU Electric and Water, 111 South Buxton St., Indianola IA 50125, 515-961-9444;
http://www.i-m-u.com/rebates.htm
 
Incentives for Efficient and Renewable Technologies
Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative Association is a member-owned cooperative. To encourage energy efficiency, Linn County offers a number of rebate programs for its commercial and agricultural customers. Eligible efficient technologies are: clothes washers/dryers; dishwasher; refrigerators/freezers; dehumidifiers; water heaters; lighting; boilers, heat pumps; air conditioners; motors; motor-ASDs/VSDs; dairy milk pre-cooler; and livestock ventilation fans. The eligible renewable technology is geothermal heat pumps. Contact: Program Manger - LCREC, Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 5695 REC Drive, P.O. Box 69, Marion, IA 52302; 319-377-1587; 800-332-5420; Fax: 319-377-5875;
http://www.linncountyrec.com/
 
Property Tax Breaks for Wind Energy Devices
This statute allows any city or county to pass an ordinance assessing wind energy conversion equipment at a special valuation for property tax purposes, beginning at 0% of the net acquisition cost in the first assessment year and increasing annually by five percentage points to a maximum of 30% of the net acquisition cost in the 7th and succeeding years. The taxpayer must file for the special valuation by February 1 of the assessment year in which the wind system is first assessed for property tax purposes. Contact: Iowa Department of Natural Resources Energy Bureau, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319; 515-281-3142; Fax: (515) 281-6794;
http://www.iowadnr.com/
 
100% Property Tax Exemption for Methane Gas ConversionUnder Iowa's Methane Gas Conversion Property Tax Exemption, real and personal property used for methane gas collection and conversion into energy and connected with, or in conjunction with, a publicly-owned sanitary landfill, is exempt from property tax. If other fuels are burned as well, the exemption is equal to the ratio of methane in the overall fuel mix. Contact: Iowa Department of Natural Resources Energy Bureau, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319; 515-281-3142; Fax: 515-281-6794;
http://www.iowadnr.com/
 
Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems
In Iowa, the market value added to a property by a solar or wind energy system is exempt from the state's property tax for five full assessment years. Eligible renewable technologies are passive solar space heat, solar water heat, solar space heat, solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, and wind energy. Contact: Iowa Department of Natural Resources Energy Bureau, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319; 515-281-3142; Fax: 515-281-6794;
http://www.iowadnr.com/
 
100% Sales Tax Exemption for Wind and Solar Energy Systems
This state sales tax exemption includes the total cost of wind energy equipment and all materials used to manufacture, install or construct wind energy systems. As of July 1, 2006, solar energy equipment is also exempt from the state sales tax. Eligible technologies include: solar water heat, solar space heat, solar thermal electric, solar thermal process heat, photovoltaics, wind, and solar pool heating. Solar equipment means any equipment that is used to convert incident solar radiation to energy, or equipment used to transform the converted energy to storage or to some point of use. Contact: Iowa Department of Revenue Hoover Building, Taxpayer Services, 1305 E. Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319; 515-281-5486;
http://www.state.ia.us/tax/educate/salespubs.html
 
Renewable Energy Corporate Tax Credits
Iowa has enacted legislation creating two separate production tax credit programs for energy generated by eligible wind and renewable energy facilities. An eligible facility can qualify for only one of the two credits. Wind and Other Renewable-Energy Facilities - a production tax credit of 1.5¢ per kilowatt-hour is available for energy generated and sold by eligible wind energy generators and other renewable energy facilities, including biomass and solar. Iowa offers $4.50 per million BTUs of biogas used to generate either electricity or heat for commercial purposes, or $1.44 per thousand cubic feet of hydrogen fuel generated and sold by an eligible renewable energy facility. This credit may be applied toward the state's personal income tax, business tax, financial institutions tax, or sales and use tax. To qualify for the credit, a renewable energy facility must be at least 51% owned by specifically defined qualifying owners and must be approved and must be placed into service on or after July 1, 2005. The maximum total amount of wind generating capacity eligible for this credit is 180 megawatts (MW). The maximum total eligibility for other renewable technologies is 20 MW. Wind-Energy Facilities Only - a production tax credit of 1.0¢ per kilowatt-hour is available for electricity generated by eligible wind energy facilities, including electricity used for on-site consumption. The tax credit may be applied toward the state's personal income tax, business income tax, financial institutions tax, sales and use tax, or energy replacement generation tax. The maximum total amount of generating capacity eligible for the credit is 450 MW. Facilities must be operational within 18 months of IUB approval to maintain eligibility status. Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, 350 Maple Street, Des Moines, IA 50319; 515-281-5679;
http://www.state.ia.us/government/com/util/energy/
renewable_tax_credits.html
 
Renewable Energy Production Personal Tax Credits
Iowa enacted legislation creating two separate production tax credit programs for energy generated by eligible wind and renewable energy facilities. An eligible facility can qualify for only one of the two credits. Wind and Other Renewable-Energy Facilities - a production tax credit of 1.5¢ per kilowatt-hour is available for energy generated and sold by eligible wind energy generators and other renewable energy facilities, including biomass and solar. Under the same law, Iowa offers $4.50 per million BTUs of biogas used to generate either electricity or heat for commercial purposes, or $1.44 per thousand cubic feet of hydrogen fuel generated and sold by an eligible renewable energy facility. This credit may be applied toward the state's personal income tax, business tax, financial institutions tax, or sales and use tax. To qualify for the credit, a renewable energy facility must be at least 51% owned by specifically defined qualifying owners, and must be approved as eligible by the IUB. Furthermore, facilities must be placed into service on or after July 1, 2005. The maximum total amount of wind generating capacity eligible for this credit is 180 megawatts (MW). The maximum total eligibility for other renewable technologies is 20 MW. A facility's combined capacity may not exceed 2.5 MW per qualifying owner and facility owners may not have an ownership interest in more than two eligible facilities. Wind-Energy Facilities - a production tax credit of 1.0¢ per kilowatt-hour is available for electricity generated by eligible wind energy facilities, including electricity used for on-site consumption. The tax credit may be applied toward the state's personal income tax, business income tax, financial institutions tax, sales and use tax, or energy replacement generation tax. However, this credit is not available to facility owners who have received the state's property tax exemption for renewable energy systems, the local option special assessment of wind energy devices, or the sales tax exemption for wind energy equipment. To qualify for the credit, a wind energy facility must be approved as eligible by the IUB. There are no specific ownership criteria for individual projects however, facility owners may not own more than two eligible facilities, and must have an executed power purchase agreement or interconnection agreement except when the electricity is used for on-site consumption. Facilities must be placed into service on or after July 1, 2005. For applications filed on or after March 1, 2008, facilities must have a total nameplate capacity of at least 2 MW. The maximum total amount of generating capacity eligible for the credit is 450 MW. Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, 350 Maple Street, Des Moines, IA 50319; 515-281-5679;
http://www.state.ia.us/government/com/util/energy/
renewable_tax_credits.html
 
Loans Available in Energy Bank Program
Iowa's Energy Bank Program provides a variety of energy assistance services for state public agencies, schools, and some non-profit organizations. Eligible organizations include public and private K-12 schools, community colleges, area education agencies, hospitals, and private colleges. One of the program's primary goals is to make budget-neutral energy improvements for participating agencies and organizations. This is possible by facilitating loans and alternative financing options that can be repaid by the energy savings resulting from energy improvement projects. After signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) and completing a preliminary energy assessment, a participating organization completes an energy analysis, which is performed by a firm that has been pre-qualified by Iowa's Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Only energy improvements that will pay for themselves within their useful lives are eligible. Financing is available via a pre-arranged, low-interest capital loan note or lease purchase-agreement with a local or regional investment bank. It is important to note that the Iowa Energy Bank does not provide direct project loans to participants. The actual financing of project costs takes place through an outside lender. Contact: Iowa Department of Natural Resources Energy Bureau, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319; 515-281-6559; Fax: 515-281-8895;
http://www.iowadnr.com/
 
Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient and Renewable Technologies
MidAmerican Energy, in partnership with First American Bank, offers competitive below-prime interest rate loans to its non-residential customers located in Iowa for installing a wide variety of energy efficient equipment. Eligible efficiency technologies are: refrigerators/freezers; lighting; lighting controls/sensors; chillers; furnaces; boilers; heat pumps; air conditioners; programmable thermostats; energy mgmt. systems/building controls; building insulation; motors; motor-ASDs/VSDs; custom/others pending approval; and energy audits. The eligible renewable technology is geothermal heat pumps. MidAmerican Energy also offers the BusinessCheck program, which is a free on-site energy audit service for small commercial facilities. An energy specialist will give recommendations and have several energy efficient options ready to install during the visit. Mid-American Energy Company, PO Box 657, Des Moines, IA 50306-0657; 800-894-9599;
http://www.midamericanenergy.com/html/energy6j.asp
 
Rebates Offered Business Energy Efficiency Programs
Alliant Energy offers commercial customers some incentives for energy efficiency, covering a variety of technologies. The Commercial New Construction Program offers commercial customers incentives for both the design of high efficiency buildings as well as the construction. For construction incentives, customers are eligible for per kilowatt-hour or per therm rebates based on the degree of energy efficiency improvement. Heating, Cooling and Comfort Measures Program offers rebates for high efficiency heating and cooling measures. Rebates are dependent on the level of efficiency and are available for furnaces, boilers, water heaters, programmable thermostats and room and central air conditioners. In the Appliance Rebate Programs Alliant Energy business customers are eligible for rebates on certain energy efficient and Energy Star appliances. Replacement Doors and Windows Program - Alliant Energy customers are eligible for rebates of $25 for each window, door and sash that is replaced. A minimum of three windows must be replaced for an eligible claim, and a maximum of five doors may be replaced per rebate applicant. Lighting Rebates Program - Alliant Energy offers commercial customers a variety of incentives for high efficiency lighting. In addition to a $2 rebate on each compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), rebates of varying amounts are available for fixtures, occupancy sensors and exit signs. Custom rebates are available for energy-saving projects that do not qualify for the standard equipment rebates. Your Alliant Energy account manager will help you determine what new technology can improve your business and estimate your potential energy savings. Premium Efficiency Motors - high efficiency motors and variable speed drives are eligible for rebates of up to $600 per unit, and $5000 per total project. Motors should be NEMA premium-rated, and variable speed drives should have between 5 and 200 horsepower. The Low-Interest Financing Program offers low interest financing options for energy efficient equipment, with interest rates between 0-6.9%. Those who qualify also pay no loan fees. In addition to these rebate programs, Alliant Energy offers an Appliance Recycling Program. Alliant has a free Business Energy Audit Program. They will send a certified energy expert to inspect your business. The energy expert will help you identify ways to reduce your energy use, give you estimates on how much improvements will cost and how much you can expect to save. Financial incentives are also available for customers that agree to have their power voluntarily interrupted during peak periods. Contact: Alliant Energy, Commercial Programs, 222 West Washington Avenue P.O. Box 192, Madison, IA 53701-0192; 800-255-4268; Fax: 608-758-1459;
http://alliantenergy.com/docs/groups/public/documents/pub/p014531.hcsp
 
Rebates for Energy Efficient Farm Equipment
Alliant Energy offers prescriptive rebates for a variety of energy efficient products for agricultural customers. These incentives are applicable for: automatic milker takeoffs; circulating fans; heat reclaimers; clothes washers, lighting, ventilation systems; livestock waterers; low pressure irrigation systems; milk precoolers; premium efficiency motors; variable speed drives; and tractor heater timers. In addition to these incentives, Alliant Energy offers a Farm Energy Audit and New Construction Programs. For the Farm Energy Audit, customers that install technologies suggested by the energy audit are eligible for rebates. The New Construction Program offers both design and construction incentives for high efficiency buildings. For design, the customer works with Alliant Energy on the design of the building and the incentive amount is based on the square footage of the building. The construction incentives are based on the annualized therm and kilowatt-hour savings after the project is completed. Contact: Alliant Energy, 222 West Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 192 Madison, IA 53701-0192; 800-255-4268; Fax: 608-758-1459;
http://alliantenergy.com/docs/groups/public/documents/pub/p014702.hcsp
 
Commercial Lighting Rebates
The Ames Electric Department provides rebates for a variety of different energy efficient lighting technologies to its commercial and industrial customers. Rebates vary dramatically by the measure employed, but are limited to 50% of the equipment cost. The maximum annual rebate is $2,000 for general commercial customers and $5,000 for large commercial or industrial customers. Rebates exceeding these amounts may be pre-approved on a case-by-case basis by the utility. All applications must be submitted within 30 days of the equipment purchase. Contact: Ames Electric Department, 502 Carroll, Ames, IA 50010; 515-239-5177; 515-239-5120;
http://www.cityofames.org/SmartEnergy/
 
Rebates in Energy Efficiency Program
Starting on October 1st 2008, Indianola Municipal Utilities redesigned their energy efficiency rebate program to include the following: commercial lighting, central air conditioning, add-on heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, programmable thermostats and energy audits for commercial and industrial customers. Rebates are given in the form of a credit to the customer's city utility account. The application and invoice must be received within six months of purchase date to qualify for the rebates. Contact: Indianola Municipal Utilities, 111 N Buxton St, Indianola, IA 50125; 515-961-9442;
http://www.i-m-u.com/rebates.htm
 
Incentives Available Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
MidAmerican Energy offers a large variety of energy efficiency rebate programs to its non-residential customers located in Iowa. The amount of the rebate varies greatly depending on the technology, its size and efficiency. Rebates are available in the following programs: heating and cooling equipment; lighting; motor and variable speed drive; commercial kitchen equipment; and insulation. Rebates must be submitted within three months of equipment installation in existing buildings and within six months of equipment installation in new construction. MidAmerican Energy also offers a custom system rebate for projects that improve energy efficiency but may not fit into the above-mentioned rebate programs. MidAmerican Energy also offers the BusinessCheck program, which is a free on-site energy audit service for small commercial facilities. An energy specialist will give recommendations and have several energy efficient options ready to install during the visit. Contact: Mid-American Energy Company, PO Box 657, Des Moines, IA 50306-0657; 800-894-9599; http://www.midamericanenergy.com/html/energy6j.asp
 
Rebates for Commercial New Construction
MidAmerican Energy's Commercial New Construction Program offers businesses within their distribution region incentives for energy efficient construction and design of new or pre-existing buildings. Construction incentives are paid to the building owner based upon the kWh savings modeled and verified as installed by an independent modeler contracted by MidAmerican Energy. A minimum energy savings of 15 percent beyond that required by the state of Iowa code is required to qualify. Incentives range from $.05 to $.14 per kWh. Rebate incentives also are available for natural gas savings. Design incentives are paid to design teams who use the services of an independent building energy performance modeler contracted by MidAmerican Energy. The independent modeler will analyze potential energy savings and produce a final energy verification report. Design incentives are determined based on the square footage and type of building. Customers who participate in this program are ineligible for rebates from other MidAmerican EnergyAdvantage programs. Contact: Comercial New Construction Program, MidAmerican Energy, Des Moines, IA; 800-292-6448; 563-333-8841; Fax: 563-333-8252;
http://midamericanenergy.com/html/energy6h.asp
 
$1750 Rebates in EnergyAdvantage New Homes Program
MidAmerican Energy's New Homes Program provides builders with a comprehensive list of prescriptive measures to guide the construction of energy efficient homes and offers a rebate for complying with those standards. The offer is applicable to single family home construction within MidAmerican's distribution region. The rebates pay approximately 50% of the incremental cost of the upgrades up to $1750, and vary depending on the type and efficiency of the equipment installed. To be eligible for the rebate, homes must fulfill the qualifications described on the 2008 specifications sheet. Contact: Customer Service, MidAmerican Energy Company - Energy Advantage Programs, P.O. Box 657, Des Moines, IA 50306-0657; 800-894-9599; 888-427-5632; Fax: 515244-8825;
http://midamericanenergy.com/html/energy3b.asp
 
Rebates Over $100,000 in Commercial and Industrial Energy Program
Missouri River Energy Services is a joint-action agency that supplies electricity and a range of energy-related programs and services to public power. One of these services is the Bright Energy Solutions program, which offers cash rebates for energy efficiency improvements to commercial and industrial customers of participating member utilities. Rebates are offered for improvements in five different categories: Lighting in New Construction; Lighting Retrofits; Cooling/Chillers; Motors, Pumps, and Variable Frequency Drives; and Custom Measures. Prescriptive rebates are available for many types of equipment and requirements and rebate levels vary by the technology employed. All equipment must be new and rebates may not be honored for equipment ordered, purchased, or installed prior to the receipt of rebate approval. Custom rebates are limited to $100,000 per customer per calendar year and have minimum application value of $500. Payments for rebates larger than $100,000 may be paid out over the course of multiple years. Prescriptive rebates in each of the first 4 categories that are larger than $10,000 must be pre-approved by the utility. In general, rebates may not exceed 75% of the purchased cost of the new equipment. Contact: Bright Energy Solutions, Missouri River Energy Services, 3724 West Avera Drive, Sioux Falls, SD 57109-8920; 605-338-4042;
http://www.brightenergysolutions.org/index.htm
 
Incentives in Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Muscatine Power and Water (MP&W) offers rebates for energy efficient upgrades to its commercial and industrial customers. Rebates are available for commercial lighting retrofits, energy efficient motors, LED exit signs, fluorescent light bulbs, air conditioners, water heaters, geothermal heat pumps, and custom measures that reduce electricity demand. Facilities must receive and energy audit from MP&W prior to any equipment replacement in order to be eligible for demand reduction based rebates. The prescriptive appliance rebates are exempt from this requirement. Rebates for custom measures, commercial lighting retrofits, LED exit signs, and energy efficient motors are limited to $2,000 per account per year. Rebates for large geothermal systems may be spread out over three years. Measures must be purchased during a given calendar year in order to qualify for the incentives offered during that year. Contact: Muscatine Power and Water, 3205 Cedar Street, Muscatine, IA 52761; 563-262-3354;
http://www.mpw.org/business_audits.htm
 
Iowa Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Iowa are:
  • Ethanol Blend Retailer Tax Credit
  • E85 Retailer Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Infrastructure Grants
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Demonstration Grants
  • Alternative Fuel Loan Program
  • Alternative Fuel Production Loans
  • Alternative Fuel Production Tax Credits
  • Alternative Fuel Research and Development
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Iowa, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/IA
or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-5793; Fax: 412-386-4561 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Iowa Clean Cities Coalition; 515-725-2066; Fax: 515-281-4225
 
Kansas Energy Programs for Business
 
Free Programmable Thermostat with Installation
Kansas City Power and Light offers a free programmable thermostat worth $300 with free installation to qualifying customers to manage their energy usage. To apply for the program, call KCP&L directly or fill out an online application. Contact: Kansas City Power and Light, P.O. Box 418679, Kansas City, MO 64141; 866-882-4429;
http://www.kcpl.com/residential/acc.html
 
100% Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy
This statute exempts renewable energy equipment from property taxes. Renewable energy includes wind, solar thermal electric, photovoltaic, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, and landfill gas resources or technologies that are actually and regularly used predominantly to produce and generate electricity. In addition, beginning in the 2002 tax year all personal property used to collect, refine, and treat landfill gas or transport landfill gas from a landfill to a transmission pipeline (i.e., not necessarily used for electricity generation) is also exempt from property taxes. Contact: Kansas Corporation Commission, Energy Office; 1500 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604-4027; 785-271-3349; Fax: 785-271-3268;
http://kcc.ks.gov/energy/
 
Rebates Available in Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) provides financial incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for custom energy-saving measures in new or existing buildings. All custom rebates are individually determined and analyzed to ensure that they pass the Societal Benefit/Cost Test. Any measure that is pre-qualified (evaluated prior to being installed) must produce a Societal Benefit/Cost test result of 1.0 or higher. Custom rebates are calculated as the lesser of the following: a buydown to a two year payback or 50% of the incremental cost. Prescriptive rebates are offered for a pre-qualified list of energy-efficiency measures including lighting, air conditioning, and motors. These prescriptive rebates are only available to small business customers who are on KCP&L's Small General Service rate (SGS). Contact: Customer Service, Kansas City Power & Light, P.O. Box 418679, Kansas City, MO 64141-9679; 816-556-2901;
http://www.kcpl.com/business/aegonline.html
 
Kansas Alternative Fuel and Vehicle IncentiveState and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Kansas are:
  • Cellulosic Ethanol Production Incentive
  • Renewable Fuel Retailer Incentive
  • Biodiesel Production Incentive
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Ethanol Production Incentive
For more information on this incentive or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Kansas, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/KS
or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-5793 or Interim Clean Cities Coordinator, Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition; 816-531-7283
 
Kentucky Energy Programs for Business
 
$1,000 Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency Home Makeovers
Kentucky offers a 30% state income tax credit for residents who install certain energy efficiency measures on their principal residence. Kentucky residents may take the 30% credit on any of the following equipment installed on their principal residence:
  • Qualified Energy Property: Water Heaters, Heat Pumps, Central Air Conditioners, Advanced Main Air Circulating Fans
  • Weatherization Measures: Windows and Storm Doors, Added Insulation
  • Energy-Efficient Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
  • Interior Lighting Systems
The tax credit may not exceed $100 for insulation, $250 for qualified energy property, windows and storm doors, and $500 for HVAC and lighting systems. The total tax credit may not exceed $500 for any combination of qualified energy property and weatherization measures, or $1,000 for a combination of HVAC and lighting systems. Kentucky also allows an $800 tax credit for taxpayers who build a new Energy Star home for use as a principal residence, but this credit might not be permitted if the taxpayer claims the credit for energy efficiency measures. There is also a $400 credit allowed for taxpayers who sell an Energy Star manufactured home. To learn more, contact: Taxpayer Services, Kentucky Department of Revenue, 501 High Street, Frankfort, KY 40620; 502-564-4581; Fax: 502-564-3875;
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/08RS/HB2/bill.doc
 
Income Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Projects
Kentucky offers a 30% state income tax credit for certain solar, wind and geothermal installations on single-family or multi-family residences (and commercial property). The maximum tax credit allowed per taxpayer is $250 for geothermal technologies, and $500 for solar hot water and wind technologies. In addition, Kentucky residents may take a credit equal to $3.00 per watt (DC) of rated capacity for the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system, with a maximum credit of $500. To learn more, contact: Taxpayer Services, Kentucky Department of Revenue, 501 High Street, Frankfort, KY 40620; 502-564-4581; Fax: 502-564-3875;
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/08RS/HB2/bill.doc
 
Low-Interest Loans to Install Solar Water Heaters
The Kentucky Solar Partnership (KSP) offers low-interest loans for the installation of solar water heaters. Loans cover the full equipment and installation cost. Loans are fixed at six years, with a 6.0% interest rate. They may cover 100% of the equipment and labor costs for solar hot water systems. Approved loans require a 5% down payment. Typical residential solar water heating systems cost from $2,500 to $3,500, depending on a variety of factors. Solar collectors must be rated by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or industry equivalent. Residents and businesses must be located in a participating Eastern Kentucky county in order to apply for the loan; see here for a list of eligible counties: http://www.kysolar.org/serviced_area.htm. Contact: Kentucky Solar Partnership, ATTN: SWH Loan Program, 2235 Gregory Woods Road, Frankfort, KY 40601; 888-576-6527; Fax: 606-256-2779;
http://kysolar.org/incentives
Application: http://www.kysolar.org/shw_forms/swh_loanapp.pdf
 
$500 for Going Green
Through the Green Power Switch Generation Partners program, consumers participate as either residential/small-commercial or commercial customers. Under the residential/small-commercial contract, TVA will purchase the entire output of a qualifying system at $0.15 per kWh through a participating power distributor, and the consumer will receive a credit for the power generated. Under the larger commercial contract, TVA will purchase the output at $0.20 per kWh. Until a total capacity of 150 kW has been reached, the owner of a qualifying residential system will receive a $500 payment when the site is connected to the grid. The goal for the entire program is 5 MW. The credit of $0.15/kWh is available for a minimum of 10 years from the signing of the contract, regardless of the amount produced. Payment is made in the form of a credit issued by the local power distributor on the monthly power bill for the home or business where the generation system is located. TVA retains sole rights to any renewable energy credits. For a current list of TVA distribution utilities in Kentucky participating in the program, refer to Green Power Switch Generation Partners program website at http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/distributors.htm. Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101;
http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/partners/
 
Energy Saving Incentives for Renewable Energy Facilities
Kentucky established the Incentives for Energy Independence Act to promote the development of renewable energy and alternative fuel facilities, energy efficient buildings, alternative fuel vehicles, research & development activities and other energy initiatives. For renewable energy facilities, the bill provides incentives to companies that build or renovate facilities that utilize renewable energy, which may include: up to 100% of the Kentucky income tax or the limited liability entity tax; sales and use tax incentives of up to 100%; and a wage assessment of up to 4% for associated employees. The tax credit allows approved facilities to receive a credit up to 100% of Kentucky income tax and the limited liability tax for projects that construct, retrofit or upgrade facilities that generate power from renewable resources. In addition, companies may also receive a sales tax incentive of up to 100% of the Kentucky sales and use tax paid (on or after the activation date) on materials, machinery and equipment used to construct, retrofit or upgrade an eligible project. Approved companies may also require that employees whose jobs were created as a result of the associated project, as a condition of employment, agree to pay a wage assessment of up to 4% of their gross wages. Employees will be allowed a Kentucky income tax credit equal to the assessment withheld from their wages. The maximum recovery for a single project from all incentives, including the income and liability entity tax credit, sales tax refund and the wage assessment, may not exceed 50% of the capital investment. To learn more, contact: Office of Energy Policy, Capital Plaza Tower, 12th Floor, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601; 502-564-7192;
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/KRS/154-27/CHAPTER.HTM or http://www.energy.ky.gov/
 
$25,000 to Finance Energy Improvement Projects
Pennyrile RECC offers its non-residential customers the opportunity for financing for energy efficiency improvements. Customers may borrow up to $25,000 to increase the efficiency of their facilities. The interest rate of the loan is fixed over the life of the loan, which can be up to five years. Those interested in this loan should have been customers of Pennyrile RECC for at least a year and have good credit. Eligible counties include: Christian, Trigg, Logan, Todd, Muhlenberg, Lyon, Caldwell, Butler, and Simpson. Contact: Customer Service, Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 2000 Harrison Street, P.O. Box 2900, Hopkinsville, KY 42241-2900; 270-886-2555 or 800-297-4710; Fax: 270-885-6469;
http://www.precc.com/precc/comm_loan_program.htm
 
$50,000 to Install Energy Efficient Equipment
Duke Energy offers a variety of incentives through its Smart $aver Incentive Program to qualifying commercial and industrial customers for installing energy efficient equipment in their facilities. Any of Duke Energy's commercial or industrial customers not on the TT rate (Time-of-Day Rate for Service at Transmission Voltage) qualify. There are many eligible technologies, with varying rebate amounts, available for lighting equipment, cooling equipment, motors, pumps, and VFDs, commercial clothes washers, food service equipment, and manufacturing process equipment. The incentive is limited to $50,000 per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) per facility. Schools (K-12) are also eligible under this program; however the application process is different and the incentive is capped at $100,000 per school per fiscal year. For more details, contact: Duke Energy, C&I DSM Programs - WP680, 1000 East Main St., Plainfield, IN 46168; 800-283-7741 or 866-380-9580;
http://www.duke-energy.com/kentucky-business/energy-management/
energy-efficiency-incentives.asp

Application: http://www.duke-energy.com/kentucky-business/energy-management/
application-process.asp
 
Kentucky Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Kentucky are:
  • Biodiesel Production and Blending Tax Credit
  • Ethanol Production Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Production Tax Incentives
  • Alternative Fuel Research, Development, and Promotion
  • Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Promotion
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Kentucky, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/KY
or contact: Clean Cities Coordinator, Commonwealth Clean Cities Partnership, Inc., 502-452-9152 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 304-285-4185
 
Louisiana Energy Programs for Business
 
Generous CorporateTax Credits for Solar and Wind Energy Systems
Louisiana provides a tax credit for the purchase and installation of solar and wind energy systems purchased and installed on or after January 1, 2008. The credit may be applied to personal, corporate or franchise taxes, depending on the entity which owns the property, but the system must be installed at either a residence or a residential rental apartment complex. The tax credit may be applied both to solar-electric systems (PV systems) and solar-thermal systems when the energy is used for space heating, space cooling or water heating. Eligible wind energy systems include AC or DC electric generation and mechanical wind systems. Solar thermal systems include those used for solar hot water, heating and cooling thermal energy and pool heating. Incentive amount is 50% of the first $25,000 of the cost of each system and the maximum incentive is $12,500 per installed system. Contact: Public Information - LA DOR, LA Department of Revenue, PO Box 201 Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0201; 225-219-0067 Ext.4; http://www.rev.state.la.us/
 
Louisiana Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentive
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Louisiana are:
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Advanced Ethanol Fuel Blend Research Grants
  • Biodiesel Equipment and Fuel Tax Exemption
  • Advanced Ethanol Industry Initiative
  • Advanced Ethanol Blend Pilot Program
  • Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Acquisition Requirements
  • Fuel Efficient Vehicle Acquisition Requirement
For more information on this incentive or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Louisiana, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/LA
or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-5793 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition; 225-389-5491
 
Maine Energy Programs for Business
 
Get $10,500 in Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program
In June 2005, Maine enacted legislation creating a rebate program for solar-energy systems installed at businesses. An owner or tenant who purchases a PV system qualifies for a rebate of $2 per watt (AC), but with a maximum incentive of $2,000. An owner or tenant who purchases a solar water-heating system qualifies for a rebate that varies by the application and efficiency of the building. Maximum incentive for commercial is the lesser of 35% of project cost or $10,500. Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, State Energy Program, 242 State Street #18 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0018; 207-287-3319; Fax: (207) 287-1039;
http://www.efficiencymaine.com/renewable_programs_solar.htm
 
Numerous Rebates for Energy Efficiency Programs
Northern Utilities (NU) offers two weatherization programs. Customers can receive rebates of 50% to 75% of the costs associated with purchasing and installing weatherization improvements, such as attic/wall insulation and air sealing. Homeowners are eligible for 50%, up to $1,500, and tenants can receive 75% of the cost, up to $1,500. Low-income customers are eligible to receive weatherization improvements at no cost. For smaller, "do-it-yourself" weatherization projects such as installing door sweeps, pipe insulation, and caulking, NU offers a $25 "Self Install" rebate. Northern Utilities' Partners in Energy Program offers up to $150 toward an in-home energy assessment. NU also offers rebates for high efficient space and water heating equipment. This program offers residential customers up to $1,350 in rebates towards the installation of qualified high-efficiency gas-fired space and water heating equipment. Eligible equipment includes furnaces, boilers, water heaters, thermostats, and windows. Also, NU is a sponsor of the state-wide Energy Star Homes Program, which provides various rebates and technical support for customers interested in building an Energy Star home. Contact: Northern Utilities, Partners in Energy Intake Center, 300 Friberg Parkway, Westborough, MA 01581; 800-232-0120;
http://www.northernutilities.com/forhome/eneraudit.htm
 
Up to $50,000 in Renewable Resource Grants
Maine's Voluntary Renewable Resources Grants provides funding for small-scale demonstration projects designed to educate communities on the value and cost-effectiveness of renewable energy. Grants of up to $50,000 are generally available to Maine-based non-profit organizations (including community-based nonprofits), electric cooperatives, quasi-municipal corporations and districts, and community action programs. To qualify for grant funding, renewable-energy resources generally must qualify as a small power production facility under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules or not exceed 100 megawatts in capacity and use one or more of the following resources to generate electricity: fuel cells, tidal power, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, hydropower, biomass energy, and/or municipal solid waste used in a generator in conjunction with recycling. Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, State Energy Program, 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0018; 207-287-3318; Fax: 207-287-1039;
http://www.efficiencymaine.com/renewable_programs_voluntary.htm
 
Low Interest Loans Available for Small Businesses
Maine's Small Business Low-Interest Loan Program provides loans of up to $35,000 at 3% interest to small businesses to support approved energy efficiency measures. Businesses with less than $5 million in annual sales or less than 50 full-time employees are generally eligible. To qualify, a business must undergo an energy audit to identify necessary improvements. The audit may be performed free of charge by PUC staff member or for a fee by a licensed energy auditor. After the audit is completed, the business may submit an application to the Maine State Energy Office (SEO) for a specific loan amount, based on the merits of the project. Loans terms vary depending on project, the loan amount, and client cash flow. Collateral is required to secure the loan. Note that schools, hospitals, and facilities with residential components, such as apartment buildings, condominiums, or private residences are not eligible for participation in this program. Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, State Energy Program, 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0018; 207-287-3318; Fax: (207) 287-1039;
http://www.efficiencymaine.com/business_programs_sblilp.htm
 
Numerous Rebates for Small to Large Commercial Customers
Northern Utilities offers rebates for multifamily customers, small/medium businesses and large businesses. Eligible multifamily buildings have more than four units, a master-metered account, and use gas heat and/or gas hot water. Customers who have a commercial or industrial building that has an annual gas usage of 40,000 therms or less qualify for the small/medium business customers program. All gas customers whose annual use exceeds 40,000 therms, plus all municipal buildings, hospitals, and universities, qualify for the large business program. Eligible energy efficient upgrades are similar for all three programs with slight variations. Upgrades include: attic, roof, wall, ceiling, floor, basement, heating pipe, duct and hot water pipe insulation, temperature turn down, boiler reset control, automatic temperature controls, water heater tank rap, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, heat recovery potential, and chillers. Each program also offers a custom program that includes all of the above as well as heating system electronic/pilotless ignition, burner replacement, and other measures determined on a site-specific basis. Northern Utilities will also perform an energy audit for commercial and industrial customers, make recommendations, and pay 50% of the qualified installation cost of suggested upgrades, up to a maximum of $50,000. Also, Northern Utilities will pay large business customers 50% (up to $7,500) of the cost of a scoping study. Northern Utilities, as a member of GasNetworks, also offers high efficiency space and water heating equipment rebates. Rebates range from $25 to $1,000, depending on equipment type. Contact: Northern Utilities, Partners in Energy Intake Center, 300 Friberg Parkway, Westborough, MA 01581; 800-232-0120;
http://www.northernutilities.com/business/eneraudit.htm
 
Maine Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentive
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Maine are:
  • Biofuels Production Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
For more information on this incentive or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Maine, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/ME
or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-4726; Fax: 412-386-5835 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Maine Clean Communities; 207-774-9891; Fax: 207-774-7149
 
Maryland Energy Programs for Business
 
Use Clean Energy & Get a $2.5 Million Tax Credit
Maryland offers a production tax credit for electricity generated by wind, geothermal energy, solar energy, hydropower, small irrigation power, municipal solid waste and biomass resources. Eligible biomass resources include anaerobic digestion, landfill gas, wastewater-treatment gas, and cellulosic material derived from forest-related resources (excluding old-growth timber and mill residues consisting of sawdust or wood shavings), from waste pallets and crates, or from agricultural sources. An individual or corporation that applies for and receives certification from the Maryland Energy Administration may claim a credit equal to 0.85 cents per kilowatt-hour ($0.0085/kWh) against the state income tax, for a five-year period, for electricity generated by eligible resources. The credit for electricity generated by co-firing is 0.5 cents per kilowatt-hour ($0.005/kWh). The electricity generated must be sold to an unrelated person during the taxable year. Certificates issued by the Maryland Energy Administration will state the maximum amount of credit over a five-year period and the earliest tax year for which the credit may be claimed. The maximum amount of credit is based on estimated annual energy production during a five-year period, or $2.5 million. To learn more, contact: Maryland Energy Administration, 1623 Forest Drive, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21403; 410-260-7207; Fax: 410-974-2250;
http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/allprograms/cep_taxcredit.asp
and http://mlis.state.md.us/asp/web_statutes.asp?gtg&10-720
 
$10,000 to Install a Geothermal Heat Pump
The MEA offers rebates of up to $3,000 for residential geothermal heat pump systems and $10,000 for non-residential geothermal heat pump systems. Grants for both are provided at a rate of $1,000 per ton of refrigeration capacity, equivalent to 12,000 BTUs. Systems should have a minimum Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 15.5 and a minimum Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 3.5 according to the testing standards of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) or another nationally recognized agency. Not all systems are guaranteed rebates and the MEA may elect to award an amount different than the one requested in the application. If a project is approved, the applicant then has 270 days to install the system, assemble the necessary supporting documentation, and submit a completion certificate to the MEA claiming their rebate. Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, 1623 Forest Drive, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21403; 410-260-7543 or 410-260-7655; Fax: 410-974-2250;
http://www.energy.state.md.us/incentives/residential/
geothermalgrant/index.asp

Application: http://www.energy.state.md.us/incentives/allprograms/geothermalgrant/
Application_Form.pdf
 
$2,500 Tax Credit for Using Solar or Geothermal Systems
Harford County offers a tax credit for real property taxes imposed on residential or nonresidential buildings or other structures that use solar or geothermal devices for heating, cooling, or generating electricity for on-site consumption. The credit amount is equal to one year of total real property taxes or $2,500, whichever is less. Total real property taxes includes all real property taxes that would have been paid by the taxpayer for that year for the host building or structure. More information can be found out by contacting: Harford County, Treasury Department, 220 South Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014; 410-638-3326;
http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/Downloads.cfm?FormID=969
 
$5,000 Property Tax Credits for Energy Saving DevicesHoward County allows a property tax credit for certain renewable energy devices. Real property owners may receive a property tax credit against the county property tax imposed on a residential structure that uses a solar or geothermal energy device. The amount of the tax credit allowed under this section is equal to the lesser of 50% of the eligible costs or $5,000 for a photovoltaic (PV) or geothermal heating system, or $1,500 for a hot water supply system. All equipment must meet safety and performance standards set by a nationally recognized laboratory for that kind of device. To learn more, contact: Howard County Government, Real Property Taxes, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City , MD 21043; 410-313-4075;
http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/MD23F%203.pdf
 
Property Tax Credits from Your Local Government for Energy Conservation
Maryland's property tax code provides local governments the option to allow a property tax credit for buildings equipped with a solar, geothermal or qualifying energy conservation device. These devices must be used to heat or cool the structure, to generate electricity to be used in the structure, or to provide hot water for use in the structure. Under this provision, counties determine the amount of the credit and are given the freedom to define solar, geothermal, and energy conservation devices. Counties also determine the length of time that the credit may be available up to a maximum of three years. Because this is a local option, county specific questions should be directed to the local assessment office: http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/telephones.htm or contact: Information Specialist, Department of Assessments and Taxation, Real Property Valuation Division, 300 W. Preston Street, Rm. 605, Baltimore, MD 21201-2395; 888-246-5941 or 800-735-2258;
http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/general_info.html
 
Clean Energy Rewards Program in Montgomery County
The Montgomery County Clean Energy Rewards program provides incentives to Montgomery County residents, businesses, non-profits, and congregations for purchasing clean energy through certified suppliers. Residential consumers receive a credit of 1 cent for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of eligible clean energy purchased, up to 20,000 kWh per year. Non-residential customers, such as businesses and congregations, will receive 1.5 cent per kWh for purchases of up to 100,000 kWh per year. In order to be eligible for a reward, participants must make a minimum clean energy purchase commitment of at least 50% of their annual electricity use. The incentives are distributed by suppliers and will appear as a credit on consumer's monthly bills. To learn more, contact: Montgomery County Maryland, Department of Environmental Protection, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville, MD 20850; 240-777-7753;
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/deptmpl.asp?url=/content/dep/rewards_new.asp
 
Property Tax Exemption for Solar Energy Systems
Maryland offers a property tax exemption for residential solar energy systems. Under this law solar energy devices installed to heat or cool a structure, generate electricity to be used in the structure, or provide hot water for use in the structure are exempt from state and local real property taxes. Another aspect: Maryland property tax law offers a special assessment for solar heating and cooling systems. Thus, solar hot water and PV systems are granted an exemption from real property taxes while solar (and geothermal) heating and cooling systems are granted a special assessment that makes their assessed value equivalent to a conventional system. To find out more, contact: Information Specialist, Department of Assessments and Taxation, Real Property Valuation Division, 300 W. Preston Street, Rm. 605, Baltimore, MD 21201-2395; 888-246-5941 or 800-735-2258;
http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/general_info.html
or http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0377.htm
 
$10,000 Grants for Solar Energy UpgradesMaryland's Solar Energy Grant Program provides financial incentives to homeowners, businesses, local governments and non-profit organizations that install solar water-heating systems or solar-electric (PV) systems. Both grid-connected and off-grid PV systems are eligible for support. Maximum incentives are: Solar PV: $10,000 and Solar Water Heating: $3,000. Contact: Public Information Officer, Maryland Energy Administration, 1623 Forest Drive, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21403; 800-723-6374 or 410-260-7655;
http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/residential/solargrants/
index.asp

Application: http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/residential/solargrants/documents/
SolarWaterHeatingGrantApplicationFormct.pdf
(solar water heater);
http://energy.maryland.gov/documents/PhotovoltaicSolarGrantApplicationForm.pdf (PV solar system)
 
Special Property Assessment for Solar Heating & Cooling Systems
Title 8 of Maryland's property tax code allows for a state-wide special assessment provision for solar heating and cooling systems. Under this provision, such systems are to be assessed at not more than the value of a conventional system for property tax purposes if no conventional system exists in the building. If a solar energy heating and cooling system is installed in addition to a conventional system in a building, the combined system may be assessed at not more than the value of the conventional system, essentially a full exemption for the solar energy equipment. Geothermal systems are eligible for this treatment for property tax years beginning after June 30, 2008. To find out more, contact: Information Specialist, Department of Assessments and Taxation, Real Property Valuation Division, 300 W. Preston Street, Rm. 605, Baltimore, MD 21201-2395; 888-246-5941 or 800-735-2258;
http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/general_info.html and
http://mlis.state.md.us/asp/statutes_Respond.asp?article=
gtp§ion=8-240&Extension=HTML
 
$10,000 for Wind Energy Systems
The Maryland Energy Administration accepts grant applications for small residential and non-residential wind energy systems through its Windswept program. Residential systems must have a capacity of at least 1 kilowatt (kW) and non-residential systems must have a capacity of at least 1.5 kW to qualify for assistance. Approved projects will receive a grant of $2,500/kW of capacity, up to a maximum of $10,000. Active farm or agribusiness based projects are included within the non-residential designation. While grant values are limited there is no explicit capacity size limit on projects. Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, 1623 Forest Drive, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21403; 410-260-7655;
http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/residential/windswept/index.asp
Application: http://energy.maryland.gov/documents/WindsweptApp_0708_revisedcaps.pdf
 
Tax Credits to Construct Green Buildings
Maryland provides a tax credit for the construction of green building. The credit is worth up to 8% of the total cost of the building. Buildings must be located in a priority funding area and be at least 20,000 square feet. This income tax credit applies to non-residential and residential multi-family buildings of at least 20,000 square feet that are constructed or rehabilitated to meet criteria set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council or other similar criteria. Newly constructed buildings must be located on a qualified brownfields site, or in a priority funding area, and not in a wetlands area. Credits apply to three types of alternative energy sources: photovoltaics (PV), wind turbines and fuel cells. Tax credits for alternate energy sources can only be claimed if they serve a green whole building, a green base building, or green tenant space. For more information, contact: Maryland Energy Administration, 1623 Forest Drive, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21403; 410-260-7655;
http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/business/greenbuilding/index.asp
Application: http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/business/greenbuilding/
Initial_Credit_Certificate_App.pdf
 
Property Tax Exemption for High Performance Buildings
Title 9 of Maryland's tax code creates an optional property tax credit for high performance buildings. This statute allows counties and municipalities to provide a credit against the property tax for buildings which achieve at least a silver rating according to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standards, or which meet other comparable green building guidelines or standards approved by the State. The counties or municipalities which elect to provide this property tax credit may determine the amount of the property tax credit under this section, the duration of the property tax credit, the criteria and qualifications necessary to receive the credit, and any other necessary provisions. For a complete list of county assessment offices in Maryland, see:
http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/county.html.
Contact: Information Specialist, Department of Assessments and Taxation, Real Property Valuation Division, 300 W. Preston Street, Rm. 605, Baltimore, MD 21201-2395; 888-246-5941 or 800-735-2258;
http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/general_info.html
 
Up to $50,000 for Energy Saving Farms & Rural Businesses
The Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) offers grants or interest rate buy-downs for energy efficiency improvements to farms and rural businesses through the Rural Business Energy Efficiency Program. The program is designed to facilitate the purchase of equipment or technology that lowers business energy consumption. Under this program grants are available for 10% of the total cost of the project, up to a maximum of $5,000. Alternatively, applicants may elect to participate in an interest rate buy down program yielding an effective interest rate 4% below what would otherwise be available for loans of up to $50,000. The buy-down program requires the participation of the lender, who will facilitate the process and the application. Applicants may only participate in one of the assistance options. To learn more, contact: Rural Business Efficiency Program, Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation, 1410 Forest Drive, Suite 28, Annapolis, MD 21403; 410-267-6807; Fax: 410-267-6809;
http://www.marbidco.org/business/rbee.html
Application: http://www.marbidco.org//applications.html
 
$600,000 for Energy Conservation in Maryland
The Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program (JELLP) provides local governments, non-profits, and eligible businesses in the state with an opportunity to reduce their operating expenses by identifying and installing energy conservation improvements. All costs necessary for implementing an energy conservation project can be considered for funding, including the technical assessment, reasonable fees for special services, plans and specifications, and the actual costs of construction. Up to 40% of each year's allocation, or approximately $600,000, is available per loan. Loan applicants are required to make a contribution to the project although the contribution does not necessarily have to be in the form of cash. Participants begin repaying the loan in the second year after a loan is made, allowing time for projects to be completed and begin generating returns. Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, 1623 Forest Drive, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21403; 410-260-7543 or 410-260-7655; Fax: 410-974-2250;
http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/state-local/communityenergyloan.asp
Application: http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/state-local/
communityenergyloan_app.asp
 
Maryland Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Maryland are:
  • Cellulosic Ethanol Research and Development Tax Credit
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Electric Vehicle (EV) Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Production Credits
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Exemption from Vehicle Testing Requirements
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Maryland, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/MD
or contact: Maryland Clean Cities Coordinator, Maryland Energy Administration; 410-260-7207 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 304-285-4535
 
Massachusetts Energy Programs for Business
 
 
$1500 Rebates Available to Improve Your Home's Energy Usage
Berkshire Gas offers all multi-family residential customers various energy efficiency rebates. Berkshire Gas will pay multi-family residential customers that use gas to heat their homes 50% of the installed cost (up to $1,500) of certain pre-determined energy efficiency measures. For low-income customers, a rebate of 100% of the installed cost for the listed energy saving measures will be provided. Berkshire Gas also offers rebates for heating systems, water heaters, Energy Star thermostats, and Energy Star windows purchased. Contact: Berkshire Gas, Energy Efficiency Programs, 115 Cheshire Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201; 800-944-3212;
http://www.berkshiregas.com/UsageAndSafety/energyefficprog.html
 
$10,000 Zero Interest Loans to Make Energy Saving Improvements
The Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) Residential Energy Efficiency Program provides residential customers with loans to help make energy saving improvements on their homes. Equipment must meet certain energy ratings. The loan provides 0% interest assistance $10,000 for multi-family homes with 4 or fewer units. The loan is repayable over up to 5 years and charged to the customer's monthly HG&E bill. Contact: Holyoke Gas & Electric, Customer Service, 99 Suffolk St, Holyoke, MA 01040; 413-536-9300;
http://www.hged.com/html/incentive_programs.html - RECProgram
 
Production Incentive for Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Energy Systems
The Energy Consumers Alliance of New England (ECANE), which operates as Mass Energy Consumers Alliance in Massachusetts, is a non-profit organization that buys renewable energy credits (RECs) from photovoltaic (PV) systems and small wind-energy systems. The RECs from PV systems and small wind-energy systems are packaged together with low-impact hydro and biomass RECs and sold as New England GreenStart, a renewable energy-based electricity product marketed through GreenUp. ECANE offers to purchase RECs from PV systems and wind-energy systems installed in Massachusetts after 1998 at $30 per megawatt-hour ($0.03 per kilowatt-hour) for a period of three years. Contact: Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, 670 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-524-3950;
http://www.massenergy.com/Solar.REC.Sale.html
 
Zero Interest Loans and Rebates offered in HEAT Loan Program
MassSAVE, a residential conservation services program administered by Massachusetts electric companies, gas companies and municipal aggregators, offers no-interest financing to help multi-family residential consumers increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their HEAT Loan Program. This financing is available to all multi-family residential customers who own and reside in a one to four family residence, buy their power from one of MassSAVE's member companies, and obtain a Home Energy Assessment through the MassSAVE Program. Customers are eligible to choose between applying for a 0% loan or obtaining applicable MassSAVE Program rebates for measures installed. Loans are available from $2,000-$10,000 with terms up to 7 years. Energy efficiency improvements eligible for the HEAT Loan include: attic, wall, and basement insulation; high efficiency heating systems; high efficiency domestic hot water systems; solar hot water systems; Energy Star® windows and thermostats. Contact: HEAT Loan Program MassSAVE, Boston, MA; 866-527-7283;
http://www.masssave.com/about/heat_loan.php
 
Rebates for the Installation of Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems
Commonwealth Solar, a program launched by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), provides rebates for the installation of grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems at commercial, industrial, institutional and public facilities. Commonwealth Solar rebates are available to non-residential projects which are eligible for rebates for PV projects up to 500 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. Larger PV systems are eligible for rebates, but only for the first 500 kW (DC) for non-residential systems. The minimum project size is 1 kW-DC. Non-residential rebates are capped at the lesser of 100% of total installed costs, or a rebate based on a maximum system size of 500 kW (DC) - even if the system is larger. A single non-residential applicant is generally limited to $1.6 million in total Commonwealth Solar rebates per calendar year. The applicant must be the future owner of the PV project and consumer of the electricity generated by the proposed PV project and must demonstrate that 50% or more of the electricity generated by the PV system will be used behind-the-meter, based on annual production and usage estimates. Commonwealth Solar allows for third-party ownership of PV projects. Contact: Commonwealth Solar, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Renewable Energy Trust, 75 North Drive, Westborough, MA 01581; 508-439-5700;
http://www.masstech.org/solar
 
$50,000 in Rebates Available in Small Renewables InitiativeThrough the Small Renewables Initiative (SRI), the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) offers rebates of up to $50,000 for design and construction of customer-sited renewable-energy projects. MTC is the administrator of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. Eligible technologies include micro-hydropower systems and wind-energy systems. Projects must be located at commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. An energy audit is generally required for all projects. Rebate awards may be used for installations on existing buildings (retrofits), or in conjunction with new construction, major renovations or major additions projects. Public and private entities are eligible, provided the applicant is the facility owner or occupant, and is the electric customer of record. The applicant must also demonstrate that 50% or more of the electricity produced by the renewable-energy system funded by MTC will be used on-site based on annual production and usage estimates. The incentive level for each project will be determined on an incentive-per-watt of renewable-energy capacity basis. The base incentive amount for each technology is wind at $2.25 per watt (AC) and micro-hydroelectric at $4.00 per watt (AC). The incentive-per-watt can be increased by $0.25/W to $2.50/W by adding features to a particular project. Contact: Small Renewables Coordinator, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Renewable Energy Trust, 75 North Drive, Westborough, MA 01581; 508-439-5640; Fax: 508-898-2275;
http://www.masstech.org/RenewableEnergy/small_renewables.htm
 
Rebates up to $100,000 in Solar Thermal Program
National Grid provides funding support to commercial, industrial, and multifamily customers who install solar thermal technologies. Recommended solar thermal applications include solar hot water heating, solar pool heating, and in some cases solar space heating or high temperature process applications. For commercial, industrial, and multi-family customers National Grid requires a free energy audit to interested participants to identify appropriate solar thermal technologies as well as estimated natural gas savings. Commercial, industrial, and multifamily customers receive a one-time rebate of $3 per therm of estimated first-year savings, up to 50% of the project costs or $100,000 per project. Contact: National Grid (Gas), 52 Second Avenue,Waltham, MA 02451; 800-233-5325;
http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/
 
Incentives in Energy Saving Rebate Program
In conjunction with Gas Networks, New England Gas Company offers its customers rebates for buying infrared heating equipment and heating systems, high efficiency water heaters, efficient windows, thermostats and efficient furnaces. Rebates vary by technology. Maximum incentive is MassSaves $1,500. Contact: New England Gas Company, Customer Service, 100 Weybosset St, Providence, RI 02903; 800-232-0672;
http://www.negasco.com/conservation/programs.php
 
Energy Efficiency Rebates for Small Business Customers
NStar offers several energy efficiency rebate programs for both electric and gas customers. Rebates are for small business customers and are offered in conjunction with Gas Networks. Eligible equipment available for rebates includes Energy Star lighting fixtures, Energy Star air conditioning units, air source heat pumps, water heaters, programmable thermostats, and boilers/furnaces. For gas customers interested in adding wall insulation, attic insulation or air sealing to their homes, NSTAR offers a weatherization rebate for up to $1,500 for such upgrades. Contact: NSTAR, Energy Efficiency Programs, One NSTAR Way, Westwood, MA 02090; 800-592-2000;
http://www.nstaronline.com/residential/energy_efficiency/
gas_programs/Default.asp?
 
$10,200 Rebates Available in Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
NSTAR offers its commercial and industrial customers a variety of prescriptive rebates for energy efficient products. With NSTAR's MotorUp program, commercial or industrial customers can purchase a NEMA premium qualifying motor for approximately the same cost as a standard EPAct efficiency motor by receiving an energy efficient motor rebate. Rebates range from $45 to $700 depending on size, efficiency, and type of motor. In addition, variable speed drive motors can receive rebates from $2000 to $10,200 depending on size. NSTAR offers vending machine and refrigerated cooler rebates (from $30 to $75 per unit) for installing sensors in machines. To qualify for the rebate, a vending machine sensor must be installed on an indoor vending machine scheduled to remain in NSTAR's territory for a minimum of three years. Contact: NSTAR, Energy Efficiency Programs, One NSTAR Way, Westwood, MA 02090; 800-592-2000;
http://www.nstaronline.com/business/energy_efficiency/
electric_programs/
 
Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption
Massachusetts law provides that solar-energy systems and wind-energy systems used as a primary or auxiliary power system for the purpose of heating or otherwise supplying the energy needs of taxable property are exempt from local property tax for a 20-year period. Hydropower facilities are also exempt from local property tax for a 20-year period if a system owner enters into an agreement with the city or town to make a payment (in lieu of taxes) of at least 5% of its gross income in the preceding calendar year. This incentive applies only to the value added to a property by an eligible system, according to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). It does not constitute an exemption for the full amount of the property tax bill. Contact: Legal Department, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), 100 Cambridge St., Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114; 617-727-4732; Fax: (617) 727-0030;
http://www.state.ma.us/doer
 
Up to $600 in Rebates for Multi-Family Residences and Builders
Unitil offers its residential customers a variety of rebate programs to improve energy efficiency. Unitil's Energy Star Homes Program allows residential customers to receive various incentives: $200 for each multi-family unit; $100 rebate for mechanical ventilation; free energy code compliance; and $200-$600 in additional rebates for the builder, depending on the HERS ratings. The MassSave Program offers 50% rebates up to $1,500 to improve the energy efficiency. Improvements include: attic, wall and basement insulation; whole house air sealing; weather stripping doors and windows; attic and bathroom ventilation fans; pipe insulation and duct sealing; and Energy Star programmable thermostats, refrigerators, and light fixtures and globes. Contact: Unitil, Customer Service, 285 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA 01420; 888-301-7700; 603-773-6458;
http://services.unitil.com/fge/res_efficiency.asp
 
Grants to $275,000 for Large Onsite Renewables Initiatives
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's (MTC) Large Onsite Renewables Initiative (LORI) provides two types of grants - Feasibility Study Grants and Design & Construction Grants - on a competitive basis to expand the production and use of distributed renewable-energy technologies in the state. MTC is the administrator of the Renewable Energy Trust Fund, the state's public benefits fund for renewable energy. Program funds support grid-tied renewable-energy projects (excluding PV) greater than 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity that are located at commercial, industrial, institutional and public facilities that will consume more than 25% of the renewable energy generated by the project on-site. The applicant and project site must be a customer of a Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution utility or a municipal utility that pays into the Renewable Energy Trust. Grant awards may be used to facilitate the installation of renewable-energy projects on existing buildings (retrofits) or in conjunction with new construction/major renovation projects, including green buildings. Feasibility Grants are capped at $40,000, with an applicant cost-share of 15%. Design & Construction Grants are calculated based on an incentive matrix (see solicitation). Design Grants are capped at the lesser of $125,000 or 75% of actual cost, and construction grants are capped at the lesser of $275,000 or 75% of actual costs. Eligible technologies generally include wind energy; fuel cells (using any fuel source); hydroelectric power; landfill gas; and low-emission, advanced biomass power-conversion technologies such as gasification using biomass fuels (e.g., wood, agricultural or food wastes, energy crops, biogas, biodiesel or organic refuse-derived fuel). All equipment (except hydroelectric equipment) funded in part or in whole by MTC must be new. Refurbished hydroelectric equipment with warranties and service support options comparable to new equipment may be accepted subject to MTC approval. Contact: Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Renewable Energy Trust, 75 North Drive, Westborough, MA 01581; 508-870-0312 Ext.1273; Fax: 508-898-2275;
http://www.masstech.org/renewableenergy/large_renewables.htm
 
$250,000 Loans Available for Grid-Connected Energy Systems
The Clean Energy Pre-Development Financing Initiative offers grants and loans to support the development of grid-connected renewable energy systems in New England. Eligible technologies or resources include wind energy; naturally flowing water and hydroelectric power; landfill gas; anaerobic digestion; and low-emission, advanced power-conversion technologies using eligible biomass fuel. This solicitation is not intended to support projects using waste-to-energy or ocean thermal, wave or tidal energy technologies. Two types of funding are available under this solicitation: funding for feasibility studies and funding for pre-development activities (e.g., facility design, environmental studies, permitting and similar activities). Funding for feasibility studies is available only to private non-profit organizations in the form of unsecured loans of up to $50,000. Funding for pre-development activities is available to private non-profit organizations and private for-profit corporations or partnerships and takes the form of an unsecured loan of up to $250,000 for wind and biomass projects, or up to $150,000 for other types of renewable energy projects. A minimum cost-share of 25% is required for all projects. Biomass and wind-energy projects must have a minimum capacity of three megawatts (MW); hydroelectric, digester gas, and landfill-gas projects must have a minimum capacity of 250 kilowatts (kW). Projects must be designed to lead to the development of new renewable grid-connected generating capacity for the wholesale electricity market therefore more than 50% of the renewable energy produced must be provided to the wholesale market. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The solicitation will remain open until all funds are fully allocated. Contact: Public Information - MTC, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Renewable Energy Trust, 75 North Drive, Westborough, MA 01581; 508-870-0312;
http://www.masstech.org/grants_and_awards/CE/predev_overview.htm
 
Zero Interest Loans for Commercial Energy Efficiency Improvements
Holyoke Gas & Electric Commercial Assistance Program offers a zero interest loan to its commercial customers who are making energy efficient improvements to their facilities. The applicant must obtain cost estimates from contractors before turning in the application. The payback period of the loan is flexible depending on the amount of assistance requested but cannot be more than a 5 year period. Commission approval is required for any amount over $5,000, and no more than $20,000 is available for a non-owner occupied multi-family facility. Eligible energy efficient measures include, but are not limited to: lighting improvements, installation or upgrading of gas fired boilers, furnaces, conversion burners, water heaters, and central air conditioning systems. Contact: Holyoke Gas and Electric Department, 99 Suffolk Street, Holyoke , MA 01040; 413-536-9300; 877-742-5443;
http://www.hged.com/html/incentive_programs.html - CommercialAssist
 
Rebates Offered in Partners in Energy Program
Bay State Gas Company offers its multi-family, commercial and industrial customers the Partners in Energy Program, which provides rebates for energy efficient improvements to their facilities. The Partners in Energy program will perform a free energy assessment study and provide the customer with an "offer sheet report" listing energy-saving measures that are qualified for incentives. If the customer decides to make any of the recommended improvements, Bay State Gas will help find the customer a contractor and provide the predetermined rebate. For multi-family complexes and small businesses the rebate is 50% of the project cost up to $50,000. For large businesses the rebate is 50% of the qualified cost up to $100,000 and 50% of the cost for a licensed professional engineer to perform the scoping study up to a maximum amount of $7,500. A wide variety of weatherization, heating and custom measures are available. Contatct: Bay State Gas, Partners in Energy Intake Center, 300 Friberg Parkway, Westborough, MA 01581; 800-232-0120;
http://www.baystategas.com/business/eneraudit.htm
 
Incentives in Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
Bay State Gas, as part of the GasNetworks program, also offers rebates for certain high efficiency heating equipment and other energy-saving upgrades. Eligible technologies include: water heaters; chillers; furnaces; boilers; heat pumps; heat recovery; programmable thermostats; energy mgmt. systems/building controls; building insulation; custom/others pending approval; infrared heating systems; burners; gas-fired process equipment; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and fryers. Rebates range from $25 to $1,000 depending on equipment type. The maximum incentive is $50,000 for multi-family and small business. Contact: Bay State Gas, Partners in Energy Intake Center, 300 Friberg Parkway, Westborough, MA 01581; 800-232-0120;
http://www.baystategas.com/business/eneraudit.htm
 
Rebates in Energy Efficient Lighting Program
Concord Municipal Light Plant offers its customers rebates on CFL bulbs and exit sign retrofit kits. The rebate is worth $5 per bulb or exit sign kit, and will be credited to customers' accounts. To obtain the credit, fill out the application form and mail it to CMLP along with the sales receipt and proofs of purchase. Contact: Concord Municipal Light Plant, Customer Service, PO Box 1029, 1175 Elm Street, Concord, MA 01742-1029; 978-318-3101;
http://www.concordma.gov/pages/ConcordMA_LightPlant/bulbs
Application: http://www.concordma.gov/pages/ConcordMA_LightPlant/
S00DC196C.0/LightingRebateform10-29-07.pdf
 
Rebates Available in Commercial Electric Energy Efficiency Program
National Grid (NG) offers electric energy efficiency programs for its large commercial and industrial customers and schools. The first program, Design 2000plus, is NG's construction program offers energy strategies, technical assistance and financial incentives to customers who are building new facilities, adding capacity for manufacturing, replacing failed equipment or undergoing major renovations. In addition to providing support - both technical and financial - in the energy-efficient design of new buildings, financial incentives pay up to 75% of the incremental costs for the high efficiency materials and systems. The second program, Energy Initiative, is a program for existing buildings, provides technical assistance and incentives to upgrade the performance of existing equipment and systems, Incentives are designed to pay, on average, approximately 40%-50% of the total project cost. Incentives for custom projects provide up to 45% of the total project costs. NG offers a range of related services that complement the above two energy efficiency programs and assist their large commercial customers with identifying and installing energy efficient technologies. Services include: technical assistance; turnkey services; commissioning; lamp and ballast recycling; buyers alliance; and financing. Small/Mid-Sized business customers can participate in Design2000plus, Energy Initiative or may be eligible to participate in National Grid's Small/Mid-Sized Business Program. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-322-3223;
http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/
 
$100,000 Rebates Available in Commercial Gas Energy Efficiency Program
National Grid's Commercial Energy Efficiency Program provides support services and incentives to commercial customers who install energy efficient natural gas related measures. All firm commercial and firm transportation rate customers are eligible to participate. Prescriptive rebates are available for common energy efficiency measures installed after the completion of an energy audit, including: programmable thermostats, boiler reset controls, steam trap replacements, pipe/duct insulation, building shell insulation and windows. Custom incentives are available for projects that demonstrate the use of natural gas more efficiently than industry practices and/or more efficiently than the minimum building code requirements. Incentives are available covering up to a maximum of 50% of project costs, capped at $100,000 per site and/or per project. Custom incentives are classified as either Level One or Level Two depending on size and complexity of the project. The Commercial High Efficiency Heating Program offers rebates ranging from $100 to $6,000 for various types of energy efficient space and water heating equipment. Rebates depend on equipment type and efficiency. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-322-3223;
http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/
 
Incentives for Multi-Family Electric Energy Programs
National Grid (NG) offers a variety of energy efficiency incentives for multi-family residential customers. The NG New Construction program offers incentives and technical support to help their customers who are building an Energy Star certified home. In addition, the Energy Star Rebate program offers various rebates to National Grid's multi-family residential customers for the purchase and/or installation of certain Energy Star certified equipment. Eligible equipment includes lights, washers, room air conditioners, refrigerators, central air conditioners, heat pumps, and ECM motors installed in gas furnaces. Rebates range from $2 to $300. The Massachusetts MassSAVE Program pays residential customers 50% of the cost (up to $1,500) for improvements in insulation, air sealing, and other measures. Incentives are also available to replace inefficient lighting, refrigerators and heating systems. Energy Wise is a program designed for condominiums and multifamily facilities to improve their energy efficiency. NG provides a free energy analysis, lighting system upgrades, and other electric efficiency measures. If the facility is electrically heated, it may also qualify for insulation and air sealing. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-322-3223;
http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/
 
Incentives for Multi-Family Gas Energy Programs
National Grid offers a number of programs to encourage energy efficiency amongst its multi-family residential customers. National Grid's High Efficiency Heating Rebates are offered to any multi-family residential heating customer in Massachusetts. Eligible technologies include boilers and furnaces. Rebates of up to $1,000 are available, depending on equipment type. National Grid also offers $10 rebates to residential heating customers for every ENERGY STAR® replacement window with a U-factor of .35 or less installed in their home, and $50 rebates are available for the purchase and installation of programmable thermostats. In addition, National Grid offers a rebate of up to $300 for energy efficient on-demand tankless water heaters and high efficiency in-direct water heaters. National Grid Residential Weatherization Program is for heating customers in New England. The program provides a rebate covering 20% of the cost, up to $750, for various weatherization measures, including: attic, wall, basement, crawl space, rim joist, and heating system duct insulation; attic ventilation; and air infiltration and ductwork leakage testing and sealing. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-322-3223;
http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/
 
Rebates for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses
National Grid's Small/Mid-Sized Business Program is for business customers with an average demand of 200 kilowatts or less (or 40,300 kilowatt-hours or less) per month. The program aids qualifying business customers in installing energy efficient equipment. NG provides a free energy audit and report of recommended energy efficiency improvements. If the business customer chooses to make the recommended improvements using National Grid's vendor and equipment, National Grid will pay 70% of the cost of the installation of energy efficient equipment. The remaining 30% can be paid through the customer's electric bill, at 0% interest over a maximum period of 24 months. Customers paying their 30% share in a single lump sum are provided a 15% discount. Eligible energy efficient equipment includes: lighting upgrades, energy efficient time clocks, occupancy sensors, programmable thermostats, and walk-in and reach-in cooler measures. Commercial and industrial customers who are interested in energy efficiency but who do not qualify for the Small/Mid-Sized Business program may still qualify for other rebate programs offered by National Grid. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-322-3223;
http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/
 
Incentives to $7,000 in Construction Energy Solutions Program
NSTAR customers conducting new construction projects or undertaking a major renovation project are eligible to participate in the Construction Solutions Program. NSTAR offers rebates of up to 90% of the incremental cost differential for comprehensive design and rebates up to 75% of the incremental cost differential between standard base line and high-efficiency equipment. Customers are also eligible to receive cost sharing for engineering services and design and commissioning services. Rebates are available for: Commercial Lighting; Industrial Lighting; Performance Lighting; Indirect Low-Glare Lighting; Unitary HVAC and Controls; Motors; Variable Speed Drives; and Custom projects. Contact: NSTAR Energy Efficiency Programs, One NSTAR Way, Westwood, MA 02090; 800-592-2000;
http://www.nstaronline.com/business/energy_efficiency/electric_programs/
construction_solutions.asp
 
Rebates to $10,000 Per Year in Business Lighting Program
Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) offers incentives for its business customers to install energy efficient lights and sensors in their facilities. In addition to rebates for the purchase of new energy efficient lighting equipment, RMLD also provides a per-lamp rebate for removing old fixtures. Rebates are limited to $10,000 per customer per year and in no case can the rebate exceed 100% of the total cost. Contact: Reading Municipal Light Department, Key Account Manager, PO Box 150, Reading, MA 01867; 781-944-1340;
http://www.rmld.com/comcust.htm
 
Incentives in Commercial and Industrial Efficiency Programs
Massachusetts's Unitil offers multiple energy efficiency programs for their commercial and industrial customers. The Small Business Services program offers rebates to its business customers with average monthly demands less than 100 kW for improving energy efficiency in their facilities. Unitil performs a free technical assessment of the facility and develops a comprehensive energy efficiency proposal including detailed equipment specification, project costs, energy savings analysis, and project payback. Approved measures include: high efficiency lighting, efficient motors, refrigeration and refrigeration controls, and customized projects. For all other business customers, Unitil offers the Large Business Services program. Unitil provides comprehensive engineering services including project development, detailed project costing (equipment and labor), energy savings analysis and project payback. Rebate incentives are up to 50% of project costs or a pre-approved incentive amount equal to the incremental cost of the efficient equipment above standard equipment. Approved measures include: Premium efficiency motors, lighting and lighting controls, HVAC and building shell measures, and process improvements. Unitil, as a member of GasNetworks, also offers the high efficiency heating equipment rebates program. This program offers commercial and industrial customers rebates from $25 to $1000 for the installation of qualified high-efficiency gas-fired space and water heating equipment. Eligible equipment includes furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. Contact: Unitil, Customer Service, 285 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA 01420; 888-301-7700; 603-773-6458;
http://services.unitil.com/fge/bus_energy_efficiency_programs.asp
 
Massachusetts Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Massachusetts are:
  • Biodiesel Blend Mandate
  • Hybrid Electric (HEV) Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Requirements
  • Cellulosic Biofuel Tax Exemption
  • Biofuels Incentives Study
  • Biofuels Use and Promotion Study
  • State Agency Energy Plan
  • State Agency Alternative Fuel Use Requirement
  • Idle Reduction Requirement
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Requirement
  • Deregulation of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a Motor Fuel
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Massachusetts, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/MA
or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-4726 Fax: 412-386-5835 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition; 617-626-7338; Fax: 617-727-0093
 
Michigan Energy Programs for Business
 
Rebates up to $10,000 for Renewable Energy Systems
Rebates for renewable-energy systems are available to small commercial customers of all Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. utilities including these Michigan utilities: Alger Delta CEA, Baraga Electric Utility, Gladstone Power & Light, L'Anse Electric Utility, Negaunee Electric Department, and Norway Power & Light. Customers must reside in the service territory of the participating utility and the system must be installed on the customer's property. The renewable energy techonologies are: solar water heat, solar space heat, photovoltaics, and wind. The incentive amounts are: solar-thermal systems $25-$30/sq. foot of collector area; PV systems $2-$3/kWh; wind-energy systems 25% of project cost; site assessments 75% of fee; and repairs to existing systems 50% of project cost. Maximum incentives are solar-thermal systems $3,500; PV systems $10,000; wind-energy systems $10,000; site assessments $375; and repairs to existing systems $2,500. Contact: Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. (WPPI), 1425 Corporate Center Drive Sun Prairie, WI 53590-9109; 608-837-2653; 800-255-9774; Fax: 608-837-0274;
http://www.wppisys.org/
 
Specialty License Available to Experienced Solar Equipment Installers
Michigan offers a solar heating contractor specialty license to individuals who have at least three years of experience installing solar equipment under the direction of a licensed solar contractor and have passed the state examination. Contact the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Mechanical Division to apply. Note: Contractors licensed in HVAC systems are able to work on solar thermal systems without the need for a specialty license. Contact: Public Information - DLEG Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Mechanical Division, 611 W. Ottawa, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909; 517-241-6228; Fax: (517) 241-6229;
http://www.michigan.gov/cis/0,1607,7-154-10575_33813_33819-45140--,00.html
 
Non-refundable Tax Credits Available
Businesses certified by the NextEnergy Authority that locate in the NextEnergy Zone may claim a non-refundable credit for the tax year equal to the lesser of the amount by which a business's "tax liability attributable to qualified business activity" for the tax year exceeds the business's "baseline tax liability attributable to qualified business activity"; or 10% of the amount by which the business's "adjusted qualified business activity" performed in Michigan. Eligible renewable technologies include: solar water heat, solar space heat, solar thermal process heat, photovoltaics, wind, renewable transportation fuels, fuel cells, CHP/Cogeneration, miniturbines, Stirling engines, and microturbines. Contact: Public Information - MEDC, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 300 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48913; 888-522-0103;
http://medc.michigan.org/
 
Refundable Payroll Credits on Offer
Businesses certified by the NextEnergy Authority that locate in the NextEnergy Zone to develop alternative energy technologies as defined by the Michigan Next Energy Authority Act, may claim a credit for the their qualified payroll amount. If the credit exceeds the tax liability of the business for the tax year, the portion of the credit exceeding the tax liability will be refunded. Eligible renewable technologies include: solar water heat, solar space heat, solar thermal process heat, photovoltaics, wind, renewable transportation fuels, renewable fuel vehicles, fuel cells, CHP/Cogeneration, miniturbines, Stirling engines, and microturbines. Contact: Public Information - MEDC, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 300 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48913; 888-522-0103;
http://medc.michigan.org/
 
Alternative Energy Personal Property Tax Exemption
The Michigan Next Energy Authority Act has created a property tax exemption designed to promote the development, commercialization, and manufacturing of a broad range of alternative energy technologies within the NextEnergy Zone. The NextEnergy Zone is located in Detroit at Wayne State University Research and Technology Park. Property exempt from personal property tax includes: alternative energy systems less than 2 megawatts, or integrated combinations of alternative energy systems of no more than 10 megawatts; alternative energy vehicles; the personal property of an alternative energy technology business; and the personal property of a business not engaged in alternative-energy technology that is used solely for the purpose of researching, developing or manufacturing alternative energy technologies. Alternative energy systems include: fuel cells, PV, solar thermal heating and cooling, wind energy, CHP, microturbines, miniturbines, Stirling engines, electricity storage systems, and clean fuel energy systems powered by methane, natural gas, methanol, ethanol, or hydrogen. The exemption applies to companies engaged in the manufacturing or research and development of alternative energy technologies and non-residential alternative technology owners. The exemption does not include real property, such as land and buildings. Contact: Public Information - MEDC, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 300 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48913; 888-522-0103;
http://www.michigan.org/medc/ttc/Alternative.Energy/Financial.Incentives
 
Grants Available in Biomass Energy Program
The Michigan Biomass Energy Program (MBEP) provides funding for school and non-profit bioenergy and biofuels projects on a regular basis. Funding categories typically include biofuels and bioenergy education, biofuels infrastructure, and biomass technology development and demonstrations. Grant award amounts vary. The most recent grant solicitation seeks to obtain proposals for projects that contribute to the deployment of fully commercialized biomass energy technologies. MBEP anticipates awarding multiple grants of up to $24,950 per project, which must be matched with cash or in-kind services on at least a 1:1 basis (higher ratios are encouraged) by project applicants. Contact: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Energy Office, 611 W. Ottawa, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909; 517-241-6228; Fax: 517-241-6229;
http://www.michigan.gov/biomass
 
Grants for Schools and Non-Profits Available for Energy Projects
On an annual basis, usually in June, the Michigan Energy Office solicits proposals for community education programs to help consumers better understand energy efficiency and renewable-energy options. Community Energy Project Grants are available to public entities and non-profit organizations. Projects eligible for the 2008-2009 round of grants include renewable energy, building energy efficiency, and transportation energy efficiency. The maximum individual award is typically $6,000 and the Michigan Energy Office expects to award approximately 15 grants under the current funding cycle. Contact: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Energy Office, 611 W. Ottawa, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909; 517-241-6228; Fax: 517-241-6229;
http://www.michigan.gov/dleg/0,1607,7-154-25676---,00.html
 
Energy Efficiency Grants for Businesses, Schools and Non-Profits
The Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) energy-efficiency grant program supports the implementation of energy-efficiency projects and renewable-energy projects in the state. Businesses, non-profit organizations and schools are eligible to apply. Additional restrictions may also apply depending on the specifics of individual Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Renewable-energy projects supported include solar, wind, anaerobic digesters, fuel cells and biofuel applications. The PSC issues periodic RFPs in three categories: energy efficiency for low-income clients; energy financial assistance to low-income clients; and energy efficiency for all customer classes. Interested applicants should review currently available requests for proposals to ensure they qualify before contacting the PSC for additional information. Contact: Michigan Public Service Commission Motor Carrier, Energy Grants, and Information Division, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909; 517-241-6140;
http://www.michigan.gov/lieefund
 
Large Scale Photovoltaic Demonstration Project Grants
The Michigan Energy Office in the Department of Labor and Economic Growth offers an annual grant solicitation for photovoltaic projects, usually early in the calendar year. Two or three projects are funded each year. The grants pay up to 90% of photovoltaic equipment costs up to $50,000. Educational activities are required but not covered by the grant. The grant does not pay labor costs for installation and is available only to public agencies and non-profit organizations. Contact: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Energy Office, 611 W. Ottawa, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909; 517-241-6224; Fax: 517-241-6229;
http://www.michigan.gov/dleg/0,1607,7-154-25676-182135--,00.html
 
Michigan Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentive
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Michigan are:
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research and Development Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Research and Development Tax Exemption
  • Alternative Fuel Fueling Infrastructure Grants
  • Reduced Biofuels Tax
  • Alternative Fuel Development Property Tax Exemption
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Emissions Inspection Exemption
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Michigan, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/MI
or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 304-285-4535 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Ann Arbor Clean Cities Coalition; 734 717-1455
 
Minnesota Energy Programs for Business
 
Production Incentive for Photovoltaic Solar Arrays
Austin Public Utility's Solar Choice program encourages customers to install photovoltaic solar arrays and connect them to their utilities' electrical distribution system by offering an incentive payment based on the system's production on a $/kWh basis. Maximum incentive is $1.00/kWh and the maximum generation project that may be interconnected with the distribution system is 40 kW. Solar Choice is not for customers who want to install renewable energy sources for back-up power generation at their home or business. Contact: Austin Public Utilities, 400 4th St NE, Austin, MN 55912; 507-437-0855;
http://www.austinutilities.com/pages/environment_solarChoice.asp
 
$4000 Incentive in Solar-Electric Rebate Program
Great River Energy (GRE) member cooperative utilities offer a rebate of $2,000 per kilowatt for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, with a maximum award of $4,000 per customer. This program, which is available to member utilities' commercial and industrial customers, began in September 2005 and is subject to availability of funding. GRE's rebate for PV systems may be combined with the state's solar-electric rebate, which also offers $2,000 per kilowatt for installed PV systems. Please note that the Minnesota Solar Electric Rebate Program is fully reserved. The Office of Energy Security (OES) will continue to accept applications to be placed on a waiting list pending additional funding and will notify applicants if additional funding becomes available. Contact: Great River Energy, 17845 East Highway 10, Elk River, MN 55330; 763-241-2447; 763-441-3121; Fax: 763-241-2366;
http://www.greatriverenergy.com/environment/gre_solar_fact_sheet.pdf
 
$10,000 Loans to Make Energy Efficient Home Improvements
The Home Energy Loan Program is a statewide program of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency administered by the Center for Energy and Environment Financial Resources. It offers loans up to $10,000 at 6.25% APR with a maximum term of 5 years, secured through a mortgage, to homeowners who want to make energy improvements to their properties. Eligible improvements include water heaters, furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, building insulation, windows, and doors. Custom improvements may eligible as well as determined by the program administrator. The property should be single-family (1-4 units) residential, but up to 49% of the residence can be used for business. Contact: Center for Energy and Environment, 212 3rd Ave North, Suite 560, Minneapolis, MN 55401; 612-335-5885; 612-335-5884; Fax: 612- 335-5888;
http://www.mncee.org/programs_residential/home_improvement_financing/
home_energy_loan_program/index.php
 
Loans to $10,000 for Energy Conservation Improvements
The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program provides low interest financing for making energy conservation and other basic improvements to residential rental properties located in participating Minnesota communities. The maximum loan amount is $25,000 for two unit structures and for multi-family structures is the lesser of $10,000/unit or $100,000/structure. The terms are a 6% interest rate with loans up to 15 years. Loans exceeding $5,000 are evaluated on the basis of the building's revenues which must show a positive cash flow after rehabilitation. Loans of $5,000 or less may be evaluated on the basis of the borrower's personal credit/financial status. A mortgage is required on loans exceeding $5,000. To be eligible for the loan, the structure must require improvement to meet State Energy Conservation Standards for Rental Housing. Mixed-use (commercial/residential) structures are eligible if more than 50% of the building's total floor area is devoted to residential use, and if the improvements will primarily benefit the residential portion. Contact: Center for Energy and Environment, 212 3rd Ave North, Suite 560, Minneapolis, MN 55401; 612-335-5885; 612-335-5884; Fax: (612) 335-5888;
http://www.mncee.org/programs_residential/rental_rehab_financing/
mhfa_rental_rehab_pogram/index.php
 
Up to $20,000 Available in Solar-Electric Rebate Program
Minnesota Power offers a rebate of $2,000 per kilowatt-DC for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, with a maximum award of $4,000 per customer. This program, which is available to the utility's commercial and industrial customers, began in February 2004 and is subject to availability of funding. Minnesota Power's rebate for PV systems must be combined with the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program, which also offers $2,000 per kilowatt (up to $20,000). Systems must be installed on or before December 31, 2008, and must meet the installation completion timeline established by the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program. The minimum system capacity is 1 kW, the maximum rebated capacity is 2 kW. (Systems may be larger, but the incentive is paid only on the first 2 kW.) Contact: Minnesota Power, 30 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802; 218-722-5642 Ext.2843; Fax: (218) 720-2795;
http://www.nmnrenewables.org/incentives/minnesota_power/index.shtml
 
$5000 in Energy Efficient Incentives
New Ulm Public Utilities (NUPU) offers incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to install energy-efficient equipment in their facilities. Equipment eligible for rebates include programmable thermostats, Energy Star appliances, boilers, furnaces, central A/C units, room A/C units, lighting, and furnace cleanings. The maximum incentive is $2000 for lighting for small/large commercial customers, $5000 for industrial customers. In addition to equipment rebates, NUPU offers an opportunity for their customers to increase their energy efficiency through their ReLeaf Tree Reimbursement Program. NUPU will reimburse their customers 2/3 of the cost of eligible trees up to a maximum of $75 per tree, provided the trees are planted in an area that will provide adequate shade to the building. Contact: New Ulm Public Utilities, Attn: Rebates, 301 1st North Street, New Ulm, MN 56073; 507-359-8228;
http://www.ci.new-ulm.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B743A5650
-3018-4B6E-B7B0-662834287912%7D
 
$100,000 Loans for Purchase of New Electric Technologies
Otter Tail Power Company's DollarSmart Financing Program offers up to $100,000 loans to its business customers. Customers may use the 7.9% Competitive Rate Plan to finance purchases of new electric technologies including electric heating applications, complete dual fuel systems, electric cooling applications, motor ASDs/VSDs, duct/air sealing, farm building rewiring, and new electric water heaters. As part of Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Program, qualifying Minnesota customers are eligible for the 2.9% Energy Efficiency plan to help pay for Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) qualified energy-saving technologies. Otter Tail Power Company, PO Box 496, 215 S Cascade Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0496; 218-739-8200; 800-257-4044;
http://www.otpco.com/ProductsServices/Financing.asp
 
$10,000 Rebates for High Efficiency Electric Applications
Otter Tail Power Company Rebate Program offers rebates to all qualifying customers for the installation of high-efficiency electric heating applications. Under Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Plan (CIP), Minnesota customers are eligible for additional rebates, including commercial refrigeration, commercial cooking, commercial and industrial lighting, motors, and heat pumps. Maximum incentives are $10,000 for thermal storage technologies and $5000 for water heating. Contact: Otter Tail Power Company, Customer Service, PO Box 496, 215 S Cascade Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56538; 800-257-4044;
http://www.otpco.com/SaveEnergyMoney/Rebates.asp
 
$10,000 Loan to Increase Energy Efficiency
The Rental Energy Loan Fund provides financial assistance to owners of residential rental properties to increase the energy efficiency of their buildings. Eligible efficient technologies are: water heaters, lighting, building insulation, heating systems, windows, doors, and comprehensive measures/whole building. It is not restricted to low-income owners, and covers a wide range of efficiency improvements for a property. Borrowers must have at least one-third interest in the property, or be purchasing it through a mortgage or contract for deed. The property must contain at least one rental dwelling unit and have been built prior to May 1, 1989. The maximum loan under this program is $10,000 and the maximum term is 5 years. The interest rate on all loans is 4.0% and there are no penalties for prepayment. Contact: Center for Energy and Environment, 212 3rd Ave North, Suite 560, Minneapolis, MN 55401; 612-335-5885; 612-335-5884 Fax: (612) 335-5888;
http://www.mncee.org/programs_residential/rental_rehab_financing/
rental_energy_loan_fund/index.php
 
Up to $10,000 in Solar Hot Water Rebate Program
The Minnesota Office of Energy Security (OES) offers rebates for multi-family residential solar hot water heaters installed on the property of state residents. The rebates are available at different levels for both new systems and for repairs of inoperable systems. Systems that combine solar space heating with solar water heating are eligible for the program, but only the portion of the system devoted to solar water heating is eligible for a rebate. The limitations set on each category of rebate are: Multi-family 2-3 units: lesser of 25% of system cost or $4,000 for new systems, 50% or $2,000 for system repairs; and Multi-family 4+ units: lesser of 25% of system cost or $10,000 for new systems, 50% or $3,000 for system repairs. Contact: Energy Information Center; Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Division, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198; 651-296-5175; Fax: 651-297-7891;
http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/content.do?subchannel=-536881511&programid=
536885396&sc3=null&sc2=null&id=-536881350&agency=Commerce
 
100% Sales Tax Exemption on Solar Energy Systems
In Minnesota, solar-energy systems purchased on or after August 1, 2005, are exempt from the state's sales tax. This exemption applies to solar electric (PV) systems, solar water-heating systems and solar space-heating systems. All components of these systems are exempt, including panels, wiring, pipes, pumps and racks. Contact: Energy Information Center, Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Division, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198; 651-296-5175; Fax: (651) 297-7891;
http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/content.do?id=-536881350&subchannel=
-536881511&sc2=null&sc3=null&contentid=536885915&contenttype=EDITORIAL&programid=
536885394&agency=Commerce
 
$22,500 Incentive Available in Solar-Electric Program
The Minnesota Office of Energy Security (OES) administers a solar-electric (PV) rebate program to buy down the up-front costs of grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems. The incentive is $2.25 per watt for installations with a cap of 10 kW or $22,500. However, larger systems are eligible on a case-by-case basis. Please note: The Minnesota Solar-Electric Rebate Program is fully reserved. The Minnesota Office of Energy Security (OES) will continue to accept applications to be placed on a waiting list pending additional funding and will notify applicants if additional funding becomes available. Funding is still available for the Minnesota Solar Hot Water Rebate Program. Contact: Energy Information Center, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Division, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198; 651-296-5175; Fax: (651) 297-7891;
http://www.state.mn.us/mn/externalDocs/Commerce/Solar_Electric_Rebate_
Program_110802025911_RebateInstructions.pdf
or http://www.commerce.state.mn.us/
 
Rebates for Purchasing Energy Star Appliances
In order to encourage energy efficiency among its customers, Wild Rice Electric Cooperative offers rebates for the purchase of qualifying Energy Star appliances. The following appliances are available for rebates under this program: refrigerator, clothes washer, central air conditioning, air source heat pump, compact fluorescent lights, and water heater. Maximum incentive is $200 for an air source heat pump. Contact: Member Services, Wild Rice Electric, 502 North Main, Mahnomen, MN 56557; 218-935-2517; 800-244-5709; Fax: (218) 935-2519;
http://www.wildriceelectric.com/
 
Property Tax Exemption for Wind and Solar-Electric Systems
Minnesota excludes the value added by solar-electric (PV) systems from real property taxation, and all real and personal property of wind-energy systems is exempt from the state's property tax. However, the land on which a PV or wind system is located remains taxable. In lieu of a property tax on large wind-energy systems, a production tax was implemented in 2002. Wind systems greater than 12 MW are taxed at a rate of 0.12 cents/kWh; systems between 2 MW and 12 MW are taxed at a rate of 0.036 cents/kWh; and systems between 250 kW and 2 MW are taxed at a rate of 0.012 cents/kWh. Wind systems under 250 kW are exempt from the production tax, as are systems with a capacity of 2 MW or less that are owned by political subdivisions. Contact: Energy Information Center, Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Division, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198; 651-296-5175; Fax: (651) 297-7891;
http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/content.do?id=-536881350&subchannel=
-536881511&sc2=null&sc3=null&contentid=536885915&contenttype=EDITORIAL&programid
=536885394&agency=Commerce
 
Sales Tax Exemption for Wind-Energy Conversion Systems
Wind-energy conversion systems used as electric-power sources are exempt from Minnesota's sales tax. Materials used to manufacture, install, construct, repair or replace wind-energy systems also are exempt from the state sales tax. A "wind energy conversion system" (WECS) is defined as any device, such as a wind charger, wind mill or wind turbine, that converts wind energy to a form of usable energy. Contact: Energy Information Center, Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Division, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198; 651-296-5175; Fax: (651) 297-7891;
http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/content.do?id=-536881350&subchannel=
-536881511&contentid=536885915&contenttype=EDITORIAL&programid=536885394&sp2
=y&agency=Commerce
 
Grants for Renewable Energy Technologies
The Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund (RDF) provides grants periodically through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Renewable-energy technologies eligible for funding solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, CHP/Cogeneration, hydrogen, anaerobic digestion, renewable fuels, fuel cells using renewable fuels. Funding is generally split between new development projects that result in the production of renewable energy, and research and development. Wind energy production projects were not eligible for funding under the third and most recent grant cycle and will likely remain so under future cycles. However, wind remains generally eligible for projects not engaged in energy production. Contact: Xcel Energy, 414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993; 800-895-4999; Fax: 612-330-7601;
http://www.xcelenergy.com/rdf/
 
Incentives for Renewable Energy Production
Supported by the state's Renewable Development Fund, Minnesota offers a payment of 1.0¢ to 1.5¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity generated by hydro facilities and on-farm anaerobic manure methane digesters. This incentive is available to hydro facilities located at the site of a dam, if the dam was in existence as of March 31, 1994, and begins generating electricity after July 1, 1994 or generates electricity after substantial refurbishing of a facility that begins after July 1, 2001. In order to receive payments, qualifying hydro facilities must begin operation by December 31, 2011. In May 2007, the REPI was amended to make the actual gas produced by on farm anaerobic digesters eligible to receive the incentive beginning July 1, 2007. Minnesota also issues a payment of 1.0¢ to 1.5¢/kWh for electricity generated by new wind-energy projects less than two megawatts (MW) in capacity. As of May 2006, 211 MW were operating and receiving incentive payments. Contact: Energy Information Center, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Division 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198; 651-296-5175; Fax: 651-297-7891;
http://www.state.mn.us/cgi-bin/portal/mn/jsp/content.do?id=
-536881350&subchannel=-536881511&sc2=null&sc3=null&contentid=536885915&contenttype=
EDITORIAL&programid=536885394&agency=Commerce
 
Low Interest Loans Available in Agricultural Improvement Program
This low-interest loan program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture through the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA), provides loans to farmers for improvements or additions to permanent agricultural facilities. In 1995, wind-energy systems with a maximum capacity of 1 megawatt (MW) became eligible for the program. Like Minnesota's Stock Loan Program, this is a "participation loan," where loans are made by individual financial institutions working with the RFA. RFA participation is limited to 45% of the principal amount of the loan or $200,000, whichever is less. As of September 2008 the interest rate offered by the RFA was 5.5%. Terms for the remainder of the loan are negotiated between the participant and the lender. The borrower must be a Minnesota resident, a Minnesota domestic family-farm corporation or a family-farm partnership. The borrower (or one of the borrowers) must be the principal operator of the farm. Contact: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Rural Finance Authority, 90 West Plato Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55107-2094; 651-201-6666; Fax: 651-296-9388;
http://www.mda.state.mn.us/AgFinance/improvement.html
 
Loans to Install Anaerobic Digesters
The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture Methane Digester Loan Program helps livestock producers install anaerobic digesters on their farms by providing zero-interest loans to eligible borrowers. The loan program is part of the Rural Finance Authority (RFA) revolving loan fund through which farmers can receive financial aid for many different farming related activities and improvements. The general eligibility requirements permits loans only to Minnesota residents, domestic family-farm corporations, and family-farm partnerships. Additionally, to be eligible for a Methane Digester Loan, a borrower must: locate the projects and utilize the equipment and practices on land located in Minnesota; provide evidence of financial stability; demonstrate an ability to repay the loan; provide evidence that the practices implemented and capital assets purchased will be properly managed and maintained; and not have previously received a loan under this program. Within the Methane Digester Loan Program, the RFA may make a direct loan to the borrower or act as a participant in the loan with an eligible lender. State participation is limited to 45% of the loan principal in the case of participation loans and may not exceed $250,000 for either participation or direct loans. The loan term is limited to a maximum of 10 years and repayment terms for the RFA's participation interest may differ from those of the outside lender. Loans can be used as a match for federal loans and grants, but may not be used to refinance a debt existing prior to the application. Contact: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Rural Finance Authority, 90 West Plato Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55107-2094; 651-201-6666; Fax: 651-296-9388;
http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/loans/digester.htm
 
Loans to $100,000 for Wind Energy
The purpose of the Rural Wind Energy Revolving Loan is to assist the funding of wind energy feasibility and transmission interconnection studies for community-based energy developments (C-BEDs). The program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security in cooperation with the Southwest Initiative Foundation. It will provide loans of up to $100,000 per project with an annual interest rate of 1.5%. Loans must be paid back within 30 days of a project beginning commercial operation or within two years of the date the loan is issued, whichever is sooner. To be eligible for a loan, a project must be owned and structured according to C-BED criteria. Qualifying owners can be - a Minnesota resident; a limited liability company that is made up of members who are Minnesota residents; a Minnesota non-profit organization; a Minnesota cooperative association including a rural electric cooperative association or a generation and transmission cooperative on behalf of and at the request of a member distribution utility; a Minnesota political subdivision or local government including, but not limited to, a municipal electric utility or a municipal power agency on behalf of and at the request of a member distribution utility, a county, statutory or home rule charter city, town, school district, or public or private higher education institution or any other local or regional governmental organization such as a board, commission, or association; or a tribal council. Prior to receiving a loan, project owners must also first complete an interconnection feasibility study that indicates the project can be interconnected with system upgrades of less than 10% of the estimated project cost and must either obtain a power purchase agreement (PPA) with an electric utility or supply proof of serious consideration of such an agreement. Contact: Wind Loan Program, Southwest Initiative Foundation, 15 3rd Avenue NW, Hutchinson, MN 55350; 800-594-9480; Fax: 320-587-3838;
http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/content.do?subchannel=-536881511&programid=
536902421&id=-536881350&agency=Commerce&sp2=y
 
Loans Available in Value-Added Stock Participation Program
This low-interest loan program is designed to help farmers finance the purchase of stock in certain types of cooperative, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership. This may include wind energy and anaerobic-digestion cooperatives if they meet the eligibility requirements. Under current rules, the maximum size of an individual project supported by a wind-energy cooperative is 1 megawatt (MW). Like Minnesota's Agricultural Improvement Loan Program, this is a "participation loan" program, whereby loans are made by individual financial institutions working with the Rural Finance Authority (RFA). The RFA purchases up to 45% of the loan. The participant negotiates an interest rate, which may be a variable or fixed rate, for the non-RFA portion of the loan with a lender. The interest rate offered by the RFA is then set at a fixed rate of the lesser of 4.0% or half the lender's effective rate at closing. This program is funded through a revolving account. The program will not finance more than 95% of the price of the stock purchased by the participant. To qualify, an applicant may not have a total net worth exceeding $398,000 (as of 2008, indexed for inflation), including the assets and liabilities of the applicant's spouse and dependents. Contact: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Rural Finance Authority, 90 West Plato Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55107-2094; 651-201-6666; Fax: 651-296-9388;
http://www.mda.state.mn.us/AgFinance/stockloan.html
 
Grants for Installation of Energy Efficient Products
Dakota Electric's Custom Energy Grant Program is offered for any commercial, industrial or agricultural customer who installs qualifying energy-efficient products that exceed conventional models and result in a reduction of electric use, when a specific rebate program is not currently available. Any energy conservation measure is eligible for funding as long as it meets or exceeds current city, state or federal energy code requirements and the benefit cost ratio (BCR) is equal to or greater than 2.00. Dakota Electric will conduct an inspection of the project site prior to approval, and grant applications must earn pre-approval from Dakota Electric before any work begins. Contact: Energy Experts, Dakota Electric Service, 4300 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024; 651-463-6243; 800-874-3409;
http://www.dakotaelectric.com/cirebate.asp
 
Up to $50,000 in Power Grant Program
Minnesota Power Grant Program offers grants of up to $50,000 to its commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers who use innovative technologies, improve manufacturing processes, undertake renewable electric energy projects or who need project design assistance. Eligible projects include renewable energy products, new electro-technologies that lower energy costs per unit of production in a manufacturing process, innovative technologies that are new and underutilized in the regional marketplace, and the inclusion of energy-efficient options in the design phase of a project. Grants are ranked and awarded based on least grant cost per kW (annually) and/or kWh (lifetime). Design assistance grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis. All improvements qualify for a $200/kW rebate, and the maximum annual grant will be determined by the customer's average billing demand based on the following schedule: Customer Demand Maximum Rebates(s): 0 to 100 kW $10,000; 101 to 300 kW $25,000; over 300 kW $50,000. Customers may submit as many grant requests as they wish but will receive only one grant in each one-year period. Contact: Customer Service - MN Power, Minnesota Power, 30 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802; 800-228-4966 Ext.2909; 218-722-5642;
http://www.mnpower.com/powergrant/grants.htm
 
Grants for Custom Energy Efficiency Projects
Otter Tail Power Company Grants for Conservation Program allows its commercial and industrial customers to submit energy-saving proposals and receive grants for their custom efficiency projects. Possibilities include but are not limited to: changing air compressors; changing compressed air system; adding chiller equipment; adding variable-frequency drives; making process improvements; installing heat pumps and MVRs; improving lighting; improving motors; and improving refrigeration. Contact: Otter Tail Power Company, Customer Service, PO Box 496, 215 S Cascade Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56538; 800-257-4044;
http://www.otpco.com/saveenergymoney/grantsCIP.asp
 
Energy Efficiency Grants on Offer
Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association has three grant programs their commercial customers can apply for. The Electric Motor Grant is available to Wright-Hennepin customers who have had an electric motor retrofit or upgrade. It is based on reduced electric consumption or reduced horsepower usage. The second, a Custom Grant, is based on reduced electric usage; these offer money-saving options for Wright-Hennepin customers with unique efficiency-improving strategies. The third is the High Efficiency Grant, which is available to Wright-Hennepin members who have installed new refrigeration and air conditioning systems that meet certain high efficiency requirements. Contact: Customer Service, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, PO Box 330, Rockford, MN 55373-0330; 763-477-3000; 800-943-2667;
http://www.whe.org/commercial/info_Efficiency_grant.asp
 
Low Interest Loans for Energy Conservation
Dakota Electric, in association with Anchor Bank, provides low-interest loans to help its commercial and industrial customers finance projects that will improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. The minimum loan amount is $20,000, and the standard maximum is $100,000. However, loans over $100,000 may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In addition to completing an application, interested customers must also supply Dakota Electric/Anchor Bank with a copy of the last two fiscal year-end federal tax returns for the business, including all schedules and attachments, as well as a completed personal financial statement for each stockholder who owns 20% or more of the company. Contact: Energy Experts, Dakota Electric Service, 4300 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024; 651-463-6243; 800-874-3409; http://www.dakotaelectric.com/ciloan.asp or Anchor Bank, 324 Oak Street, Farmington, MN 55024; 651-463-1531; Fax: 651463-7163;
http://www.anchorlink.com/
 
Energy Incentives for Commercial and Industrial Customers
Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) offers the Bright Energy Solutions portfolio of energy efficient incentives to its commercial and industrial customers. Rebates for qualified, energy-efficient lighting, water heaters, coolers/chillers, and motor/VFDs are provided in order to assist customers in lowering costs and operate more efficiently. Lighting rebates vary according to type of pre-qualified equipment. Incentive amounts are: lighting $300 per kilowatt of demand reduction; motors $3/HP; variable speed drives $20/HP; and water heaters (50 gallon) $200; 80 gallon or larger $350. Contact: Rebate Programs, Alexandria Light and Power 316 Fillmore, PO Box 609, Alexandria, MN 56308; 320-763-6501; Fax: 320-762-1411;
http://www.alputilities.com/for_business/eservices.cfm
 
Rebates for High Efficiency Equipment
Alliant Energy-Interstate Power & Light offers rebates for high efficiency equipment for commercial customers. Eligible technologies are: heating and cooling equipment - rebates are available for eligible high efficiency furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, water heaters and programmable thermostats; lighting - rebates are available for high efficiency lightbulbs, fixtures and occupancy sensors. In addition to a $2 incentive for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), lighting fixtures and signage are also eligible for rebates, ranging from $10 to $15 per fixture; replacement windows - windows that are rated for the Northern Climate and have a U-Factor of .35 or less are eligible for incentives of $20 per window; and variable speed drives - rebates are available for new and replacement variable speed drives and associated equipment. Contact: Alliant Energy-IP&L, 4902 North Biltmore Lane, P.O. Box 77007, Madison, WI 53707-1007; 800-255-4268; Fax: 608-314-8938;
http://www.alliantenergy.com/docs/groups/public/documents/pub/p014532.hcsp
 
Incentives for Power Efficient Farm Equipment
Alliant Energy offers prescriptive rebates for a variety of energy efficient products for agricultural customers. These incentives are applicable for: automatic milker takeoffs; heat reclaimers; lighting; ventilation systems; livestock waterers, low pressure irrigation systems, milk precoolers; and tractor heater timers. Each of these specified technologies has associated rebate amounts. In addition to these incentives, Alliant Energy offers a Farm Energy Audit. Customers that install technologies suggested by the energy audit are eligible for rebates. Contact: Alliant Energy-IP&L, 4902 North Biltmore Lane, P.O. Box 77007, Madison, WI 53707-1007; 866-255-4268; Fax: 608-314-8938;
http://alliantenergy.com/docs/groups/public/documents/pub/p014704.hcsp
 
Rebates in Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program
Austin Utilities offers incentives to its commercial and industrial customers for installing energy-efficient equipment. Rebates are available for lighting equipment, HVAC equipment, motors, variable speed drives, geothermal heat pumps, air-source heat pumps, custom gas measures, and custom electric measures. Maximum incentives are: electric measures $50,000 per customer location, per technology, per year; custom gas measures $1,500 per commercial location per year, $5,000 per industrial location per year. Applications must be submitted and approved before the new equipment is installed. Rebates are available until funds are exhausted for the calendar year. Contact: Customer Service, Austin Public Utilities, 400 4th St NE, Austin, MN 55912-3495; 507-433-8886; Fax: 507-433-5045;
http://www.austinutilities.com/pages/business_conserve.asp
 
Incentives to $50,000 for Commercial and Industrial Customers
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency that generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities. With help from SMMPA, Blooming Prairie Public Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings which must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Blooming Prairie Public Utilities, PO Box 55, 146 Third Avenue SE, Blooming Prairie, MN 55917; 507-583-6683;
http://www.saveenergyinbloomingprairie.com/
 
Incentives for Installation of Energy Efficient Motors and Lighting
North St Paul Electric Utility offers an incentive for its commercial and industrial customers to install premium-efficiency motors and energy efficient lighting fixtures. New motors will receive a $5/HP rebate and upgraded motors will receive a $16.50/HP rebate. Commercial lighting rebates vary by type of fixture. Customers must apply for rebate within one year of purchasing equipment. The purchase date is the date shown on the customer's invoice. Contact: Utility Billing, North St Paul Electric Utility, 2400 Margaret Street N, North St. Paul, MN 55109; 651-747-2413; 651-747-2400;
http://www.ci.north-saint-paul.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=
%7BF5C1E5FE-1ADD-49AF-ACD8-59C3FB4192FF%7D
 
Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebates Available
Connexus Energy is offering business customers rebates to encourage the purchase and installation of energy efficient products. Business customers are eligible for a free energy audit and rebates on compressed air efficiency evaluations. In addition, customers may apply for rebates on qualifying technologies, including: high efficiency lighting; geothermal heat pumps; chillers and air conditioners; adjustable speed drives; motor systems; beverage machine controllers; LED traffic signals; and agricultural ventilation. Custom incentives are also available; customers should contact Connexus Energy to talk with a representative on receiving a custom rebate for an energy efficient technology in their business. Contact: Program Manger - CE, Connexus Energy, Custom Solutions, 14601 Ramsey Boulevard NW, Ramsey, MN 55303; 763-323-2712; 763-323-2600; Fax: 763-323-2603;
http://www.connexusenergy.com/busrebates.htm
 
$100,000 Incentive to Increase Energy Efficiency of Your Business
Dakota Electric Association provides financial incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for qualifying adjustable speed drives, HVAC equipment, lighting retrofits, lighting in new buildings, motors, vending machine controls, agricultural equipment, and heat pumps. Rebates are limited to 50% of the project cost up to a maximum of $100,000. Customers who wish to participate in this rebate program should call Dakota Electric Association before the new equipment is purchased to be sure there is still funding available. Contact: Energy Experts, Dakota Electric Service, 4300 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024; 651-463-6243; 800-874-3409;
http://www.dakotaelectric.com/cirebate.asp
 
Rebates to $50,000 for Power Efficiency Improvements
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Fairmont Public Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Fairmont Public Utilities, PO Box 751, 100 Downtown Plaza, Fairmont, MN 56031-0751; 507-238-9461;
http://www.saveenergyinfairmont.com/
 
Incentives to Improve Power Efficiency in Your Business
With Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Grand Marais PUC provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Grand Marais PUC, PO Box 1398, Grand Marais, MN 55604-1398; 218-387-1848;
http://www.saveenergyingrandmarais.com/
 
Rebates for Energy Efficient Equipment
With the help of Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Lake City Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Lake City Utilities, PO Box 465, 205 West Center Street, Lake City, MN 55041-0465; 651-345-4711;
http://www.saveenergyinlakecity.com/
 
$50,000 in Rebates to Commercial and Industrial Customers
Utilising help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Litchfield Public Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Litchfield Public Utilities, PO Box 521, 126 N. Marshall Avenue, Litchfield, MN 55355-0521; 320-693-3277;
http://www.saveenergyinlitchfield.com/
 
Incentives to Install Energy Star Lighting and Heating
Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) offers incentives for its commercial customers that covers installation of ENERGY STAR® lighting, ENERGY STAR® heating and cooling equipment, and custom measures. Customers seeking rebates for heating and cooling equipment must also install MMU's Load Management receiver (ELF) in order to qualify. The Custom Rebate Program is available for commercial and industrial customers and provides rebates for measures not covered under other rebate programs. Typical projects include compressed air systems, ice storage systems, refrigeration systems, chillers, and premium efficiency motors. All projects must be pre-approved by MMU to be eligible for a rebate. In addition, commercial customers may also take advantage of residential customer rebates. Contact: Customer Service, Marshall Municipal Utilities, 113 South 4th Street, Marshall, MN 56258; 507-537-7005;
http://www.marshallutilities.com/business/rebates.php
 
Rebates to Install Power Efficient Equipment
Minnesota Power Grant Rebate Program provides rebates to its commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers for installing energy efficient lighting, electric motors and agricultural equipment. Rebate amount is based on kilowatt (kW) or kilowatt-hours (kWh) saved over the life of the energy saving equipment. The maximum annual rebate available to a customer will be determined by average billing demand based on the following schedule: Customer Demand Maximum Rebate(s) - 0 to 100 kW $10,000; 101 to 300 kW $25,000; over 300 kW $50,000. Equipment must have an expected life of greater than 10 years to be eligible. Customers must contribute an amount greater than or equal to the estimated annual electric cost savings. Contact: Customer Service - MN Power, Minnesota Power, 30 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802; 800-228-4966 Ext.2909; 218-722-5642;
http://www.mnpower.com/powergrant/rebates.htm
 
$10,000 Rebates Offered for Energy Improvement of Your Business
Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative offers incentives to encourage its commercial and industrial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are offered for the installation of energy efficient improvements, including new or retrofit motors, adjustable speed drives, vending machine coolers, and retrofit lighting. The maximum rebate is 50% of the project cost or a maximum of $10,000 unless otherwise pre-approved. Projects not eligible for any of the prescriptive rebate programs may be eligible for a custom rebate based on electric demand and usage reduction. Contact: Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, 125 Minnesota Valley Electric Drive, Jordan, MN 55352; 952-492-2313; 800-282-6832;
http://www.mvec.net/business/grants_rebates.asp
 
Generous Rebates to Install Energy Efficient Lighting
Moorhead Public Service Utility offers cash rebates to commercial, industrial, and government customers who purchase and install qualifying energy-efficient lighting products in existing buildings, or invest in custom measures which reduce their facility's energy demand. The Lighting Program is applicable only to indoor lighting systems operating during normal business hours or peak demand periods. Custom rebates are project specific. For each project, the rebate is designed to make implementing the energy-saving measure an attractive investment to the customer and at the same time, is limited by the value of energy savings to MPS. For lighting rebates and custom rebates under $50,000, MPS will issue rebates in the form of checks. For rebates over $50,000, MPS will rebate the customer through a billing credit. Contact: Energy Service, Moorhead Public Service, 500 Center Avenue, P.O. Box 779, Moorhead, MN 56561; 218-299-5400;
http://www.mpsutility.com/comenergyservices.htm
 
Rebates for Energy Efficiency Equipment
Using help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Mora Municipal Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Mora Municipal Utilities, 101 Lake Street South, Mora, MN 55051-1588; 320-679-1511;
http://www.saveenergyinmora.com/
 
Rebates to $50,000 for Commercial and Industrial Customers
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, New Prague Utilities Commission provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: New Prague Utilities Commission, 118 Central Ave. N, New Prague, MN 56071-1534; 952-758-1134;
http://www.saveenergyinnewprague.com/
 
Rebates to Improve Power Efficiency
North Branch Municipal Water & Light, with help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings, which must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: North Branch Municipal Water & Light, PO Box 176, 6388 Maple Street, North Branch, MN 55056-0176; 651-674-7100;
http://www.saveenergyinnorthbranch.com/
 
$50,000 Incentives to Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Business
Owatonna Public Utilities offers incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to install energy efficient equipment in their facilities. Rebates are available for lighting equipment, HVAC equipment, motors, variable speed drives, geothermal heat pumps, custom gas measures, and custom electric measures. Applications must be submitted and approved before the new equipment is installed. Maximum incentives are: electric measures $50,000 per customer location, per technology, per year; and custom gas measures $1,500 per commercial location per year, $5,000 per industrial location per year. Contact: Customer Service, Owatonna Public Utilities, PO Box 800, Owatonna, MN 55060-0800; 507-451-2480; Fax: 507-451-4940;
http://www.owatonnautilities.com/environ/environ-e-c.php
 
Up to $50,000 in Rebates Available in Energy Efficiency Program
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Preston Public Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Preston Public Utilities, PO Box 657, 210 Fillmore St. West, Preston, MN 55965-0657; 507-765-2491;
http://www.saveenergyinpreston.com/
 
Incentives to Improve Your Business's Power Efficiency
Princeton PUC, with help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Princeton PUC, PO Box 218, 907 First Street, Princeton, MN 55371-0218; 763-389-5844;
http://www.saveenergyinprinceton.com/
 
$50,000 to Help Improve the Power Efficiency of Your Business
With the help of Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Redwood Falls Public Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Redwood Falls Public Utilities, PO Box 526, 333 South Washington Street, Redwood Falls, MN 56283-0526; 507-637-5789;
http://www.saveenergyinredwoodfalls.com/
 
Incentives to $50,000 for Installing Energy Efficient Equipment
Rochester Public Utilities offers incentives to its commercial and industrial customers to install energy-efficient equipment in their facilities. Rebates are available for lighting equipment, HVAC equipment, cooler/freezer doors, air and ground source heat pumps, custom electric measures, and motors and variable speed drives. Maximum incentives are: electric measures $50,000 per customer location, per technology, per year; and custom gas measures $1,500 per commercial location per year, $5,000 per industrial location per year. Applications must be submitted and approved before the new equipment is installed. Rebates are available until funds are exhausted. Contact: Customer Service, Rochester Public Utilities, 4000 East River Road NE, Rochester, MN 55906-2813; 507-280-1500; 800-778-3421; Fax: 507-280-1542;
http://www.rpu.org/your_business/rebates_and_incentives/
 
$50,000 in Energy Program
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency that generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities. It also develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to their customers. With the help of SMMPA, Saint Peter Municipal Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Saint Peter Municipal Utilities, 405 W St. Julien Street, Saint Peter, MN 56082-1874; 507-934-0771;
http://www.saveenergyinsaintpeter.com/
 
Rebates to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Business
Shakopee Public Utilities offers incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to install energy-efficient equipment in their facilities. Rebates are available for: lighting equipment; air conditioners; motors, variable frequency drives (VFDs); office equipment; and custom measures. Rebates for some lighting technologies are only available for retrofitting projects, not new construction. The motor rebate is limited to motors under 200 horsepower. Motors over 200 HP may be considered under the custom rebate. Eligible VFDs must be new, and must have a true power factor of .90 or better, and the motor controlled must operate at least 4000 hours per year. The maximum rebate for all measures is 50% of the cost or incremental cost of the measure, and is limited by the funds available to Shakopee Public Utilities. Contact: Rebates, Shakopee Public Utilities, PO Box 470, Shakopee, MN 55379-0470; 952-233-1531; 954-445-1988;
http://www.shakopeeutilities.com/commrebates.htm
 
$50,000 Incentives to Improve Electric Efficiency
With aid from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Spring Valley Public Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Spring Valley Public Utilities, 104 South Section Avenue, Spring Valley, MN 55975-1646; 507-346-7622;
http://www.saveenergyinspringvalley.com/
 
Rebate Program for Businesses
To encourage energy efficiency, Stearns Electric offers a rebate program for its agricultural, industrial, and commercial customers. Under this program, high efficiency premium and variable speed motors, industrial cooling, exhaust fans, lighting and dairy plate coolers are eligible for rebates. Contact: Program Manager - SE, Stearns Electric Association, 900 East Kraft Drive, Melrose, MN 56352; 320-256-4241; 800-962-0655;
http://www.stearnselectric.org/grantsbus.htm
 
Energy Efficiency Rebates on Offer
Waseca Utilities, with help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Waseca Utilities, 508 South State Street, Waseca, MN 56093-3033; 507-835-9713;
http://www.saveenergyinwaseca.com/
 
Rebates to $50,000 for Your Business
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Wells Public Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment types including appliances, lighting, cooling, motors, variable speed drives, and custom measures. Rebates are capped at $50,000 per year per customer location for each technology. Each type of equipment has minimum efficiency and performance ratings that must be met in order to qualify for the rebate. Rebates are also available for energy-efficient food service equipment, including ENERGY STAR rated equipment. Contact: Wells Public Utilities, PO Box 9, 101 First Street SE, Wells, MN 56097-0096; 507-553-3119;
http://www.saveenergyinwells.com/
 
Rebates to $15,000 for Energy Efficient Equipment
Xcel Energy offers its commercial customers a variety of rebates for energy efficient appliances and alternative energy technologies. Eligible efficiency technologies are: refrigerators/freezers; lighting; chillers; furnaces; boilers; air conditioners; compressed air; roofs; motors; Motor-ASDs/VSDs; and Custom/Others pending approval. In addition, Xcel offers design assistance and occasional financing for energy efficient buildings. Xcel Energy also offers a Saver's Switch program for commercial customers to encourage curtailment of energy usage during peak periods. Customers have a device installed on their air conditioners and Xcel cycles the system on and off during periods of high energy demand. Customers who participate receive a bill credit during the summer months. Contact: Xcel Energy, 414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993; 800-895-4999;
http://www.xcelenergy.com/XLWEB/CDA/0,3080,1-1-3_4530_8437-7323-5_538_969-0,00.html
 
Minnesota Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Minnesota are:
  • E85 Fueling Infrastructure Grants
  • Ethanol Production Incentive
  • Idle Reduction Technology Loan Program
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Minnesota, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/MN
or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 304-285-4535; Fax: 304-285-4638 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition; 651-223-9568; Fax: 651-281-0242
 
Mississippi Energy Programs for Business
 
Commercial Heat Pump Rebate Program
A cash rebate in the amount of $50 per ton is awarded to the business owner for the installation of a new heat pump system(s) in a new business. $50 per ton is also available to the business owner for replacement of an existing gas heating system or an inefficient electric AC/heating system with an energy efficient electric heat pump(s). Contact: Coast Electric Power Association, 302 US Highway 90, PO Box 2430, Bay St Louis, MS 39521-2430; 228-363-7259;
http://www.coastepa.com/comheatpump.aspx
 
Incentives for a New Electric Kitchen
With a new installation of electric kitchen appliances the business owner will receive $10 per kW on qualifying equipment (minimum of 6 kW). With a gas to electric changeout the business owner will receive $20 per kW on qualifying equipment (minimum of 6 kW). Old gas equipment must be inspected by a Coast Electric representative before being removed. Contact: Coast Electric Power Association, 302 US Highway 90, PO Box 2430, Bay St Louis, MS 39521-2430; 228-363-7259;
http://www.coastepa.com/cookingequip.aspx
 
Production Incentives for Solar Photovoltaic Projects
Participating power distributors in TVA's Green Power Switch Generation Partners program offer production-based incentives for solar photovoltaics (PV) projects to large commercial customers. Under the larger commercial contract, TVA will purchase the output at $0.20 per kWh. Although the maximum output for commercial generation systems remains at 50 kW, the power distributor may elect to permit larger systems with mutual agreement of TVA on a case-by-case basis. Qualifying systems must be used primarily to provide all or part of the energy needs at a particular site and must not have previously generated into the grid. Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101;
http://www.gpsgenpartners.com/
 
Energy Efficiency Lease Program Available
The Energy Efficiency Lease Program allows public institutions and private, non-profit hospitals the opportunity to lease-purchase energy efficient services and equipment for up to 10 years from the Energy Division of the Mississippi Development Authority. The Energy Division will also select a third-party financier to fund energy projects such as lighting, boilers, cooling systems, energy management systems, and windows. To participate, an institution must first apply to the Energy Division for program assistance then pass a resolution identifying the project that is in need of energy efficiency improvements and recognize the Energy Efficiency Lease Program as a means of fulfilling their goals. After developing the design and project implementation guidelines, the applicant must submit the specifications to the Mississippi Development Authority. Contact: Mississippi Development Authority, Energy Division, P.O. Box 849, 501 North West Street, Jackson, MS 39205; 601-359-6600; Fax: (601) 359-6642;
http://www.mississippi.org/content.aspx?url=/page/3396&
 
Up to $300,000 in Loans for Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Projects
Mississippi offers low-interest loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Eligible renewable energy technologies include solar thermal, solar space heat, solar process heat, photovoltaics (PV), alternative fuels, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and hydropower. All projects must demonstrate that they will reduce a facility's energy costs. The interest rate is 3% below the prime rate, with a maximum loan term of seven years. Loans range from $15,000 to $300,000. This program is supported by a revolving loan fund of $7 million, established through federal oil overcharge funds. Contact: Mississippi Development Authority, Energy Division, P.O. Box 849, 501 North West Street, Jackson, MS 39205; 601-359-6600; Fax: 601-359-6642;
http://www.mississippi.org/content.aspx?url=/page/2744& - loanprgm
 
Rebates for Commercial Cooking Equipment and Heat Pumps
Coast Electric Power Association provides incentives for its commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are provided for new or replacement energy efficient heat pumps and new electric cooking equipment. The customer should contact Coast Electric before the heat pump system is installed. The cooking equipment must consume at least 6 kW to qualify for the rebate, and if the new electric equipment is replacing gas, the old equipment must be inspected before being removed. Contact: Coast Electric Power Association, 302 US Highway 90, PO Box 2430, Bay St. Louis, MS 39521-2430; 228-363-7259; 800-624-3348;
http://www.coastepa.com/comfortadvantage.aspx
 
Mississippi Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentive
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The incentive in Mississippi is: Biofuels Production Incentive For more information on this incentive or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Mississippi, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/MS
or contact: Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 304-285-4185 or Division Director, Energy Division, Mississippi Development Authority; 601-359-6600
 
Missouri Energy Programs for Business
 
Up to $475 for Energy Upgrades to Your Natural Gas System
AmerenUE offers its residential and commercial natural gas customers rebates for the installation of certain energy efficient natural gas fueled equipment. Rebates are available to residential customers for programmable thermostats (up to $25) and natural gas furnaces (up to $200). Commercial customers are eligible for rebates of 50% of the cost of efficient natural gas equipment up to $475. All equipment must be Energy Star listed. Customers should contact Ameren prior to making equipment purchases to obtain a reservation code for their rebate. This is not necessary for customers that wish to install programmable thermostats. Contact: Rebate Program Coordinator, AmerenUE, 1901 Choteau Ave., Mail Code 921, St. Louis, MO 63013; 800-210-8131;
http://www.ameren.com/AboutUs/ADC_RebateHome.asp
 
$5,000 for Commercial Energy Upgrades
City Utilities of Springfield offers incentives for their commercial customers to increase the efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for programmable thermostats, efficient toilets, rain-sensing irrigation equipment and efficient lighting. Eligible lighting includes efficient high bay lights and upgrades from T12 to T8, and the rebate amount is based on number and type of fixture or kW saved. The program website includes worksheets that calculate the exact incentive which will be awarded, up to a maximum of $5,000. Contact: City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, PO Box 551, Springfield, MO 65801-0551; 417-874-8200;
http://www.cityutilities.net/conserve/rebates.htm
 
$1,000 to Build Energy Saving Homes
Columbia Water and Light offers a flat $1,000 rebate to its customers for the construction of new homes that achieve certification as Energy Star homes. The Energy Star designation is give to homes that receive an 85 or less on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index. The rebate is only available for new homes constructed after May 15, 2008. Participants are required to submit several types of verification documentation in prior to receiving a rebate and rebate applications must be submitted within 6 months of the completion of construction on a home. Both builders of spec homes and owners of custom-built homes are eligible to receive rebates. Contact: Columbia Water & Light, PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205; 573-874-7325; Fax: 573-443-6875;
http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Conservation/newhomeNRGstar.php
Application: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Documents/NewHomeNRGstar.pdf
 
Up to $1,600 for an Energy Efficient Heat Pump
Customers can receive a rebate from $100 to $1,600 for the installation of a 2 to 5 ton high efficiency air conditioning heat pump system. This rebate is available for heat pumps that were installed after April 15, 2007. Completed rebate applications should be received by Columbia Water & Light within six months of installation of the system. Contact: Columbia Water & Light, PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205; 573-874-7325; Fax: 573-443-6875;
http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Conservation/rebateprograms.php
Application: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Documents/acrebateapplication.pdf
 
$800 for Solar Water Heater Installation
Columbia Water & Light customers are also eligible for a $400 rebate for the purchase of a new solar water heater. To apply for this rebate, a customer submits a pre-approval application to Columbia Water & Light prior to installation and commits to maintaining the system for at least five years. This rebate is available for solar water heaters that were installed after April 15, 2007. Customers with an existing natural gas water heater are eligible for an additional $400 rebate if they convert to an electric back-up water heater. Contact: Columbia Water & Light, PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205; 573-874-7325; Fax: 573-443-6875;
http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Conservation/rebateprograms.php
Application: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Documents/solarwaterapplication.pdf
 
$500 for Solar PV Systems
Columbia Water & Light customers are eligible for a $500 rebate for each kilowatt of solar photovoltaic installed, from 250 watt to 10,000 watt systems. Pre-project approval is required in order for a system to be eligible for a rebate. Systems must meet a variety of interconnection, net metering, and rebate requirements. All attributes associated with the production of energy from the system accrue to the CWL under the utility's net metering agreement. This rebate is available for solar photovoltaic systems that were installed after June 1, 2007. Contact: Columbia Water & Light, PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205; 573-874-7325; Fax: 573-443-6875;
http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Conservation/rebateprograms.php
Application: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Documents/SolarPREapplication.pdf
and http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Documents/SolarFINALapplication.pdf
 
$5,000 Commercial Lighting Rebate Program
Columbia Water & Light provides an incentive for its large commercial and industrial customers to upgrade the lighting in their facilities. To be an eligible lighting retrofit project, the business's new lighting system must be at least a 10 kilowatt (kW) reduction from the old lighting system. Eligible projects will be reimbursed half of the associated costs including labor, or $100 per kW, whichever is less. Once contacted by an interested business, Columbia Water & Light will conduct an inspection of the current lighting system and make recommendations for how it can best be improved. Contact: Columbia Water & Light, PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205; 573-874-7325; Fax: 573-443-6875;
http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Business/lightincentive.php
 
Up to $500 for Air Conditioner Upgrades
The Empire District Electric Company offers rebates for high efficiency central air conditioners to residential customers, owners of rental properties, and builders of new homes. Rebate levels increase with the efficiency of the system as measured by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) for the unit. Rebates are only available for systems installed on or after June 4, 2007 and participants must provide documentation of system efficiency through either a Certificate of ARI-Certified Performance or manufacturer's literature. Incentives are: SEER of 15 to 15.9: $400; SEER of 16 to 16.9: $450; and SEER of 17+: $500. Contact: Empire District Electric Company, 602 S Joplin Avenue, P.O. Box 127, Joplin, MO 64802; 417-625-5100 or 800-206-2300;
https://www.empiredistrict.com/EnergySolutions/Electric.aspx
 
$20,000 to Install Energy Efficiency Equipment
Empire District Electric Company offers rebates to certain commercial and industrial customers for the installation of energy efficiency equipment. Prescriptive rebates for lighting, air conditioners, and motors are available for customers using CB and SH tariffs (commercial facilities with a demand of less than 40 kW). Custom rebates are available for customers with CB, SH, GP, TEP, and PFM tariffs. There is a maximum incentive of $20,000 per program year, per customer. All custom rebates must be pre-approved by the utility and are also subject to post-installation verification. Contact: Public Information, Empire District Electric, 602 S Joplin Avenue, P.O. Box 127, Joplin, MO 64802; 417-625-5116 or 800-206-2300;
http://empire.programprocessing.com/content/index
 
Up to $1,800 in Energy Rebates
Intercounty Electric Cooperative provides rebates to its customers for the purchase of a variety of energy efficient equipment and appliances. Eligible technologies include: heat pumps (both geothermal and air source), insulation, windows, electric water heaters, Energy Star washing machines, Energy Star room AC units, and Energy Star dishwashers. No used or rebuilt appliances or equipment will qualify for any portion of the program. Customer must contact Intercounty Electric within 60 days after the equipment is purchased and installed, and must include an original receipt and copy of warranty with their application. Incentvies range from $50 up to $1,800. Contact: Licking Headquarters, Intercounty Electric Cooperative, 102 Maple Avenue, PO Box 209, Licking, MO 65542-0209; 573-674-2211; Fax: 573-674-2888;
http://www.ieca.coop/PROGRAMS/REBATES/tabid/116/Default.aspx
Application: https://www.ieca.coop/Default.aspx?tabid=120
 
Free Thermostat Worth up to $300
Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) offers a free programmable thermostat, worth $300, to qualifying customers to manage their energy usage. Only residential and small commercial customers that have a central air-conditioning system are eligible to receive this incentive. Heat pump systems are also eligible if they are compatible with the new equipment. The system must also be pre-qualified by a KCP&L authorized technician. Residential customers may qualify for a rate discount through KCP&L if the home has a qualifying heat pump. Contact: Kansas City Power and Light, P.O. Box 418679, Kansas City, MO 64141; 866-882-4429;
http://www.kcpl.com/residential/acc.html
Application: http://www.kcpl.com/residential/ACCFr_Enroll.html
 
Financial Incentives for Businesses to Increase Energy Efficiency
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) provides financial incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for custom energy-saving measures in new or existing buildings. Prescriptive rebates are offered for a pre-qualified list of energy-efficiency measures including lighting, air conditioning, and motors. These prescriptive rebates are only available to small business customers who are on KCP&L's Small General Service rate. For more information on various rebates, contact: Customer Service, Kansas City Power & Light, P.O. Box 418679, Kansas City, MO 64141-9679; 816-556-2901;
http://www.kcpl.com/business/aegonline.html
Application: http://www.kcplprograms.com/download/application.form.pdf
 
Lots of Incentives for Energy Improvements in Your Area
The Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative offers its members several different incentives that support energy efficiency improvements in buildings within its service area. Members that wish to install air- or ground-source heat pumps are eligible for a $300 installation rebate and a $0.01/kWh rate reduction for electricity purchases larger than 200 kWh between October and May of each year. Customers must have an electric water heater and a non-electric furnace in order to be eligible for this program. Customers may also receive a free (Freedom) or discounted (Marathon) replacement water heater by signing on to a $2.50/month, 3-year utility sponsored water heater servicing program. Energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs may be purchased at a discounted rate from the utility as well. The utility also implements the Take Control and Save Rebate program, which provides rebates for many different types of Energy Star rated appliances. Contact: Customer Service, Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, 1000 W. Hwy. 92, Kearney, MO 64060-0100; 816-628-3121;
http://www.pcec.coop/
 
$10,000 for Gas Furnaces, Gas Appliances and A/Cs
The EnergyWise Dealer Program loans funds to qualifying residential and commercial customers for the purchase of energy-efficient gas furnaces, gas appliances and air conditioners. Incentives are up to $10,000 with a 5% down payment. The program has an overall limit of four heating systems per customer. In addition, the EnergyWise Dealer Program has been expanded to include low-income residential rental property managers. A qualifying property manager can qualify for a no-interest loan, with no loan inspection costs and a reimbursement on the down payment. Property managers should contact ACORN at 314-531-7023 for more information. Contact: Laclede Loan Programs, Laclede Gas Company, 720 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63101; 314-621-6960 or 800-887-4173;
http://www.lacledegas.com/customer/energywise.php
 
Tax Credit Program for Wood Energy Usage
The Wood Energy Tax Credit allows individuals or businesses processing Missouri forestry industry residues into fuels an income tax credit of $5.00 per ton of processed material. Any amount of credit exceeding the tax due by a company in the year of production may be carried over to a subsequent taxable year, not to exceed four years. A credit earned under this program may also be transferred to third parties for use within this five-year period. To be considered an eligible fuel, forestry industry residues must have undergone some thermal, chemical or mechanical process(es) sufficient to alter the residues into a fuel product. To find out more, contact: Program Information, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Energy Center, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102; 800-361-4827; Fax: 573-751-6860;
http://www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/deprograms.htm
Application: http://www.dnr.mo.gov/forms/780-1305.pdf
 
$1.0 Million for Renewable Energy Projects
This loan program is available for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for public and governmental buildings and structures. Loan amounts are based on projected energy savings, resulting in monetary savings that is used to repay the loan. Financing is available at a fixed interest rate below the market rate, and repayment schedules are determined on an individual project basis. Repayment schedules may not exceed 15 years. Loans under this program are determined on a competitive basis according to sector and payback period. Up to $1.0 million may be available. Contact: Program Information, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Energy Center, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102; 800-361-4827; Fax: 573-751-6860;
http://www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/financial/loan.htm
Application: http://www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/financial/loan-information.htm#fundforms
 
$1,500/Appliance is Exempt from Sales Tax
The state of Missouri is offering consumers a seven-day exemption from sales taxes on certain Energy Star certified new appliances up to $1,500 per appliance. The sales tax holiday will last from April 19 thru April 25 each year for the following appliances: clothes washers and dryers; water heaters; trash compactors; dishwashers; conventional ovens, ranges, and stoves; air conditioners; furnaces; and refrigerators and freezers. The exemption does not apply to retailers if less than 2% of their merchandise qualifies for the holiday, in which case the retailer must offer customers a sales tax refund in lieu of the sales tax holiday. To learn more, contact: General Inquiries, Missouri Department of Revenue, Sales and Use Tax, P.O. Box 840, Jefferson City , MO 65105-0840; 573-751-2836; Fax: 573-522-1160;
http://dor.mo.gov/tax/business/sales/
 
Missouri Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Missouri are:
  • Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Ethanol Production Incentive
  • Biodiesel Production Incentive
  • Biodiesel Fuel Use Incentive
  • Fleet Biodiesel Fuel Use Incentive
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Missouri, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/MO
or contact: Clean Cities Coordinator, St. Louis Clean Cities Program; 314-822-5831 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 412-386-5793
 
Montana Energy Programs for Business
 
Loans to $40,000 for Eligible Efficient and Renewable Technologies
The Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program provides loans to small businesses, local government agencies, units of the university system, and non-profit organizations to install alternative energy systems that generate energy for their own use. Eligible efficiency technologies include building insulation, windows, doors, appliances, and other measures installed as part of the alternative energy project. Eligible renewable technologies are solar water heat, photovoltaics, wind, biomass, geothermal heat pumps, small hydroelectric, fuel cells using renewable fuels, and landfill gas. The maximum loan amount is $40,000 (subject to available funds) and the repayment period is ten years. Interest rates are set annually and are fixed for the term of the loan. The rate for 2008 is 5.0%. Contact: Montana Department of Environmental Quality Planning, Prevention, and Assistance, 1100 North Last Chance Gulch, PO Box 200902, Helena, MT 59620; 406-841-5243; Fax: 406-444-6836;
http://www.deq.state.mt.us/energy/Renewable/altenergyloan.asp
 
Utility Grant up to $10,000 in Incentives for Supply of Renewable Energy
NorthWestern Energy periodically provides funding to its customers for renewable energy projects. The Universal System Benefits (USB) Program requires all electric and gas utilities to establish USB funds for low-income energy assistance, weatherization, energy efficiency activities, and development of renewable energy resources. Incentives of $3 per watt are offered for private solar PV installations up to a maximum of $6,000 per customer; the incentive for wind is $2 per watt to a maximum of $10,000 per customer. Off-grid installations inside NWE's service territory are not eligible for USB funds. Contact: NorthWestern Energy, 40 East Broadway, Butte, MT 59701; 406-497-3516;
http://www.northwesternenergy.com/display.aspx?Page=Renewable_Energy_Program
 
Up to $5000 in Rebates for Purchasing Energy Efficient Equipment
The Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative offers rebates to its commercial members for purchasing energy efficient add-on heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines. Rebates are: add-on heat pump $800 maximum; geothermal heat pump/heat source heat pump $5000 maximum; washing machine $50; dishwasher $25; refrigerator $25. A state tax credit of $1,500 is also available for ground source heat pumps. Contact: Customer Service, Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative, PO Box 249, 150 Cooperative Way, Huntley, MT 59037-0249; 406- 348-3411;
http://www.yvec.com/innerpage.php?cat_id=6
 
Deductions for Energy Conserving Investments
A taxpayer may deduct a portion of the cost of a capital investment in a building that demonstrably promotes energy conservation. If the building is non-residential, up to $3600 may be deducted. "Energy conservation" is defined as reducing the waste or dissipation of energy or reducing the amount of energy necessary to accomplish a given quantity of work. New construction must surpass established standards of new construction to be eligible for this deduction. Contact: Public Information Officer, Montana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 5805, Helena, MT 59604-5805; 406-444-6900;
http://mt.gov/revenue/forbusinesses/corporation/corptaxincentives.asp
 
Alternative Energy Investment Corporate Tax Credits Available
Commercial alternative energy investments of $5,000 or more are eligible for a tax credit of up to 35% against corporate tax on income generated by the investment. The credit is applied only against taxes due as a consequence of taxable or net income produced by one of the following: a manufacturing plant that is located in Montana and that produces alternative energy generating equipment; a new business facility or the expanded portion of an existing business facility for which the alternative energy generating equipment supplies, on a direct contract sales basis, the basic energy needed; or the alternative energy generating equipment in which the investment was made, for the credit being claimed. This credit is available to taxpayers purchasing an existing facility as well as to those building a new facility. The tax credit must be taken the year the equipment is placed in service, however any portion of the tax credit that exceeds the amount of tax to be paid may be carried over and applied against state tax liability for the following 7 years. A credit may be extended through the 15th tax year succeeding the tax year of installation for projects on a Montana Indian reservation that meet other specified criteria. Contact: Information Specialist - MT Dept. of Rev., Montana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 5805, Helena, MT 59604-5805; 406-444-6900 or Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Planning, Prevention & Assistance, 1100 North Last Chance Gulch, P. O. Box 200902, Helena, MT 59620; 406-841-5240 Fax: 406-444-1804;
http://www.deq.state.mt.us/energy/Renewable/TaxIncentRenew.asp#15-32-401
 
50% Property Tax Abatement up to $1 Million Available
Montana has legislation that allows a property tax abatement for new renewable energy production facilities, new renewable energy manufacturing facilities, and renewable energy research and development equipment. Eligible facilities and equipment are assessed at 50% of their taxable value. Qualifying renewable energy manufacturing facilities are those that produce materials, components or systems to convert solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas or waste heat resources into useful energy; and those whose annual production of renewable energy equipment makes up at least half of the facility's total production. Fuel cells and components of fuel cells that generate energy using non-fossil fuels are also eligible. Qualifying renewable energy production facilities include biomass gasification, biomass, biogas and geothermal facilities. Qualifying renewable energy research and development equipment is considered to be equipment used primarily for research and development of the efficient use of renewable energy sources. Under this policy, these facilities are assessed at 50% of their taxable value for the construction period and the first 15 years after the facility commences operation, not to exceed 19 years. To qualify for the tax abatement, facilities must begin construction after June 1, 2007. Additionally, all renewable energy research and development equipment up to $1 million in value may qualify for a 50% property tax abatement if it is placed into service after June 30, 2007. Contact: Information Specialist - MT Dept. of Rev., Montana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 5805, Helena, MT 59604-5805; 406-444-6900;
http://www.state.mt.us/revenue
 
Tax Credit for Multi-Family Residential Energy Conservation
Individual taxpayers may claim a credit against their tax liability for up to 25% of the costs of investment for energy conservation purposes in a building. The maximum credit is $500 for investment in the physical attributes of a building or in a water heating or cooling system. The credit must be claimed in the year that the expenditure is made. For new construction, only the portion of the work that surpasses any applicable state or federal construction standards may be used. Contact: Public Information Officer, Montana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 5805, Helena, MT 59604-5805; 406-444-6900;
http://mt.gov/revenue/forindividuals/individualincome/incentivesiit.asp - conservation
 
Grants to Non-Profits for Renewable Energy Projects
Using revenues generated from the sales of Green Tags, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a not-for-profit organization, accepts proposals for funding for renewable energy projects located in the Pacific Northwest (OR, WA, ID, MT). Any private person, organization, local or tribal government located in the Pacific Northwest may participate. Projects that generate electricity are preferred. Acceptable projects include solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electric, wind, hydro, biomass and animal waste-to-energy. BEF may deliver funding through various means, including grants, loans, convertible loans, guarantees, and direct investments in renewable energy projects. If a BEF grant is requested for a generating project, the BEF share generally does not exceed $20,000, 33% of total capital costs and 0% of operating costs. BEF generally does not fund small business renewable energy projects with grants or investments but supports installations for small businesses customers through two cooperatives: the Northwest Solar Cooperative and Our Wind Co-op. Contact: Information Services BEF, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, 240 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, OR 97204; 503-248-1905; 866-233-8247;
http://www.b-e-f.org/grants/index.shtm
 
Private Grants for Schools to Install Small-Scale Solar Systems
Bonneville Environmental Foundation's (BEF) Solar 4R Schools program seeks to install small-scale solar systems at schools interested in increasing the visibility of renewable energy. Successful projects will include outreach and educational components to encourage adoption and use of photovoltaics. The school agrees to own and maintain the solar system, provide access to a network in order to transfer solar data and offer and implement an educational and/or public outreach strategy. BEF donates the photovoltaic system and monitoring equipment, performs all installations with help from school staff, and provides a renewable energy curriculum framework to the school. Once the systems are running, the students are able to access photovoltaic monitoring data on school computers as they learn about renewable energy. BEF has developed 3 curriculum modules that incorporate live system data into lesson plans for use at various levels. Elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools are all eligible under this program. BEF will generally completely fund or supply 1.1 kW system installations and fund up to 33% of other larger renewable energy projects. Contact: Renewable Energy Programs, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, 240 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204; 503-248-1905; 866-233-8427; Fax: 503-248-1908;
http://www.b-e-f.org/grants/solar.shtm
 
Production Incentives for Photovoltaic and Wind Energy Systems
The Northwest Solar Cooperative (NWSC), a not-for-profit service operated by Cascade Solar Consulting, offers to purchase the rights to the environmental attributes or "Green Tags" derived from grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) or wind energy at a rate of $0.02 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) through December 31, 2009. Non-residential owners of PV and wind-energy systems installed after June 1, 2002 are eligible to participate in the Green Tag Purchase Program. The term of the contract is not of fixed duration. Rather, production-based payments will continue through December 31, 2009, regardless of the date the contract is signed. Depending on circumstances of 3 Degrees Energy, the buyer of these Green Tags, contracts may be renewed for another three-year term beginning December 31, 2009. Contact: Northwest Solar Cooperative, Gladstone, OR 97027; 503-655-1617;
http://www.cascadesolar.com/greentags.htm
 
Corporate Tax Reduction for Generating Plants
Montana generating plants producing 1 megawatt or more by means of an alternative renewable energy source are eligible for the new or expanded industry property tax reduction on the local mill levy during the first nine years of operation, subject to approval by the local government. The facility is taxed at 50% of its taxable value in the first five years after the construction permit is issued. Each year thereafter, the percentage is increased by equal percentages until the full taxable value is attained in the tenth year. If owned by a utility, an exempt wholesale generator or certain other electrical energy producers, this property is class 13 property and otherwise would be taxed on 6 percent of assessed value. If owned by an electric cooperative, this property is class 5 and otherwise would be taxed at 3 percent of assessed value. If owned by any other business, the real property is class 4 and otherwise would be taxed at 3.01 percent of assessed value and the personal property would be class 8 with a tax rate of 3 percent of assessed value. The assessed value of real property is adjusted every five years to reflect market trends. Contact: Information Specialist - MT Dept. of Rev., Montana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 5805, Helena, MT 59604-5805; 406-444-6900 or Montana Department of Environmental Quality Planning, Prevention & Assistance, 1100 North Last Chance Gulch, P. O. Box 200902, Helena, MT 59620; 406-841-5240; Fax: (406) 444-1804;
http://www.deq.state.mt.us/energy/Renewable/TaxIncentRenew.asp#15-24-1401
 
Property Tax Reduction for Generating Facilities
New electricity generating facilities built in Montana with a nameplate capacity of less than 1 MW and using an alternative renewable energy source are exempt from property taxes for 5 years after start of operation. If owned by a utility, this property is class 13 property and otherwise would be taxed on 6 percent of assessed value. If owned by an electric cooperative, this property is class 5 and otherwise would be taxed at 3 percent of assessed value. If owned by any other business, the personal property would be class 8 with a tax rate of 3 percent of assessed value. Contact: Information Specialist - MT Dept. of Rev., Montana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 5805, Helena, MT 59604-5805; 406-444-6900 or Montana Department of Environmental Quality Planning, Prevention & Assistance, 1100 North Last Chance Gulch, P. O. Box 200902, Helena, MT 59620; 406-841-5240; Fax: (406) 444-1804;
http://www.deq.state.mt.us/energy/Renewable/TaxIncentRenew.asp#15-6-225
 
Up to $100,000 in Property Tax Exemption Available
Montana's property tax exemption for recognized non-fossil forms of energy generation or low emission wood or biomass combustion devices may be claimed for 10 years after installation of the property. The exemption is allowed for multifamily residential dwellings or a non-residential structure up to $100,000 in value. This property is class 4 property and otherwise would be taxed on 3.01 percent of assessed value. Recognized forms of energy generation include solar, photovoltaics, passive solar, wind, solid waste, decomposition of organic wastes, geothermal, fuel cells that do not require hydrocarbon fuel, small hydropower plants, and low-emission wood or biomass combustor systems. Contact: Information Specialist - MT Dept. of Rev., Montana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 5805, Helena, MT 59604-5805; 406-444-6900 or Montana Department of Environmental Quality Planning, Prevention & Assistance, 1100 North Last Chance Gulch, P. O. Box 200902, Helena, MT 59620; 406-841-5240; Fax: (406) 444-1804;
http://deq.mt.gov/Energy/renewable/taxincentrenew.asp - 15-6-201(4)
 
Grants for Retrofit and New Construction Applications
The E+ Business Partners Program offers funding for local energy conservation and load management projects in new and retrofit applications including commercial, institutional, industrial, agricultural, and multi-family residential facilities and systems. NorthWestern Energy will determine the level of funding or advisory services it will invest in specific conservation or load management measures or groups of measures based on the life expectancy, reliability, and availability of the conservation resource, cost to NWE of administering the project, level of design assistance funding already provided, projected payback to the owner, funding available from other sources, the value to the distribution system, and the renewable resource available. The deadline for proposals under this Request for Proposals is December 31, 2008 and may be extended if funding is available. Contact: Regulatory Support Services, NorthWestern Energy, 40 East Broadway, Butte, MT 59701; 888-700-6878 or 866-723-8677;
http://www.northwesternenergy.com/display.aspx?Page=Business_Partners_MT
 
Rebates Available in Commercial Lighting Program
Flathead Electric Cooperative encourages energy efficiency in the commercial sector by providing rebates on energy efficient lighting equipment. When certain fixtures and/or bulbs are replaced with more efficient ones, facility-owners may be eligible for a rebate that will help to offset the cost of the change-out. In most cases the rebate will cover a significant portion of the initial cost. The retrofit rebate must be pre-approved by Flathead Electric Cooperative prior to the measures being installed and will be the lesser of 70% of the actual project cost or the per fixture rebate total as calculated on the Lighting Rebate Verification Report. Contact: Flathead Electric Cooperative, 2510 US Hwy 2 East, Kalispell, MT 59901; 406-751-4485; 406-751-4483;
http://www.flatheadelectric.com/energy/comlightrebate/CommercialLightingRebate.htm
 
Rebates Available in Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
NorthWestern Energy offers two rebate programs for their commercial and industrial customers to make energy efficient improvements to their lighting system and electronic motors. The E+ Commercial Lighting Rebate Program offers rebates for the removal of old, less efficient lighting products which are replaced with high efficiency technologies. The program is primarily for retrofit projects. Specialized lighting application projects in new construction will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The rebate value must be $50 or more. The E+ Premium Efficiency Motor Rebate Program offers commercial and industrial customers incentives for motor retrofits or new construction. Rebate amount varies greatly depending on the motor HP and efficiency rating, a chart of the rebate amounts can be found on the rebate application form. The application must be received by NorthWestern Energy within 90 days of motor purchase. Contact: Commercial Rebate Program, NorthWestern Energy, PO Box 54, Helena, MT 59624; 800-823-5995; Fax: 800-823-5885;
http://www.northwesternenergy.com/display.aspx?Page=Rebates_Business_Owners&Item=103
 
Montana Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Montana are:
  • Renewable Energy Property Tax Incentive
  • Ethanol Production Incentive
  • Biodiesel Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Production Facility Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Production Incentive
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion Tax Credit
  • Tax Reduction for Ethanol Blends
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Montana, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/MT
or contact: Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office; 303-275-4817 or Clean Cities Coordinator/Executive Director Yellowstone/ Teton Clean Energy Coalition; 307-733-6371
 
Nebraska Energy Programs for Business
 
Up to $175,000 in Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Improvements
This program makes available low interest loans for commercial energy efficiency improvements. Only improvements to existing buildings that are at least 5 years old are eligible for loan assistance. This incentive applies mainly to energy efficiency improvements though renewable energy projects are eligible under one of two criteria. This list includes a variety of energy efficiency measures as well as the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles. Pre-qualified improvements have minimum efficiency standards. Eligible efficiency technologies are: clothes washers/dryers; dishwasher; refrigerators/freezers; dehumidifiers; ceiling fan; equipment insulation; water heaters; lighting; lighting controls/sensors; furnaces; boilers; heat pumps; air conditioners; heat recovery; programmable thermostats; caulking/weather-stripping; duct/air sealing; building insulation; windows; doors; roofs; combined water and space heaters; hot water flow restrictors; automatic flue or vent dampers; intermittent ignition devices; whole house fans; telecommunications; pollution prevention; and numerous home & office electronic equipment. Eligible renewable technologies are: solar water heat; solar space heat; photovoltaics; landfill gas; wind, biomass; hydroelectric; renewable transportation fuels; renewable fuel vehicles; geothermal electric; municipal solid waste; and skylights. Maximum loans are $175,000. Contact: Nebraska Energy Office, P.O. Box 95085, 1111 O Street, Suite 223, Lincoln, NE, 68509-5085; 402-471-2867; Fax: 402-471-3064;
http://www.neo.ne.gov/loan/
 
100% Sales And Use Tax Exemption for Community Wind Projects
In May 2007 Nebraska established an exemption from the sales and use tax imposed on the gross receipts from the sale, lease, or rental of personal property for use in a community-based energy development (C-BED) project. A C-BED project is defined as a new wind energy project that meets one of the following ownership conditions: for a C-BED project that consists of more than two turbines, the project is owned by qualified owners with no single qualified owner owning more than 15% of the project and with at least 33% of the power purchase agreement payments flowing to the qualified owner or owners or local community; or for a C-BED project that consists of one or two turbines, the project is owned by one or more qualified owners with at least 33% of the power purchase agreement payments flowing to a qualified owner or local community. Contact: Taxpayer Assistance, Nebraska Department of Revenue, Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509-4818; 800-742-7474; 402-471-5729;
http://www.revenue.state.ne.us/
 
Rebates Available in Commercial Heat Pump Program
Omaha Public Power District offers an incentive for its commercial customers to install energy-efficient heat pumps through their Commercial Heat Pump Program. Qualifying heat pumps can be either water-source or geothermal. The rebate of $100 per ton, plus an additional $25 per installed ton for using an electric boiler, is given in the form of a credit on the customer's electric bill. In addition to this credit, OPPD also offers life-cycle cost analyses for evaluating various HVAC options at no cost. Contact: Commercial Heat Pump Program, Omaha Public Power District, OPPD Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16 St. Mall, Omaha, NE 68102-2247; 402-636-3536;
http://www.oppd.com/BusinessCustomers/ProductsServices/HVACSystemSolutions/22_000970
 
Nebraska Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. The main incentives in Nebraska are:
  • Biodiesel Production Investment Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Loans
  • Alternative Fuel Tax Refund
For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Nebraska, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/NE
or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-5793 or General Inquiries, Nebraska State Energy Office; 402-471-2867
 
Nevada Energy Programs for Business
 
Renewable Energy Opportunities
The RenewableGenerations Rebate Program offers rebates for photovoltaic (PV) systems and small wind and hydroelectric systems. Rebates are now available for grid-connected PV installations on residences, small businesses, public buildings, non-profits and schools; small wind systems on residences, small businesses, agricultural sites, schools and public buildings; and small hydroelectric systems installed at grid-connected agricultural sites. Participants must be current customers of the utilities to participate. Incentives range from $11,500 to $230,000. To learn more, contact: NV Energy, RenewableGenerations, 6100 Neil Road, Reno, NV 89511; 866-786-3823;
http://www.nvenergy.com/renewablesenvironment/renewablegenerations/
 
Property Tax Reductions for Green Buildings
Nevada offers a partial abatement of property taxes for property that has a building or structure that meets or exceeds the United States Green Building Council's LEED Silver rating system. In addition to reducing the percentage of property tax allowable under the tax abatement, the tax law also required the Director of the Office of Energy to adopt a green building rating system to be used for the purposes of this property tax abatement. To qualify for the tax abatement, LEED Silver buildings must earn at least three points for energy conservation, LEED Gold and LEED Platinum buildings must earn at least five and eight energy conservation points respectively. Buildings which earn a Silver rating can receive a 25% property tax abatement, Gold can receive a 30% abatement, and 35% can be awarded to Platinum certificates. For more information, contact: Energy and Science Advisor to Governor, Director of Nevada State Office of Energy, 101 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701; 775-684-5670;
http://energy.state.nv.us/LEED/AB621.htm
 
50% Property Tax Abatement for Commercial Properties
New or expanded businesses in Nevada may apply to the Commission on Economic Development to qualify for a 10-year, 50% property tax abatement for real and personal property used to generate electricity from renewable energy resources or for a facility for the production of an energy storage device. The generation facility must have a capacity of at least 10 kW and use biomass, solar, or wind resources as its primary source of energy. The business must also meet capital expenditure, employee compensation, and other requirements to be eligible for the incentive. To learn more, contact: Information Specialist, NV Department of Taxation, 1550 E. College Parkway, Suite 115, Carson City, NV 89706; 775-684-2000; Fax: 775-684-2020;
http://www.expand2nevada.com/incentive_program.html
 
100% Tax Exemption for Energy Improvements to Your Property
In Nevada, any value added by a qualified renewable energy system shall be subtracted from the assessed value of any residential, commercial or industrial building for property tax purposes. Qualified equipment includes solar, wind, geothermal, solid waste and hydroelectric systems used to heat or cool a building, heat or cool water used by a building, or generate electricity used by the building. This exemption applies for all years following installation. The renewable energy property tax exemption cannot be claimed if another state tax abatement or exemption is claimed by the same building. Contact: Information Specialist - Dept. of Taxation, NV Department of Taxation, 1550 E. College Parkway, Suite 115, Carson City, NV 89706; 775-684-2000; Fax: 775-684-2020;
http://energy.state.nv.us/renewable/incentives.htm
 
$$ Incentives for Business Energy Projects
Commercial, industrial and institutional customers of Nevada Power can take advantage of a wide variety of incentives offered through the SureBet Program for retrofit and new construction projects. Prescriptive rebates are available for cooling equipment, lighting, motors, vending machine controls, programmable thermostats and refrigeration improvements. Energy saving measures not covered under the prescriptive rebates can receive financial rewards worth $0.10 per annual on-peak kWh reduction, and $0.05 per annual off-peak kWh reduction. Businesses constructing new facilities can also receive financial rewards for achieving LEED certification. For more details, contact: Sure Bet Program, Nevada Power Company, PO Box 98910 (mail stop #29), 6226 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146; 800-342-6335; Fax: 702-367-5452;
http://www.nevadasurebet.com/ProjectCenter/
 
Nevada Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses. There are currently no known state incentives offered in Nevada. To learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Nevada, go to:
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/NV
or contact: Executive Director and Clean Cities Coordinator, Las Vegas Regional Clean Cities Coalition, Inc.; 702-229-6971 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 412-386-4862
New Hampshire Energy Programs for Business

Up to $100,000 in Rebates to Install Solar Thermal Technologies
National Grid provides funding support to commercial, industrial, and multifamily customers who install solar thermal technologies. Recommended solar thermal applications include solar hot water heating, solar pool heating, and in some cases solar space heating or high temperature process applications. With commercial and industrial customers, National Grid requires a free energy audit to identify appropriate solar thermal technologies as well as estimated natural gas savings. Commercial and industrial customers receive a one-time rebate of $3 per therm of estimated first-year savings, up to 50% of the project costs or $100,000 per project. Contact: National Grid (Gas), PO Box 960, Northborough, MA 01532-0960; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Energy Rebates for Businesses
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op's SmartSTART Program is a no money down option to have energy efficient products installed in a business. These products include lighting, duct/air sealing, building insulation, and custom. The cost of the improvements is repaid over time using the savings generated by the products themselves. For instance, if a customer installs energy efficient products worth $500 and those products save the customer $50 per month the customer will pay for the product in monthly payments on their electric bill equal to two-thirds of the savings. Customers still realize overall savings on their electric bills while paying for energy efficient improvements that will save money for years to come. Contact: Member Solutions, New Hampshire Electric Co-Op, 579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264-3154; 800-698-2007; Fax: 603-536-8687; http://www.nhec.com/business_energysolutions_smartstart.php

Up to $5000 in Rebates in Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op (NHEC) offers rebates to customers who install qualified renewable energy systems in its service territory. Members that install a solar hot water system may receive a rebate of 25% of the installed system cost, up to $1,500. Members that install a photovoltaic (PV) system may qualify for a rebate of $3.00 per installed watt (DC), with a maximum award of $5,000. NHEC is also providing incentives for the qualified installation of small and medium-sized wind generators - rebates of 25% of the installed project cost, up to $5,000, are available. All systems must be installed in NHEC’s service territory. Installation of the system must have begun on or after January 1, 2008, and must be completed by December 31, 2008. Contact for PV and wind: Project Development Executive, New Hampshire Electric Co-op, 579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264; 603-536-8650. Contact for solar hot water: New Hampshire Electric Co-op, 579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264; 800-698-2007; http://www.smallsteps.coop/coop_programs

Wide Range of Rebates Available to Commercial and Industrial Customers
Public Service of New Hampshire encourages its large commercial and industrial customers to conserve energy through their New Equipment and Construction Program and their Large Business Retrofit Program. Both programs offer prescriptive rebates for a variety of equipment including lighting systems and controls, motors, variable frequency drives, air compressors, and chillers. The New Equipment and Construction program also offers rebates for new HVAC equipment. Each equipment type has stated efficiency levels which must be met in order to qualify. Both programs also provide custom rebates, which allow for facility-specific efficiency improvements. Eligible new construction projects may qualify for a rebate equal to the lesser of 75% of the incremental cost or buy down to one-year pay-back. Eligible retrofit projects may qualify for a rebate equal to the lesser of 35% of the total cost or buy down to one-year pay-back. Contact: Energy Efficiency Services, Public Service of New Hampshire, 780 North Commercial Street, PO Box 330, Manchester, NH 03105; 800-662-7764; http://www.psnh.com/Business/Efficiency/default.asp

$3000 per Home for Builders to Construct Energy Star Standard Homes
Unitil offers its customers a number of programs to encourage more energy efficient homes. The Home Energy Solutions Program can help to improve the energy efficiency of qualified homes. Customers with electrically heated homes qualify for a complete home energy audit and receive recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of their home. The program provides rebates up to $4,000 and includes incentives for installing energy savings improvements including attic and building insulation, programmable thermostats, and air sealing and weather stripping materials. In addition, through the Energy Star Appliance Program rebates are available for Energy Star labeled lighting, refrigerators, clothes washers, and air conditioning units. Rebates from $1 - $10 are offered on various Energy Star lighting fixtures. Through the Energy Star Homes Program, Unitil provides technical assistance, marketing support and rebates of up to $3,000 per home to encourage builders to construct homes that meet federal Energy Star standards. Contact: Unitil, 6 Liberty Lane West
Hampton, NH 03842; 603-772-0775; http://services.unitil.com/ceco/energy_efficiency.asp

Low Interest Loans Above $10,000 Available in Energy Efficiency Program
The New Hampshire Business Resource Center and Ocean National Bank have partnered to offer the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Business Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to small businesses to purchase structural and equipment improvements that reduce energy consumption. The energy efficiency technologies that are eligible are: lighting, chillers, heat pumps, air conditioners, compressed air, motors, motor-ASDs/VSDs, and dry-type transformers. Eligible renewable technologies are: solar water heat, solar thermal process heat, photovoltaics, wind, and biomass. The loan amounts are for $10,000 or more, with a maximum term of seven years. The interest rate is the prime rate minus 1%. Participants use energy cost savings to repay the loan. Contact: Public Information Officer, New Hampshire Business Resource Center, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH 03302-1856; 603-271-2591; Fax: 603-271-6784; http://www.nheconomy.com/pdf/BusinessLoanBrochure.pdf

Minimum $200,000 for Project Costs in Energy Rewards Program
Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) offers incentives on a competitive basis to commercial and industrial customers that achieve measurable energy savings through the installation of energy efficiency measures. Under the Energy Rewards Request for Proposal Program, PSNH accepts proposals for electrical energy efficiency projects to be implemented at the facilities of eligible customers with a minimum demand of 350 kilowatts (kW). PSNH commercial and industrial customers, energy service companies, and other third party service providers representing commercial and industrial customers are eligible to participate. The minimum project energy savings for this program is 100,000 kWh per year (may be aggregated across multiple sites), and the minimum total project cost is $200,000. Eligible measures include replacing standard fluorescent lighting with high-efficiency fluorescent lighting, installing variable-speed drives on motors, installing lighting controls to reduce lighting operating hours, and replacing low-efficiency air conditioning equipment with high-efficiency equipment. Contact: Public Service of New Hampshire, Box 330, Manchester, NH 03105; 603-634-3216; Fax: 603-634-2449; http://www.psnh.com/Business/Efficiency/Rewards.asp

Rebates in Commercial Electric Energy Efficiency Programs
National Grid (NG) offers electric energy efficiency programs for its large commercial and industrial customers. NG’s new construction program, Design 2000plus, offers energy strategies, technical assistance and financial incentives to customers who are building new facilities, adding capacity for manufacturing, replacing failed equipment or undergoing major renovations. In addition to providing support - both technical and financial - in the energy-efficient design of new buildings, financial incentives pay up to 75% of the incremental costs for the high efficiency materials and systems. NG’s second program is for existing buildings and provides technical assistance and incentives to upgrade the performance of existing equipment and systems. Incentives are designed to pay, on average, approximately 40%-50% of the total project cost. Incentives for custom projects provide up to 45% of the total project costs. Small and mid-sized business customers can participate in Design2000plus, Energy Initiative or may be eligible to participate in National Grid’s Small/Mid-Sized Business Program. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Incentives for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses
National Grid’s (NG) Small/Mid-Sized Business Program is for business customers with an average demand of 200 kilowatts or less (or 40,300 kilowatt-hours or less) per month. The program aids qualifying business customers in installing energy efficient equipment. NG provides a free energy audit and report of recommended energy efficiency improvements. If the business customer chooses to make the recommended improvements using NG’s vendor and equipment, NG will pay 70% of the cost of the installation of energy efficient equipment. The remaining 30% can be paid through the customer’s electric bill, at 0% interest over a maximum period of 24 months. Customers paying their 30% share in a single lump sum are provided a 15% discount. Eligible energy efficient equipment includes: lighting upgrades, energy efficient time clocks, occupancy sensors, programmable thermostats, and walk-in and reach-in cooler measures. Customers can register online at the website listed above for a free energy audit. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.nationalgridus.com/smallbusiness

Rebates in Commercial Gas Energy Efficiency Programs
National Grid’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program provides support services and incentives to commercial customers who install energy efficient natural gas related features. All firm commercial and firm transportation rate customers are eligible. Prescriptive rebates are available for common energy efficiency measures installed after the completion of an energy audit, including: programmable thermostats, boiler reset controls, steam trap replacements, pipe/duct insulation, building shell insulation and windows. Custom rebates are available for projects that demonstrate the use of natural gas more efficiently than industry practices, and more efficiently than the minimum building code requirements. Incentives are available covering up to a maximum of 50% of project costs, capped at $100,000 per site and/or per project. The Commercial High Efficiency Heating Program offers rebates ranging from $100 to $6,000 for various types of energy efficient space and water heating equipment. Rebates depend on equipment type and efficiency. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Incentives to Improve Your Business’s Energy Efficiency
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op offers incentives for its large business customers (using 100 kW or more) to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities through their Large Business Energy Solutions Program. This program offers prescriptive and custom rebates designed to pay up to 35% of the installed cost or a buy-down to a one-year payback, whichever is less. To qualify for rebates, the business must be a non-residential property, an NHEC member, and the proposed measures will save electricity and pass a benefits/cost test. Eligible projects include: lighting conversions and controls, energy-efficient motors, variable frequency drives (VFDs), HVAC and compressed air equipment and controls, LED traffic lights, and approved custom projects. Contact: Member Solutions, New Hampshire Electric Co-Op, 579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264-3154; 800-698-2007; Fax: 603-536-8687; http://www.nhec.com/business_energysolutions_largebusiness.php

Rebates for Energy Efficient New Equipment or Construction
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op offers incentives to its commercial and industrial customers to encourage energy efficiency. The program targets any commercial/industrial member building a new facility, undergoing a major renovation, or replacing failed (end-of-life) equipment. The program offers prescriptive and custom rebates designed to cover the lesser of a one-year payback or 75% of incremental costs up to the member's incentive cap. Rebates are available for: energy-efficient lighting and controls; energy-efficient motors, variable frequency drives (VFDs), HVAC equipment and controls, energy-efficient transformers, chillers, and approved custom projects. Contact: Member Solutions, New Hampshire Electric Co-Op, 579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264-3154; 800-698-2007; Fax: 603-536-8687; http://www.nhec.com/business_energysolutions_newbusiness.php

Rebates for Small Business Energy Solutions
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op offers incentives for its small commercial customers (those using less than 100 kW) through their Small Business Energy Solutions Program. The Co-op will conduct a free assessment of a company's energy consumption, recommend efficiency improvements to reduce consumption, and provide rebates of up to 50% toward the cost of implementing the recommendations. Eligible improvements include: lighting technologies, occupancy sensors, hot water tank insulation wraps, refrigeration, and HVAC systems. Contact: Member Solutions, New Hampshire Electric Co-Op, 579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264-3154; 800-698-2007; Fax: 603-536-8687; http://www.nhec.com/business_energysolutions_smallbusiness.php

$5,000 in Incentives for Solar and Wind Energy Program
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op (NHEC) offers rebates to its commercial, non-profit and institutional customers who install qualified renewable energy systems in its service territory. Members that install a solar hot water system may receive a rebate of 25% of the installed system cost, up to $1,500. Members that install a photovoltaic (PV) system may qualify for a rebate of $3.00 per installed watt (DC), with a maximum award of $5,000. NHEC is also providing incentives for the qualified installation of small and medium-sized wind generators. This program provides rebates of 25% of the installed project cost, up to $5,000. Contact (for PV and Wind): Project Development Executive, New Hampshire Electric Co-op, 579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264; 603-536-8650 or contact (for Solar Hot Water): New Hampshire Electric Co-op, 579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264; 800-698-2007; http://www.smallsteps.coop/coop_programs

Rebates Available in Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
Northern Utilities (NU) offers rebates for multifamily customers, small/medium businesses and large businesses. Eligible multifamily buildings have more than four units, a master-metered account, and use gas heat and/or gas hot water. Customers who have a commercial or industrial building that has an annual gas usage of 40,000 therms or less qualify for the small/medium business customers program. All gas customers whose annual use exceeds 40,000 therms, plus all municipal buildings, hospitals, and universities, qualify for the large business program. Eligible energy efficient upgrades are similar for all three programs with slight variations. Upgrades include: attic, roof, wall, ceiling, floor, basement, heating pipe, duct and hot water pipe insulation, temperature turn down, boiler reset control, automatic temperature controls, water heater tank rap, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, heat recovery potential, chillers, etc. Each program also offers a custom program that includes all of the above as well as heating system electronic/pilotless ignition, burner replacement and other measures determined on a site-specific basis. NU will also perform an energy audit for commercial and industrial customers, make recommendations, and pay 50% of the qualified installation cost of suggested upgrades up to a maximum of $50,000. In addition, NU will pay large business customers 50% (up to $7,500) of the cost of a scoping study. NU, as a member of GasNetworks, also offers high efficiency space and water heating equipment rebates ranging from $25 to $1,000. Contact: Northern Utilities, Partners in Energy Intake Center, 300 Friberg Parkway, Westborough, MA 01581; 800-232-0120; http://www.northernutilities.com/business/eneraudit.htm

Incentives and Technical Advice for Small Businesses
Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) offers financial incentives and technical advice to small business customers seeking to improve energy efficiency through retrofits. PSNH's Small Business Retrofit Program, which is available to business customers with an average monthly demand less than 100 kilowatts (kW), tailors incentives for a variety of energy-efficiency measures. The program will cover up to 50% of labor and material costs for the following approved upgrades: energy-efficient fluorescent ballasts, lamps and fixtures; hard-wired & screw-in compact fluorescent systems; high-intensity discharge lighting systems; occupancy sensors; programmable thermostats; electric hot water; tank wraps; cooler door heater controls; and walk-in cooler economizers. PSNH will provide eligible customers with a comprehensive energy analysis at no cost which will identify opportunities for enhancing the energy efficiency of your business. Contact: Customer Service – PSNH, Public Service of New Hampshire, Box 330, Manchester, NH 03105; 800-662-7764; http://www.psnh.com/Business/Efficiency/SmallBusinessRetrofit.asp

Incentives Available in Commercial and Industrial Energy Programs
Unitil offers three programs for its commercial, industrial, and institutional customers in New Hampshire. The Small Business Energy Efficiency Program is designed for commercial and industrial customers that use less than 100 kilowatts (kW). A Unitil energy contractor completes a free technical assessment of the customer's facility, recommends energy efficiency opportunities and offers a rebate of up to 50% of installed cost on prescribed equipment. Eligible technologies include: lighting; occupancy sensors; electric hot water measures; controls for walk-in coolers; air-conditioning; and programmable thermostats. The Large C&I Retrofit Program provides financial and technical services to facilitate the replacement of old, inefficient equipment with new energy efficient equipment in existing facilities. Prescriptive and custom incentives are available to cover the lesser of a one-year payback or 35% of the installed cost of the equipment. Eligible technologies include: lighting and controls; variable frequency drives; motors; LED traffic lights; compressed air systems; and other custom projects. Large C&I New Construction Program offers financial and technical services for customers building a new facility, undergoing a major renovation, or replacing failed (end-of-life) equipment. Prescriptive and custom incentives are available to cover the lesser of a one-year payback or 75% of the incremental cost of the efficient over standard equipment. Eligible technologies include: lighting and controls; variable frequency drives (VFD's); chillers; HVAC equipment; compressed air systems; motors; and other approved custom projects. Contact: Unitil Energy Systems, Customer Service, One McGuire Street, Concord, NH 03301; 800-852-3339 or Unitil Energy Systems
Sr. Program Coordinator - Large Business Energy Efficiency Programs, One McGuire Street, Concord, NH 03301; 603-773-6541; http://www.unitil.com/

New Hampshire Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentive in New Hampshire is:

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Project Funding

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in New Hampshire, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/NH or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 603-271-3503 or Clean Cities Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services; 603-274-6751

New Jersey Energy Programs for Business
 

New Jersey Clean Energy Rebate Program
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) offers funding for renewable-energy programs, including a customer-sited renewables rebate program for homes, businesses, institutions and non-profits.  Eligible technologies include fuel cells, photovoltaic (PV) systems, small wind-energy systems and/or sustainable biomass-energy technologies. Systems must have at least a five-year, all-inclusive warranty. Eligible systems should be sized to produce no more than 100% of the historical or expected (if new construction) amount of electricity consumed at a system's site. Financial incentives for systems larger than one megawatt (MW) are available through the state's Renewable Energy Project Grants and Financing Program. It is important to note that system capacity limits and rebate amounts (including those for system additions) are calculated on a per site basis. All agricultural, commercial, industrial, non-profit, and SUNLIT customers must apply for a receive a Tax Clearance Certificate from the New Jersey Division of Taxation in order to be eligible for financial assistance under this program.  More details can be found out by contacting:  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Renewable Energy Program Administrator, Office of Clean Energy, 44 South Clinton Avenue, P.O. Box 350, Trenton, NJ 08625-0350; 609-777-3300; Fax:  609-777-3330; http://www.njcleanenergy.com/renewable-energy/programs/core-rebate-program/incentives/core-rebate-program
Application:  http://www.njcleanenergy.com/renewable-energy/programs/core-rebate-program/application-and-e-forms/applications-and-e-forms
 
Solar Renewable Energy Certificates
Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) represent the renewable attributes of solar generation, bundled in minimum denominations of one megawatt-hour (MWh) of production. New Jersey’s SREC program provides a means for SRECs to be created and verified, and allows electric suppliers to buy these certificates in order to meet their solar RPS requirements. All electric suppliers must use the SREC program to demonstrate compliance with the RPS. The price of SRECs is determined primarily by their market availability and the price of the Solar Alternative Compliance Payment (SACP) for the state RPS. The SACP is effectively a ceiling on the value of SRECs because it is the per MWh payment that electricity suppliers must make if they fail to obtain enough SRECs to cover their RPS obligation.  For more details on this program, contact:  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Renewable Energy Program Administrator, Office of Clean Energy, 44 South Clinton Avenue, P.O. Box 350, Trenton, NJ 08625-0350; 609- 777-3300; Fax:  609-777-3330; http://www.njcleanenergy.com/renewable-energy/programs/solar-renewable-energy-certificates-srec/new-jersey-solar-renewable-energy

Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems
New Jersey offers exemptions for renewable energy systems used to meet on-site electricity, heating, cooling, or general energy needs from local property taxes. (There is not a state component to property taxes in New Jersey). Eligible renewable energy systems include solar PV, wind, fuel cells, sustainable biomass, geothermal electric, landfill gas, hydroelectric, resource recovery, wave, and tidal systems that produce electricity. Systems that produce energy from solar thermal energy (e.g., solar hot water) or geothermal energy (e.g., geothermal heat pumps) are also eligible for the exemption. The exemption may be claimed for all qualified systems installed on residential, commercial, industrial, or mixed use buildings as accessory uses.  For more details, contact:  Department of the Treasury, Division of Taxation, P. O. Box 002, Trenton, NJ 08625-0002; 609-826-4400; http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/PL08/90_.PDF or http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/
Application:  In order to claim the exemption, property owners must apply for a certificate from their local assessor, which will reduce the assessed value of their property to what it would be without the renewable energy system.

Solar Loan Program for New Jersey
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) of New Jersey offers loans for photovoltaic (PV) systems to all customer classes in its electric service territory. The program will provide loans covering 40% to 60% of the cost of PV systems with the remainder to be financed separately by the customer. A loan term of 15 years is available to non-residential customers at an interest rate of 11.11%. Residential customers are eligible for a loan term of 10 years at a 6.5% interest rate.  Customers may repay the loan through cash payments or by signing over their Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) to PSE&G.  Contact:  Solar Loan Program, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), 80 Park Plaza, Newark, NJ 07102; 973-430-8460; http://www.pseg.com/customer/solar/index.jsp
Application:  http://www.pseg.com/customer/solar/application.jsp

Sales Tax Exemption for Solar & Wind Energy Equipment
New Jersey offers a full exemption from the state's 7% sales tax for all solar and wind energy equipment. This exemption is available to all taxpayers. All major types of solar energy equipment, including equipment for passive solar design, is considered eligible for the exemption.  To learn more, contact:  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Renewable Energy Program Administrator, Office of Clean Energy, 44 South Clinton Avenue, P.O. Box 350, Trenton, NJ 08625-0350; 609-777-3300; Fax:  609-777-3330; http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/NJ01F1.htm or http://www.bpu.state.nj.us/

$2,900 or More for Homebuilders
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities offers the ENERGY STAR Homes Program, with incentives available to builders who construct homes that are 30% more efficient than homes built to the national Model Energy Code.  Builders can qualify for two types of incentives under this program: Core Incentives and Supplemental Incentives. For Core Incentives, if the home is rated as an ENERGY STAR home, the builder will receive a base amount dependent on the type of residence (single-family or multi-family), as well as an incentive per square foot of the house, up to a maximum incentive of $2,900. Supplemental Incentives are available for energy efficient HVAC systems and some appliances.  Building owners of all multi-family new construction units must apply for a receive a Tax Clearance Certificate from the New Jersey Division of Taxation in order to be eligible for financial assistance under this program.  For more information, contact:  Public Information Officer, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, New Jersey Energy Star Homes, 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ 07102; 866-378-2765; http://www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/programs/nj-energy-star-homes/nj-energy-star-homes

$200,000 + Design & Technical Support for Your Energy Project
New Jersey SmartStart Buildings is a program providing incentives to non-residential retail electric and/or gas service customers of the participating New Jersey utilities: Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power & Light, Rockland Electric Company, New Jersey Natural Gas, Elizabethtown Gas, PSE&G, and South Jersey Gas.  The program offers design incentives and technical support, but financial incentives for qualifying equipment are also available. Rebates are provided for HVAC equipment, lighting, premium motors, natural gas water heaters, variable frequency drives, and custom measures approved by the participating utility. The rebate amounts are all determined by the equipment type, size and/or efficiency level.  Financial incentives may be limited to a maximum of $200,000 per customer.  All commercial and industrial applicants must apply for and receive a Tax Clearance Certificate from the New Jersey Division of Taxation before they can receive financial assistance.  Contact:  Public Information Officer, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Office of Clean Energy, 44 South Clinton Avenue, PO Box 350, Trenton, NJ 08625-0350; 877-786-5278 or 609-777-3300; Fax:  609-777-3330; http://www.njcleanenergy.com/commercial-industrial/programs/nj-smartstart-buildings/nj-smartstart-buildings

New Jersey Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in New Jersey are: 

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)Rebate
  • Biodiesel Fuel Use Rebate
  • Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Rebate
  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
  • Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Tax Exemption
  • Idle Reduction Technology Grant

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in New Jersey, go to:   http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/NJ or contact:  Clean Cities Coordinator, New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition; 908-380-1109 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 412-386-4726

 
New Mexico Energy Programs for Business
 

$9,000 to Be Energy Efficient in New Mexico
The New Mexico Solar Market Development Tax Credit offers a 30% personal income tax credit (up to $9,000) for residents and businesses (non-corporate), including agricultural enterprises, who purchase and install certified photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems. Eligible systems include grid-tied commercial PV systems, off-grid and grid-tied residential PV systems, and (active) solar hot water or hot air systems. To be eligible, systems must first be certified by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department. Note that solar pool or hot tub heaters are not eligible for this tax credit.  For more details:  New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Energy Conservation and Management Division, 1220 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505-476-3318; Fax:  505-476-3322; http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ECMD/CleanEnergyTaxIncentives/solartaxcredit.htm

Tax Credits for Sustainable Buildings
New Mexico offers a personal tax credit and a corporate tax credit for sustainable buildings in New Mexico. The tax credits apply to both commercial and residential buildings.  To receive the tax credit, the building owner must obtain a certificate of eligibility from the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department after the building has been completed.  The taxpayer must then present their certificate of eligibility to the Taxation and Revenue Department to receive a document granting the Sustainable Building Tax Credit. If the total amount of a Sustainable Building Tax Credit is less than $25,000, the entire amount of the credit can be applied to the taxpayer's income tax in that year. If the credit is more than $25,000 the credit will be applied in increments of 25% over the next 4 years. If a taxpayer's tax liability is less than the amount of credit due, the excess credit may be carried forward for up to seven years.  Contact:  New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department, P.O. Box 630, Santa Fe, NM 87504; 505-827-0700; http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ecmd/index.htm or New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Energy Conservation and Management Division, 1220 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505-476-3254; Fax:  505-476-3322

Tax Incentives to Generate Electricity from Wind or Biomass
The New Mexico Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit provides a tax credit against the corporate income tax of one cent per kilowatt-hour for companies that generate electricity from wind or biomass. Companies that generate electricity from solar energy receive a tax incentive that varies annually and according to the EMNRD, this incentive averages 2.7¢/kWh annually.  For wind and biomass generators, the credit is applicable only to the first 400,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity in each of 10 consecutive taxable years. For solar, the credit is applicable only to the first 200,000 MWh of electricity in each taxable year. To qualify, an energy generator must have a capacity of at least 1 megawatt and be installed before January 2018.  Other eligibility criteria needs to be met.  To learn more, contact:  New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Energy Conservation and Management Division, 1220 South Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505-476-3319; Fax:  505-476-3322; http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ecmd/index.htm
Application:  http://www.tax.state.nm.us/forms/year07/rpd41227.pdf

6% Tax Credit for Solar Energy Use 
In New Mexico, the development and construction costs of solar thermal electric plants and associated energy storage devices are eligible for a 6% tax credit. The credit may be claimed against New Mexico gross receipts, compensating, or withholding taxes and can be carried forward for up to five years. The tax credit amount is capped at $60 million.  In order to claim the tax credit, developers must obtain a certificate of eligibility from the New Mexico Environment Department and submit the certificate to the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.  Contact:  New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Energy Conservation and Management Division, 1220 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505-476-3207; Fax:  505-476-3322; http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ecmd/

Claim Tax Credits for Using Renewable Energy Systems
The Alternative Energy Product Manufacturers tax credit may be claimed for manufacturing alternative energy products and components, including renewable energy systems, fuel cell systems, and electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. Alternative energy components include parts, assembly of parts, materials, ingredients or supplies that are incorporated directly into end products.  The total amount of the credit is approved by the Taxation and Revenue Department and is not to exceed 5% of the taxpayer’s qualified expenditures. A qualified expenditure is the purchase of manufacturing equipment made after July 1, 2006.  Contact:  New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Energy Conservation and Management Division, 1220 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505-476-3207; Fax:  505-476-3322; http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ecmd/ and http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/NM19F.htm
Application:  http://www.tax.state.nm.us/forms/year99/crsforms.htm

Renewable Energy Credits for Solar PV Installation
PNM offers the Renewable Energy Credit (REC) purchase program whereby PNM will purchase RECs from customers who install solar PV systems (up to 10 kilowatts in capacity) at a rate of $0.13/kilowatt-hour (kWh) through 2018. PNM will then be able to apply these RECs towards their obligations under the state's RPS.  The program has funding for 1.2 megawatts (MW) of solar installations, at a cost of about $2.8 million.  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, PNM, Customer Generation Programs, Alvarado Square, MS 0510, Albuquerque, NM 87158-0001; 505-241-2589; http://www.pnm.com/customers/pv/program.htm
Application:  http://www.pnm.com/customers/pdf/pv_app.pdf

Deduct Your Biomass Purchases from Your Tax Bill
New Mexico has a policy that allows businesses to deduct the value of biomass equipment and biomass materials used for the processing of biopower, biofuels or biobased products in determining the amount of Compensating Tax due.  New Mexico's Compensating Tax is an excise, or "use" tax, which is typically levied on the purchaser of the product or service for using tangible property in the state. The tax applies to imports of factory and office equipment, and other items. The rate is 5% of the value of the property or service. Compensating Tax is designed to protect New Mexico businesses from unfair competition from out-of-state business not subject to a sales or gross receipts tax. This biomass Compensating Tax deduction is analogous to a sales tax exemption for renewable energy equipment available in some other states.  Contact:  Tax Information Office, New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department, P.O. Box 630, Santa Fe, NM 87504; 505-827-0700; http://www.tax.state.nm.us/home.htm

Tax Benefits for Qualified Energy Systems
New Mexico has a gross receipts tax structure for businesses instead of a sales tax. Businesses are taxed on the gross amount of their business receipts each year before expenses are deducted. Revenue generated by the sale and installation of solar systems used to provide space heat, hot water or electricity may be deducted from gross receipts before the gross receipts tax is calculated. Also covered are dark colored water tanks exposed to sunlight, including all equipment necessary for the installation and operation of the water tank as a part of the overall water system of the property; and a non-vented trombe wall, and all equipment necessary for the installation and operation of the trombe wall.  To learn more, contact:  New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Energy Conservation and Management Division, 1220 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505-476-3318; Fax:  505-476-3322; http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ECMD/CleanEnergyTaxIncentives/grossreceiptstaxexemption.htm
Application:  http://www.tax.state.nm.us/forms/year07/RPD41341.pdf

Bond Program for Schools’ Renewable Energy Upgrades
New Mexico's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bonding Act authorizes up to $20 million in bonds to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in state government and school district buildings. At the request of a state agency or school district, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department will conduct an energy assessment of a building to determine specific efficiency measures which will result in energy and cost savings. A state agency or school district may install or enter into contracts for the installation of energy efficiency measures on the building identified in the assessment. An installation contract may be entered into for a term of up to 10 years.  The bonds are exempt from taxation by the state, and any type of renewable energy system and most energy efficiency measures, including energy recovery and combined heat and power (CHP) systems, are eligible for funding. Projects financed with the bonds will be paid back to the bonding authority using the savings on energy bills. Contact:  New Mexico Finance Authority, 409 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505-984-1454; Fax:  505-984-0002; http://www.nmfa.net/loan/?t=State%20Building%20Automation%20Project%20Financing

Over $3,000 in Energy Incentives 
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative offers financial incentives for its members to install energy efficient heating/cooling equipment. Customers who install an Electric Thermal Storage (ETS)/Heat Pump system or a stand-alone ETS system qualify for a discounted, Time-Of-Use electric rate for space and water heating usage. Customers are eligible to receive rebates ranging from $924 up to $3009 depending on the size of the system.  Contact:  Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, 118 Cruz Alta Rd., PO Box 587, Taos, NM 87571; 505-758-2258 or 800-688-6780; Fax:  575-758-4611; http://www.kitcarson.com/dialup/products.html

$$ Rebates for Businesses to Increase Energy Efficiency
PNM provides incentives for their commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their buildings. Rebates are provided to their electric customers for the purchase of advanced evaporative coolers, or for upgrading their lighting. Small to medium sized businesses can also enroll in their power saving program to receive discounts in exchange for PNM to have the ability to remotely cycle off their air conditioners during peak periods. Large commercial customers can participate in PNM's Peak Saver Program and receive incentives based on the amount of electricity managed by the PNM Peak Saver program.  Gas customers of PNM can receive rebates for the purchase of gas fryers and gas water heaters. To qualify, businesses must be non-transportation customers receiving gas service under PNM Rate 54 or PNM Rate 56.   Rebate amounts vary up to $500.  Contact:  Customer Service, PNM, PO Box 349, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0349; 888-342-5766; http://www.pnm.com/rebates/business_rebates.htm

$500 Energy Efficient Homebuilder Rebate
PNM offers homebuilders a $500 rebate for each Energy Star-qualified home they build in PNM gas and electric service areas. Every Energy Star-qualified home must include effective insulation and air sealing; high performance windows, doors and skylights; tight construction and ducts; and independent testing and inspection. The builder must arrange for a qualified Home Energy Rater (HER) to inspect the new home. To qualify for the incentive the energy rating must be equal to or less than 85. Contact:  Customer Service, PNM, PO Box 349, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0349; 888-342-5766; http://www.pnm.com/rebates/energy_star_builder.htm
Application:  http://www.pnm.com/rebates/docs/PEEP_07_EStar_HM.pdf and http://www.pnm.com/rebates/docs/PEEP_07_EStar_HB.pdf

New Mexico Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in New Mexico are: 

  • Biodiesel Blending Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Research and Development Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Tax Exemption
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Tax Exemption
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Grants

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in New Mexico, go to:   http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/NM or contact:  Clean Cities Coordinator/Executive Director, Land of Enchantment Clean Cities Coalition/Alternative Fuels Vehicle Network (AFVN); 505-856-8585 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 412-386-5793

 
New York Energy Programs for Business
 

Solar, Wind & Biomass Energy Systems Exemption
Section 487 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law provides a 15-year real property tax exemption for solar and wind energy systems constructed in New York State. As currently effective, the law is a local option exemption, meaning that local governments are permitted decide whether or not to allow it. The exemption is valid unless a government opts out of the exemption, as opposed to the more common practice of requiring governments to opt-in in order to offer an exemption.  The law intends to encourage the installation of solar, wind and farm-waste energy equipment systems and to ensure property owners that their real property taxes will not increase as a result of the installation of these systems. The amount of the exemption is equal to the increase in assessed value attributable to the solar, wind or farm-waste energy system. The exemption applies only to general municipal and school district taxes; it cannot be applied to special assessments or special ad valorem levies.  For a list of local bodies that have opted not to offer the exemption, see: http://www.orps.state.ny.us/legal/localop/487opt.htm. To learn more, contact:  Public Information Officer, Office of Real Property Services, 16 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY 12210-2714; 518-486-5446; Fax:  518-474-9276; http://www.orps.state.ny.us/assessor/manuals/vol4/part1/section4.01/sec487.htm

Cash Incentives for Solar System Installations
The Solar Pioneer Program offers rebates that are approximately 50% of the costs for a PV system. LIPA grid connected customers are eligible for a rebate.  Currently, LIPA offers rebates for (PV) system installations of $3.50 per watt (DC) for residential and commercial customers. LIPA also offers additional rebates of $1 per watt above the current rebate levels ($4.50/watt total) for school, not for profit, and government facilities to help compensate for tax incentives available to residential and commercial customers. The maximum eligible system size is 10 kW.  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Long Island Power Authority, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Uniondale, NY 11553; 800-692-2626; http://www.lipower.org/efficiency/solar.html
Application:  http://www.lipower.org/efficiency/solar.forms.html

$100,000 for Solar Thermal System Technologies
National Grid provides funding support to residential, commercial, industrial, and multifamily customers who install solar thermal technologies. Recommended solar thermal applications include solar hot water heating, solar pool heating, and in some cases solar space heating or high temperature process applications.

  • Residential customers:  You can apply for a rebate of 15% off project costs up to a maximum of rebate of $1,500 for solar water heating systems. This rebate requires that participating customers share their water heating usage data for a period of 12 months in order to receive funding.
  • Commercial and Industrial and Multi-Family customers:  National Grid requires a free energy audit to interested participants to identify appropriate solar thermal technologies as well as estimated natural gas savings. Commercial, industrial, and multi-family customers receive a one-time rebate of $3 per therm of estimated first-year savings, up to 50% of the project costs or $100,000 per project.

To learn more, contact:  General Information, Solar Thermal, National Grid; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Up to $6,000 for Energy Efficient Equipment
National Grid’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program provides support services and incentives to commercial customers who install energy efficient natural gas related measures. All firm commercial and firm transportation rate customers are eligible to participate. The Commercial High Efficiency Heating Program offers rebates ranging from $100 to $6,000 for various types of energy efficient space and water heating equipment. Rebates depend on equipment type and efficiency. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards provided on the website listed above.  To learn more, contact:  National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Rebates & Other Financing for Your Energy Projects
National Grid’s Small/Mid-Sized Business Program is for business customers with an average demand of 200 kilowatts or less (or 40,300 kilowatt-hours or less) per month. The program aids qualifying business customers in installing energy efficient equipment. National Grid provides a free energy audit and report of recommended energy efficiency improvements. If the business customer chooses to make the recommended improvements using National Grid’s vendor and equipment, National Grid will pay 70% of the cost of the installation of energy efficient equipment. The remaining 30% can be paid through the customer’s electric bill, at 0% interest over a maximum period of 24 months. Customers paying their 30% share in a single lump sum are provided a 15% discount. Eligible energy efficient equipment includes: lighting upgrades, energy efficient time clocks, occupancy sensors, programmable thermostats, and walk-in and reach-in cooler measures. Customers can register online at the website listed above for a free energy audit.  To learn more, contact:  National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Technical Support & Financing for Large Commercial Energy Projects
National Grid offers electric energy efficiency programs for its large commercial and industrial customers:  

  • Design 2000plus: National Grid’s new construction program offers energy strategies, technical assistance and financial incentives to customers who are building new facilities, adding capacity for manufacturing, replacing failed equipment or undergoing major renovations. In addition to providing support, financial incentives pay up to 75% of the incremental costs for the high efficiency materials and systems.  
  • Energy Initiative: National Grid’s program for existing buildings provides technical assistance and incentives to upgrade the performance of existing equipment and systems, Incentives are designed to pay, on average, approximately 40%-50% of the total project cost. Incentives for custom projects provide up to 45% of the total project costs.  

National Grid offers a range of related services that complement the above two energy efficiency programs and assist their large commercial customers with identifying and installing energy efficient technologies, including technical assistance, turnkey services, commissioning, lamp and ballast recycling, and more. To learn more, contact:  National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

$62,500 in Property Tax Abatements for Installing PV Systems
The State of New York enacted allows property tax abatements for photovoltaic (PV) system expenditures made on buildings located in cities with a population of 1 million or more people. Eligible buildings include all real property except utility real property.  The abatement allows building owners to deduct from their total real property taxes a portion of the expenditures associated with installing a PV system on an eligible building. The maximum abatement during a year is $62,500 or the amount of real property taxes owed during the year. Unused balances may not be carried forward to subsequent years. Eligible expenditures include reasonable expenditures for materials and labor associated with planning, designing, and installing the system.  Contact:  Customer Assistance, New York City Department of Finance, Property Taxes, P.O. Box 32, Church Street Station, New York, NY 10008-0032; 212-504-4080; http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/home/home.shtml and http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A11202&sh=t

$1.0 Million Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity Rebate
The Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity program is designed to support smaller sized electricity generation where the energy generated is used primarily at the electric customer's location. Eligibility is generally limited to customers that pay the RPS surcharge on their electric bills. Incentives are limited to $1 million per Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG) system. Incentive payments are available for both new installations and for the installation of new equipment on existing facilities.  Here are the two incentive options:

  • Capacity Incentive:  This incentive is available only for equipment installed on or after Feb. 12, 2007 and valued at $500/KW. Eligible equipment includes controls, meters, biogas clean-up equipment, emissions control equipment, interconnection equipment, and costs associated with engineering services. The capacity incentive is capped at $350,000 or 50% of new equipment costs, whichever is less.
  • Production Incentive:  Performance incentives are offered for verified ADG-fueled electricity generation, and may be provided for up to three years. The incentive for electricity generated by equipment installed on or after Feb. 12, 2007 is valued at $0.10/kWh. For systems installed or substantially upgraded on or after Jan. 1, 2003, but before Feb. 12, 2007, a Maintenance incentive payment of $0.02 kWh is available.

To learn more, contact:  New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 518-862-1090, ext. 3301; http://www.nyserda.org/funding/funding.asp?i=2

Up to $4.0 Million for Energy Projects
The Distributed Generation as Combined Heat and Power (DG-CHP) program is a multi-faceted initiative designed to support the advancement of DG-CHP technology within the state.  The available incentives are broken down into three unique categories in accordance with these goals.  

  • Category A: Demonstration - Category A projects at single sites are eligible for grants up to the lesser of 30% of project costs or $2 million. Category A-1 projects are multiple site projects where the where the sites have similar electrical and thermal load, and are under common ownership. These projects are eligible for a maximum award of $4 million. However, an additional cost share of up to 20% (for a total of 50%) may be provided for both types under certain circumstances.
  • Category B: Recommissioning Studies - This category will provide the lesser of $75,000 or 50% of the cost of recommissioning studies of existing DG-CHP systems for the purpose of identifying cost-effective changes that would increase the value of the system. To be eligible, a DG-CHP system must have received assistance under a previous NYSERDA demonstration program, have been put into service prior to June 1, 2005, and be presently operational or be able to be rendered operational with minimum effort.
  • Category C: Technology Transfer Studies - Proposals for technology transfer studies designed to broaden the market penetration of DG-CHP systems are eligible to receive funding up to the lesser of $100,000 or 75% of total costs. In general, proposers must be able to demonstrate that their study can build upon or be integrated into other NYSERDA DG-CHP efforts. Studies proposing to examine completed or ongoing efforts from outside of New York must emphasize a New York focus lacking in the original study. All studies must be completed within two years of the NYSERDA award notification.

Further information on this program, including additional eligibility details, applications and informational workshop dates, see:  http://www.nyserda.org/Funding/1241pon.asp or contact:  New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 518-862-1090, ext. 3269 or 866-697-3732; Fax:  518-862-1091; http://www.nyserda.org/Funding/funding.asp?i=2

$2.5 Million Low-Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Projects
The New York Energy $mart Loan Fund provides reduced-interest rate loans through participating lenders to finance renovation or construction projects that improve a facility’s energy efficiency or incorporate renewable energy systems. Any commercial, industrial, retail, agricultural, non-profit, residential, or multi-family facility that is an electric distribution customer of one of the State’s six investor-owned utilities is eligible for this interest rate reduction program.  All facilities excluding one- to four-family homes may also qualify for Green Building Improvement, up to $500,000. To be eligible for a loan for Green Building Improvements, the borrower must provide evidence that the building has been registered for LEED certification with the United State Green Building Council. All existing multi-family buildings must have received technical assistance through the NYSERDA Multi-family Performance Program or another NYSERDA offered technical assistance program or solicitation.  For grid-connected photovoltaic and wind turbine systems, a customer must first be approved to receive incentives through NYSERDA's Powernaturally program (http://www.powernaturally.org/). Once a customer has been approved to receive these incentives, they may then apply to the Loan Fund for a low-interest loan for their out-of-pocket expenses. Wind and photovoltaic (PV) systems are included as eligible measures for all customer classes.  Contact:  New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 518-862-1090, ext. 3412 or 866-697-3732; Fax:  518-862-1091; http://www.nyserda.org/loanfund/

Up to $1.0 Million Fuel Cell Rebate and Performance Incentive
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority offers incentives for the purchase, installation, and operation of customer sited tier fuel cell systems used for electricity production. Because such systems will help fulfill the CST component of the state RPS requirement, eligibility for incentives is generally limited to customers who pay the RPS surcharge on their electricity bills. There are no minimum or maximum size limits for projects, though incentives will generally be granted only for installed capacity not exceeding the customer's electrical load.  Incentive levels and limitations vary by system size, customer sector, and system performance. Bonus capacity incentives are available for projects that provide secure/standalone capability at sites of Essential Public Services (e.g., police stations, hospitals, public utilities). Performance incentives can be received for up to 3 years at different levels ($/kWh) depending on the system capacity factor. The total value of incentives is capped at $50,000 for systems smaller than 25 kilowatts (kW) and at $1 million for larger systems.  For more details, contact:  New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 518-862-1090, ext. 3208 or 866-697-3732; Fax:  518-862-1091; http://www.nyserda.org/funding/1150pon.asp

$150,000 Incentives for Small Wind Systems
The NYSERDA provides incentives for eligible small wind systems. Incentive payments are not paid directly to the owner of the wind system. Instead, they are paid to eligible installers that have been approved to participate in this program, but the entire incentive must be passed on to the owner of the wind system by the eligible installer.  NYSERDA has identified a total of 29 wind system models made by 12 different manufacturers as being eligible for the incentive. The eligible models range in size from 800 W to 250 kW. Each model is eligible for a different base incentive which can be increased or decreased depending on the height of the tower used for the system.  A total of $150,000 is available per site.  To learn more, contact:  Public Information Specialist, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 866-697-3732 or 518-862-1090; Fax:  518-862-1091; http://www.powernaturally.com/Programs/Wind/incentives.asp?i=8

$$ Cash Incentives for PV Systems
NYSERDA provides incentives of $3 to $5 per watt (DC) to eligible installers for the installation of approved, grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems. The maximum capacity supported by the program is 50 kW for non-residential systems and 10 kW for residential systems. Larger systems are permitted, but incentives are based on these capacity caps. Incentives are only available to eligible installers, and incentives must be passed on to customers. PV incentives are available for many end-uses (building or non-building) and sectors, including the residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, institutional, educational and non-for-profit facilities, and government sectors.  To learn more, contact:  Public Information Specialist, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 866-697-3732 or 518-862-1090; Fax:  518-862-1091; http://www.powernaturally.org/Programs/Solar/incentives.asp

Discount on Permit Fees for Solar Panel Installations
The Town of Riverhead on Long Island has made a special allowance in its building permit fee structure to provide a discount to people wishing to install energy conservation devices on residential or commercial buildings. The provision in the town code applies to any energy conservation device, but explicitly mentions solar panels as eligible for favorable treatment. Those wishing to install such devices now pay a flat permitting fee of $150, whereas prior to the code revision permitting fees for solar panel installations often approached $1,000.  Contact:  Building Department Administrator, Town of Riverhead, 201 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901; 631-727-3200, ext. 264; http://www.riverheadli.com/building.html

$5,000 Solar and Fuel Cell Tax Credit
The Solar and Fuel Cell personal income tax credit originally applies to solar-electric (PV) equipment as well as solar-thermal equipment used on residential property. The credit is capped at $3,750 for solar-energy systems placed in service before September 1, 2006, and capped at $5,000 for solar-energy systems placed in service on or after September 1, 2006.  In addition, fuel cells installed at a principal residence are eligible for a 20% tax credit, with a maximum credit of $1,500. To qualify, fuel cells must provide a maximum rated baseload capacity of 25 kW and must utilize proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology.  Any amount of credit that exceeds a taxpayer's liability in a given tax year may be carried forward for the five following taxable years.  For more information, contact:  Taxpayer Assistance, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Taxpayer Assistance Bureau, W.A. Harriman Campus, Albany, NY 12227; 800-225-5829; http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/NY03F.htm and http://www.tax.state.ny.us/

$2 Million Tax Credit for Green Buildings
The Green Building Tax Credit for business and personal income taxpayers can be applied against corporate taxes, personal income, insurance corporation taxes and banking corporation taxes. The incentive applies to owners and tenants of eligible buildings and tenant spaces which meet certain green standards. These standards increase energy efficiency, improve indoor air quality, and reduce the environmental impacts of large commercial and residential buildings in New York State, among other benefits.  There is a maximum incentive of $2 million per building.  For more information, contact:  Public Information Officer, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750; 518-402-9167; Fax:  518-402-9168; http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/1540.html

Up to $3,000 for Energy Star Home Builders
NYSERDA offers a program to encourage more industry involvement in the building of Energy Star Standard Homes. When a builder is certified as an Energy Star Home Builder and builds a home to Energy Star Standards, he or she is eligible for a direct cash incentive of $750 to $1,500. The actual level of the incentive depends on how efficient the home is. Larger incentives are available for display homes ($2,500) and model homes ($3,000). Non-display, non-model homes built in Westchester, Bronx, Richmond, Kings, New York, and Queens counties receive a $250 bonus incentive.  For more details, contact:  Public Information Officer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 518-862-1090 or 866-697-3732; Fax:  518-862-1091; http://www.getenergysmart.org/SingleFamilyHomes/NewConstruction/Builder/SupportIncentives.aspx

$1.5 Million per Energy Projects
This incentive program seeks to increase the manufacturing of renewable, clean, and energy efficient products in New York by providing funds to manufacturers that wish to develop or expand facilities producing eligible products. Eligible products are limited to those dealing with clean electricity production, more efficient use of electricity, or grid-connected electricity storage.  There are three phases of funding, and a total of $10 million is available under this program.  To learn more, contact:  New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 518-862-1090, ext. 3264; Fax:  518-862-1091; http://www.nyserda.org/funding/funding.asp?i=2 and http://www.nyserda.org/funding/1176pon.asp

$$ Incentives for Builders to Improve Energy Efficiency
Under NYSERDA's Energy $mart Multifamily Performance Program, new construction of multi-family buildings and existing multi-family buildings are eligible for incentives that improve energy savings through energy efficiency or innovative energy solutions, such as renewable energies. Through this program, interested building owners work with a Multifamily Performance Partner. Additional incentives are available for projects that serve or are expected to serve low-income tenants, as well as income qualified housing that meets certain sustainability guidelines.  To be eligible for affordable housing incentives, the building owner must demonstrate that the property is publicly-subsidized or that at least 25% of residents receive public assistance or earn below 80% of the State Median Income.  Eligible buildings must have five or more units regardless of the number of stories. Buildings may contain nonresidential-related commercial space, if that space does not consist of more than 50% of the gross heated square footage of the entire project.  For more information, contact:  Energy $mart Multifamily Performance Program - Existing Buildings, TRC Energy Services, 10 Maxwell Drive, Suite 200, Clifton park , NY 12065; 877-697-6278 or Energy $mart Multifamily Building Performance - New Construction, TRC Energy Services, 1430 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York , NY 10018; 877-697-6278; http://getenergysmart.org/MultiFamilyHomes/Default.aspx

$1.65 Million for New York Energy Efficiency
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) encourages the incorporation of energy efficiency and renewable-energy resources into the design, construction and operation of commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family buildings through their Energy $mart New Construction Program.  $24 million is available to conduct technical assessments of energy-efficiency measures in building designs and to offset up to 75% of the incremental capital costs to purchase and install energy-efficient equipment. Maximum incentive amounts vary by project type and incentive category. The total per project limit is $1.65 million for projects in ConEd's service territory and $850,000 for eligible customers of other utilities. Bonus incentives for certain improvements are not counted towards the project cap.  Funding is available for pre-qualified equipment, custom measures, whole-building design, advanced solar and daylighting, peak-load control, LEED projects and energy benchmarking. Additional incentives for natural gas efficiency and electric or steam driven chillers are available to ConEd customers only.  Contact:  New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 518-862-1090, ext. 3412; 866-697-3732; Fax:  518-862-1091; http://www.nyserda.org/programs/New_Construction/default.asp
Application:  http://www.nyserda.org/Funding/1222pon.asp

Up to $5 Million for Existing Companies to Go Green
The NYSERDA Existing Facilities program offers a broad array of different incentives to electricity customers within the state that pay the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Natural gas customers of Con Edison who pay the monthly rate adjustment (MRA) and small commercial customers of National Fuel Gas that use less than 12,000 Mcf per year are also eligible for certain incentives. Energy service companies (ESCOs) that implement efficiency measures for eligible customers are likewise eligible.

  • Pre-qualified Measures:  The pre-qualified equipment category is designed to support comparatively small electric and natural gas efficiency projects through fixed $/unit equipment rebates. The general technologies covered by the pre-qualified designation are as follows: lighting, HVAC, chillers, motors, variable frequency drives, natural gas equipment, refrigeration, commercial kitchen equipment, and commercial washing equipment.Pre-qualified applications should be sent within 90 days of the invoice for purchase and installation of the equipment. The maximum incentive available under this category is $30,000 per project.  
  • Performance-based Incentives:  This category of incentives is generally oriented towards large improvement projects. Performance incentives are available for electric efficiency, energy storage, natural gas efficiency, demand response, combined heat and power (CHP), and industrial process efficiency. Performance incentives are awarded as one-time payments based on the expected first-year savings offered by a given improvement.

Contact:   New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; 866-697-3732, ext. 3371 or 518-862-1090; Fax:  518-862-1091; http://www.nyserda.org/Programs/Existing_Facilities/default.html
Application:  http://www.nyserda.org/Programs/Existing_Facilities/pdfs/Existing%20Facilities%20application.pdf

$50,000 for Commercial Lighting Upgrades
The New York Energy $mart Small Commercial Lighting Program (SCLP) provides incentives and information for businesses to install energy-efficient lighting in small commercial spaces. Spaces may be in a commercial or industrial building, or a common area in a hotel or multifamily residential establishment.  Various incentives are available on individual projects, with a maximum of $50,000.  For more program information, contact:  Public Information Officer, New York Energy $mart Small Commercial Lighting Program, ICF Consulting, 2021 Western Avenue, Ste. 104, Albany, NY 12203; 866-698-8177 or 518-452-0097; Fax:  518-452-2149; http://www.nyserda.org/SCLP2/index.asp

$800,000 to Increase Your Facility’s Energy Efficiency
Long Island Power Authority offers a variety of incentives for its non-residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities through its Commercial Construction Program. Major renovations of existing buildings are also eligible for this program. Incentives will cover a portion of the additional design and equipment expenses required to create an exemplary building. For customers exploring the custom approach or the whole building design approach LIPA will provide up to $10,000 in technical assistance services, including consultants to help businesses choose and implement energy-efficient measures and equipment. For more complex projects, LIPA will provide 50% of any additional planning costs, up to $50,000.  More details can be found out by contacting:  Customer Service, Long Island Power Authority, 131 South Hoffman Lane, Suite 100, Islandia, NY 11749; 800-692-2626; http://www.lipower.org/efficiency/commercial.html

New York Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives

State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in New York are: 

  • Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Biofuel Production Tax Credit
  • Biofuel Fueling Infrastructure Funding
  • Alternative Fuel Bus Funding
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Funding
  • Alternative Fuel Technical Assistance
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Technical Assistance
  • Alternative Fuel Product Development Funding
  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Access
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Electric Vehicle (EV) Funding - New York City
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Taxi Funding - New York City

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in New York, go to:   http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/NY or contact:  Clean Cities Coordinator, Capital District Clean Communities; 518-458-2161 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 412-386-4726

 
North Carolina Energy Programs for Business
 

Property Tax Exemption for Solar Heating and Cooling Systems
Active solar heating and cooling systems may not be assessed at more than the value of a conventional system for property tax purposes. This tax exemption applies only to active solar systems including solar water heat, solar space heat and solar space cooling and does not include any land or structural elements of buildings, such as walls and roofs, or other equipment ordinarily contained in a building. Systems placed on commercial and industrial property are eligible for this exclusion. Contact: Taxpayer Assistance - NC DOR, N.C. Department of Revenue, Post Office Box 25000, Raleigh, NC 27640; 877-252-3052; http://www.dor.state.nc.us

Building Permit Fee Waiver for Renewable Energy Technologies
The City of Asheville waives fees for building permits and plan reviews for certain renewable energy technologies and green building certifications for mixed-use commercial buildings. Waivers for building permit fees may apply to the following designations: HealthyBuilt Home Certification, Energy Star Rating, geothermal heat pumps, solar-energy systems, wind turbines, storm water (gray water) collection device for reuse in yard sprinkler or elsewhere. The city will also reduce plan review fees by 50% for any building that is seeking LEED certification. Regular fees must be paid in full but will be rebated upon certification. These fee waivers apply to mixed-use commercial buildings if they include residential space. Contact: Building Safety Department, P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802; 828-259-5628
Fax: 828-250-8785; http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/building_safety/default.aspx?id=344&ekmensel=12_submenu_0_link_4

Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficiency Improvements
Carteret Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) offers low interest loans to help its members improve energy efficiency through their Energy Conservation Loan Program. The loans have a 6% interest rate with terms up to 60 months. These loans may be used to make such improvements as installing storm windows, weather-stripping, insulation, attic ventilation fans, electric system coordinated customer-owned devices that reduce the maximum kilowatt demand on the electric system, energy-efficient water heaters and energy-efficient heat pumps. CCEC can help determine potential conservation improvements through a thorough energy audit. Contact: Customer Service, Carteret Craven Electric Cooperative, PO Box 1490, Newport, NC 28570; 252-247-3107; http://www.carteretcravenelectric.coop/Products & Services/Energy Conservation Loans.html

Production Incentives for Renewable Energy
NC GreenPower, a statewide green-power program designed to encourage the use of renewable energy in North Carolina, offers production payments for grid-tied electricity generated by solar, wind, small hydro (10 megawatts or less) and biomass resources. Payment arrangements for electricity generated by most renewable-energy systems are available through a periodic request for proposals (RFP) process. However, owners of small solar-energy systems and small wind-energy systems (10 kilowatts or less) may apply to receive program incentives at any time. Production incentives are based on the amount expected to make the installation of renewable-energy systems approach economic feasibility. The incentives, which include payments from utility power-purchase agreements, are made on a per-kWh basis and vary by technology. Contact: Public Information - NC GreenPower, NC GreenPower, 909 Capability Drive, Suite 2100
Raleigh, NC 27606-3870; 919-716-6398; 866-533-6247; http://www.ncgreenpower.org/

Property Tax Abatement
North Carolina has enacted legislation that exempts 80% of the appraised value of a "solar energy electric system" (also known as a photovoltaic, or PV, system) from property tax. For the purposes of this assessment, the term "solar energy electric system" means "all equipment used directly and exclusively for the conversion of solar energy to electricity." This incentive is effective for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2008. Contact: Taxpayer Assistance - NC DOR, N.C. Department of Revenue, Post Office Box 25000, Raleigh, NC 27640; 877-252-3052; http://www.dor.state.nc.us

Tax Credits up to $2.5 million Available
North Carolina offers a tax credit equal to 35% of the cost of eligible renewable energy property constructed, purchased or leased by a taxpayer and placed into service in North Carolina during the taxable year. The credit is subject to various ceilings depending on sector and the type of renewable-energy system. There is a maximum of $2.5 million per installation for all solar, wind, hydro and biomass applications for commercial or industrial facilities, including PV, daylighting, solar water-heating and space-heating technologies. Contact: North Carolina Solar Center, Campus Box 7401, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7401; 919-515-3954; http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu

Sales Tax Holiday in November for approved Electric Appliances
In July 2008, North Carolina enacted legislation establishing a "sales tax holiday" for certain Energy Star-certified products. Energy Star appliances sold between 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of November and 11:59 p.m. on the following Sunday qualify for the sales tax exemption. The exemption is generally available for products that carry the Energy Star label including: clothes washers; freezers and refrigerators; central air conditioners and room air conditioners; air-source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps; ceiling fans; dehumidifiers; and programmable thermostats. Contact: Taxpayer Assistance - NC DOR, N.C. Department of Revenue, Post Office Box 25000, Raleigh, NC 27640; 877-252-3052; Contact: North Carolina Solar Center, Campus Box 7401, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7401; 919-515-3954; http://www.dor.state.nc.us

Loans up to $5000 for Energy Efficient Measures
Tideland Electric Membership Cooperative (TEMC) is a electric cooperative that serves customers in Craven, Dare, Washington, Pamlico, Beaufort and Hyde counties. Farm and business owners are able to take advantage of TEMC's Weatherization Loan Program. This loan will cover the purchase and installation of energy efficient measures such as caulking, weather-stripping, storm doors and equipment insulation. Loans are up to $4000 for 2-4 unit dwelling, and $1000 per unit in a multi-residential unit. If a heat pump is installed, this amount may be raised to $5000. The heat pump should meet the energy efficiency requirements as established by TEMC. Contact: Customer Service – TEMC, Tideland EMC, P.O. Box 40, Pantego, NC 27860; 252-943-3046; 800-637-1079; Fax: 252-943-3510; http://www.tidelandemc.com/p&sincentives.htm

Production Incentives for Solar Photovoltaic Projects
Participating power distributors in TVA’s Green Power Switch Generation Partners program offer production-based incentives for solar photovoltaics (PV) projects to large commercial customers. The energy generated from participating projects will be counted toward the green power resources for TVA's green pricing program, Green Power Switch. Under the larger commercial contract, TVA will purchase the output at $0.20 per kWh. As of November 2008, there were over 100 distributors in seven states participating in this program; participation is entirely up to the discretion of the power distributor. For commercial consumers, qualifying sources are restricted to PV only. Although the maximum output for commercial generation systems remains at 50 kW, the power distributor may elect to permit larger systems with mutual agreement of TVA on a case-by-case basis. Qualifying systems must be used primarily to provide all or part of the energy needs at a particular site and must not have previously generated into the grid. Installations must also comply with local codes and adhere to specific interface guidelines established by the program. Until a total capacity of 150 kW has been reached, the owner of a qualifying residential system will receive a $500 payment when the site is connected to the grid. The goal for the entire program is 5 MW. Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101; http://www.gpsgenpartners.com/

Rebates to $100,000 for Energy Efficient New Homes and Businesses
Mecklenburg County offers an incentive for new homes and businesses to be constructed in a sustainable manner. For new projects completed after January 1, 2008, which are certified under LEED or Green Globes, the county will issue a rebate of up 25% (up to $100,000) for the cost of a permit. To be eligible for the rebate the project owner must submit a written application for a Green Permit Rebate to Documents & Inspections at Code Enforcement prior to the Certificate of Occupancy being issued . Upon receipt of the application the Department will list that project in pending status. Upon achieving either LEED or Green Globes certification the Owner will submit the Green Permit Rebate certification form to Documents & Inspections. The rebate will be awarded if funds are available after Documents & Inspections approves the application at the following levels: 10% rebate to a maximum of $50,000 for LEED Certified or One Green Globe; 15% rebate to a maximum of $60,000 for LEED Silver or Two Green Globes; 20% rebate to a maximum of $75,000 for LEED Gold or Three Green Globes; and 25% rebate to a maximum of $100,000 for LEED Platinum or Four Green Globes. Contact: Green Permit Rebate
Mecklenburg County, Code Enforcement, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202; 704-336-2831; Fax: 704-336-3839; http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/LUESA/GreenPermitRebate/Home.htm

Grants to $100,000 in Green Business Fund
The North Carolina Green Business Fund provides funding to North Carolina organizations to encourage the development and commercialization of "promising" renewable energy and green building technologies. Grants of up to $100,000 are available for the development of commercial innovations and applications in the biofuels industry, sustainable building practices and private sector investment in renewable energy technologies. North Carolina-based businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 100 employees are generally eligible. Grants in the green building sector may be awarded for innovation in areas of installation, certification or distribution of green building materials; energy audits; workforce development; and marketing and sales. For private sector investment in clean technologies, grants may target renewable energy deployment, biomass energy projects, waste reclamation for energy, implementation of energy efficiency technologies and clean distributed generation infrastructure improvements. Grants are also available for the development, production and distribution of biofuels in North Carolina. Contact: N.C. Board of Science and Technology, ATTN: Green Business Fund Office, 301 N. Wilmington Street, 1326 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1326; 919-733-6500; Fax: 919-733-8356; http://www.ncscienceandtechnology.com/gbf/index.htm

Up to $500,000 in Low Interest Loans Available
North Carolina's Energy Improvement Loan Program (EILP) is available to businesses, public schools, community colleges, and non-profit organizations for projects that include energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems. Loans with an interest rate of 1% are available for certain renewable-energy and energy-recycling projects. Eligible renewable-energy projects generally include solar, wind, small hydropower (less than 20 megawatts) and biomass. Loans with a rate of 3% are available for projects that demonstrate energy efficiency, energy cost savings or reduced energy demand. Energy conservation projects usually include improvements to HVAC systems, energy management controls, high efficiency lighting and building envelope improvements. In order to qualify for the EILP, a project must: be located in North Carolina; demonstrate energy efficiency, use of renewable-energy resources, energy cost savings or reduced energy demand; use existing, reliable, commercially-available technologies; meet federal and state air and water-quality standards; and be able to recover capital costs within the loan's maximum term of 10 years through energy cost savings. Contact: North Carolina Department of Administration, State Energy Office, 1830 Tillery Place, Raleigh, NC 27604; 919-733-1919; http://www.energync.net/funding/eilp.html

Incentives in Steam Trap Program
The Steam Trap Survey Rebate Program provides steam trap survey services to facilities that use steam for heating or processing. A participating survey firm identifies steam traps and tests to see that they are working properly. Program participants will receive a set amount of funding for each steam trap surveyed. Contact: North Carolina Department of Administration, Energy Office, 1830 A Tillery Place, Raleigh, NC 27604; 919-733-1897; 919-733-2953; http://www.energync.net/programs/industry.html

North Carolina Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in North Carolina are:

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Grants
  • Biofuels Industry Development
  • Biodiesel Production Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Production Tax Credit
  • Renewable Energy Property Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Grants
  • Alternative Fuel and Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Fund

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in North Carolina, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/NC or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 304-285-4185 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Triangle Clean Cities Coalition; 919- 558-9400

 
North Dakota Energy Programs for Business
 

Tax Credits if You Save Energy
North Dakota allows any taxpayer – an individual or corporation – to claim an income tax credit of 3% per year for five years for the cost of equipment and installation of a system that uses geothermal, solar, biomass or wind energy and that is installed after December 31, 2000. (For systems installed before January 1, 2001, the credit is taken in an amount equal to 5% per year for three years.) If the eligible device is part of a system that uses other energy sources, only the portion of the system that uses geothermal, solar, biomass or wind energy is eligible.  For individuals, the credit is allowed only on Form ND-2 (the optional method). For an estate or trust, the credit is allowed only on Form 38, Schedule 2 (the optional method). A corporation claims the credit on Form 40, Schedule TC.  For more details:  North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 2, PO Box 2057, Bismarck, ND 58502-2057; 701-328-5300; Fax:  701-328-2308; http://www.nd.gov/tax//genpubs/energy.pdf or Office of the State Tax Commissioner, State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0599; 701-328-2770

Create Wind Energy & Get a Tax Break
North Dakota offers property tax reductions for commercial wind energy generation devices constructed before 2011. The law reduces the taxable value of centrally assessed wind energy facilities larger than 100 kilowatts (kW) from 10% to 3% of their assessed value, resulting in a property tax savings of 70%.  For more details:  North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 2, PO Box 2057, Bismarck, ND 58502-2057; 701-328-5300; Fax:  701-328-2308; http://www.nd.gov/tax/taxincentives/property/propertytaxreduction.html or Office of the State Tax Commissioner, State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0599; 701-328-2770

Property Tax Exemption for Energy Saving Businesses
North Dakota exempts from local property taxes any locally assessed solar, wind, or geothermal energy device. Qualifying systems can be stand alone or part of a conventional system, but in the case where the solar, wind, or geothermal system is part of a conventional energy system, only the renewable energy portion of the total system is eligible. This exemption is applied only during the five year period following installation. To apply for this exemption, system owners must contact their local tax assessor or their county director of tax equalization.  For more details:  North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 2, PO Box 2057, Bismarck, ND 58502-2057; 701-328-5300; Fax:  701-328-2308; http://www.nd.gov/tax//genpubs/energy.pdf or Office of the State Tax Commissioner, State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0599; 701-328-2770

$50,000 Energy Conservation Grants
The North Dakota State Buildings Energy Conservation Program provides grant funding to state institutions and agencies for the installation and implementation of energy efficiency measures. Energy audits are required to identify potential energy conservation measures, respective costs, energy savings and payback periods. The state will cover half of the cost of an energy audit, up to $50,000. All expenditures must be approved by the state legislature.  For more details, contact:  Division of Community Services, Office of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, 1600 East Century Ave., Suite 2, PO Box 2057, Bismarck, ND 58502-2057; 701-328-1022 or 701-328-5300; Fax:  701-328-5320; http://www.communityservices.nd.gov/energy/state-buildings-energy-conservation-program/

Up to $10,000 for an Energy Efficient Makeover
Through the ERC Loan Program, Northern Plains Electric offers a low-interest loan program for weatherization for residential and commercial customers that wish to install energy efficient electric space conditioning systems, electric water heaters, and weatherization improvements. Customers can borrow up to $5,000 ($10,000 for geothermal heat pumps) for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency measures such as insulation and storm doors or for the purchase of energy efficient heating and cooling systems.   Contact:   Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, PO Box 180, 1515 West Main Avenue, Carrington, ND 58421-0180; 800-882-2500; Fax:  701-652-1847; http://www.nplains.com/Member_Programs/Low_Interest_Loans/index.html
Application:  Email a request for an ERC loan application to janellem@nplains.com

Loans from $150 to $25,000 to Buy New Energy Equipment
Otter Tail Power Company's Dollar Smart Financing Program offers $150 to $25,000 loans to its residential and business customers. Customers may use the 7.9% interest rate loan to finance purchases of new electric technologies. Loans may not exceed 80% of the project's total cost, and the maximum residential loan is $7,000 with the exception of geothermal heat pump installations and combination electric systems such as a thermal storage central furnace with an air source heat pump, which are eligible for up to $12,000 in financing. The maximum loan amount for businesses is $25,000.  Contact:  Customer Service, Otter Trail Power Company, PO Box 496, 215 S Cascade Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0496; 218-739-8200 or 800-257-4044; http://www.otpco.com/ProductsServices/Financing.asp

Rebates to Make Your Business Run Efficiently
Otter Tail Power Company offers incentives to all of its customers to install energy efficient equipment in their homes/facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of high-efficiency electric heating technologies including hot water heaters, thermal storage technologies, and commercial cooking equipment. Residential customers who install a Residential Demand Control unit on the RDC rate (rate 241) are eligible for a $300 rebate. The maximum incentive is $5,000.  To find out more, contact:  Customer Service, Otter Trail Power Company, PO Box 496, 215 S Cascade Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0496; 218-739-8200 or 800-257-4044;  http://www.otpco.com/SaveEnergyMoney/Rebates.asp

North Dakota Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in North Dakota are: 

  • Biofuels Loan Program
  • Biodiesel Sales Equipment Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Production Equipment Tax Credit
  • Ethanol Production Incentive
  • Quarterly Ethanol Production Incentive
  • Biodiesel Income Tax Credit

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in North Dakota, go to:  http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/ND or contact:  Clean Cities Coordinator, Red River Valley/Winnipeg Manitoba Clean Cities Coalition; 701-223-5613 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office; 303-275-4817

 
Ohio Energy Programs for Business
 

Energy Resource Database for Ohio Businesses
The Ohio Business Energy Resource Center provides tips, tools, and resources to manage energy for short-term savings and long-term energy solutions.  The list of technical and financial resources is located in a database called the Ohio Small Business Energy Savers.  Businesses that spend less than $150,000 on energy yearly now have a tool to help them reduce energy waste and hold down costs.  It’s FREE and it’s easy to find what you need for your particular business needs.  To access the database, go to the following site and enter your Ohio zip code:  http://www.energyguide.com/EnergySmartSBE/welcomeba.asp?referrerid=227&sid=436.  Other information for business’s energy needs can be found by contacting:  Ohio Energy Office's Business and Industry team at 614-466-6797;
http://development.ohio.gov/cdd/oee/default.htm

Massive Tax Abatements for Eligible Commercial Buildings
The City of Cincinnati offers property tax abatements for commercial buildings constructed or renovated to meet LEED certification standards. The incentive is available for any building within city limits and does not require a demonstration of financial need. Industrial structures are eligible to receive incentives under the commercial program. The tax abatement rules are as follows: commercial and industrial - 100% tax abatement for 15 years (new construction) or 12 years (existing building renovations); no cap on the value of improvements; requires an agreement signed prior to the start of construction that must be approved by the City Council; owner must enter into an agreement with the local Board of Education district to pay the board an amount equal to 25% of the avoided property taxes; and an application fee of $750 to the State of Ohio, plus an annual fee amounting to 1% of the value of the tax abatement with a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $2,500. Contact: City of Cincinnati; 513-591-6000; http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cdap/pages/-16936-/

Rebates to $600 for Purchase and Installation Energy Efficient Equipment
Duke Energy offers their Ohio residential customers and builders Smart Saver incentives for the purchase and installation of furnaces, geothermal heat pumps, air source heat pumps, and air conditioning units. Rebates are: heat pumps retrofit - $200, new construction - $300; air conditioners retrofit - $200, new construction - $300; geothermal heat pumps retrofit - $200, new construction - $300; gas furnace retrofit - $200, new construction - $300; and new furnace combined with a new A/C or heat pump retrofit - $400, new construction - $600. Duke Energy gas customers must also receive their electric service from Duke Energy to be eligible for Smart Saver incentives. The Smart Saver incentive for retrofit projects goes directly to the homeowner; the Smart Saver new home rebates are designed to go to the builder. The incentive may however be assigned to the homeowner with the builder's approval. Contact: Customer Service, Duke Energy - Smart $aver Residential Rebate Program, 431 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI 53719; 866-785-6209; Fax: 866-908-4921;
http://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/savings/smart-saver.asp

Corporate Tax Exemption for Energy Conversion
Ohio exempts certain property from real and personal property taxation, state sale and use taxes, and the state's corporate franchise tax where applicable. The exemption applies to property used in energy conversion, thermal-efficiency improvements and the conversion of solid waste to energy. Generally, "energy conversion" refers to the replacement of fossil-fuel resources with alternative fuels or technologies; "thermal efficiency improvements" refers to the recovery of waste heat or steam produced in any commercial or industrial processes; and "solid waste conversion" refers to the use of waste to produce energy and the utilization of such energy. Eligible technologies include solar-thermal systems, photovoltaic systems, wind, biomass, landfill gas and waste-recovery systems. Upon receipt of certification from the tax commissioner, such property is exempt from Ohio's sales and use tax. In addition, such property is not considered to be an improvement on the land for purposes of real property taxation or as 'used in business' for purposes of personal property taxation. Such property is also not considered in the assessment of Ohio's corporate franchise tax. Contact: Business Taxpayer Assistance, Ohio Department of Taxation, 30 E. Broad Street, 22nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; 888-405-4039; Fax: 614-466-6401; http://www.state.oh.us/tax/

Production Incentives for Commercial Wind Production and Manufacturing
The Ohio Wind Production & Manufacturing Incentive Program provides production-based incentives to support new Ohio wind-energy projects. The most recent solicitation was open to utility-scale wind-energy projects (more than five megawatts) and to community wind-energy projects (500 kilowatts to five megawatts). The program is funded by the state's public benefits fund, the Ohio Advanced Energy Fund (AEF). The Ohio Department of Development’s Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) and the funding recipients will negotiate the total amount of the production incentive grant. Under the latest solicitation, generators will receive a production incentive of $0.01 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for up to five years, or until the entire amount of the grant approved has been earned by the wind-energy project, whichever occurs first. A higher incentive rate of $0.012 is available for projects that utilize "Ohio-manufactured" wind "turbines." These terms are defined as follows: turbine - the nacelle, blades, and tower, and all components included therein; and Ohio-Manufactured - at least 30% of the total turbine cost comes from parts directly manufactured in Ohio; OR one of the major turbine component groups – nacelle, blades, or tower – is completely manufactured in Ohio; OR the turbine is completely assembled in Ohio with a workforce of at least 50 employees dedicated to this task. Contact: Ohio Department of Development, Office of Energy Efficiency, 77 South High Street, 26th Floor, P.O. Box 1001, Columbus, OH 43216-1001
Phone: 614-466-6797; Fax: 614-466-1864;
http://www.odod.state.oh.us/cdd/oee/GrantsLoans.htm

$200,000 in Grants for Distributed and Renewable Energy
The Ohio Department of Development's (ODOD) Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) is offering grants for the installation of new distributed energy resources (DER) projects and non-residential renewable-energy projects. Project equipment may not be ordered, purchased, or installed prior to the execution of a grant agreement with the ODOD. Distributed energy resources (DER) projects are defined in the current solicitation as modular technologies that generate and deliver electricity to customers at or near the point of use and include systems that use natural gas and propane, landfill gas, or biomass methane. Eligible applications include industrial heat recovery and combined heat and power (CHP), microturbines, and clean-burning reciprocating engines. The maximum grant award is $100,000 or 25% of the project's cost, whichever is less. In addition, a minimum equity investment of 10% of the project cost is also required. Under the Non-Residential Renewable Energy program solicitation, grants are available for wind energy systems, photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar thermal systems. Projects using third-party ownership structures containing an Energy Purchaser, Third-Party Owner, and a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) are eligible to receive incentives. Non-residential wind-energy systems - both third-party and traditional - are eligible for a grant of $2.50 per watt. Traditional wind energy systems must have a power output of 10 kilowatts AC (kW-AC) at the average wind speed for the site. The maximum grant award for a traditional wind-energy system is the lesser of $150,000 or 50% of the project's cost. Third-party wind energy systems must have a power output of 50 kW-AC at the average wind speed for the site. The maximum grant award for third-party systems is the lesser of $200,000 or 50% of the project cost. Non-residential solar-thermal systems are eligible for a grant of $30 per kilo-Btu per day. The minimum system size is 200 kilo-Btu per day for traditional systems and 500 kilo-Btu per day for third-party systems. The maximum grant award is the lesser of 50% of the project cost, or $150,000 for a traditional solar-thermal system and $200,000 for a third-party owned system. All non-residential PV systems are eligible for a grant of $3.50 per watt (DC). The minimum system size is 10 kW (DC) for traditional systems and 50 kW (DC) for third-party systems. The maximum grant award for PV systems is the lesser of 50% of project costs, or $150,000 for traditional systems and $200,000 for third-party systems. Wind and PV systems must be grid connected; stand-alone systems are not eligible. Contact: Ohio Department of Development, Energy Office, 77 South High Street, 26th Floor, PO Box 1001, Columbus, OH 43216-1001; 614-466-6797; Fax: 614-466-1864; http://www.odod.state.oh.us/cdd/oee/elfgrant.htm

Grants for Industrial Energy Efficiency
The Ohio Energy Office (OEO) is offering grants on a first-come, first-served basis to support the implementation of certain energy-efficiency projects. Projects must be installed in Ohio. Grants are available to implement energy-efficiency projects in manufacturing facilities in Ohio. Grant awards will provide funding for 25% of a project's cost, with a maximum grant award of $50,000. Applicants are encouraged to finance the balance of the project cost utilizing an Advanced Energy Fund (AEF)-linked deposit. The maximum Advanced Energy Fund (AEF)-linked deposit is $500,000. All project components must be new, and energy efficiency must be demonstrated. A minimum of 15% energy-use reduction from existing conditions is required. New construction projects must show (by theoretical model) a 15% reduction in energy use from the standard code requirement. In general, projects that involve lighting technologies, HVAC technologies, refrigeration, motors (including combined heat and power), and building envelopes are eligible for funding. Contact: Ohio Department of Development, Energy Office, 77 South High Street, 26th Floor
PO Box 1001, Columbus, OH 43216-1001; 614-466-6797; Fax: 614-466-1864; http://www.odod.state.oh.us/cdd/oee/elfgrant.htm

Energy Efficiency Rebates Available
Duke Energy offers their Ohio commercial and industrial customers an incentive program that offers rebates for lighting equipment, cooling equipment, motors, pumps, Energy Star clothes washers, foodservice equipment, and duct insulation. Incentive amounts are: lighting - varies widely by technology; window film $2/sq. ft. up to 50%; air conditioners $20-$45/ton depending on size and efficiency; chillers $20-$40/ton depending on type and size; window A/C units $25-$50 depending on efficiency and type; heat pump $40-$45/ton depending on size and efficiency; geothermal heat pump $30/ton; water heater $1000-$2500 depending on size; programmable thermostat $35; motors $4-$10/HP depending on size; pump $250-$400/pump depending on HP; and clothes washer $50. Incentives are capped at $50,000 per year per facility for commercial and industrial customers and $100,000 per year per school customer. Contact: Customer Service, Smart $aver Incentive Program, 431 Charmany Drive, Madison, WI 53719; 866-380-9580; 800-544-6900; http://www.duke-energy.com/ohio-business/energy-management/energy-efficiency-incentives.asp

Ohio Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Ohio are:

  • Biofuels Retail Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Grant Program
  • Alternative Fuel and Fueling Infrastructure Grants
  • Fuel Cell Development Funding
  • Heavy-Duty Emission Reduction Grant and Loan Program

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Ohio, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/OH or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 304-285-4535 or Clean Cities Coordinator – Executive Director, Clean Fuels Ohio; 614-292-5435

 
Oklahoma Energy Programs for Business
 

Low Interest Loans for Air-Source and Geothermal Heat Pumps
The Red River Valley Rural Electric Association (RRVREA) offers a loan program to its members for air-source and geothermal heat pumps. Loans are available for geothermal heat pumps at a 5% fixed rate and for air-source heat pumps at a 7% fixed rate. Both loans have a five year term. The loans are only available for equipment purchased from RRVREA or its subsidiary. Contact: Red River Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 220, Marietta , OK 73488; 800-749-3364; 580-276-3364; Fax: 580-276-8328; http://www.rrvrea.com/products_services/geothermal.htm

Zero-Emission Facilities Production Corporate Tax Credit
For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2003, a state income tax credit is available to producers of electric power using renewable energy resources from a zero-emission facility located in Oklahoma. The zero-emission facility must have a rated production capacity of one megawatt (1 MW) or greater. Eligible renewable energy resources include wind, moving water, sun, and geothermal energy. The construction and operation of the zero-emission facility must result in no pollution or emissions that are or may be harmful to the environment, as determined by the Department of Environmental Quality. For electricity generated on or after January 1, 2003, but prior to January 1, 2004, the amount of the credit is $0.0075 for each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated. For electricity generated after January 1, 2004, but prior to January 1, 2007, the amount of the credit is $0.0050/kWh. For electricity generated after January 1, 2007, but prior to January 1, 2012, the amount of the credit is $0.0025/kWh. Facilities placed in service on or after January 1, 2007 and before January 1, 2016, the amount of the credit is $0.0050/kWh. The tax credit is freely transferable at any time during the ten years following the year of qualification. This includes transfers or sales from non-taxable entities to taxable entities and transfers or sales from one taxable entity to another. Contact: Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Community Affairs and Development, 900 North Stiles Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73126; 405-815-5249; Fax: 405-841-9377; http://okcommerce.gov/ or Information Specialist – OTC, Oklahoma Tax Commission, Post Office Box 26800, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0800; 405-521-3160; http://www.oktax.state.ok.us/

Income Tax Credit for Small Wind Turbines
Oklahoma offers an income tax credit to the manufacturers of small wind turbines for tax years 2003 through 2012. Oklahoma manufacturers of wind turbines with a rated capacity of between 1 kilowatt (kW) and 50 kW are eligible for the credit if they agree in advance to allow their production and claims to be audited by the Oklahoma Tax Commission. They must also be able to show that they have made economic development investments in Oklahoma over the period of time for which the credit was claimed that exceed the amount of credit claimed. The turbine must incorporate advanced technologies such as new airfoils, new generators, and new power electronics and at least one unit of each model must have been installed for testing at the US-DOE National Wind Technology Center. All turbines must comply with appropriate interconnection safety standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The credit amount varies based on the turbine's square footage of rotor swept area. The credit was $25.00 per square foot produced in 2003, $12.50 per square foot produced in 2004, and $25.00 per square foot produced each year from 2005-2012. The credit is transferable during the ten years following the year of qualification. Contact: Information Specialist – OTC, Oklahoma Tax Commission, Post Office Box 26800, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0800; 405-521-3160; http://www.oktax.state.ok.us or Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative
Environmental Verification and Analysis Center - University of Oklahoma, 3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 150, Norman, OK 73072; 405-447-8412; http://www.seic.okstate.edu/owpi/

Tax Credits for Residential Construction
Oklahoma allows a contractor who is the primary builder of an energy efficient home or manufactured home substantially completed after December 31, 2005 to claim an income tax credit beginning in tax year 2006. The home must be under 2,000 square feet. Improvements eligible for the credit include energy efficient heating and cooling systems, windows, doors, roofs and insulation to minimize heat loss and gain. The contractor can take a tax credit for the amount of the eligible expenditures, not to exceed $2,000 for a home that is between 20% and 39% above the International Energy Conservation Code 2003 or $4,000 for a home that is 40% or above of the Code. In addition, the heating and cooling efficiencies must meet the minimum requirements established by the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 and building envelope improvements must account for a certain percentage of the reduced annual heating and cooling energy consumption levels. The contractor can carryover any unused portion of the tax credit for up to four subsequent years. Contact: Oklahoma Department of Commerce, State Energy Office, 900 N. Stiles Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3234; 405-815-5246; 405-605-2821; http://www.okcommerce.gov/

Loans for Schools to Improve Energy Efficiency
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has established a loan/lease fund for public and non-profit K-12 schools to improve energy efficiency. Two categories of funding are available for schools to reduce energy consumption: Category One funding will pay for technical and energy audits, the development of Energy Management Plans, and any professional services that contribute to the planning and design of energy reduction systems and measures. Category II funding covers the actual acquisition and installation of energy conservation measures. All projects must be shown to reduce energy consumption, have a positive return on investment, and be able to be repaid within six years. Loan funds may not be used to pay off an existing loan, but may be used to leverage additional third-party financing of energy efficiency projects. An eligible school district may only have one active loan at a time. Contact: Oklahoma Department of Commerce, State Energy Office, 900 North Stiles, PO Box 26980, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0980; 405-815-5347; http://www.okcommerce.gov/

Loans for Higher Education Institutes to Improve Energy Efficiency
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has established a loan/lease fund for institutes of higher education to improve energy efficiency. Two categories of funding are available for schools to reduce energy consumption: Category I funding will pay for technical and energy audits, the development of Energy Management Plans, and any professional services that contribute to the planning and design of energy reduction systems and measures. Category II funding covers the actual acquisition and installation of energy conservation measures. All projects must be shown to reduce energy consumption, have a positive return on investment, and be able to be repaid within six years. Loan funds may not be used to pay off an existing loan, but may be used to leverage additional third-party financing of energy efficiency projects. An eligible institute of higher education may only have one active loan at a time. Contact: Oklahoma Department of Commerce, State Energy Office, 900 North Stiles, P.O. Box 26980, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0980; 405-815-5347; http://www.okcommerce.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=339&Itemid=425

Rebates Available in Multi-Family Heat Pump Program
Edmond Electric offers rebates to its customers who install energy efficient heat pumps. This program applies to installations in residential multi-family dwellings (both existing and new homes). Air source heat pumps are eligible for a $150 per ton rebate, geothermal heat pumps are eligible for a $250 rebate, and air conditioning units have a $50 rebate. Equipment must meet specific energy efficient standards listed on the program website. To be eligible for the rebate, customers must have an energy audit performed on their homes prior to installation. Edmond Electric will provide this service for free. Contact: Customer Service, City of Edmond Utility Office, PO Box 2970, Edmond, OK 73083-2970; 405-359-4541; 405-216-7608; Fax: 405-359-4814; http://edmondok.com/utility/ucs/programs/rebate

Oklahoma Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Oklahoma are:

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Production Tax Credit
  • Ethanol Production Tax Credit
  • Ethanol Fuel Retailer Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Tax Exemption
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Loans
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Loans
  • Biofuels Research and Development Promotion

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Oklahoma, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/OK or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-5793 or Energy Program Manager, State Energy Office, Oklahoma Department of Commerce; 405-815-5347

 
Oregon Energy Programs for Business
 

Energy Cash Incentives for Business and Homeowners
Forest Grove Light & Power offers a variety of rebates through their Conservation Services Department. Rebates vary based on technology, and are available to residential, commercial, and/or industrial customers. Eligible technologies include:

  • weatherization measures (residential, single/multi-family)  e
  • energy efficiency heat pumps (single family residential), and  
  • energy efficiency appliances (all customers). Homes with an electric water heater may be eligible for additional efficiency rebates.

The utility will also work with their commercial and industrial facility owner customers to identify efficiency projects. Financial incentives are available based on the energy savings associated with the project.   Contact:  Forest Grove Light & Power, 1818 B St., Forest Grove, OR  97116; 503-992-3251; http://www.forestgrove-or.gov/city-services/light-&-power-residential-conservation-programs.html
Application:  http://www.forestgrove-or.gov/city-services/light-&-power-residential-
conservation-programs.html

Give Your Business’ Hot Water Heater a Break
The Energy Trust of Oregon's Solar Water Heating (SWH) Buy-down Program offers incentives to customers of Pacific Power, PGE, and NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas who install solar water or pool heating systems on their homes, office buildings, community buildings, agricultural, and municipal facilities.  The buy-down incentive is calculated by multiplying the incentive rate by the estimated annual energy savings. Incentives are capped as follows:  residential solar domestic water heating: $1,500; residential solar pool heating: $1,000; and commercial solar water or pool heating: 35% of system cost.  The Energy Trust will provide referrals to contractors from their trade ally network. Contact:  The Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 503-493-8888, ext. 223; Fax:  503-546-6862; http://www.energytrust.org/RR/SWH/index.html

$175,000 for Business & Non-Profit Solar Projects
The Energy Trust of Oregon’s (Energy Trust) Solar Electric Buy-Down Program is available to customers of Pacific Power and PGE who install new photovoltaic (PV) systems on new or existing homes, commercial and community buildings, farms, and municipal facilities. Incentive amounts are as follows:  

  • Commercial, Industrial: 
    Pacific Power customers: $1.75/W-DC for systems <30 kW; $1.50/W - $1.75/W for systems 30 kW to 100 kW; and $1/W for the first 100 kW for systems 100 kW and larger ($100,000 maximum incentive).  
    PGE customers: $1.50/W-DC for systems <30 kW; $1.25/W - $1.50/W for systems 30 kW to 100 kW; and $1.25/W for the first 100 kW for systems 100 kW and larger ($125,000 maximum incentive).
  • Non-Profit, Government:
    Pacific Power customers: $1.25/W-DC for systems <30 kW; $1/W - $1.25/W for systems 30 kW to 100 kW; and $1/W for the first 100 kW for systems 100 kW and larger ($150,000 maximum incentive).  
    PGE customers: $2.00/W-DC for systems <30 kW; $1.75/W - $2.00/W for systems 30 kW to 100 kW; and $1.25/W for the first 100 kW for systems 100 kW and larger ($175,000 maximum incentive).

The Energy Trust will provide referrals to contractors from their Trade Ally Network (self-installed systems will not qualify). After the Energy Trust approves the customer's PV system, the buy-down incentive will be paid to the solar contractor and deducted from the final cost.  Contact:  The Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 503-493-8888, ext. 223; Fax:  503-546-6862; http://www.energytrust.org/solar/index.html

$10,000 for Solar Panel Installation
The City of Ashland Conservation Division offers electric customers installing photovoltaic systems a rebate of either $2.25 per Watt (residential) or $1 per Watt (commercial), up to a maximum of $10,000 per site.  Systems must be interconnected with the City's electrical grid and net metered.  Interested customers are provided site evaluations, consumer education, and information about system installation and interconnection requirements.   Contact:  contact:  Ashland Electric Utilities Department, 20 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520; 541-552-2065 or 541-552-2436; http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1366

$2 Million in Funding for Commercial Energy Projects
The Energy Trust of Oregon offers the Open Solicitation Program, which is designed to support renewable energy projects that do not already have an established Energy Trust incentive program. Energy Trust expects to reserve approximately $2 million annually, for the Open Solicitation Program. Funding is generally awarded in the areas of small hydro, geothermal electric, and emerging commercial technologies such as wave energy. There is no funding cap for projects, but the projected program budget is expected to fund 4-6 projects each year.  The program does not fund R&D or pre-commercial activities. It is likely to fund projects that follow certain guidelines, including:  new, commercial technologies in established applications; existing commercial technologies in new applications; projects that can replicated elsewhere; and market defining demonstrations of commercial technology.  For more details, contact:  Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW 6th Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 503-459-4072; http://www.energytrust.org/RR/os/success.html

$60,000 for Wind Energy Projects
The Energy Trust of Oregon’s Small Wind Incentive program provides resources and cash incentives to help customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power install turbines up to 50 kilowatts. To be eligible for the incentive the site must have annual average wind speeds of at least 10 miles per hour (4.5 m/s).  Incentive levels are as follows:

  • Commercial Systems: The lesser of $3,750 per meter of rotor diameter, or $4,000 per rated kilowatts of the wind turbine, up to a maximum of $60,000

All systems must be installed by an approved Energy Trust Small Wind Trade Ally contractor.  Contact:  The Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 503-459-4075 or 866-368-7878; Fax:  503-546-6862; http://www.energytrust.org/RR/wind/small/index.html
Application:  http://www.energytrust.org/RR/wind/small/participate.html

$25,000 for Businesses Using Solar Electricity
The Eugene Water & Electric Board's (EWEB) Solar Electric Program offers financial incentives for residential and commercial customers who generate electricity using solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Rebates are available to customers who choose to net meter, and a production incentive is available to customers with systems greater than 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity who choose not to net meter.  The rebate for residential customers who choose to net meter is $2.00 per watt-AC, with a maximum incentive of $10,000. The rebate for commercial customers who choose to net meter is $1.00 per watt-AC, with a maximum incentive of $25,000.  Under the rebate program, customers retain ownership of all renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with customer generation.  Contact:  Eugene Water & Electric Board, P.O. Box 10148, Eugene, OR 97440; 541-484-1125; http://eweb.org/Home/renewable/PV/index.htm

$10,000 for Businesses to Make Energy Upgrades
Commercial customers interested in making weatherization upgrades are eligible for loans through either Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union or First Tech Credit Union. Commercial loans may be for a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $10,000. Loan terms may be up to 5 years, depending on the amount borrowed. The lending institution chosen will pay approved loan funds to the contractor upon final inspection and approval of installed measures by Lane Electric.  Lane Electric also offers its commercial and residential customers a 0% interest loan up to $9,000 for the purchase and installation of an energy efficient air source of geothermal heat pump.  Contact:  Energy Services Department, Lane Electric Cooperative, 787 Bailey Hill Road, PO Box 21410, Eugene, OR 97402; 541-484-1151; http://www.laneelectric.com/weatherization.htm

Weatherization Grants up to $2,500
Lane Electric Cooperative offers an energy efficient Weatherization Grant Program to Lane Electric residential and commercial members. Before receiving any funding, members must first request an energy analysis for the dwelling. Once the energy analysis is performed, forms and bid sheets will be mailed to the applicant. Upon inspection and approval of the installation, payment will be made to the contractor using the approved cash grant. Property owners of rentals will need to make a 50% contribution to any project.  The incentives are:

  • Residential Cash Grant: 25% of total measure cost up to $1,000
  • Low Income Cash Grant: Varies but up to $1,500
  • Commercial Direct Fund Payment: 50% of total measure cost up to $2,500

Contact:  Energy Services Department, Lane Electric Cooperative, 787 Bailey Hill Road, PO Box 21410, Eugene, OR 97402; 541-484-1151; http://www.laneelectric.com/weatherization.htm

Grants for Green Projects
The City of Portland supports innovative green building projects through the Green Investment Fund.  It is a competitive grant program whose primary focus is to support the early planning stages of green building projects, though some of the funds can be used for hard costs associated with the project.  The timeline for grant acceptance typically involves a Request for Proposals (RFP) being released in November, and proposals being accepted until February, with the winning projects being announced in late March. Total funding of $425,000 was available in 2008; the maximum grant amount for any project was $425,000.  Industrial, residential, commercial, and mixed-use public and private organizations are eligible.  For more information, contact:  Portland Office of Sustainable Development, 721 NW 9th Ave, Suite 350, Portland, OR 97209; 503-823-7082; Fax:  503-823-5311; http://www.portlandonline.com/osd/index.cfm?c=42134

$10,000 Loans to Do Energy Makeovers
In addition to various rebates, Salem Electric also provides residential and commercial customers a 5% loan for amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000 for customers participating in two or more eligible programs. Loan term ranges from 12-60 months. For more information, contact:  Customer Service, Salem Electric, 633 7th Street NW, PO Box 5588, Salem, OR 97304; 503-362-3601; Fax:  503-371-2956; http://www.salemelectric.com/services/index.aspx

$20 Million Available for Local Energy Projects
The Oregon Small Scale Energy Loan Program (SELP) utilizes the sale of bonds to finance small scale, local energy projects. The sale of bonds is made on a periodic basis and, occasionally, to accommodate a particularly large loan request.  The program offers low-interest loans for projects that:  save energy;  produce energy from renewable resources such as water, wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, waste materials or waste heat;  use recycled materials to create products;  use alternative fuels; and  reduce energy consumption during construction or operation of another facility.  Loans are available to individuals, businesses, schools, cities, counties, special districts, state and federal agencies, public corporations, cooperatives, tribes, and non-profits.  Though there is no legal maximum loan, the size of loans generally ranges from $20,000 to $20 million. Terms vary, but are generally set to match the term of the bonds that funded the loans. Loan terms may not exceed project life. Businesses which qualify for SELP often qualify for the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC).  Contact:  Oregon Department of Energy, 625 Marion Street, N.E., Salem, OR 97301-3737; 503-378-5048; Fax:  503-373-7806; http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/LOANS/selphm.shtml
Application:  http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/LOANS/applications.shtml

$$ Funding for Renewable Energy Projects
Using revenues generated from the sales of Green Tags, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) accepts proposals for funding for renewable energy projects located in the Pacific Northwest. Any private person, organization, local or tribal government located in the Pacific Northwest may participate. Projects that generate electricity are preferred. Acceptable projects include solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electric, wind, hydro, biomass and animal waste-to-energy.  BEF may deliver funding through various means, including grants, loans, convertible loans, guarantees, and direct investments in renewable energy projects. BEF renewable energy grants and investments may range from a few thousand dollars for small installations, to significant investments in central station grid-connected renewable energy projects. If a BEF grant is requested for a generating project, the BEF share generally does not exceed $20,000 and 33% of total capital costs and 0% of operating costs.  To learn more, contact:  Renewable Energy Programs, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, 240 SW 1st Ave., Portland, OR 97204; 503-248-1905 or 866-233-8247; http://www.b-e-f.org/grants/index.shtm

$20,000 for Schools to Install Solar Systems
Bonneville Environmental Foundation's (BEF) Solar 4R Schools program seeks to install small-scale solar systems at schools interested in increasing the visibility of renewable energy.  BEF donates the photovoltaic system and monitoring equipment, performs all installations with help from school staff, and provides a renewable energy curriculum framework to the school. Once the systems are running, the students are able to access photovoltaic monitoring data on school computers as they learn about renewable energy.  Elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools are all eligible under this program.  BEF will generally completely fund or supply 1.1 kW system installations and fund up to 33% (and generally not more than $20,000) of other larger renewable energy projects. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.  Contact:  Renewable Energy Programs, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, 240 SW 1st Ave., Portland, OR 97204; 503-248-1905 or 866-233-8247; http://www.b-e-f.org/grants/renew_intro.shtm
Application: http://www.b-e-f.org/grants/docs/BEF%20S4RS%20Application-f.pdf

$20 Million Tax Credit for Energy-Related Projects
Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) is for investments in energy conservation, recycling, renewable energy resources, sustainable buildings, and less-polluting transportation fuels. Any Oregon business may qualify, including but not limited to, manufacturing plants, stores, offices, apartment buildings, farms, and transportation. The tax credit can cover costs directly related to the project, including equipment cost, engineering and design fees, materials, supplies and installation costs. Loan fees and permit costs also may be claimed. However, replacing equipment at the end of its useful life or equipment required to meet codes or other government regulations are not eligible. Maintenance costs are also not eligible. All projects must meet the BETC technical requirements to qualify.  Tax credits are available for 50% of eligible project costs, distributed over five years (10% per year).  Maximum incentives are $20 million for renewable energy equipment manufacturing facilities and $10 million for other projects.  This is a wide varying tax credit open to many entities and available for many projects.  A thorough look at the tax credit can be found on the websites below.  Contact:  Oregon Department of Energy, 625 Marion Street, N.E., Salem, OR 97301-3737; 503-373-7565; Fax:  503-373-7806; http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/BUS/docs/betcbro.pdf and http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/BUS/BETC.shtml
Application:  http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/BUS/BETC.shtml#apps

Green Building Incentive for Oregon
Developers in Ashland may increase the base density of units in residential developments by incorporating energy efficiency, architectural creativity and innovation, and the use of natural features of the landscape. Density may be increased up to a maximum of 15% based on bonus points earned for meeting the minimum requirements for certification as an Earth Advantage home, which includes an evaluation of energy usage, water usage, and air quality guidelines. Conservation features can also include passive solar design.  To learn more, contact:  Ashland Electric Utilities Department, 20 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520; 541-552-2061; Fax:  541-552-2436; http://www.ashland.or.us/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=423 and http://www.ashland.or.us/CodePrint.asp?CodeID=3420

Green Tag Purchase Program
The Northwest Solar Cooperative (NWSC) offers to purchase the rights to the environmental attributes or Green Tags derived from grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) or wind energy at a rate of $0.02 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) through December 31, 2009. Residential and non-residential owners of PV and wind-energy systems installed after June 1, 2002, in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana are eligible to participate in the Green Tag Purchase Program.  To learn more, contact:  Northwest Solar Cooperative, 17610 Springhill Place, Gladstone, OR 97027; 503-655-1617; Fax:  503-655-1617;

Tax Credits for Energy Enhanced Properties
Property Tax Exemption as part of the Oregon Solar Laws state that the added value to any property from the installation of a qualifying renewable energy system may not be included in the assessment of the property’s value for property tax purposes. Qualifying renewables include solar, geothermal, wind, water, fuel cell or methane gas systems for the purpose of heating, cooling or generating electricity. This exemption is intended for end users and does not apply to property owned by anyone directly or indirectly involved in the energy industry.  Contact:  Oregon Department of Energy, 625 Marion Street, N.E., Salem, OR 97301-3737; 503-378-4040; Fax:  503-373-7806;
http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/Solar/Support.shtml

$250,000 in Energy Incentives for Businesses
Energy Trust of Oregon offers two incentives for its commercial, agricultural and institutional customers to increase the energy efficiency of their existing buildings. The standard incentive program provides prescriptive rebates for the retrofit of electric motors, lighting equipment, and HVAC equipment, as well as equipment specific to the food service and lodging industries. Projects must be pre-approved before making any equipment purchases or initiating any work.  Business customers retrofitting existing buildings through measures not covered under the standard incentive program can still receive financial assistance from Energy Trust through the custom incentive program. Approved custom efficiency projects are eligible for incentives up to 25% of the total approved cost not to exceed 12¢/annual kWh saved. To qualify for a custom incentive, the energy savings must be at least 25% of the current energy use for lighting equipment and 10% for all other equipment and measures.  Both custom and prescriptive incentives for existing buildings are capped at $250,000 per site per year. And the business must be served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas in Oregon, and it must be paying the public purpose charge.  Contact:  Building Energy Solutions, The Energy Trust of Oregon, 610 SW Broadway, Suite 505, Portland, OR 97205; 877-510-6800;
http://www.energytrust.org/existingbuildings/index.html

$100,000 for Energy Upgrades to Your Business  
The Standard Track provides businesses with up to $100,000 for approved energy efficient measures, including lighting and lighting controls, motors, variable speed drives, air conditioning, heat pumps, air-to-air heat exchangers, demand control ventilation, chillers and natural gas-powered water heaters, kitchen equipment and heating equipment. Each unit of equipment has a minimum efficiency and/or physical configuration requirement associated with it.  Projects with a total potential incentive of more than $3,000 are eligible to apply for a Technical Assistance incentive of $500 to assist in assessing which energy efficiency measures will qualify for the Standard Track equipment incentives.  Contact:  New Buildings Program, The Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 503-243-6130;
http://www.energytrust.org/newbuildings/standard.html
 
$465,000 for Energy Improvement to Building Systems
The Custom Track provides up to $300,000 for the installation of buildings systems that are more energy efficient than those installed to meet minimum Oregon code requirements/standards in the same type building with similar occupancy.  The incentive is based on the difference between the expected energy use of a building of its size based on the Oregon Energy Code, and the actual energy use of the building after one year. The incentive is priced at $0.10 per kilowatt hour and $0.80 per therm for the first year’s annual savings over the benchmark value. Custom Track incentives may be combined with Standard Track incentives, Commissioning incentives, and Technical Assistance incentives for a total incentive of $465,000.  Contact:  New Buildings Program, The Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 503-243-6130; http://www.energytrust.org/newbuildings/custom.html
 
$300,000 for New Construction Projects
The LEED NC Track awards up to $300,000 in incentives to new construction projects which acheive LEED NC Versions 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2. Incentive amounts are calculated using average energy use values for different occupancies (building uses) in the Pacific Northwest. Incentives will differ depending on whether the project is new construction or a major renovation, and will increase with the number of Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1 points awarded to the project. Contact:  New Buildings Program, The Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 503-243-6130;
http://www.energytrust.org/newbuildings/leed.html

$2,000 to $30,000 to Better the Environment
The Energy Star Track offers incentives to eligible new building projects that achieve the ENERGY STAR building performance certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ENERGY STAR incentives provide $2,000 to $30,000 per eligible project. Facilities that meet certain criteria and achieve a rating of 75 or higher are eligible to apply for the Energy Star incentive option through Energy Trust.  Contact:  New Buildings Program, The Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 503-243-6130;
http://www.energytrust.org/newbuildings/energystar.html

Industrial Production Incentives
The Energy Trust of Oregon offers the Industrial Production Efficiency Program to industrial customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas. The Energy Trust offers technical assistance and cash incentives for industrial processes of all kinds, including large industrial, manufacturing, agriculture, and water/wastewater treatment. Standard prescriptive incentives include lighting, premium motors, heat pumps, variable speed drives, and premium HVAC equipment. Other rebates that are designed to fit the needs of specific industrial processes also exist. For example, there are irrigation system rebates for agricultural customers and compressed air rebates for small manufacturing customers. Customers interested in participating in the program should contact a Production Service Representative to find out which rebates best fit their particular facility.  Contact:  Production Services, The Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 503-445-7643 or 866-368-7878; Fax:  503-546-6862;
http://www.energytrust.org/pe/index.html
Application: http://www.energytrust.org/pe/participate.html
 
$25 to $400 Rebates for Multi-Family Energy Projects
Oregon Energy Trust’s Multi-Family Home Energy Savings Program provides cash incentives to the owners of multi-family properties of five units or more whose heat is supplied by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas. In addition to other incentives, the program will install up to 8 free compact fluorescent light bulbs in each apartment unit as well as high performance shower heads and faucet aerators.  Interested customers should contact The Energy Trust to learn more about the program. Customers who qualify will be called back by a Multifamily Assistance Program representative. Energy Trust will assist the interested candidate by filling out Energy Trust and tax credit application forms.  Contact:  Multi-family Home Energy Solutions, Energy Trust of Oregon, 1400 SW 5th Ave., Suite 830, Portland, OR 97201; 866-311-1822;
http://www.energytrust.org/residential/mf/index.html
Application: http://www.energytrust.org/residential/mf/participate.html

Oregon Energy Partners Incentive Program
Avista Utilities' Oregon Energy Partners Incentive Program offers funding for cost effective gas demand-side management measures up to the lesser of :  1) 50% of the Incremental Measure Cost, or 2) an amount equal to the present value of the Net Avoided Cost, minus the sum of two years of the customers estimated energy bill savings. This may range from $0.13 to $4.11 per therm of the first year natural gas savings.   Funding is limited to end users where natural gas (420 & 424 rate) is the sole energy source and to measures that increase the efficiency with which natural gas is used.  For more information, contact:  Avista Utilities; 541-858-4743 or 800-659-4427;
https://www.avistautilities.com/business/rebates/oregon/Pages/default.aspx

0% Interest Loans to Finance Energy Efficiency Improvements
City of Ashland Conservation District has no-interest loans to help its commercial customers finance energy efficiency improvements to their facilities. The loans can be used for lighting retrofits and other energy efficient measures. Call for a free analysis.  Contact:  Ashland Electric Utilities Department, 20 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520; 541-552-2065 or 541-552-2436; http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1366

No Interest on Loans for New Water Heaters
Columbia River PUD offers 0% financing to qualified customers who purchase a new Marathon® water heater with a storage capacity of at least 50 gallons. The loan is spread over 12 months, and billed with the customer's electric account.  Contact: Columbia River PUD, Energy Experts, PO Box 1193, St. Helens, OR 97051; 503-366-5470 or 503-397-1844;
http://www.crpud.net/residential/efficiency/water-heaters#rebates

$50,000 Loans to Weatherize Your Business
Commercial customers of Columbia River PUD may qualify for low-interest loans when they complete approved weatherization measures. Projects with a net cost (total cost minus all rebate amounts) of more than $500 and less than $50,000 may qualify for a low-interest loan. Loans for “Do-It-Yourself” projects cover the cost of materials only. Loans for projects that are completed by a licensed and bonded contractor cover labor and materials.  Contact: Columbia River PUD, Energy Experts, PO Box 1193, St. Helens, OR 97051; 503-366-5470 or 503-397-1844;
 http://www.crpud.net/business/weatherization

Ca$h to Warm Up Your Pool
The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) offers cash incentives and low-interest loans to businesses as part of the Energy Management Services program for the installation of solar domestic, process, and pool water heating.  The actual incentives are determined by the package of energy measures a business implements.  To learn more, contact:  Eugene Water & Electric Board, PO Box 10148, Eugene, OR 97440-2148; 541-484-1125; Fax:  541-334-4614;
http://www.eweb.org/business/energy/rebate_programs/Existing_facilities/index.htm

Energy Efficient Lighting Improvements for Your Business
Tillamook PUD evaluates the energy savings of proposed projects and helps customers identify projects through an energy review. Rebates are available for energy efficient retrofit lighting. Customers must call prior to implementation of the program in order to qualify and all programs must meet Tillamook PUD specifications. For more information, contact:  Customer Service, Tillamook County PUD, 1115 Pacific Avenue, PO Box 433, Tillamook, OR 97141-0433; 503-842-2535 or 800-422-2535; http://www.tpud.org/prodserv.html

$$ Back up to $150 to Light Your Business More Efficiently
Commercial and institutional facilities served by Columbia River PUD are eligible for rebates through the Business Lighting Retrofit Program. Leaseholders of commercial and institutional facilities who upgrade light fixtures, lighting controls, and HVAC controls to energy efficient technologies can apply.  Rebate amounts range from $3 to $150.  To find out what is available and how much each rebate is worth, see the website below or contact:  Energy Experts, Columbia River PUD, PO Box 1193, St. Helens, OR 97051; 503-366-5470 or 503-397-1844; http://www.crpud.net/business/lighting

Up to $180 in Rebates and Tax Incentives for New Appliances
Columbia River PUD's New Appliance Rebate Program offers rebates for qualifying clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers. Rebate amounts vary from $25 - $75.  Tax credits may also be available through the Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credit Program ranging from $50 to $180 for the purchase of premium efficiency appliances.  For tax credits, contact the Oregon Office of Energy; 800-221-8035; http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/RES/RETC.shtml.  For rebates, contact: Columbia River PUD, Energy Experts, PO Box 1193, St. Helens, OR 97051; 503-366-5470 or 503-397-1844;
http://www.crpud.net/residential/efficiency/appliances

$250 for a New Electric Water Heater
Columbia River PUD offers a $250 rebate on lifetime warranty energy-efficient Marathon® electric water heaters.  Also available is a 0% financing to qualified customers who purchase a new Marathon® water heater with a storage capacity of at least 50 gallons. The loan is spread over 12 months, and billed with the customer's electric account. Contact: Columbia River PUD, Energy Experts, PO Box 1193, St. Helens, OR 97051; 503-366-5470 or 503-397-1844;
http://www.crpud.net/residential/efficiency/water-heaters#rebates
Application:  for rebate:  http://www.crpud.net/residential/pdf/WaterHeaterRebateFormWeb.pdf

$$ Back for Business Weatherization
Commercial customers who receive electric service from Columbia River PUD may qualify for weatherization rebates. Eligible measures include insulation, windows, and air sealing, and must result in at least a 20% improvement in thermal efficiency.  For more details, contact:  Columbia River PUD, Energy Experts, PO Box 1193, St. Helens, OR 97051; 503-366-5470 or 503-397-1844;
http://www.crpud.net/business/weatherization

$1,000 for Energy Efficient Home Builders
Consumer's Power, Inc. offers an ENERGY Star homes incentive program for new construction.  The builder must be a qualified ENERGY Star builder. Here are the rebate options:  1) homes with heat pumps and 75% ducts outside the conditioned space: $1,000; 2) homes with heat pumps and less than 75% of ducts outside: $500; and 3) homes with qualified zonal electric heat: $1,000.  To learn more, contact:  Consumers Power Inc., PO Box 1180, Philomath, OR 97370; 541-929-3124;
http://www.consumerspower.org/rebates/homes_incentive.php

Financial Incentives for Energy Improvements to Businesses
Emerald People's Utility District (EPUD) offers financial incentives for its commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities with three separate rebate programs. Customers who are planning to replace old motors that need rewinding, are at the end of their useful life, or are oversized can take advantage of the Motor Rebate Program.  Through their Lighting Retrofit Rebate Program, EPUD will evaluate their customers’ existing lighting systems to determine if there is an opportunity to improve their efficiency and quality. EPUD will then make recommendations for improvements, estimate the rebate they will contribute, and perform an economic analysis to see if it is cost effective for the customer to implement the project.  Efficiency improvements not covered by the two rebates above can receive financial assistance from EPUD through their Custom Process Improvements Rebate Program. Through this program, EPUD will visit the customer’s facility and make recommendations for equipment/process improvements, conduct economic analyses and offer financial assistance. Past projects have included adjustable speed drives on kilns and boilers, air compressor control upgrades, and refrigeration system upgrades.  To learn more, contact:  Emerald People's Utility District, 33733 Seavey Lp Rd., Eugene, OR 97405; 541-744-7435 or 541-746-1583;
http://www.epud.org/comnrg.aspx?section=nrg

Free Money to Improve Efficiency for Existing Businesses
Eugene Water and Electric Board offers a variety of energy efficiency rebates for existing facilities that apply to both specific equipment, as well as customized rebates for more comprehensive facility improvements. Business and industrial customers participating in the customized rebate program will have an EWEB representative visit the facility and evaluate its energy use. During the analysis, the representative will identify potential efficiency improvements, provide a customized savings estimate with simple paybacks and discuss possible cash incentives for installing electric energy saving measures.  The streamlined rebate program provides prescriptive incentives for businesses to install certain HVAC equipment, energy efficient lighting, windows, food service equipment and motors. Full details including rebate applications and incentive amounts are available on the website below. Contact:  Dan Morehouse Energy Management Services, Eugene Water and Electric Board, PO Box 10148, Eugene, OR 97440; 541-484-1125, ext. 3074;
http://www.eweb.org/business/energy/rebate_programs/Existing_facilities/index.htm

Design Assistance & Rebates for Energy Improvements
Eugene Water and Electric Board provides design assistance and rebate incentives for new construction and major renovation projects. The program provides streamlined rebates for pre-approved HVAC equipment and efficient lighting systems, as well as customized incentives for electric energy saving designs and equipment options not covered by the streamlined rebates. EWEB will also provide stipends to design teams for participating in the program. For more details, contact:  Dan Morehouse Energy Management Services, Eugene Water and Electric Board, PO Box 10148, Eugene, OR 97440; 541-484-1125;
http://www.eweb.org/business/energy/rebate_programs/new_construction/index.htm

$100,000 to Build in Favor of the Environment
Idaho Power's Building Efficiency for Commercial Construction program is designed for commercial construction projects for all size commercial and industrial buildings that are (or will be) on Idaho Power rate schedules 7, 9 or 19. Incentives vary, based on technology, and are offered for lighting systems, building shell, cooling systems and controls, and other energy efficient building system controls. Only projects that are part of a new building, an expansion to an existing building, or a major renovation can qualify. All Building Efficiency final applications must be submitted within 60 days of project completion.  The maximum incentive is $100,000 per project (regardless of size).  Contact:  Idaho Power, Building Efficiency CHQ-7, PO Box 70, Boise, ID 83707; 208-388-6484 or 208-388-2200;
http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/yourbusiness/buildingefficiency.htm
Application:  http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/yourbusiness/
buildingefficiency_applications.htm

$100,000 to Reduce Your Energy Usage
Large commercial and industrial Idaho Power customers that reduce energy usage through more efficient electrical commercial and industrial processes may qualify for an incentive of 12 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved per year or 70% of the project cost up to $100,000. Incentives are given to customers that are making complex energy efficiency upgrades to their electrical industrial and commercial processes, motor systems, controls, fans, pumps, compressors, lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Projects must have a minimum estimated savings of 20,000 kWh per year to qualify. Projects must be completed within one year of signing an agreement with Idaho Power and incentives will be dispersed only as long as funds are available. Contact:  Customer Service, Idaho Power Company, P.O. Box 70, Boise, ID 83707-9902; 208-388-6484 or 208-388-2200;
http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/yourbusiness/
industrialincentive.htm

Over $1,000 Rebates for More Efficient Business Equipment
Idaho Power offers incentives for its commercial and industrial customers in Idaho and Oregon to upgrade to more efficient equipment in their facilities. They provide rebates for lighting equipment and controls, HVAC equipment and controls, motors and controls, building shell, plug loads and grocery/refrigeration equipment. This program is for Idaho Power commercial or industrial customers on rate Schedule 7 (Small General Service, Small Commercial), Schedule 9 (Large General Service, Large Commercial), or Schedule 19 (Large Power Service).  For projects with expected incentive payments of more than $1,000, customers must submit a preliminary application prior to initiating the project. Smaller projects, with incentive payments of $1,000 or less may elect to skip this step and just submit their final documentation for payment. Contact:  Idaho Power, Building Efficiency CHQ-7, PO Box 70, Boise, ID 83707; 208-388-6484 or 208-388-2200; http://www.idahopower.com/easyupgrades/
Application:  http://www.idahopower.com/easyupgrades/easyUpgrades_preApp.htm

Free Money for a Better Irrigation System
Through Idaho Power's Irrigation Efficiency Rewards program, agricultural irrigation customers qualify to receive an incentive for a portion of the cost to install a new, more efficient irrigation system or to make energy-efficient improvements to an existing one. Idaho Power’s agricultural representatives can provide an energy evaluation free of charge to help determine what part of the system can be changed to make it more energy efficient.  The maximum incentive for existing systems is 75% of the total project cost and for new system is 10% of the total project cost.  Contact:  Irrigation Efficiency, 1221 W. Idaho St., PO Box 70, Boise, ID 83707-0070; 208-388-2200;
http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/irrigation/irrigationprogram.htm

$$ Back for Lots of Energy Efficient Improvements
McMinnville Water & Light offers a variety of rebates through their Conservation Services. Here’s what may be available:  $1,000 for qualifying heat pump installations; $4.00 per square foot (up to $1,100) for qualifying EnergyStar windows; and $50 for EnergyStar clothes washers.  Other rebates are also available, such as weatherization, insulation, duct testing and sealing, commercial lighting, motors, HVAC, and more.  Contact:  Customer Service, McMinnville Water & Light, 855 NE Marsh Lane, P.O. Box 638, McMinnville, OR 97128; 503-472-6158; http://www.mc-power.com/rebates.aspx

Energy Efficiency Incentives for Your Oregon Business
Midstate Electric Cooperative encourages energy efficiency in the commercial and industrial sectors by giving their customers a choice of several different financial incentive programs. First, prescriptive rebates are available for a wide variety of lighting equipment. The rebate amount varies on a per unit basis according to the type of lighting installed. To participate in this program, customers must schedule an energy audit of the existing lighting equipment with Midstate Electric before installing any new equipment. The Midstate Electric representative will make improvement recommendations during the course of the audit.    Custom rebates are also available for commercial and industrial customers who wish to have more energy-efficient facilities. The rebate amount is based on annual kWh saved, and there are different incremental amounts offered for equipment installed in new commercial buildings, existing commercial buildings and industrial buildings.  To find out more, contact:  Marketing Department, Midstate Electric Cooperative, PO Box 127, 16755 Finley Butte Road, La Pine, OR 97739; 541-536-2126, ext. 264; Fax:  541-536-1423;
http://www.midstateelectric.coop/ProductsAndServices/CommercialIndustrial/EnergyEfficiency
Programs/default.aspx

Farmers Get Over $5,000 to Save Water
Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Cooperative (OTECC) offers two programs for their agricultural customers. The first program, the Irrigation Sprinkler and Pump Motor Program, offers rebates to customers to install approved irrigation measures that save energy and water for hand line, wheel line or pivot irrigation watering systems. The amount of the rebate depends on the number of measures installed, the type of irrigation system and the size. Rebates are also offered for replacing a standard efficiency pump motor to a premium efficiency pump motor. Rebates range from $55 to $5,600, depending on the efficiency rating and the size of the motor.  The second program, the Freeze Resistant Cattle Fountain Program, offers rebates for changing a conventional stock watering tank with electric heater to an electric-free stock watering tank. The rebate amount is $165 per fountain. Interested customers should contact:  Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, 4005 23rd Street, PO Box 226, Baker City, OR 97814; 541-523-3616; Fax:  541-524-2863; http://www.otec.coop/member_services/energy_conservation.htm

Free Money to Light Your Business More Efficiently
The Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Cooperative (OTECC) offers the Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program, which provides rebates to commercial businesses to change their existing lighting to the more energy efficient lighting. Rebates are based on the number of fixtures and the type of lamps used. OTECC will also assist business customers in obtaining an additional incentive called the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC). Interested customers should contact: Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, 4005 23rd Street, PO Box 226, Baker City, OR 97814; 541-523-3616; Fax:  541-524-2863;  http://www.otec.coop/member_services/energy_conservation.htm

Up to $750 to Energize Your Business 
Salem Electric provides incentives for their members to increase the energy efficiency of their homes and facilities. Rebates are available for:

  • Energy Star home lighting  
  • Residential weatherization  
  • High efficiency heat pumps  
  • Qualifying appliance purchases  
  • Energy-efficient commercial installations  
  • water heater wraps installed in residential, commercial and industrial properties.

A list of appliance dealers and the rebate form can be found here:  http://www.salemelectric.com/services/index.aspx.  Residential members may receive rebates for insulation, efficient windows and heat pumps.  Incentives range from $10 up to $750.  Contact:  Customer Service, Salem Electric, 633 7th Street NW, PO Box 5588, Salem, OR 97304; 503-362-3601; Fax:  503-371-2956; http://www.salemelectric.com/services/index.aspx

Get Money Back if You Upgrade to More Energy Efficient Appliances
The Springfield Utility Board offers partial rebates to customers who purchase qualifying refrigerators, dishwashers, electric water heaters, and/or clothes washers through their Appliance Rebate Program.  Incentives range from $25 up to $75 per appliance.  For more information, contact: Customer Service, Springfield Utility Board, Energy Conservation Services, 223 A St. Suite B, Springfield, OR 97477; 541-744-2264 or 541-746-0963; http://www.subutil.com/conservation_services/for_your_home
Application:  http://www.subutil.com/files/static_page_files/11F69D74-CBC9-2F85-13D90AF413946513/
Appliance%20Rebate%20Form.pdf

Funding Incentives to Help You Save Energy
The Springfield Utility Board provides industrial customers with a comprehensive report to identify cost effective efficiency improvements. The utility will provide a financial incentive for qualifying projects based on the first year project savings multiplied by an agreed upon ¢/kWh.  The amount is project specific and determined by: type of project, the value to the utility system, and  available program funding.  Motors qualify for rebates only, with the incentive dependent on motor size. The utility will also help customers apply for a 35% state energy tax credit, spread over 5 years, for installation of energy efficient equipment. For more detailed information, contact:  Customer Service, Springfield Utility Board, Energy Conservation Services, 223 A St. Suite B, Springfield, OR 97477; 541-744-2264 or 541-746-0963; http://www.subutil.com/conservation_services/for_your_business

Up to $1,500 for Lighting Upgrades to Your Business
The Springfield Utility Board works with their commercial customers to identify energy efficient opportunities through the Energy Smart Design Program. SUB offers incentives to help pay for energy-efficient lighting upgrades of commercial facilities. The rebate amount varies according to type and size of projects:  New Construction Lighting rebates: $10-$50/light fixture (rebate varies according to type of fixture); Retrofit Lighting rebates: $1,500 maximum rebate; and Custom Lighting Incentive rebate: Projects exceeding $1,500 (must be pre-authorized).  Contact:  Customer Service, Springfield Utility Board, Energy Conservation Services, 223 A St. Suite B, Springfield, OR 97477; 541-744-2264 or 541-746-0963; http://www.subutil.com/conservation_services/for_your_business

Build Green & Get Rebates from $350 to $1,000
Energy Trust provides financial incentives ranging from $350 to $1,000 to builders who build an ENERGY STAR® qualified home through the ENERGY STAR New Homes program. Homes must be built to ENERGY STAR Northwest Certification requirements and Energy Trust of Oregon requirements and verified by an Energy Trust-approved verifier.  Newly constructed homes that are not receiving a whole home incentive are eligible for Stand Alone Incentives of up to $300 for a number of energy efficient technologies. Builders or homeowners qualify for these rebates. Newly constructed homes with energy efficient equipment or services installed are eligible for incentives on gas furnaces, gas tankless water heaters, gas fireplaces, heat pumps, and heat pump commissioning and/or duct sealing. Duct sealing and performance testing must be performed by a certified performance testing technician.  For more details, contact:  ENERGY STAR® New Homes Program, The Energy Trust of Oregon, 1400 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 700, Portland, OR 97201-5542; 877-283-0698 or Fax:  877-501-9629; http://www.energytrust.org/residential/es/nh/incentives.html

Oregon Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Oregon are: 

  • Biofuels Use Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Production Property Tax Exemption
  • Alternative Fuel Production Facility and Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Loans
  • Idle Reduction Incentives
  • Biofuels Production and Distribution Grants - Portland
  • Portland Biofuels Fueling Infrastructure Grants

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Oregon, go to:  http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/OR or contact:  Clean Cities Coordinator, Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, Inc.; 503-373-7560 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office; 303-275-4817

 
Pennsylvania Energy Programs for Business
 

100% Of System Value Exempted from Property Tax for Wind Farms
Pennsylvania enacted legislation in November 2006 providing that wind turbines and related equipment (including towers and foundations) may not be counted by tax assessors when setting property values. However, the law states that the valuation of real property used for the purpose of wind-energy generation "shall be developed by the county assessor utilizing the income capitalization approach to value." This valuation is determined by the capitalized value of the land-lease agreements, supplemented by a sales comparison data approach as deemed necessary by county assessors. Lessees or lessors must provide relevant, non-proprietary lease and lease-income information to county assessors by September 1 of each year. Contact: Public Information - PA DOR, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Taxpayer Service & Information Center, P.O. Box 280610, Harrisburg, PA 17128-0610; 717-787-1064; 717-787-8201; http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/

Up to $500,000 in Sustainable Development Fund Financing Program
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission created the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF). The SDF provides financial assistance to eligible projects in the form of grants, commercial loans, subordinated debt, royalty financing, and equity financing. The SDF provides financial assistance for the following: companies and ventures that generate electricity using renewable energy sources; manufacturers, distributors and installers of renewable energy, advanced clean energy and energy-conserving products and technologies; and companies and organizations that are end-users of renewable energy, advanced clean energy and energy-conserving products and technologies. SDF also has a lease-financing product for large non-profit institutions (schools and hospitals) for energy conservation improvements. The SDF Commercial Financing Program provides flexible business loans to manufacturers, wholesalers/distributors, retailers and service companies who want to finance equipment upgrades or electricity energy savings improvements to their plant/office facilities; to end-user companies wishing to purchase advanced clean energy systems; and start-ups and expansions of companies producing clean energy. Contact: Sustainable Development Fund, 718 Arch Street, Suite 300 North, 7217 Oak Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19105; 215-574-5850; http://www.trfund.com/sdf/financing.html

Up to $25,000 in Grants Available in Energy Program
FirstEnergy established the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund in 2000. The majority of funding available from the Metropolitan Edison Company SEF takes the form of investments made in businesses pursuing one or more of the fund's objectives. These funds typically will be distributed as loans or equity investments. A limited number of grants are available each year for specific purposes. The fund is designed to promote: the development and use of renewable energy and clean-energy technologies; energy conservation and efficiency; sustainable-energy businesses; projects that improve the environment in the companies' service territories, as defined by their relationship to the companies' transmission and distribution facilities. Contact: Berks County Community Foundation, 501 Washington Street, P.O. Box 212, Reading, PA 19603-0212; 610-685-2227; Fax: 610-685-2240; http://www.bccf.org/pages/gr.energy.html

Incentives for Clean and Renewable Energy Systems
FirstEnergy established the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund and the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund in 2000. The fund is divided as follows: two-thirds on venture capital and business lending; one-third as an endowment fund focused on environmental grant-making. Funding is available to commercial and industrial customers, non-profits and schools. The purpose of the fund is to promote: the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies; energy conservation and efficiency; sustainable energy businesses; and projects which improve the environment in the Penelec region. Contact: Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, 116 Market St., Suite 4, Johnstown, PA 15901; 814-536-7741; http://www.cfalleghenies.org/penelec.htm

Loans for Clean and Renewable Energy Systems
FirstEnergy established the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund and the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund in 2000. The fund is divided as follows: two-thirds on venture capital and business lending; one-third as an endowment fund focused on environmental grant-making. Loans are available to commercial and industrial customers, non-profits and schools. The purpose of the fund is to promote: the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies; energy conservation and efficiency; sustainable energy businesses; and projects which improve the environment in the Penelec region. Contact: Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, 116 Market St., Suite 4, Johnstown, PA 15901; 814-536-7741; http://www.cfalleghenies.org/penelec.htm

Loans up to $500,000 Available
FirstEnergy established the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund in 2000. The majority of funding available from the Metropolitan Edison Company SEF takes the form of investments made in businesses pursuing one or more of the fund's objectives. These funds typically will be distributed as loans or equity investments. Loans are available to commercial and industrial sectors, non-profits and schools. The fund is designed to promote: the development and use of renewable energy and clean-energy technologies; energy conservation and efficiency; sustainable-energy businesses; and projects that improve the environment in the companies' service territories, as defined by their relationship to the companies' transmission and distribution facilities. Contact: Berks County Community Foundation, 501 Washington Street, P.O. Box 212, Reading, PA 19603-0212; 610-685-2227; Fax: 610-685-2240; http://www.bccf.org/pages/gr.energy.html

Incentives Available in Grant Program
The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) promotes the use of renewable energy and clean energy among commercial, industrial and institutional customers in the West Penn market region. Eligible projects include energy produced from solar, wind, low-impact hydro, and sustainable biomass such as closed-loop biomass and biomass gasification. Clean energy refers to advanced technologies, including landfill gas and fuel cells, which use fossil fuels but have significantly lower emissions and waste than current commercialized technologies and fuels derived from waste. Funding for eligible projects may include grants, commercial loans, equity investment, subordinated debt and royalty financing. Grants are available to non-profit companies and community-based organizations. Many of these grants will be leveraged with other grants from foundations and other funding agencies and will lead to additional financing requests involving other WPPSEF products. Commercial loans are available to manufacturers, distributors, retailers and service companies involved in renewable and advanced clean energy technologies as well as energy efficiency and conservation products and services to end-user companies and community-based organizations. WPPSEF intends to initiate loan programs in conjunction with other agencies and intermediaries to ensure an adequate flow of financing proposals for consideration. Contact: The Energy Institute, Penn. State University, C-211 CUL, University Park, PA 16802-2323; 814-865-4802; Fax: 814-863-7432; http://www.wppsef.org/grants.html

Loans for Efficient and Renewable Energy Technologies
The Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania (SEF) disburses a limited number of grants and loans to organizations seeking funding for projects consistent with the Fund’s mission "to promote research and invest in clean and renewable energy technologies, energy conservation, energy efficiency and sustainable energy enterprises that provide opportunities and benefits for PPL ratepayers." Loans are available for the commercial and industrial sectors and non-profits. Brief descriptions of the current focus areas are: financing - hopes to provide $10 million in loans and equity; Solar Scholars - a first-of-its-kind, recurring, solar education initiative; LED Traffic Signal Retrofits - provides multiple assistance options to municipalities interested in retrofitting traffic lights with LEDs; Biomass Solutions - provides flexible financial assistance options for agricultural waste-to-energy projects. Contact: Public Information, Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern PA, 968 Postal Road, Suite 315, Allentown, PA 18109; 610-264-4440; Fax: 610-264-4949; http://www.thesef.org/

$2,000 in Rebates for Commercial Lighting Projects
Small companies or businesses that have less than 100 employees, have operated at the same location as an PPL Electric Utilities customer for at least three years, and have a good-standing credit history with PPL Electric Utilities, may be eligible for a rebate on lighting replacement costs under this program. This program is only available for lighting retrofits that replace existing inefficient lighting systems and that have a cost of more than $5,000. In addition, projects must have started on or after July 14, 2008 in order to qualify. Applicants must be property or leaseholders and the building where measures will be installed must be 25,000 square feet or less. The rebate is calculated as 20% of the project cost up to a maximum rebate of $2,000. Rebated projects may exceed $10,000 in costs, but rebates will only be paid up to the first $10,000. Applicants must use Energy Star qualified replacement products. This is a rebate program rather than a financing program; however; financing assistance may be available for some applicants through the SEF. Contact: Small Business Lighting Retrofits, Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern PA, 968 Postal Road, Suite 315, Allentown, PA 18109; 610-264-4440 Ext.15; Fax: 610-264-4949; http://www.thesef.org/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=68

Grants to $25,000 Available in Green Schools Program
The Governor's Green Government Council of Pennsylvania provides an incentive for new schools to be built more efficiently. High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants are designed to cover a portion of the "soft" costs of designing a green building that are not typically included within the conventional design fee structure. Grants may vary in size depending upon the scope of the project, but as of 2008 each grant award has been for $25,000. Grants may be used for simulation and modeling costs, including daylighting studies and energy modeling, additional consultancy fees, and costs of documentation required for LEED-NC certification. The incentive is only for new construction of a LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum project. In addition to planning grant opportunities, the Department of Education offers an additional reimbursement to schools that build or renovate to LEED silver or higher, or achieve two or more Globes on the Green Building Initiative Green Globes rating scale. Contact: PlanCon, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of School Facilities, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126; 717-787-5480; http://www.pde.state.pa.us/constr_facil/

Grants to $1 Million Available
The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) issues periodic funding solicitations to provide support for innovative, advanced energy projects, and for businesses interested in locating or expanding their alternative-energy manufacturing or production operations in Pennsylvania. PEDA's most recent grant solicitation offered $11 million in total funding to support in-state projects, manufacturing or research involving the following types of fuels, technologies or measures: clean, alternative fuels for transportation; solar energy; wind; low-impact hydropower; geothermal; biologically derived methane gas, including landfill gas; biomass; fuel cells; coal-mine methane; waste coal; integrated gasification combined cycle; demand management measures, including recycled energy and energy recovery, energy efficiency and load management. Some level of cost share or matching funds are required on the part of the project developer. Projects that support revitalization by reusing or redeveloping brownfields and previously developed sites in urban, suburban and rural communities are preferred. The solicitation is open to corporations, partnerships, associations and other legal business entities; nonprofits, Pennsylvania colleges and universities; and any Pennsylvania municipality and any public corporation, authority or body. In the Duquesne Power and Light Service area 
a separate, smaller solicitation has been issued for emergency first responders in the Duquesne Light Service Territory. This program will provide grants of up to $100,000 for energy efficiency projects with a payback of less than 2 years (e.g., lighting) and premium power projects. Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 15th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2357; 717-772-8959; Fax: 717-783-2703; http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/enintech/cwp/view.asp?a=1415&q=504241

$500,000 Grants Available in Energy Harvest Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture initiated the Pennsylvania Energy Harvest program to improve air quality, preserve land, protect local watersheds and provide economic opportunities for the state's agricultural community. The initiative finances the implementation of clean and renewable-energy technologies that have measurable benefits in terms of pollution reduction, environmental quality and reduced energy use. Pennsylvania Energy Harvest’s most recent grant solicitation offers funding for a variety of types of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The solicitation is open to non-profits, school districts, colleges and universities, conservation districts, and incorporated watersheds recognized by the DEP. For profit entities eligible under previous solicitations are no longer eligible for direct funding but are encouraged to apply for Pennsylvania Economic Development Authority (PEDA) Grants or partner with eligible sponsors. Pennsylvania Energy Harvest grants are intended to address the dual concerns of energy and environmental quality. As such, proposals must simultaneously reduce or supplement the use of conventional energy sources and lead to improvements in water or air quality. Projects must demonstrate direct environmental enhancement of watersheds or result in reductions of nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter or other toxic air pollutants. Proposals should clearly indicate how environmental quality will be improved and how much energy will be produced or conserved by the project. Projects primarily involved with education, outreach, feasibility, assessment, planning, or research and development will not be considered. Projects that do not address both energy and environmental concerns will not be considered. Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 15th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776; 717-772-5985; Fax: 717-783-2703; http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/energy/cwp/view.asp?a=1374&q=483024

Grants for Small Business Available
The PA Small Business Advantage Grant Program provides matching funds to for-profit businesses with a maximum of 100 full-time employees for improvements in energy efficiency and pollution prevention. The business must also be the primary source of employment for at least one full-time employee. The Department of Environmental Protection administers the grants, providing up to $7,500 for proposed projects. All projects must demonstrate at least a 15% economic gain, or savings, through energy conservation or pollution prevention on an annual basis as a direct result of the proposed project. A recipient of the grant must submit a follow-up report to the DEP twelve months after the project completion date detailing the environmental benefits and the financial costs and benefits as a result of the project. Not eligible for awards are outdoor wood burners, wood-fired boilers, and some types of building envelope measures. Contact: Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, P.O. Box 8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776; 717-772-5160; http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/enintech/cwp/view.asp?a=1413&q=503219

Low Interest Loans for Eligible Energy Technologies
The Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA) offers low-interest loans to help small businesses (100 full-time employees or less) located within the state implement energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects. The program is administered by the PA Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. In order to qualify, the project must have a payback that is less than or equal to the loan term, and the expected benefits must extend past the term of the loan. Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 15th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772; 717-783-8411; Fax: 717-783-2703; http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/enintech/cwp/view.asp?a=1413&q=503114

Grants to $10,000 Available
PPL Electric Utilities offers grants to reimburse non-profit economic development corporations, building architects and designers, and developers for certain costs associated with constructing LEED certified green buildings. Both registration fees and certification fees are eligible for reimbursement, including costs associated with design review, construction review, and initial certification review. Buildings that achieve LEED certification are eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 while those that achieve LEED Gold certification are eligible for an additional $5,000. Funding priority will be given to projects developed by non-profit economic development partners. All projects must be located within the service territory of PPL Electric Utilities. Interested parties should contact PPL using the information below to discuss their project. Contact: PPL Electric Utilities, Economic Development, P.O. Box 25239, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-5239; 610-774-5453; http://www.ppleconomicdevelopment.com/

Pennsylvania Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Pennsylvania are:

  • Alternative Fuel and Idle Reduction Grants
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV), Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), and Fueling Infrastructure Funding
  • Biodiesel Production Refund
  • Idle Reduction Equipment Funding
  • Idle Reduction Loans
  • Renewable Energy Grants

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Pennsylvania, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/PA or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 304-285-4535 or Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; 717-783-9242

 
Rhode Island Energy Programs for Business
 

Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems
Rhode Island law allows cities and towns to exempt renewable-energy systems from property taxation. A separate statute specifies that for purposes of local municipal property tax assessment, certain residential solar-energy systems may not be assessed at more than the value of a conventional heating system, a conventional hot-water system or energy production capacity that otherwise could be necessary to install in a building. Qualifying technologies include photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar water-heating systems and active solar space-heating systems. Contact: Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908-5890; 401-574-9111; Fax: 401-574-9125; http://www.energy.ri.gov/

Low Interest Loans and Incentives in Energy Wise Program
The National Grid Energy Wise program offers free home energy audits to condominium associations and apartment building owners. Through this program, incentives and low-interest loans are available to help pay for improved insulation and the installation of Energy Star lighting, refrigerators, and windows. The type of assistance offered varies based on the heating fuel and the number of units in the facility. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Incentives to Improve Energy Efficiency of Condos and Multi-Family Residences
National Grid offers a variety of energy efficiency incentives for customers. Energy Wise is a program designed for condominiums and multifamily facilities to improve their energy efficiency. National Grid provides a free energy analysis, lighting system upgrades, and other electric efficiency measures. If the facility is electrically heated, it may also qualify for insulation and air sealing. Installation of some energy efficiency measures requires a customer co-payment. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Heating Rebates on Offer for Multi-Family Customers
National Grid offers a number of programs to encourage energy efficiency amongst its residential customers. National Grid’s High Efficiency Heating Rebates are offered to any residential heating customer in Rhode Island. Eligible technologies include boilers and furnaces. Rebates of up to $1,000 are available, depending on equipment type. National Grid also offers $10 rebates to residential heating customers for every Energy Star replacement window with a U-factor of .35 or less installed in their home, and $50 rebates are available for the purchase and installation of programmable thermostats. In addition, National Grid offers a rebate of up to $300 for energy efficient on-demand tankless water heaters and high efficiency in-direct water heaters. National Grid Residential Weatherization Program is for heating customers in New England. The program provides a rebate covering 20% of the cost, up to $750, for various weatherization measures including attic, wall, basement, crawl space, rim joist, and heating system duct insulation; attic ventilation; and air infiltration and ductwork leakage testing and sealing. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com

Up to $100,000 in Incentives for Solar Thermal Technologies
National Grid provides incentives to commercial, industrial and multi-family customers who install solar thermal technologies. Recommended solar thermal applications include solar hot water heating, solar pool heating, and in some cases solar space heating or high temperature process applications. Eligibility requirements are in place to ensure quality installation of solar thermal systems. Note that program funds are limited. For commercial, industrial and multi-family customers National Grid requires a free energy audit for interested participants to identify appropriate solar thermal technologies and to estimate natural gas savings. Commercial, industrial and multi-family customers may receive a one-time rebate of $3 per therm of estimated first-year savings up to 50% of the project costs or $100,000 per project. Contact: National Grid (Gas); 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com

Production Incentive for Photovoltaic and Small Wind Energy Systems
The Energy Consumers Alliance of New England (ECANE), which operates as People’s Power & Light in Rhode Island, is a non-profit organization that buys renewable energy credits (RECs) from photovoltaic (PV) systems and small wind-energy systems. The RECs from PV systems and small wind-energy systems are packaged together with low-impact hydro and biomass RECs and sold as New England GreenStart, a renewable energy-based electricity product marketed through GreenUp. ECANE offers to purchase RECs from PV systems and small wind-energy systems installed after 1998 at $30 per megawatt-hour ($0.03 per kilowatt-hour) for a period of three years. Contact: Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, 670 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02130-2511; 617-524-3950; Fax: (617) 524-0776; http://www.massenergy.com/Solar.REC.Sale.html

Sales Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems
Certain renewable energy systems and equipment sold in Rhode Island are exempt from the state's sales and use tax. Eligible products include solar electric systems, inverters for solar electric systems, solar thermal systems, manufactured mounting racks and ballast pans for solar collectors, geothermal heat pumps, and wind turbines and towers. Contact: Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908-5890; 401-574-9111; Fax: 401-574-9125; http://www.energy.ri.gov/

Corporate Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Systems
Rhode Island offers a corporate tax credit for photovoltaic (PV) systems (on-grid and off-grid), solar hot-water systems, active solar-heating systems, wind-energy systems and geothermal-energy systems. The tax credit is equal to 25% of the system cost and applies only to residential installations. The credit is available to the resident or business that pays for the system. Eligible PV, active solar space heating, and wind-energy systems up to $15,000 are eligible for the full 25% credit. Eligible solar hot water and geothermal systems up to $7,000 are eligible for the full 25% credit. Contact: Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908-5890; 401-574-9111; Fax: 401-574-9125; http://www.energy.ri.gov/programs/renewable.php

Incentives in Commercial Electric Efficiency Programs
National Grid (NG) offers electric energy efficiency programs for its’ large commercial and industrial customers. Design 2000plus: NG’s new construction program offers energy strategies, technical assistance and financial incentives to customers who are building new facilities, adding capacity for manufacturing, replacing failed equipment or undergoing major renovations. In addition to providing support - both technical and financial - in the energy-efficient design of new buildings, financial incentives pay up to 75% of the incremental costs for the high efficiency materials and systems. Energy Initiative: NG’s program for existing buildings, provides technical assistance and incentives to upgrade the performance of existing equipment and systems, Incentives are designed to pay, on average, approximately 40%-50% of the total project cost. Incentives for custom projects provide up to 45% of the total project costs. NG offers a range of related services that complement the above two energy efficiency programs and assist their large commercial customers with identifying and installing energy efficient technologies. NG offers technical assistance, turnkey services, commissioning, lamp and ballast recycling, buyers alliance, and financing. Small/Mid-Sized business customers can participate in Design2000plus, Energy Initiative or may be eligible to participate in National Grid’s Small/Mid-Sized Business Program. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

$100,000 Incentives in Commercial Gas Efficiency Programs
National Grid’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program provides support services and incentives to commercial customers who install energy efficient natural gas related measures. All firm commercial and firm transportation rate customers are eligible to participate. Prescriptive rebates are available for common energy efficiency measures installed after the completion of an energy audit, including: programmable thermostats, boiler reset controls, steam trap replacements, pipe/duct insulation, building shell insulation and windows. Custom Incentives are available for projects that demonstrate the use of natural gas more efficiently than industry practices and/or more efficiently than the minimum building code requirements. Incentives are available covering up to a maximum of 50% of project costs, capped at $100,000 per site and/or per project. Custom incentives are classified as either Level One or Level Two depending on size and complexity of the project. The Commercial High Efficiency Heating Program offers rebates ranging from $100 to $6,000 for various types of energy efficient space and water heating equipment. Rebates depend on equipment type and efficiency. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Incentives for Multi-Family Energy Star Residences
National Grid offers a variety of energy efficiency incentives for its multi-family residential customers. The National Grid New Construction program offers incentives and technical support to help their customers who are building an Energy Star certified home. In addition, the Energy Star Rebate program offers various rebates to National Grid's multi-family residential customers for the purchase and/or installation of certain Energy Star certified equipment. Eligible equipment includes lights, washers, room air conditioners, refrigerators, central air conditioners, heat pumps, and ECM motors installed in gas furnaces. Rebates range from $2 to $300.
Energy Wise is a program designed for condominiums and multifamily facilities to improve their energy efficiency. National Grid provides a free energy analysis, lighting system upgrades, and other electric efficiency measures. If the facility is electrically heated, it may also qualify for insulation and air sealing. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Rebates in Small/Mid-Sized Business Energy Program
National Grid’s Small/Mid-Sized Business Program is for business customers with an average demand of 200 kilowatts or less (or 40,300 kilowatt-hours or less) per month. The program aids qualifying business customers in installing energy efficient equipment. National Grid provides a free energy audit and report of recommended energy efficiency improvements. If the business customer chooses to make the recommended improvements using National Grid’s vendor and equipment, National Grid will pay 70% of the cost of the installation of energy efficient equipment. The remaining 30% can be paid through the customer’s electric bill, at 0% interest over a maximum period of 24 months. Customers paying their 30% share in a single lump sum are provided a 15% discount. Eligible energy efficient equipment includes: lighting upgrades, energy efficient time clocks, occupancy sensors, programmable thermostats, and walk-in and reach-in cooler measures. Commercial and industrial customers who are interested in energy efficiency but who do not qualify for the Small/Mid-Sized Business program, may still qualify for other rebate programs offered by National Grid. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032;
http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Rhode Island Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Rhode Island are:

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Loans
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Tax Exemption
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Exemption – Warren

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Rhode Island, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/RI or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-4726 or Program Manager, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources; 401-574-9104

 
South Carolina Energy Programs for Business
 

Loans up to $250,000 for Renewable Energy Production Facility
The Renewable Energy Revolving Loan Program provides low-interest loans to an individual or organization that plans to build a qualified renewable energy production facility. For the purposes of this loan, a renewable energy production facility is a facility that produces energy or transportation fuels from biomass, solar or wind resources. This loan may provide up to 50% of the total cost of a project, but may not exceed $250,000 for each project. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture administers the loan program, in cooperation with the South Carolina Institute of Energy Studies.  Disbursement of funds must be approved by the South Carolina Renewable Energy Oversight Committee. The interest rate for qualifying loans will not exceed the Wall Street Journal prime interest rate. Contact: South Carolina Energy Office, 1201 Main Street, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-737-7177; 800-851-8899; Fax: 803-737-9846; http://www.energy.sc.gov/index.aspx?m=29&t=90&h=404

$1000 Rebates for Installation of Solar Water Heating Systems
The South Carolina State Energy Office began the Residential Solar Initiative to demonstrate and encourage the building of homes with solar hot water heating systems. Homebuilders can receive a rebate for every home built with a solar hot water heating system, along with promotion from the State Energy Office as a builder with experience in installing solar hot water systems.  Homebuilders are eligible if they build an approved EarthCraft Home with a solar water heating system certified by the Solar Rating Certification Council or the Florida Solar Energy Center. A maximum of $20,000 in total rebates is available. Twenty rebates of $1,000 each will be awarded to builders for approved installations. Only new installations (completed after application approval) qualify. Builders submit an application and after approval they have 180 days to install a new solar hot water system in the home. After the installation is verified, the State Energy Office will issue a rebate to the homebuilder. Contact: Richard Horton, South Carolina Energy Office, 1201 Main Street, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-737-8034; Fax 803-737-9846; http://www.energy.sc.gov/index.aspx?m=6&t=43
Applications: http://www.energy.sc.gov/publications/Application.pdf

Corporate Tax Credit for Solar Thermal Systems
In South Carolina taxpayers may claim a credit of 25% of the costs of purchasing and installing a solar-energy system for heating water, space heating, air cooling or generating electricity in a building owned by the taxpayer. The maximum credit in any year is $3,500 for each facility or 50% of the taxpayer's tax liability for that taxable year, whichever is less. This credit applies to installation costs incurred in taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2006. Contact: Taxpayer Assistance, South Carolina Department of Revenue, 301 Gervais Street, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214; 803-898-5709; http://www.energy.sc.gov/index.aspx?m=5&t=33&h=137

Tax Credits to $650,000 for Biomass Energy
In 2007 South Carolina enacted the Energy Freedom and Rural Development Act which amended previous legislation concerning a landfill methane tax credit. These amendments provide that, for taxable years beginning after 2007, taxpayers are allowed a credit against the income tax and/or license fees for 25% of the costs incurred by the taxpayer for the purchase and installation of equipment used to create heat, power, steam, electricity or another form of energy for commercial use from a fuel consisting of at least 90% biomass resources. For taxable years beginning after 2007, the tax credit for all expenditures is limited to $650,000 per taxpayer year, and may not exceed a taxpayer's liability for that year. Unused credits may be carried forward for 15 years. To obtain the maximum amount of credit available, the taxpayer must submit a request for credit to the State Energy Office by January 31st for all qualifying equipment placed in service in the previous calendar year. For purposes of this credit, a biomass resource means non-commercial wood, by-products of wood processing, demolition debris containing wood, agricultural waste, animal waste, sewage, landfill gas, and other organic materials, not including fossil fuels. "Commercial use" means a use intended for the purpose of generating a profit. A "manufacturing facility" means an establishment where tangible personal property is produced or assembled. Contact: Public Information, South Carolina Energy Office, 1201 Main Street, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-737-8030; 800-851-8899; Fax: 803-737-9846; http://www.state.sc.us/energy/

Production Incentive to $100,000 for Biomass Energy
South Carolina now provides production incentives for certain biomass-energy facilities. Eligible systems earn $.01 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity generated and $.30 per therm (100,000 Btu) for energy produced from biomass resources. These incentives are available to systems that did not produce energy from biomass resources before June 30, 2008 or systems that increase production by at 25% over their greatest three-year average before June 30, 2008. The incentive payment is also applicable to energy from a qualifying facility placed in service and first producing energy on or after July 1, 2008. The maximum incentive is $100,000 per taxpayer per year. The incentive payment for the production of electricity or thermal energy may not be claimed for both electricity and energy produced from the same biomass resource. For the purposes of this incentive, a biomass resource is defined as "wood, wood waste, agricultural waste, animal waste, sewage, landfill gas, and other organic materials, not including fossil fuels." Contact: Public Information, South Carolina Energy Office, 1201 Main Street, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-737-8030; 800-851-8899; Fax: 803-737-9846; http://www.state.sc.us/energy/

$300 Sales Tax Cap on Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes
South Carolina caps sales taxes for manufactured homes at $300 if they meet or exceed energy efficiency standards specified by state law. Efficiency standards include: storm or double-pane glass windows, insulated or storm doors; and a minimum thermal resistance (R) rating of the insulation of R-11 for walls, R-19 for floors, and R-30 for ceilings. Variations of these ratings are accepted if the total heat loss for the home does not exceed that calculated using the levels of R-11 for walls, R-19 for floors, and R-30 for ceilings. Contact: South Carolina Energy Office, 1201 Main Street, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-737-8025; 800-851-8899; http://www.energy.sc.gov/index.aspx?m=3&t=24

100% Sales Tax Exemption for Hydrogen Fuel Cells
South Carolina offers a sales tax exemption for "any device, equipment, or machinery operated by hydrogen or fuel cells, any device, equipment or machinery used to generate, produce, or distribute hydrogen and designated specifically for hydrogen applications or for fuel cell applications, and any device, equipment, or machinery used predominantly for the manufacturing of, or research and development involving hydrogen or fuel cell technologies." A sales tax exemption may also be taken on building materials used to construct a new or renovated building or purchases of machinery for a research district. If the exemption is taken on building materials, however, the amount of sales tax that would be assessed without the exemption must be re-invested by the taxpayer in hydrogen or fuel cell machinery or equipment in the same research district within two years of the original purchase. Contact: South Carolina Energy Office, 1201 Main Street, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-737-8034; Fax: (803) 737-9846; http://www.state.sc.us/energy/

Grants to $200,000 in Renewable Energy Program
The South Carolina Renewable Energy Grant Program provides grants to private and public entities located in South Carolina to assist those involved in renewable energy-related research and projects to become more competitive in obtaining federal and other grants. Eligible renewable technologies are: solar water heat, solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, landfill gas, wind, biomass, and renewable transportation fuels. Matching grants up to $200,000 are available for demonstration projects that validate the effectiveness of new and future biomass technologies and products, provided that the grant does not exceed 50% of the total cost of the demonstration project. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture administers the grant program, in cooperation with the South Carolina Institute of Energy Studies and the South Carolina Research Authority. Grants are also available for project planning and research and development projects. Contact:  Public Information, South Carolina Energy Office, 1201 Main Street, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-737-8030; 800-851-8899; Fax: (803) 737-9846; http://www.energy.sc.gov/index.aspx?m=29&t=90&h=405

Loans up to $500,000 for Energy Efficiency Improvements
The South Carolina Energy Office offers the ConserFund Loan Program to fund energy efficiency improvements in state agencies, local governments, public colleges and universities, school districts and non-profit organizations. Eligible energy efficient technologies are: lighting, lighting controls/sensors, chillers, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, CHP/Cogeneration, programmable thermostats, energy mgmt. systems/building controls, caulking/weather-stripping, duct/air sealing, building insulation, windows, and doors, The ConserFund Loan Program will fund a variety of efficiency improvements but priority is given to projects that have a fast energy savings payback. Organizations may finance one or multiple projects covering up to 100% of eligible project costs from $25,000 to $500,000. Free preliminary energy audits and project planning assistance will be provided prior to any installation through the Rebuild South Carolina Program. Implementation of the energy efficiency improvement must begin within six months of the loan closing and the proposed energy improvement must have long-term cost reductions to qualify. Contact:  Public Information, South Carolina Energy Office, 1201 Main Street, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-737-7177; 800-851-8899; Fax: (803) 737-9846; http://www.energy.sc.gov/index.aspx?m=7&t=48&h=180

South Carolina Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in South Carolina are:

  • Biofuels Retail Incentive
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Production Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Research and Development Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Distribution Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Production Facility Tax Credit

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in South Carolina, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/SC or contact: Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 304-285-4185 or Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition, Clean Cities Coordinator; 803-737-7951

 
South Dakota Energy Programs for Business
 

Revised Energy Property Tax Assessment
South Dakota has passed legislation defining a revised property tax assessment method for commercial wind energy facilities. Originally this method applied to all commercial wind energy facilities regardless of their size but now commercial wind facilities larger than 5 MW are exempted from all property taxes in favor of an alternative taxing structure. Thus the special property tax assessment listed here is now only applicable to commercial wind facilities with an aggregate capacity of less than 5 MW. The two special rules that now apply to such facilities are as follows: the property value assessment does not include the wind turbine or blades (these are considered personal property) and the assessed property value only takes the base, foundation, tower, and substations into account; wind energy companies are not subject to discretionary property tax formulas. All commercial wind facilities covered under this law, regardless of ownership, are assessed at the local level. Contact: South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation, Division of Property and Special Taxes, 445 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-3100; 605-773-5424; Fax: (605) 773-6729;
http://www.state.sd.us/drr2/propspectax/assessor/power_light.htm

Tax Exemptions for Large Commercial Wind Farms
In South Dakota, wind farms constructed after July 1, 2007 are eligible for an alternative taxation calculation in lieu of all taxes on real and personal property levied by the state, counties, municipalities, schools, and other political subdivisions. The definition of "wind farm" includes only facilities producing electricity for commercial sale and having a minimum nameplate capacity of 5 MW. All property used or constructed to interconnect individual wind turbines within a wind farm into a common project, termed the "collector system", is eligible for the exemption and alternative taxation. The alternative taxation method has two components: the first component is an annual tax equal to $3/kilowatt (kW) of the nameplate capacity of the wind farm, prorated according to when the wind farm begins operation during the first calendar year; the second component is a 2% annual tax on the gross receipts of the wind farm. The gross receipts are calculated as the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) produced multiplied by a base electricity rate of $0.0475/kWh in 2008, with the base rate increasing by 2.5% annually thereafter. A partial rebate of the taxes paid under this formula is available for the construction of transmission lines in South Dakota that serve an eligible facility. The total maximum rebate is 50% of the combined cost of the transmission lines and wind farm collector system. The maximum rebate in one year is 90% of the gross receipts tax for the first 5 years and 50% of the gross receipts tax for the next 5 years. No rebates will be issued after this 10-year period. Up to 80% of the rebate may be issued in the form of a tax credit in lieu of full payment of the gross receipts tax. Contact: South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation, Property and Special Tax Division, 445 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-3100; 605-773-5120; 605-773-6729;
http://www.state.sd.us/drr2/propspectax/assessor/power_light.htm

50% Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems
This statute exempts from local property taxes renewable energy systems on commercial property. For commercial systems, the exemption applies to 50% of the installed cost of commercial systems, and cannot be transferred when the property is sold under any circumstances. The exemption may be claimed for three years after installation. After three years, the property owner can claim a portion of the exemption for three subsequent years according to the following schedule: year 1 - 75% of the exemption; year 2 - 50% of the exemption; and year 3 - 25% of the exemption. The property tax exemption is adjusted to include any federal renewable energy income tax credit which may be available at the time the owner applies for the exemption. This exemption is not allowed for systems which produce energy for resale. Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, 500 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501; 605-773-3201, Fax: (605) 773-3809; http://puc.sd.gov/

Up to $25,000 for Eligible Efficient and Renewable Technologies
Otter Tail Power Company's Dollar Smart Financing Program offers $150 - $25,000 loans to its business customers. Customers may use the 7.9% interest rate loan to finance purchases of new electric technologies such as: refrigerators/freezers, water heaters, lighting, chillers, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, heat recovery, duct/air sealing, motors, and motor-ASDs/VSDs. The eligible renewable technology is geothermal heat pumps. Loans may not exceed 80 percent of the project's total cost, and the maximum business loan is $25,000. Contact: Otter Tail Power Company, PO Box 496, 215 S Cascade Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0496; 218-739-8200; 800-257-4044;
http://www.otpco.com/ProductsServices/Financing.asp

5% Loans to $10,000 to Install Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems
Southeastern Electric Cooperative offers a loan program for customers who want to install energy efficient heating and cooling systems in their businesses, or for those who want to install weatherization measures such as storm doors, insulation or caulking. Loans are available at a 5% interest rate for the following: geothermal, air-to-air heat pumps, or electric heat up to $10,000 for 7 years; geothermal, air-to-air heat pumps, or electric heat under $5,000 financed for 5 years; and weatherization & insulation up to $3,000 for 5 years. Contact: Customer Service – SEEC, Southeastern Electric Cooperative, 501 South Broadway, Marion, SD 57043-0388; 605-648-3619; 800-333-2859; Fax: 605-648-3778; http://www.southeasternelectric.com/Member_Services/money_saving/
electric_equipment_loans.html

Energy Rebates for Multi-Family Residences
The Black Hills Power (BHP) Customer Rebate Program offers cash rebates for the purchase of electric water heaters, electric resistance heat systems, geothermal heating and cooling systems. A $15/kW rebate is available when the home has any form of permanently installed electric resistance heat, in addition to an installed Demand Control unit or other energy management device. Water heaters must have a minimum capacity of 30 gallons and a maximum 4.5 kW electric heating element to qualify for the $1/tank gallon rebate. The geothermal heat pump rebate is available for multi-family apartment structures. Also included in the Customer Rebate Program is a free energy savings analysis that compares specific water heaters and heating and cooling systems to be installed in homes. Contact: Black Hills Power, Director of Customer Service, 409 Deadwood Avenue, Rapid City, SD 57702; 605-721-2660; 800-843-8849;
http://www.blackhillspower.com/rebprog.htm

Rebates on Offer in Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
Otter Tail Power Company offers incentives to all of its commercial customers in South Dakota to install energy efficient equipment in their facilities. Rebates are available for geothermal and air source heat pumps, lighting, and motors as well as multiple high-efficiency electric heating technologies including hot water heaters, thermal storage technologies, and commercial cooking equipment. The Lighting Project provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers that purchase a variety of energy-efficient lighting technologies. The Energy-Efficient Motor Rebate Project is designed to encourage customers to purchase higher-efficiency replacement motors. Motor rebates vary depending on motor size. A rebate of $20/kW is offered for electric water heating, thermal storage technologies, and commercial cooking equipment. All installments must meet certain energy efficiency standards to qualify. Contact: Otter Tail Power Company, PO Box 496, 215 S Cascade Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0496; 218-739-8200; 800-257-4044;
http://www.otpco.com/SaveEnergyMoney/EnergyEfficiencyPlan_SD.asp

South Dakota Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in South Dakota are:

  • Ethanol and Methanol Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Production Facility Tax Refund
  • Ethanol Production Incentive

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in South Dakota, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/SD or contact: Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office; 303-275-4817 or Assistant Finance Director, South Dakota Department of Transportation; 605-773-4555

 
Tennessee Energy Programs for Business
 

$300 for All Electric Homes
Cleveland Utilities offers an incentive for its residential customers to build energy efficient homes which reach a score of 83 on the Home Energy Rating System (H.E.R.S.). Homes receiving an 83 point rating can be eligible for a $300 rebate. Multi-family dwellings receiving an 83 point rating or above can be eligible for $100. Homes must be all electric. House plans must be submitted to Cleveland Utilities before construction begins to be eligible for the rebate.  Contact:  Customer Service, Cleveland Utilities, 2450 Guthrie Dr., Cleveland, TN 37311; 423-472-4521; http://www.clevelandutilities.com/newhome.htm

$50 Rebate to Install Electric Water Heater
Clinton Utilities Board offers a $50 rebate to its residential customers to install energy efficient electric water heaters through the energy right Residential Water Heater Program (http://www.energyright.com/).  Customers must purchase a 30 gallon or larger electric water heater. Multi-family eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Application must be submitted within 90 days of the installation. Contact:  Customer Service, Clinton Utilities Board, PO Box 296, Clinton, TN 37717; 865-457-9232; http://www.clintonutilities.com/cubtva.htm
Application:  http://www.clintonutilities.com/Water%20Heater%20Rebate%20Application.pdf

$500 Rebates to Make Homes Run More Efficiently
Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation provides a financial incentive for its customers to build new energy efficient homes through their Energy Right New Homes Program. Cash rebates are awarded to new homes built to the program's standards, which includes such measures as low air infiltration, heating and cooling equipment, insulation, ventilation and water heating. Incentives are:  Single-Family Home greater than 1,500 square feet: $500; Single-Family Home less than 1,500 square feet: $200; and Multi-Family Home: $100.  Contact:  Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, 1940 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37043; 931-645-2481; http://www.cemc.org/services/energy_right.asp
Application:  http://www.cemc.org/services/Builder%20Application.pdf

Get $600 for an Energy Makeover
The Electric Power Board of Chattanooga offers an incentive to builders and developers of single-family and multi-family homes to build energy efficient homes which meet the energy right Program guidelines. EPB will pay $75 per unit for qualified multi-family units, $500 for single-family homes where gas is not available, and $600 for single-family homes where gas is available. In addition to the incentives, EPB will waive the $100 temporary service connection fee. In general, the guidelines simply call for properly installed ductwork, insulation and caulking.  Contact:  Energy Services, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, 10 West M. L. King Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37422-7255; 423-648-1372; Fax:  423-648-1233; http://www01.epb.net/index.php?page=business_builders&id=68

Up to $12,500 for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation provides low-interest loans to help its residential customers install new, energy efficient heat pumps in their homes. Loans of up to $10,000 have an 8% interest rate with up to 10 years to pay off. Heat pumps must be installed by contractor listed on Quality Contractor List. Upon credit approval, the loans can also be used to pay the installation costs, as well as storm windows and added insulation. Additional funds of up to $2,500 can be added to the $10,000 for multiple units or an Advanced Heat Pump. Contact:  Customer Service, Gibson Electric Membership Corporation, 1207 South College St., PO Box 47, Trenton, TN 38382; 731-855-4740; http://www.gibsonemc.com/Heat%20Pump.htm

$$ Cash Rebates for All Electric Homes
Jackson Energy Authority offers rebates to builders and developers who build new all-electric homes which meet Energy Right Program standards. Builders will receive $40 per 100 square feet to offset any extra cost for building to Energy Right standards. Eligible homes typically feature electric heat pumps and water heaters, along with high energy-efficiency standards for such things as insulation, windows and weather-stripping. To learn more, contact:  Customer Services, Jackson Energy Authority, PO Box 68, Jackson, TN 38302; 731-422-7500; http://www.jaxenergy.com/wise_energy/energy_right.php

$150 for Homes That Are All Electric
Lawrence Utility Systems offers a $150 rebate for home builders and homeowners whose homes achieve a minimum energy efficiency level based on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS). The home must be "all electric" in order to qualify for the incentive. Gas logs and dual fuel heat pumps are allowed under the program in certain Power Distributor areas. Contact:  Lawrence Utility Systems, PO Box 649, Lawrence, TN 38464; 931-762-7161, ext. 123; http://www.lburgus.com/eright.html

Up to $600 Rebates to Build Energy Efficient Homes
Milan Public Utilities offers an incentive to builders and developers of single-family and multi-family homes to build energy efficient homes which meet the energy right Program guidelines. MPU will pay $75 per unit for qualified multi-family units, $500 for single-family homes where gas is not available, and $600 for single-family homes where gas is available. In general, the guidelines simply call for properly installed ductwork, insulation and caulking.  Contact:  Customer Service, Milan Public Utilities, 1085 South Second Street, P.O. Box 109, Milan, TN 38358-0109; 731-686-1537

Up to $700 for Energy Efficient Homes
Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative offers financial incentives to encourage energy efficiency in the residential sector. Rebates are available for qualified water heaters and new homes built to the Energy Right Program standards. The water heater rebate ranges from $25 to $50 while the new homes rebates range from $300 to $600.  Homes that qualify for the energy right® program can also receive an additional $100 when installing a lifetime warranty water heater. Customers should call the utility for more information about the new homes incentive including the actual rebate amount.  Contact:  Customer Service, Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative, 1625 Hwy 100, PO Box 240, Centerville, TN 37033; 931-729-3558; http://www.mlec.com/res.htm#top

$1,600 to Construct Energy Efficient Housing
Murfreesboro Electric Department offers incentives to home builders and homeowners for construction energy efficient homes through their energy right New Home Program. Eligible homes must have a HERS rating of 83 or higher. In general, qualifying homes are equipped with features such as a high-efficiency electric heat pump (instead of a central furnace and air-conditioning system); effective insulation, extra caulking, plenty of weather-stripping, double-pane windows; and an electric water heater. Incentive amounts are:  single-family homes: up to $1,600 dependent on classification and HERS rating and multi-family homes: up to $50.00 per unit.  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Murfreesboro Electric Department, 205 North Walnut Street, P.O. Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0009; 615-893-5514; Fax:  615-893-8375;  http://www.murfreesboroelectric.com/eright/newhome.htm

Up to $100 in Rebates for New Water Heaters
Murfreesboro Electric Department offers water heater rebates to its residential and commercial customers through its energy right Water Heater Rebate Program. Rebate amounts vary, but here is an example:

  • $100 for replacing a gas water heater with an electric water heater
  • $25 for replacing an electric water heater with an electric water
  • $50 for new single-family homes that have an electric water heater, but do not qualify under the new home incentives
  • $25 per water heater for new multi-family units that do not qualify for the new home incentives

To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Murfreesboro Electric Department, 205 North Walnut Street, P.O. Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0009; 615-893-5514; Fax:  615-893-8375; http://www.murfreesboroelectric.com/eright/waterheater.htm

$500 for Going Green in Tennessee
Through the Green Power Switch Generation Partners program, consumers participate as either residential/small-commercial or commercial customers. Under the residential/small-commercial contract, TVA will purchase the entire output of a qualifying system at $0.15 per kWh through a participating power distributor, and the consumer will receive a credit for the power generated. Under the larger commercial contract, TVA will purchase the output at $0.20 per kWh. Until a total capacity of 150 kW has been reached, the owner of a qualifying residential system will receive a $500 payment when the site is connected to the grid. The goal for the entire program is 5 MW. The credit of $0.15/kWh is available for a minimum of 10 years from the signing of the contract, regardless of the amount produced. Payment is made in the form of a credit issued by the local power distributor on the monthly power bill for the home or business where the generation system is located. TVA retains sole rights to any renewable energy credits.  For a current list of TVA distribution utilities in Kentucky participating in the program, refer to Green Power Switch Generation Partners program website at http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/distributors.htm.  Contact:  Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101; http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/partners/

Property Tax Exemption for Wind Energy Systems
Tennessee House Bill 809 states that wind energy systems operated by public utilities, businesses or industrial facilities shall not be taxed at more than one-third of their total installed cost. This law applies to the initial appraisal and subsequent appraisals of wind energy systems.   To learn more, contact:  Taxpayer Assistance, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, Property Assessments, 1400 James K. Polk State Office Building, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243-0277; 615-401-7737; Fax:  615-741-3888; http://www.state.tn.us/sos/acts/103/pub/pc0377.pdf

$75,000 Grant for Clean Energy Technologies
The Tennessee Clean Energy Technology Grant is for businesses to install renewable energy systems at their facilities. To qualify, the facility where the system will be installed must undergo an energy audit. The grant amounts are 40% of the installed cost for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind, solar water heating, hydrogen fuel cells and solar hybrid lighting up to a maximum of $75,000. The minimum grant amount is $5,000.  Note that this program is only for businesses. Homes and non-profits, such as schools and churches are not eligible for the program.  Contact:  Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, Energy Division, 312 Eighth Avenue North, 10th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243; 615-253-1943; Fax:  615-741-5070; http://www.cleanenergy.org/
Application:  http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/TN-CET%20Grant%20Application.doc

$500,000 for Schools to be Energy Efficient
The Local Government Energy Efficiency Loan Program offers low-interest loans to municipal and county governments for energy efficiency-related projects in courthouses, administration buildings, schools, maintenance facilities, and any other building owned by the city or county. Free energy audits and technical assistance is available to all local government institutions regardless of whether they borrow loan funds. Eligible projects can borrow up to $500,000 at an approximate 3% interest rate.  Contact:  Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, Energy Division, 312 8th Avenue North, 10th Floor, William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, Nashville, TN 37243-0405; 615-741-2994 or 800-342-1340; Fax:  615-741-5070; http://www.state.tn.us/ecd/energy_lgelp.htm

$300,000 Small Business Energy Loans
The Tennessee Energy Division offers low-interest loans of up to $300,000, with terms of up to 7 years, for energy efficiency projects and other projects shown to save energy or decrease energy demand. Businesses with fewer than 300 employees or less than $3.5 million in annual gross sales or receipts are eligible. The loan is offered with a 0% interest rate for businesses in the Three-Star communities, and at a 3% interest rate for all others. Loans cannot be used for new construction or business start-up. All renewable energy technologies are eligible under the program's guidelines. In addition to low-interest loans, the Energy Division offers free audits and technical assistance. Contact:
Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, Energy Division, 312 Eighth Avenue North, 10th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243; 615-253-1943; Fax:  615-741-5070; http://www.state.tn.us/ecd/energy_sbel.htm

Tennessee Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Tennessee are: 

  • Biodiesel Infrastructure Grants
  • Biofuels Fueling Infrastructure Grants
  • Alternative Fuel Innovations Grant
  • Agricultural Feedstock Processing Demonstration Loan Program
  • Biodiesel Production Incentive
  • Infrastructure Development Program

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Tennessee, go to:   http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/TN or contact:  Executive Director, East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition; 865-974-3625 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 304-285-4185

 
Texas Energy Programs for Business

$200,000 for New Construction Energy Installations
Austin Energy offers a one-time bonus payment of 25% of the cost of energy efficient equipment installed in new commercial buildings or major remodeling projects. Eligible construction projects must install equipment in at least three of the following four areas: energy efficient lighting and lighting controls; high efficiency air conditioning systems (for both DX and Chillers); thermal energy storage systems; and qualifying custom technologies (paid at $250/kilowatt).  Rebate payments cannot exceed $200,000 per project, per year; however, approved thermal energy storage systems may receive up to $100,000 in project funds, independent of other rebates offered.  Contact:  Contact:  Commercial Rebates, Austin Energy, Customer Care Center, 721 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704-1194; 512-482-5346; Fax:  512-482-5455;  http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/
Commercial/Commercial%20Energy/index.htm

Free Vending Machine + Installation for Qualifying Customers
Austin Energy provides energy saving equipment to its commercial customers at no cost through their Energy Miser Vending Products Program. Customers can receive a free VendingMiser®, CoolerMiser™, or SnackMiser™ with free installation on qualified vending machines. These Energy Miser products can reduce the electricity use of cold drink vending machines and reach-in coolers by up to 40% and save typical businesses over $100 in electricity costs per vending machine annually. Energy-saving devices that reduce the electricity use of non-refrigerated snack machines by 80% are also available. Interested customers need to fill out the request form to participate.  Contact:  Energy Miser, Austin Energy, 811 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704; 512-482-5346; Fax: 512-482-5455; http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/
Energy%20Miser/index.htm

Application: http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Energy%20Miser/
smartVendorRequestForm.pdf

$100,000 Rebates for Energy Efficient Product Purchase
Austin Energy offers incentives for its commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities through their Commercial Rebate Program. Rebates are available for qualified HVAC equipment, ceiling/roof insulation and reflective coating, chillers, custom technologies, energy recovery ventilators, lighting equipment, motors, solar technologies, variable frequency drives, and window treatments.  Interested businesses must first fill out a Participation Request Form. An Austin Energy Representative will then contact the business to schedule an initial assessment of the facility, during which, project related documentation, applications and additional energy saving opportunities will be discussed. A Rebate Application accompanied by the required technical documentation on the proposed equipment must then be submitted before any new equipment is installed. Contact:  Commercial Rebates, Austin Energy, Customer Care Center, 721 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704-1194; 512-482-5346; Fax:  512-482-5455; http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/
Commercial/Commercial%20Energy/index.htm

Application: https://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/
Commercial/Commercial%20Energy/dsp_com_part_req2.cfm

Up to $100,000 to Help You Implement Solar Photovoltaic Technology
Austin Energy's Solar Rebate Program offers a $4.50 per watt incentive to eligible residential and commercial customers (including non-profit organizations) who install photovoltaic systems on their homes or facilities. For solar installations that use PV equipment manufactured in Austin, the rebate is $5.60 per watt. For residential customers, the rebate program will pay 80% of customer invoiced cost or $13,500, whichever is less. For commercial customers, the rebate program will pay 80% of customer invoiced cost or $100,000, whichever is less. Rebates will only be paid for approved systems installed by approved solar contractors according to the established technical requirements. An additional requirement is that the renewable energy credits (RECs) and other environmental attributes from participating in this program must be transferred to Austin Energy.   Contact:  Conservation Information Center - Solar Rebates, Austin Energy, Solar Rebate Program, 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704; 512-482-5346; Fax:  512-482-5409;
http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/
Rebates/Solar%20Rebates/index.htm

Get up to $10,000 for Solar Hot Water Heaters
Austin Energy (AE) offers its residential, commercial, and municipal customers up front rebates or a low-interest loan for the purchase and installation of solar hot water heaters. Only systems that preheat water for a permanently installed electric hot water heater are eligible to receive the incentive. Rebate levels vary by customer class.  

  • Rebates 
    Residential (new construction): $1,500  
    Residential (existing homes): $2,000 or low- interest loan (see below)  
    Commercial:  Custom, determined on a case-by-case basis  
    Non-profit, Small Business:  May be eligible for a 20% bonus incentive
  • Loans option details (existing homes)  
    Home improvement loans: 0% interest rate over 3, 5, 7, or 10 year term; $1,500 minimum  
    Personal loans: 2% interest rate over 3 or 5 year term; $500 minimum  
    Maximum loan of $5,000 for single family or $10,000 for duplexes  
    Additional 2% interest rate (added to base rate) for credit scores of 639 and below

All systems must be new, SRCC certified, and sized to accommodate the needs of at least 4 people. Systems must also be designed for frost protection, scale elimination or remediation, and have a 5-year warranty on all major components. The use of existing tanks will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. All systems must be installed by a licensed contractor and comply with all applicable city codes and permitting requirements.  Contact:  Conservation Information Center - Solar Rebates, Austin Energy, Solar Rebate Program, 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704; 512-482-5346; Fax:  512-482-5409; http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/
Solar%20Rebates/Solar%20Water%20Heater/index.htm

$100,000 for Multi-Family Energy Improvements
The Austin Energy Multi-Family Program provides cash incentives to owners, developers and property managers of apartments and other multi-family properties for making energy efficiency improvements. Rebates are available for qualified A/C systems, heat pumps, window treatments, insulation, ductwork and lighting equipment. A free walk-through energy survey is required before a rebate application will be accepted. Rebate incentives cap at $100,000 total.  Contact:  Multi-Family Program Coordinator, Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704-1194; 512-482-5329; Fax:  512-482-5455;
http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/
Commercial/Multi-Family%20Properties/index.htm

Application: http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/
Commercial/Multi-Family%20Properties/apply.htm

$$$ Cash Back for Small Businesses to Increase Energy Efficiency
Austin Energy offers a special incentive for its small-to-midsize and non-profit business customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities through their Small Business Rebate Program. Through this program, qualified customers can receive a 20% bonus on all the rebates offered through Austin Energy's standard Commercial Rebate Program, with the exception of the Solar PV rebate. Rebates are available for qualified HVAC equipment, ceiling/roof insulation and reflective coating, chillers, custom technologies, energy recovery ventilators, lighting equipment, motors, variable frequency drives, and window treatments.  For a complete list of rebates, contact:  Commercial Rebate Program, Austin Energy, 811 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704; 512-482-5346; Fax:  512-482-5455;
http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/Commercial/
Commercial%20Energy/smallBusiness.htm

Discounted Lighting for Small Businesses
Austin Energy offers a separate rebate available for lighting equipment. Small business customers are welcome to take advantage of the standard lighting incentive mentioned above, with the added 20% bonus, but could save even more time and money through the Small Business Lighting Program. Unlike the traditional rebate program where a commercial customer may receive a rebate after the purchase and installation of the lighting equipment, this program offers qualified small business customers a discounted price for the turnkey purchase and installation of retrofitted lighting equipment at the time of purchase. Customers can choose from a menu of lighting options which are available for a heavily reduced price. To participate in this program, the customer must be willing to use Austin Energy’s chosen lighting contractor, Energy Saving Strategies, to perform the work at the pre-arranged pricing.  Contact:  Commercial Rebate Program, Austin Energy, 811 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704; 512-482-5346; Fax:  512-482-5455;
 http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/Commercial/
Commercial%20Energy/smallBusLightingProgOverview.pdf
 

Buy or Lease a Low-Cost PV Water Pump
Big Country Electric Cooperative offers solar water pumping systems to its members. Two 75-watt DC solar panels are used on each standard system. The solar water pumping systems can be leased or sold to provide livestock water delivery where electrical power is either not available or not economically feasible. The selling price is approximately $2,750 or they can be leased for $50 per month for a 60-month term, with the first and last month paid up front.  To learn more, contact:  Big Country Electric Cooperative, PO Box 518, Roby, TX 79543; 325-776-3903; http://www.bigcountry.coop/
 
Rebates and Loans to Buy Solar Hot Water Heaters
Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) offers its residential, commercial, and municipal customers up front rebates and/or a low-interest loan for the purchase and installation of solar hot water heaters. Only systems that preheat water for a permanently installed electric hot water heater are eligible to receive the incentive. Rebate levels vary by customer class.   

  • Rebates
    Residential (new construction): $1,000  
    Residential (existing homes): $1,500 and/or low-interest loan (see below)  
    Commercial: Custom, determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Loans option details (existing homes only)  
    Home improvement loans: 7% interest rate over 3, 5, 7, or 10 year term;  
    Personal loans: 7% interest rate over 3 or 5 year term;  
    Participants may elect to finance the outstanding balance after the rebate under this option  
    Maximum loan of $5,000  
    Additional 2% interest rate (added to base rate) for credit scores of 639 and below

All systems must be new, SRCC certified, and have a storage tank capacity of at least 80 gallons. Systems must also be designed for frost protection, scale elimination or remediation, and have a 5-year warranty on all major components. Existing tanks that are less than 5 years old may be used, but tanks more than 4 years old must be flushed prior to system activation. All systems must be installed by a licensed contractor and comply with all applicable city codes and permitting requirements.  To learn more, contact: Bryan Texas Utilities, 205 E. 28th Street, Bryan, TX 77803; 979-821-5826;
http://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/Rebates/SolarWaterHeater/
Application:  http://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/Rebates/SolarWaterHeater/BTU_Solar_
H2O_Rebate_App.pdf

Up to $12,000 for PV Solar Systems
Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) offers rebates to buy-down the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to its electricity customers. The standard rebate level is $4.00/watt AC up to a maximum rebate of 80% of the invoice cost or $12,000 per customer site each fiscal year (October - September). Actual rebate levels will be determined by utility inspection of the system, and may take into account shading or other factors that affect the efficiency of the system. All customer classes are eligible and the receipt of a rebate does not affect participation in other BTU energy conservation programs. Multi-family housing units are eligible for the program, but applications must be submitted as a combined, single application. The rebate does not cover battery systems.  To learn more, contact:  Bryan Texas Utilities, 205 E. 28th Street, Bryan, TX 77803; 979-821-5826;
http://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/Rebates/Solar/Default.aspx

Lighting Program for Small Business
Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) offers a Lighting Program for their commercial customers to help offset the cost of retrofitting their facilities. Rebates are calculated on a project-by-project basis. A BTU energy service advisor will survey the existing facility and then compute load reduction, estimated costs, rebates and resulting annual savings from a retrofit. After the retrofit has been completed and the final inspection made rebates are paid directly to the customer.  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Bryan Texas Utilities, Commercial Lighting Rebate Program, 205 E. 28th Street, Bryan, TX 77803; 979-821-5700; Fax:  979-821-5795;
http://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/ESP.aspx#lighting

Energy Incentives for Homes and Small Businesses
CenterPoint Energy's (CNP) Residential and Small Commercial Standard Offer Program (SOP) provides incentives to encourage contractors to install energy efficiency measures in homes and small businesses in CNP's designated service area.  CNP pays a standard offer price of $283/kW for peak demand savings and $0.097/kWh of energy savings and all payments to project sponsors are based solely on kW and kWh savings. Examples of eligible projects include:  increasing insulation levels in the ceiling, wall or floor; installing energy efficient windows; repairing/replacing the air conditioning duct system; upgrading existing appliances to efficient appliances, such as water heaters, refrigerators, and dishwashers; and weatherizing the home to reduce the loss of cool or heated air.  Contact:  CenterPoint Energy, PO Box 1700, Houston, TX 77251-1700; 713-207-7762; http://www.centerpointressop.com/

$$ Incentives for Commercial & Industry Energy Measures
CenterPoint Energy's (CNP) Commercial & Industrial Standard Offer Program pays incentives to service providers who install energy efficiency measures in commercial or industrial facilities that are located within CNP's service territories. Any entity that installs eligible energy efficient measures at a facility with electric service provided by CNP and has a maximum demand of more than 100 kW is eligible to participate in the program as a Project Sponsor. Incentives are paid for both energy and demand savings. Project Sponsors are required to meet minimum eligibility criteria and sign a standard agreement with CNP.  To learn more, contact:  CenterPoint Energy, PO Box 1700, Houston, TX 77251-1700; 713-207-7762; http://www.centerpointcisop.com/

$800 for Solar Energy Installation
CPS Energy offers energy efficiency rebates for commercial and industrial facilities, as well as rebates for solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems. In general, any CPS Energy customer is eligible to receive the rebate; however, systems must have a permanently installed electric backup system. Rebates will be calculated according to the annual savings estimated by the system's Solar Rating Certification Corporation (SRCC) rating as applied in the San Antonio area. Estimated annual electricity savings will be multiplied by a standard rate of $0.30/kilowatt-hr (kWh) in order to determine the value of the one-time rebate. The minimum rebate is $400 and the maximum rebate is $800, however, there are no explicit size limitations on eligible systems.  Customers will be responsible for choosing their own contractor from a list of CPS Energy registered installers and are also responsible for obtaining all applicable permissions and permits associated with the installation and operation of the system. Contact:  CPS Energy, PO Box 1771, San Antonio, TX 78296-1771; 210-353-3780 or 210-353-2728; Fax:  210-353-5707;
http://www.cpsenergy.com/Residential/Rebates_Programs/Rebates/Solar_Rebates/
Solar_Initiatives_PV/index.asp

Application:  http://www.cpsenergy.com/files/RES_2008_Solar_PV%20Program_
Application.pdf

$800 for Solar Hot Water Installation
CPS Energy offers energy efficiency rebates for commercial and industrial facilities, as well as rebates for solar thermal systems. In general, any CPS Energy customer is eligible to receive the rebate; however, systems must have a permanently installed electric backup system. Rebates will be calculated according to the annual savings estimated by the system's Solar Rating Certification Corporation (SRCC) rating as applied in the San Antonio area. Estimated annual electricity savings will be multiplied by a standard rate of $0.30/kilowatt-hr (kWh) in order to determine the value of the one-time rebate. The minimum rebate is $400 and the maximum rebate is $800, however, there are no explicit size limitations on eligible systems.  Customers will be responsible for choosing their own contractor from a list of CPS Energy registered installers and are also responsible for obtaining all applicable permissions and permits associated with the installation and operation of the system. Contact:  CPS Energy, PO Box 1771, San Antonio, TX 78296-1771; 210-353-3780 or 210-353-2728; Fax:  210-353-5707;
http://www.cpsenergy.com/Residential/Rebates_Programs/Rebates/Solar_Rebates/
Solar_Water_Heater/index.asp

Application:  http://www.cpsenergy.com/files/RES_2008_Solar_Water_Heater_Rebate_Application.pdf

Up to $50,000 for PV System Installation
CPS Energy offers rebates to customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes or property. The standard rebate is $3.00 per watt AC, but final rebate levels will be determined upon a final inspection from the utility. CPS Energy will offer special considerations for systems larger than 100 kilowatts (kW), but such systems remain eligible for rebates. The maximum rebate for residential systems is $10,000 or 50% of the invoice cost, whichever is less. For non-residential systems the maximum rebate is $50,000 or 50% of the invoice cost.  On an individual basis, rebate eligibility will be determined by a pre-inspection of the site. For more details, contact:   CPS Energy, PO Box 1771, San Antonio, TX 78296-1771; 210-353-3780 or 210-353-2728; Fax:  210-353-5707;
http://www.cpsenergy.com/Residential/Rebates_Programs/Rebates/Solar_Rebates/
Solar_Initiatives_PV/index.asp

Application:  http://www.cpsenergy.com/files/RES_2008_Solar_PV%20Program_Application.pdf

$50,000 in Rebates for Making Your Business Save Energy
CPS Energy offers energy efficiency rebates for its commercial electric customers. Rebates are available for several defined energy efficiency improvements, but may also be available for customized measures that reduce electricity demand. Rebates vary by the specific improvement measure employed, with custom measures eligible for a rebate of $150 per kilowatt (kW) saved on energy demand. The following types of improvements, however, are not eligible to receive a rebate:  plug loads (i.e., office equipment); self generation or cogeneration; measures that rely on behavioral changes and require no capital investment; fuel switching to electric; and measures receiving a rebate through other CPS Energy programs. Rebates are limited to $50,000 per customer per year or 50% of the total cost. All applications require both a pre- and post- site inspection by CPS Energy personnel.  Contact:  CPS Energy, PO Box 1771, San Antonio, TX 78296-1771; 210-353-2615 or 210-353-2728; Fax:  210-353-5707;
http://www.cpsenergy.com/Commercial/Rebates_Programs/Rebates/index.asp
Application:  http://www.cpsenergy.com/rebates/commercialApp.jsp

Up to $2,000 to Install Energy Efficient Equipment
Denton Municipal Electric (DME) offers incentives for its residential and commercial customers to install energy efficient equipment through their EnergySave Program. Rebates are available for qualified HVAC equipment, including central A/C and heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and room air conditioners and heat pumps.  Rebates range from $50 up to $700.  A separate incentive grants $2,000 to builders and developers of single-family homes, who meet specific energy efficiency criteria are also available. Requests for rebates must be made within 30 days of installation.  Contact: Director of Electric Utilities, Denton Municipal Electric, 901A Texas Street, Denton, TX 76201; 940-349-8700;
http://www.dmepower.com/interior.cfm?page=17&sub=8&sec=2&det=11

$20,000 to Reduce Your Energy Costs
The Residential and Small Commercial Standard Offer Program (Res/Com SOP) provides incentives for the retrofit installation of a wide range of measures that reduce energy costs, reduce peak demand and save energy in residential and small commercial facilities.  Incentives include:  payment per kW reduction - $226, payment per annual kWh Saved and $0.077. The maximum incentive is 50% of the avoided cost of supplying electricity; up to $20,000 ($5,000 max per request) or $530 per kW reduction.  For more details, contact: Entergy Customer Service; 800-968-8243;
http://www.entergy-texas.com/energy_efficiency/res_overview.aspx

Over $85,000 for Electric Energy Improvements
The C&I Standard Offer Program encourages electric energy-efficiency improvements. For new construction projects, the C&I Standard Offer Program requires the installation of equipment that is more efficient than is specified by code.  The maximum incentive is up to $85,070 (20% of the program's budget in a given funding year). Entergy will not make a total incentive payment that is more than 100% of the total estimated incentive payment specified in the C&I SOP Agreement. For more details, contact: Entergy Customer Service; 800-968-8243;
http://www.entergy-texas.com/energy_efficiency/ci_incentives.aspx

$100 Rebate to Buy an Efficient Water Heater
Farmers Electric Cooperative offers a rebate to its members on the purchase of highly efficient marathon water heaters. The $100 rebate comes in the form of a credit on the member's utility bill.  Contact:  Rebates, Farmers Electric Cooperative, 2000 East I-30, P.O. Box 6037, Greenville, TX 75403; 903-455-1715;
http://www.fecelectric.com/fecinternet2005/01-MyAccount/07-Residential.asp

Up to $1,000 for Heat Pumps
Farmers Electric Cooperative offers incentives for its residential and agricultural members to increase the energy efficiency of their buildings. Rebates are available for qualifying air source heat pumps ($150), geothermal heat pumps ($1,000), and electric water heaters ($100). Contact:  Rebates, Farmers Electric Cooperative, 2000 East I-30, P.O. Box 6037, Greenville, TX 75403; 903-455-1715;
http://www.fecelectric.com/fecinternet2005/01-MyAccount/07-Residential.asp

Energy Incentives for Builders and Homeowners
Oncor Energy offers the Energy Star Homes Program to builders and homeowners in order to improve the energy efficiency of new homes through the use of advanced building techniques and materials. Incentives are offered to builders for each Energy Star home constructed and delivered to the program. In order for builders to receive rebates and incentives, the home must be new, separately metered, residential construction and built in Oncor's service district.  In addition, the HERS testing schedule must be provided for verification purposes and the home must be tested and certified by a certified HERS rater.  For additional information, contact:  Customer Service, Oncor Electric Delivery, P.O. Box 660476, Dallas, TX 75266-0476; 866-728-3674;
http://www.txuelectricdelivery.com/electricity/teem/consumer/starhomes/

Up to $100,000 for Energy Efficient Projects
Oncor Energy's Residential and Small Commercial Standard Offer Program (RSC-SOP) provides incentives to service providers to install energy efficiency measures in homes and small businesses in Oncor's designated service area. Contractors who install energy efficiency measures at facilities that have a maximum demand of no more than 100 kW are eligible to participate in the program. Oncor Energy pays a standard offer price of $211/kW for peak demand savings and $0.0722/kWh of energy savings and all payments to Service Providers are based solely on kW and kWh savings. The maximum incentive is $5,000 per invoice up to $100,000.  To find out more, contact:  Customer Service, Oncor Electric Delivery, P.O. Box 660476, Dallas, TX 75266-0476; 866-728-3674;
http://www.txuelectricdelivery.com/electricity/teem/consumer/res/

Energy Incentives for Data Centers in Texas
The Data Center Energy Management Pilot Program is offered to Data Centers in the Oncor service area to encourage energy efficiency upgrades. It provides incentive dollars for installing energy efficient measures in data center facilities, including virtualization solutions and high efficiency UPS and HVAC system upgrades (and others). Demand reduction measures are eligible for an incentive of $150/kW and energy usage reductions may receive an incentive of $0.0175/kWh. There is no project size limit specified for this program.  This program also provides funds to offset the cost of completing assessments needed to establish which projects may provide the largest energy savings potential. Assessment assistance levels depend on project size and completion date. To learn more, contact:  CLEAResult Consulting, 2211 S. I-35, Suite 401, Austin , TX 78741; 512-416-5902; http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/TX66F.pdf

$$ Incentives for Energy Saving Service Providers
Oncor provides incentives to Service Providers who install approved energy-efficiency measures in commercial and governmental sites in Oncor's service area through the Large Commercial Standard Offer Program. Service providers can include energy service companies (ESCOs); energy consultants, contractors, or equipment providers; individual customers that implement energy saving measures in their own facilities; and, retail electric providers. Generally, incentives are paid based on the kW and kWh saved and are verified through a measurement and verification (M&V) process.  Maximum incentives are: $785 per kW saved for energy and demand payments combined; $510 per kW for lighting only projects.  For more detailed information, contact:  Customer Service, Oncor Electric Delivery, P.O. Box 660476, Dallas, TX 75266-0476; 866-728-3674;
http://www.txuelectricdelivery.com/electricity/teem/business/compro.aspx

$1,000 to Upgrade Your HVAC Equipment
Pedernales Electric Cooperative offers equipment rebates to its members who install energy efficient HVAC equipment. Eligible equipment includes:  A/C systems with a gas furnace ($225 per unit); air-to-air heat pumps with electric backup ($350 per unit); dual-fuel heat pumps and ground-source or water-source heat pumps ($1,000 per unit).  The rebate only applies to replacement equipment, and both indoor and outdoor units must be replaced on the same installation date to be eligible for rebates. The replacement of those systems must include the outside condensing unit, indoor evaporator coil, fan section, and heating system (except those with a gas furnace). No partial replacement systems will be eligible for rebates. Contact:  Conservation Section, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, PO Box 1, Johnson City, TX 78636-0001; 888-554-4732, ext. 5248 or 512-219-2613; http://www.pec.coop/Services/HVACRebate.aspx and http://www.pec.coop/Documents/HVACRebate.pdf

100% Property Tax Exemption for Being Energy Efficient
The Texas property tax code allows an exemption of the amount of the appraised property value that arises from the installation or construction of a solar or wind-powered energy device that is primarily for the production and distribution of thermal, mechanical, or electrical energy for on-site use, or devices used to store that energy. To learn more, contact:  Comptroller of Public Accounts, State Energy Conservation Office, 111 East 17th Street, Room 1114, Austin, TX 78774; 512-463-1889; Fax:  512-475-2569; http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/re_incentives.htm
Application:  Use Texas Property Tax Form 50-123 “Exemption Application for Solar or Wind-Powered Energy Devices” to claim this exemption:
http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxforms/50-123.pdf

Up to $150 Energy Rebates for Builders & Raters
Texas-New Mexico Power offers incentives to builders and raters of Energy Star Certified homes in the TNMP electric distribution area. Incentives are provided to builders and raters who are already participating in the TXU Energy and CenterPoint Energy ENERGY STAR New Home programs. Currently, Frontier will pay $100 to a builder, and another $25 to the rater of record, for each qualified ENERGY STAR®.  If the home is eligible for the Energy Efficiency Federal Tax Credit, an additional payment of $50 will by paid to the builder. The builder and rater must be independent entities to qualify for the maximum payment.  Contact: Texas-New Mexico Power Company, 1515 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste. 110, Austin, TX 78746-6544; 512-458-8954 or 817-377-5579;
http://www.tnpeefficiency.com/energystar/esindex.shtml

Reduce Your Energy Costs with These Incentives
Texas-New Mexico Power's (TNMP) Residential and Small Commercial Standard Offer Program provides incentives for the installation of a wide range of measures that reduce customer energy costs, reduce peak demand and save energy for residential and small commercial customers. Residential/Small Commercial customers may receive an incentive of $278/kW or $0.095/kWh saved. "Hard-to-reach" customers, defined as those customers with a total household income of less than 200% of current federal poverty guidelines, may receive a rebate of $501/kW or $0.17/kWh according to their energy reductions.  Potential Project Sponsors must complete an on-line application to participate in the program. Contact:  Customer Service Rep, Texas-New Mexico Power Company, 4100 Internatl Plz-Tower II, Fort Worth, TX 76109; 888-866-7456 or 817-731-0099; Fax:  817-737-1333; http://www.tnpeefficiency.com/Res/resindex.shtml
Application: http://www.tnpeefficiency.com/res/resdownloads.shtml

$75 for New Energy Saving Water Heater
Tri-County Electric Cooperative offers a $75 rebate on the purchase of energy-efficient electric water heaters. The rebate is valid for new or replacement units which have an Energy Factor Rating of 0.90 or higher. The minimum tank size is 40 gallons, with a minimum 4,500 watt heating element. For validation purposes, a copy of the sales or installation receipt must accompany the application.  Contact:  Central Headquarters Office, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, 600 N W Parkway, Azle, TX 76020; 817-444-3201 or 817-523-7231; Fax:  817-444-3542;
http://www.tcectexas.com/waterheaterrebate.htm
Application: http://www.tcectexas.com/Forms/water%20heater%20rebate%20form.pdf

Over $80,000 for Energy Efficiency Projects
Residential & Small Commercial and Hard-to-Reach Standard Offer Program provides incentives to project sponsors to install energy efficiency measures in homes and small businesses in Xcel's designated service area. Contractors who install energy efficiency measures at homes or businesses that have a maximum demand of no more than 100 kW are eligible to participate in the program. Maximum incentives are as follows:

  • $31,618/Project Sponsor for Single-family Hard-to-Reach Projects
  • $15,573/Project Sponsor for Multi-family Hard-to-Reach Projects
  • $87,103/Project Sponsor for Single-family Residential Projects
  • No more than 20% of the annual program budget
  • $42,901/Project Sponsor for Multi-family Residential Projects

Contact:  Xcel Energy, P.O. Box 1261, Amarillo, TX 79170; 806-378-2887; Fax:  806-378-2869; http://www.xcelefficiency.com/Res-HTR/Index.shtml
Application: http://www.xcelefficiency.com/Res-HTR/2008apply.shtml

Incentives for Large Businesses to Save Energy
The Xcel Energy Large Commercial and Industrial Standard Offer Program (SOP) pays incentives to businesses for retrofit and new construction projects that save energy at peak periods facilities and are located within Xcel's service territory. Any entity that installs eligible energy efficient measures at a facility with electric service provided by Xcel and has a maximum demand of more than 100 kW is eligible to participate in the program as a Project Sponsor. Incentives are paid for both energy and demand savings.  To learn more, contact:  Xcel Energy, P.O. Box 1261, Amarillo, TX 79170; 806-378-2887; Fax:  806-378-2869; http://www.xcelefficiency.com/CI/Index.shtml

Deduct Cost of Solar Energy Device from Franchise Tax
Texas allows a corporation or other entity subject the state franchise tax to deduct the cost of a solar energy device from the franchise tax. Entities are permitted to deduct 10% of the amortized cost of the system from their apportioned margin. The franchise tax is Texas's equivalent to a corporate tax.  Texas also offers a franchise tax exemption for manufacturers, seller, or installers of solar energy systems which also includes wind energy as an eligible technology.  To learn more, contact:  Comptroller of Public Accounts, Tax Policy Division - Franchise Tax, PO Box 13528, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711-3528; 800-531-5441 or 512-305-9952;
http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/re_incentives-taxcode-statutes.htm#171107

Exempt from Franchise Tax if Your Business Installs Solar Energy
Companies in Texas engaged solely in the business of manufacturing, selling, or installing solar energy devices are exempted from the franchise tax. The franchise tax is Texas’s equivalent to a corporate tax; their primary elements are the same. There is no ceiling on this exemption, so it is a substantial incentive for solar manufacturers.  Texas also offers a franchise tax deduction for solar energy devices which also includes wind energy as an eligible technology. To learn more, contact:  Comptroller of Public Accounts, Tax Policy Division - Franchise Tax, PO Box 13528, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711-3528; 800-531-5441 or 512-305-9952;
 http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/re_incentives-taxcode-statutes.htm#171

Sales Tax Exemptions for Energy Saving Products
The purchases of certain energy-efficient products during Memorial Day weekend are exempt from the state sales and use tax. This amounts to a three-day tax holiday beginning on the Saturday preceding the last Monday in May (Memorial Day) and ending on that same Monday. The state exemption applies to both the state and local portion (if one exists) of the tax. Although the eligibility of some products is limited according to their sale price, there are no limitations on the total value or number of products exempt from sales tax. This incentive is available only for the following types of products that meet federal Energy Star requirements:  air conditioners with a sales price of less than $6,000; refrigerators with a sales price of less than $2,000; clothes washers; dishwashers; dehumidifiers; ceiling fans; incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs; and programmable thermostats.   Contact:  Information Officer, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Tax Policy Division, PO Box 13528, Capitol Station, Austin , TX 78711-3528; 800-252-5555; http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_836/

$5 Million Loans to Help Reduce Energy Usage
The LoanSTAR Program offers low-interest loans to all public entities, including state, public school, colleges, university, and non-profit hospital facilities for Energy Cost Reduction Measures (ECRMs). Such measures include, but are not limited to: HVAC, lighting, and insulation. Funds can be used for retrofitting existing equipment or, in the case of new construction, to finance the difference between standard and high efficiency equipment. The evaluation of on-site renewable energy options (e.g., solar water heating, photovoltaic panels, small wind turbines) is encouraged in the analysis of potential projects.  The maximum loan amount is $5 million and loans are repaid through energy cost savings. Projects must have an average payback of 10 years or less.  Contact: Comptroller of Public Accounts, State Energy Conservation Office, 111 E. 17th Street, Room 1114, Austin, TX 78701; 512-463-1896; Fax:  512-475-2569; http://seco.cpa.state.tx.us/ls.htm

$7,000 Loans to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative offers an incentive for its members to increase the energy efficiency of their existing homes and facilities through their Conservation Plan 7 Loan Program. The loan program provides funds up to $7,000 for GVEC members to make energy-saving improvements at a 7% interest rate over a 7-year loan term. Energy-efficient items that may be financed include:  insulating windows and doors; attic and wall insulation; central electric heat pump units and central ductwork; electric water heaters, heat exchangers, and hot water banks; load shedding equipment, energy-saving lighting fixtures, and commercial building energy-management systems; and other low-cost energy conservation improvements may qualify and be included in the financing package. Loans require a 10% down payment plus sales tax, and certain qualifications must be met.   Contact:  Member Services, Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, PO Box 118, Gonzales, TX 78629; 800-223-4832 or 830-857-1200; http://www.gvec.org/safety_con/plan_7.shtml

Incentives for Installing Energy Saving Measures
American Electric Power's (AEP) Commercial & Industrial Standard Offer Program pays incentives to service providers who install energy efficiency measures in commercial or industrial facilities that are located within AEP's Texas service territories. Incentives are paid for both energy and demand savings. Project Sponsors are required to meet minimum eligibility criteria and sign a standard agreement with AEP, which includes an estimate of how many kW and kWh the project will save and the associated incentive payment amount. F or more detailed information, contact:  Public Information, American Electric Power, 1 Riverside Plaza, Columbus, OH 43215-2372; 800-531-5114;
http://www.aepefficiency.com/cisop/intro/index.htm

Up to $250 Back for Front-Loading Clothes Washers
Texas Gas Service offers its Commercial WashWise Incentive Program to its commercial customers who install energy efficient front-loading clothes washers. The rebate is worth $100, and customers may eligible for an additional rebate of $150 for conserving water. A full list of qualifying clothes washers is available on the application (see below).  Contact: Customer Service, Texas Gas Service, Water Conservation Program, P.O. Box 1088, Austin, TX 78868; 512-947-2199 or 512-407-1842;
http://www.oneok.com/tgs/about/conservation/tgs_commercial.jsp
Application: http://www.oneok.com/tgs/pdf/ApplicationandGuidlines-comm.pdf

Cash Back for Businesses to Use Energy Saving Water Heaters
Texas Gas Service offers incentives for its commercial customers to use energy efficient water heaters. Gas water heaters with an efficiency rating between 82% and 86% can receive a rebate worth 14% of the total equipment cost. Gas water heaters with an efficiency rating between 87% and 100% can receive a rebate worth 20% of the total equipment cost. Texas Gas Service also offers a $500 rebate for hydronic heaters, which are water heaters that operate like any conventional heater, but can use hot water to produce warm air that circulates through the ducts when space heating is needed.  Contact:  Texas Gas Service, Conservation Programs, 5613 Avenue F, Austin, TX 78751; 512-370-8243; Fax:  512-465-1186;
http://www.oneok.com/tgs/about/conservation/tgs_commercial.jsp


$$ to Get Gas Cooking Appliances for Your Restaurant
Texas Gas Service offers an incentive to restaurants or future restaurants for the purchase and installation of specific highly efficient gas-fired cooking equipment. Infra-red fryers, convection and conveyor ovens may be eligible for a $400 rebate. Customers also installing infra-red griddles can receive a $200 rebate, and gas booster-heaters can earn a $500 rebate. Contact:  Texas Gas Service, Conservation Programs, 5613 Avenue F, Austin, TX 78751; 512-370-8243; Fax:  512-465-1186;
http://www.oneok.com/tgs/about/conservation/tgs_commercial.jsp

Texas Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Texas are: 

  • Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Grants
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Grants
  • Clean Vehicle and Equipment Grants
  • Alternative Fuel Grants
  • Natural Gas Fuel Rates and Alternative Fuel Promotion
  • Alternative Fuel Grant Assistance
  • Alternative Fuel Research and Development
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Bus and Forklift Rebate
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Vehicle Training

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Texas, go to:  http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/TX or contact:  Team Leader of Grant Contract Development Team, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; 512-239-6824 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 412-386-5793

 
Utah Energy Programs for Business
 

$350 for Builders to Build Energy Efficient Homes
The Rocky Mountain Power ENERGY STAR New Homes program offers cash incentives to contractors who build energy-efficient homes. To qualify for this incentive, the new home must meet the basic ENERGY STAR specifications and have low-e windows. Contractors building qualified homes can earn rebates worth $350 per single-family home, or $250 per unit for multi-family homes. Additional rebates are available to contractors who install energy-saving measures/equipment which surpass ENERGY STAR home requirements.  Contact:  ENERGY STAR New Homes Program, Rocky Mountain Power, PO Box 1381, Sandy, UT 84091; 866-344-9802; Fax:  866-557-5993; http://portal.ecosconsulting.com/rmp_energystar/builders/index.html

$20,000 Rebates for Energy Saving Measures
The Solar and Wind Rebate Program offers a rebate of $2,000 per kilowatt-AC (kW-AC) to customers who install photovolaic (PV) systems or wind-energy systems. The rebate is limited to $6,000 for residential systems and $20,000 for commercial systems. The minimum system capacity is 1 kW; the maximum system capacity is 10 kW. All customers that receive a rebate must also participate in the utility's net-metering program.  Contact:  City of St. George, City Hall, 175 East 200 North, St. George, UT 84770; 435-627-4848; http://www.sgcity.org/wp/power/NetMeteringBrochure.pdf

$50,000 Tax Credits for Commercial Energy Systems
The Utah State Energy Program administers an individual income tax credit and has responsibility for revising the tax credit rules and certifying systems as eligible for the credit.  The individual income tax credit for commercial systems, which is structured as a refundable credit, is 10% of the reasonable installed costs up to $50,000 for wind, geothermal electric, and biomass systems with a total capacity of less than 660 kW and for all other eligible renewable energy systems. A business entity that leases a commercial system is eligible for the credit and may use the credit for no more than seven years from the initiation of the lease.  Eligible commercial systems include active and passive solar thermal systems; solar electric systems; wind turbines; hydro (water) energy; geothermal heat pumps; direct-use geothermal; and geothermal electricity; and biomass systems. Contact:  State Energy Program, 1594 West North Temple, Suite 3110, PO Box 146100, Salt Lake City, UT 84114; 801-537-3365; Fax:  801-538-4795; http://geology.utah.gov/sep/incentives/rincentives.htm#retaxcred

Up to $6,000 to Install Solar Panels
Rocky Mountain Power provides a financial incentive for their customers to install photovoltaics. Through December 31, 2011, rebates of $2.00 per watt (AC) are available to all customer classes. The program is limited to a total of 107 kW per program year, and rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the annual limit has been reached. Eligible systems must be net-metered, and the statewide maximum system size for net-metered systems is 25 kW.  Residential systems will only be rewarded with a rebate up to $6,000 (3 kW) and commercial rebates are limited to $30,000 (15 kW). Contact:  Ecos Consulting/Rocky Mountain Power, P.O. Box 1381, Sandy, UT 84091; 801-541-9797; http://portal.ecosconsulting.com/rmp_solar/
Application:  http://portal.ecosconsulting.com/rmp_solar/howto.html

Up to $20,000 for Solar Panel Installation
Washington City offers a rebate of $2,000 per kilowatt-AC (kW-AC) to customers who install photovolaic (PV) systems or wind-energy systems. The rebate is limited to $6,000 for residential systems and $20,000 for commercial systems. The maximum system capacity is 10 kW. All customers that receive a rebate must also participate in the utility's net-metering program.  To learn more, contact:  Washington City, 111 N. 100 E, Washington, UT 84780; 435-656-6329; Fax: 435-656-6378; http://washingtoncity.org/services/index.php?sub=Power&page=NetMetering

Renewable Energy Sales Tax Exemption
Utah exempts the purchase or lease of equipment used to generate electricity from renewable resources from the state sales tax. Eligible purchases or leases must be made for or by a renewable energy production facility on or after July 1, 2004, and before June 30, 2019. Eligible renewable resources include wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas, anaerobic digestion, hydroelectricity and geothermal energy. Facilities must use renewable energy to produce electricity and must have a minimum capacity of 20 kW. An existing facility that is expanded by one or more megawatt (MW) as a result of the machinery or equipment may also be eligible for the exemption.  Equipment eligible for the exemption generally includes wind turbines, generating equipment, control and monitoring systems, power lines, substation equipment, lighting, fencing, pipes, and other equipment for locating power lines and poles.  For more details, contact:  Information Specialist, Utah State Tax Commission, 210 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84134; 801-297-2200 or 800-662-4335; http://geology.utah.gov/sep/incentives/rincentives.htm#resalesuse

$5 Million Loan Fund for Schools to Become Energy Efficient
HB 351 created a $5 million revolving loan fund to provide zero-interest loans for energy efficiency projects in K-12 schools and school districts in Utah. Loans are provided for the retrofit of existing buildings as well as energy efficiency upgrades to new buildings. However, loans cannot be used for new buildings to meet the Utah energy code. Loans can be between $5,000 and $250,000 per project. Districts may apply for and receive multiple loans provided their total indebtedness to the fund does not exceed $500,000  In addition to loans, technical assistance will also be provided to help public agencies and school districts conduct energy audits, design and implement energy efficiency projects, and maximize energy savings.  Contact:  State Energy Program, 1594 West North Temple, Suite 3110, PO Box 146100, Salt Lake City, UT 84114; 801-538-5412; http://geology.utah.gov/sep/energy_efficiency/efficient_schools.htm
Application:  http://geology.utah.gov/sep/energy_efficiency/pdf/zero_interest_program07.pdf

$$ Appliance Rebates for Your Business
Questar Gas provides rebates to its business customers for installing energy efficient gas appliances and other energy saving equipment. Some items include:  Gas Water Heater: $50 per unit or $2 per kBtu/hr, varies by efficiency and type; Clothes Washer: $50 to $150; Clothes Dryer: $30; Gas Furnace: $200 to $400; Gas Boiler: $2 to $3.25 per kBtu/hr input; Direct Contact Gas Water Heater: $1.10 per kBtu/hr input; Gas Unit Heater: $1.25 to $6 per kBtu/hr input; Infrared gas heating system: $5 per kBtu/hr input; Programmable Thermostat: $25; Gas boiler outside air reset control: $250; and Gas Boiler Tune-up: $300.  To qualify for the rebate, the equipment must have been installed after January 1, 2007, and the commercial customer must be on rate schedule GS. Contact:  ThermWise Appliance Rebates, Questar Gas, PO Box 45360, Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0360; 800-323-5517; http://www.thermwise.com/business/BusinessRebates.html
Application:  http://www.thermwise.com/business/Business%20Application%2002_08.pdf

$750 Builder Incentives for Energy Gas & Solar Equipment
Questar Gas provides incentives for home builders to construct energy efficient homes. Rebates are provided for energy efficient gas equipment and solar assisted water heaters and range from $50 to $750.  Builders can also receive a rebate for building Energy Star homes, certified by an eligible home rater.  Contact:  ThermWise Appliance Rebates, Questar Gas, PO Box 45360, Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0360; 800-323-5517; http://www.thermwise.com/builder/BuilderRebates.html
Application:  http://www.thermwise.com/builder/342_BuilderRebatesApplication_102808review.pdf

Cash Incentives to Improve Business Energy Efficiency
Rocky Mountain Power's Energy FinAnswer program provides cash incentives to help its commercial and industrial customers improve the efficiency of their existing facilities and build new facilities that are significantly more efficient than code. New construction and retrofit projects for all industrial facilities can participate as well as all new commercial projects and commercial retrofits in facilities larger than 20,000 square feet.  The incentive paid will equal $0.12/kwh annual energy savings, plus $50/KW average monthly on-peak demand savings. Incentives are capped at 50% of the eligible energy efficiency measure cost.  In addition to this, Rocky Mountain Power also provides free expert building analysis of recommissioning possibilities. Incentives are also available to reduce the implementation costs of recommissioning measures if the simple payback is greater than one year.  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Rocky Mountain Power, 201 South Main Street, Suite 2300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; 888-221-7070 or 800-222-4335; http://www.rockymountainpower.net//Navigation/Navigation926.html

Rebate Program Offers Chance for Energy Upgrades
Rocky Mountain Power's FinAnswer Express Program includes incentives and technical assistance for lighting, motors and HVAC equipment upgrades that increase energy efficiency and exceed code requirements in commercial and industrial facilities. Both retrofits of existing equipment and new construction projects are eligible. For retrofits, the utility may need to verify existing equipment. Prescriptive rebates are available for pre-approved lighting systems, HVAC equipment and efficient motors. Rebates may also be available for custom efficiency projects; interested customers should call for more information:  Customer Service, Rocky Mountain Power, 201 South Main Street, Suite 2300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; 888-221-7070 or 800-222-4335; http://www.rockymountainpower.net//Navigation/Navigation71490.html

Get 80% of Your Energy Project Paid For
Rocky Mountain Power offers a Self-Direction Credit program to its industrial and large commercial customers with annual electric usage of more than 5,000,000 kWh or a peak load of 1,000 kW or more. Through this program, customers who pursue self-investments in energy efficiency and related demand-side management projects can receive credits of up to 80% of eligible costs. The credit is applied against 100% of the customer’s monthly Customer Efficiency Services charge on their electric bill, until the entire credit is used. Project costs eligible for credit through this program may include equipment costs, engineering and consulting expenses and finance charges. For new construction or expansion of existing facilities, eligible expenses are those expenses that are additional to achieve energy efficiency levels that exceed standard industry practice.  Contact:  Customer Service, Rocky Mountain Power, 201 South Main Street, Suite 2300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; 888-221-7070 or 800-222-4335;  http://www.rockymountainpower.net//Navigation/Navigation32666.html
Application:  http://www.rockymountainpower.net/File/File43003.pdf

Utah Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Utah are: 

  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Grants and Loans
  • Clean Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Parking Incentive - Salt Lake City

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Utah, go to:  http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/UT or contact:  Director, Utah Clean Cities Coalition; 801-535-7736 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office; 303-275-4817

 
Vermont Energy Programs for Business
 

$1.0 Million Loans Available in Clean Energy Development Fund Program
The Clean Energy Development Fund Loan Program seeks to promote the development of clean electric-energy technologies by providing funding for purchasing land and buildings (when specific to qualifying projects), purchasing and installing machinery and equipment, and working capital. Low-interest loans with a fixed rate of 2% are available to individuals, companies, nonprofits and municipalities. Eligible clean electric-energy technologies generally include solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells and combined heat and power. The minimum loan amount is $50,000; the maximum amount is $1 million. Loans may not be used for more than 90% of the cost of a project. All financing must be used for activities or assets directly related to the project. The term for real estate loans is 10 years, amortized on a 15-year basis. The maximum term for machinery and equipment loans is seven years. The term for working capital loans is three years. Borrowers must pay an application fee of 1% on the loan amount, which is capped at $1,500, after the loan is approved. Contact: Vermont Department of Public Service, 112 State Street, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620-2601; 802-828-4017; Fax: (802) 828-2342;
http://publicservice.vermont.gov/energy/ee_cleanenergyfund.html

Rebate available for Contractors to Install Energy Efficient HVAC Equipment
Efficiency Vermont provides financial incentives in the form of a $50 rebate to contractors for installing energy efficient HVAC equipment. Contact: Program Coordination, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990;
http://www.efficiencyvermont.org/pages/Residential/RebateCenter/

Commercial Lighting Incentives
Incentives for energy efficient lighting are available to businesses under the Efficiency Vermont Lighting Incentive Program. Eligible measures are lighting, lighting controls and sensors. New construction and major renovation projects are not eligible for prescriptive rebates under this program; however, incentives for custom measures may be available through Efficiency Vermont. If a customer has more than 10,000 square feet of space to renovate, or more than 100 items that could qualify for rebates, the customer should contact Efficiency Vermont directly for pre-approval. Customers serviced by the Burlington Electric Department should contact the utility directly. In addition to these commercial lighting incentives, businesses can purchase energy efficient light bulbs in participating stores with in-store rebates from $1.50 to $10 per fixture. Contact: Public Information Officer, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990;
http://www.efficiencyvermont.org/pages/Business/HVAC/
Lighting/LightingRebates/

Production Incentive for Net-Metered Photovoltaic Systems
Green Mountain Power, an investor-owned electric utility operating in Vermont, offers a bonus payment to customers with net-metered photovoltaic (PV) systems. In addition to the benefits of net metering, Green Mountain Power customers with a PV system receive a payment of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated by the system. This payment is available to all customers of Green Mountain Power. In order to net meter, customers must first apply for and receive a "Net Metering Certificate of Public Good" from the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB). Net metering in Vermont is generally limited to systems up to 250 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. An additional meter must be installed to record each system's output. Green Mountain Power will reimburse customers for up to $300 of the expenses associated with the additional meter. Customers retain ownership of the renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with the electricity generated by PV systems. Contact: Customer Service – GMP, Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446; 888-835-4672;
http://www.greenmountainpower.com/solar_GMP.html

Property Tax Exemption for Selected Renewable Energy Systems
Vermont allows municipalities the option of offering exemption from real and personal property taxes for certain renewable energy systems. Eligible systems include, but are not limited to, "windmills, facilities for the collection of solar energy or the conversion of organic matter to methane, net-metered systems ... and all component parts thereof including land upon which the facility is located, not to exceed one-half acre." Adoption of this exemption varies by municipality, but the exemption generally applies to the total value of the qualifying renewable energy system and can be applied to commercial, and industrial real and personal property. Contact: Renewable Energy Vermont, PO Box 1036, Montpelier, VT 05601; 802-229-0099; http://www.revermont.org/

100% Sales Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems
Vermont's sales tax exemption for renewable-energy systems now generally applies to systems up to 250 kilowatts (kW) in capacity that generate electricity using eligible "renewable energy" resources, to micro-combined heat and power (CHP) systems up to 20 kW, and to solar water-heating systems. Eligible renewable systems are solar water heat, solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, landfill gas, wind, biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, anaerobic digestion, and fuel cells using renewable fuels. The exemption is available for grid-tied and off-grid systems. Vermont's sales tax rate was 6% as of January 2008. Contact: Renewable Energy Vermont, PO Box 1036, Montpelier, VT 05601; 802-229-0099; http://www.revermont.org/

Generous Funding for Solar and Wind System Installations
Vermont's Solar and Small Wind Incentive Program provides funding for new solar water heating, solar electric (photovoltaic), and wind energy system installations. Currently in its third round of funding the program is available to multi-family residences, businesses, farms, schools, and local & state governments. Incentives for solar-electric systems (PV) - multi-family low-income housing projects $3.50/W DC, up to lesser of $35,000 or 50% of total installed cost. Incentives for solar hot water systems - multi-family low-income housing projects $3.50/100 Btu/day, up to lesser of $35,000 or 50% of total installed cost. Incentives for small wind systems - businesses $2.50/W DC (up to $4/W with Vermont-made components) up to $12,500; schools, farms, and local/state governments - $4.50/W DC, up to lesser of $20,000 or 50% of total installed cost. All systems must be installed by Vermont Solar and Wind Partners. Contact: Public Information (RERC), Renewable Energy Resources Center, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 877-888-7372; Fax: (802) 658-1643;
http://www.rerc-vt.org/incentives/index.htm

Zero and Low Interest Loans to Improve Energy Efficiency
The Vermont Gas HomeBase Retrofit Program is designed to help customers with larger than average gas usage find ways to improve the efficiency of multi-family homes. Vermont Gas customers whose multi-family building’s total usage is 1,400 ccf per year or greater is eligible for this program. Typical measures include blown-in cellulose insulation for walls and ceilings and specific air sealing measures designed to make houses less drafty. In some cases, heating system and distribution improvements are also recommended. Usually Vermont Gas will rebate one third of the installed cost of the recommended measures and provide a reduced interest loan through the Opportunities Credit Union for the remaining balance. Currently, customers are offered loans at 0% interest for up to 3 years, 2% interest for up to 5 years, or 4% interest for up to 7 years. Contact: Vermont Gas, HomeBase Programs, P.O. Box 467, South Burlington, VT 05403; 802-863-4511;
http://www.vermontgas.com/efficiency_programs/res_programs.html

Corporate Tax Credits for Solar
Vermont offers a corporate income tax credit in an amount equal to 100% of the "Vermont-property portion" of the federal business energy tax credit for solar. In effect, this constitutes a 30% state-level corporate credit for systems and equipment that use solar energy to generate electricity, to heat or cool (or provide hot water for use in) a structure, or to provide solar process heat. Hybrid solar lighting systems are those that use solar energy to illuminate the inside of a structure using fiber-optic distributed sunlight. The credit is generally not available for public utility property, passive solar systems or pool heating equipment. Contact: Public Information - VT DOT, Vermont Department of Taxes, Corporate Income Tax, 133 State St., Montpelier, VT 05633; 802-828-5861; http://www.state.vt.us/tax

Production Incentives for Farmers
Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS), Vermont's largest electric utility, offers a production incentive to farmers who own systems utilizing anaerobic digestion of agricultural products, byproducts or wastes to generate electricity. CVPS purchases electricity and renewable energy credits at 95% of the Locational Marginal Price of generation published by ISO New England, plus an additional $0.04 per kWh. Eligible systems must be connected to the grid, although net metering is not available under this arrangement. CVPS sells the renewable energy credits (RECs) generated under this arrangement as part of CVPS Cow Power, the utility's green power program. This program offers customers the opportunity to purchase renewable energy for $0.04 per kWh above the retail cost of electricity. Contact: Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, 77 Grove Street, Rutland, VT 05701; 802-747-5681; http://www.cvps.com/

Rebates Available in Clean Energy Development Fund Program
The Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) Grant Program seeks to promote the development and deployment of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable electric power resources - primarily renewable energy resources and combined heat and power (CHP) systems - for the long-term benefit of Vermont electric customers. The most recent round of grant funding offered a total of $2 million and funding supported four categories of projects: pre-project financial assistance, small-scale systems, large-scale systems and special demonstration projects. Proposed projects were required to have an electric generation component and be grid-connected. Off-grid projects and thermal projects (except CHP systems) were not eligible. The range of maximum awards, which varied by project category, was $20,000 to $250,000 for individual projects. Cost-share is required for all projects. Contact: Vermont Department of Public Service, 112 State Street, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620-2601; 802-828-4017; Fax: 802-828-2342; http://www.state.vt.us/psd

Incentives for Energy Efficient Commercial Motors
Efficiency Vermont offers its business customers rebates to encourage the installation of efficient motors and variable frequency drives (VFD). Rebates amounts are dependent on the horsepower size and efficiency of the VFD or the motor. There is no set limit on the amount of rebates that a customer may take, but rebates above $2,500 will require pre-approval from Efficiency Vermont. Eligible VFDs are supply fans, return fans, exhaust fans and chilled water pumps from 3 to 10 horsepower that are used to control commercial HVAC equipment. To be eligible for this rebate, VFDs should be new and not replace existing VFDs. Eligible motors should be new and meet or exceed the NEMA efficiencies listed on the application. They should be in service for at least 2,000 hours a year. Contact: Public Information Officer, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990;
http://www.efficiencyvermont.org/pages/Business/RebateCenter/

Rebates in Energy Efficient Program
Efficiency Vermont offers a rebate to encourage commercial and industrial customers, schools, and institutions to install energy efficient motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs). To qualify for a rebate equipment must be purchased and installed before payment is issued and VFDs must be new and not replacing existing VFDs. Rebates exceeding $2,500 require approval by Efficiency Vermont before purchase. Contact: Public Information Officer, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990;
http://efficiencyvermont.com/pages/Business/RebateCenter/

HVAC Equipment Rebate Program
Efficiency Vermont offers a rebate to commercial, industrial, institutional and agricultural customers that purchase high-efficiency HVAC equipment and controls. This program is jointly sponsored by a number of utilities and energy efficiency organizations throughout New England to assist commercial and industrial customers. The amount of the rebate will be credited to the contractor who completed the work. For purchases over $2,500, the business should seek pre-approval before purchasing and installing the measure. Contact: Public Information Officer, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990;
http://www.efficiencyvermont.org/pages/Business/HVAC/HeatingVentilation
AirCond/IncentivesForYourHVACProje/

Incentives for Integrated Design and High Efficiency Equipment
Efficiency Vermont offers financial incentives for custom energy efficient measures and energy efficient design. Design incentives are used to help cover part of the cost of using integrated design methods. Often these incentives are used to cover the costs of added meetings, advanced lighting design and whole building energy simulation modeling. Construction and building incentives may cover up to half the incremental cost between standard equipment and energy efficient equipment. To apply, contact Efficiency Vermont to talk with a representative about how these incentives can apply to different projects and custom measures that are not covered by other Efficiency Vermont programs. Contact: Public Information Officer, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990;
http://www.efficiencyvermont.org/pages/Business/BuildingEfficiently/Incentives/

Incentives in Multi-Family Rebate Program
Efficiency Vermont offers rebates for the installation of energy efficient equipment in existing multifamily apartments in Vermont. Managers of multifamily apartments may apply for rebates for new, efficient refrigerators and bathroom ventilations fans. Pre-approval is needed for rebates for refrigerators and ventilation fans that total over $2,500. In addition, managers may apply to this program for free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLS). If a manager needs more than 15 CFLs per apartment or more than 100 total per project, they should first apply to Efficiency Vermont for pre-approval. Contact: Public Information Officer, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990; http://www.efficiencyvermont.org/pages/Business/RebateCenter/

Small Commercial Refrigeration Incentives
Efficiency Vermont offers financial incentives to cover the incremental costs of energy efficient refrigeration for commercial, industrial, agricultural and institutional buildings. If the project will cost more than $2,500, the application should be submitted for pre-approval or approved over the phone with Efficiency Vermont. Only customers paying into the system benefits charge for Efficiency Vermont are eligible to apply for this rebate. Contact: Program Information, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990; http://efficiencyvermont.com/pages/Business/RebateCenter/

Rebates for Efficient Vending Machine Controllers
Efficiency Vermont offers a rebate for the purchase of a plug-in vending machine controller - specifically a VendingMi$er product - which can power down a vending machine at low traffic periods and save up to 50% of energy costs. Efficiency Vermont offers a rebate of $45 for each machine. Similar products may also be given a rebate, providing approval by Efficiency Vermont. Additionally, the vending machine must be installed inside; outdoor installations require demonstration of energy savings to Efficiency Vermont. Those who pay the System Benefit Charge are eligible to apply for this rebate. Contact: Program Information, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990; http://efficiencyvermont.com/pages/Business/RebateCenter/

Incentives for Biomass Systems
The CVPS Renewable Development Trust Fund encourages the development of new renewable-energy projects that utilize anaerobic digestion of agricultural products, byproducts or wastes to produce electricity. This fund provides grants and other incentives to support project development, project operations and interconnection to the grid. The amount and types of awards are made on a case-by-case basis. As of November 2008, the fund has supported five farm projects that are operational and has offered incentives for five additional farm projects. CVPS, the state's largest electric utility, also offers a production incentive for electricity generated by eligible anaerobic digesters. CVPS purchases this electricity at 95% of the Locational Marginal Price of generation published by ISO New England plus an additional $0.04 per kWh to purchase the renewable-energy certificates (RECs) and all other associated environmental attributes such as methane destruction, odor reduction and other ancillary benefits of this type of renewable generation. Contact: Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, 77 Grove Street, Rutland, VT 05701; 802-747-5681; http://www.cvps.com/

Low Interest Loans for Multi-Family Residences
The Vermont Gas HomeBase Retrofit Program is designed to help customers with larger than average gas usage find ways to improve the efficiency of their homes. Vermont Gas multi-family customers whose homes use over 1,400 ccf per year of natural gas are eligible for this program. Typical measures include blown-in cellulose insulation for walls and ceilings and specific air sealing measures designed to make houses less drafty. In some cases, heating system and distribution improvements are also recommended. Typically, Vermont Gas will rebate one third of the installed cost of the recommended measures and provide a reduced interest loan through the Opportunities Credit Union for the remaining balance. Currently, customers are offered loans at 0% interest for up to 3 years, 2% interest for up to 5 years, or 4% interest for up to 7 years. Contact: Vermont Gas, HomeBase Programs, P.O. Box 467, South Burlington, VT 05403; 802-863-4511; http://www.vermontgas.com/efficiency_programs/res_programs.html

Rebates Available in Energy Efficiency Commercial Gas Program
Vermont Gas (VGS) offers two energy efficiency programs for commercial customers: the WorkPlace New Construction Program and the WorkPlace Equipment Replacement and Retrofit Program. The VGS WorkPlace New Construction Program provides information, consultation, and financial assistance for owners, architects, engineers, or developers interested in making their new buildings energy efficient. Services include: technical information and support, engineering analysis, financial incentives, networking, and advising. The WorkPlace Equipment Replacement and Retrofit Program is designed for its commercial and industrial customers who are considering renovating buildings or replacing equipment. The program offers rebates on a variety of energy efficient technologies ranging from steam boilers to pool heaters. In order to qualify for this program, customers must contact a VGS Commercial Energy Services Representative prior to replacing the piece of equipment. If a high efficiency piece of equipment is available for the application, a VGS Energy Services Representative will calculate the natural gas savings and the customer will be offered a rebate to install the high efficiency piece of equipment. Contact: Vermont Gas, WorkPlace Programs, P.O. Box 467, South Burlington, VT 05403; 802-863-4511 Ext.389; http://www.vermontgas.com/efficiency_programs/comm_programs.html

Incentives for Multi-Family Residences
The Vermont Gas HomeBase Retrofit Program is designed to help customers with larger than average gas usage find ways to improve the efficiency of their homes. Vermont Gas customers whose homes use over 1,400 ccf/year of natural gas are eligible for this program, as are multi-family buildings where the total building usage is 1,400 ccf/year or greater. Typical measures include blown-in cellulose insulation for walls and ceilings and specific air sealing measures designed to make houses less drafty. In some cases, heating system and distribution improvements are also recommended. Typically, Vermont Gas will rebate one third of the installed cost of the recommended measures and provide a reduced interest loan through the Opportunities Credit Union for the remaining balance. Currently, customers are offered loans at 0% interest for up to 3 years, 2% interest for up to 5 years, or 4% interest for up to 7 years. The HomeBase Equipment Replacement program offers rebates for residential customers who replace their existing heating equipment or water heater with a more energy efficient one. Rebates vary depending on technology, from $100 for a water heater to $400 for a hot water boiler. Customers can use any contractor that is natural gas certified. Contact: Vermont Gas, HomeBase Programs, P.O. Box 467, South Burlington, VT 05403; 802-863-4511; http://www.vermontgas.com/efficiency_programs/res_programs.html

Vermont Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Vermont are:

  • Biodiesel Use Study
  • Greenhouse Emissions Study
  • Idle Reduction Requirement
  • Agricultural Economic Development Plan for Biofuels
  • Fuel Efficient Vehicle Acquisition Requirements
  • Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Access to Roadways
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Requirements
  • State Agency Energy Plan Transportation Requirements

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Vermont, go to: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/VT or Project Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; 412-386-4726 or Clean Cities Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition; 802-656-8868

 
Virginia Energy Programs for Business
 

Green Building Incentive for Arlington County
The County Board of Arlington offers a Pilot Green Building Incentive Program which grants bonus densities and/or heights to building projects which received LEED certification. The threshold for consideration of the density and height bonuses includes the full range of LEED certifications, Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Achieving the Certified level does not guarantee a density bonus, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  The County also offers a Green Building Fund and a policy of having site plan developers who do not commit to achieving LEED certification contribute to the Fund at a rate of $0.03 per square foot. The Green Building Fund is used to provide education and outreach to developers and the community on green building issues.  To learn more, contact:  Public Information Officer, Arlington County, Environmental Planning Office, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22201; 703-228-4488;
http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/EnvironmentalServices/epo/
EnvironmentalServicesEpoIncentiveProgram.aspx

Property Tax Deduction for Energy Efficient Buildings
Virginia enacted legislation that would allow local jurisdictions to assess the property tax of energy efficient buildings at a reduced rate. Under this law, eligible energy-efficient buildings, not including the real property on which they are located, may be considered a separate class of property for local taxation purposes. Accordingly, the governing body of any county, city or town may, by ordinance, allow a special assessment of the property taxes for this class of property. To learn more, contact:  Taxpayer Assistance, Virginia Department of Taxation, PO Box 1880, Richmond, VA 23218-1880; 804-367-8031; http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?081+ful+CHAP0288 and http://www.tax.virginia.gov/

Property Tax Exemption for Solar Energy Equipment
Virginia allows any county, city or town to exempt or partially exempt solar energy equipment or recycling equipment from local property taxes. Residential, commercial or industrial property is eligible.  Cities and counties currently offering an exemption include: Albemarle, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Fairfax, Falls Church, Hampton, Hanover, Henrico, Isle of Wight, King and Queen, Loudoun, Lynchburg, Prince William, Pulaski, Richlands, Roanoke, Spotsylvania, Warren and Wise.  For more information, contact:  Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, Division of Energy, 9th Street Office Building, 8th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219; 804-692-3222; Fax:  804-692-3238; http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+58.1-3661 and http://www.mme.state.va.us/

Solar Manufacturing Grants Offered by Virginia
The Solar Manufacturing Incentive Grant (SMIG) Program offers up to $4.5 million per year to encourage the production of photovoltaic panels in Virginia. The incentive is paid at a rate of up to $0.75 per watt for panels sold in a calendar year, with a maximum of 6 MW.  New manufacturers that meet certain production and other criteria are eligible to receive annual incentive grants for six years. For more information, contact:  Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, Division of Energy, 9th Street Office Building, 8th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219; 804-692-3222; Fax:  804-692-3238; http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+45.1-392 or http://www.mme.state.va.us/

Go Green Incentives for Virginia
TVA and participating power distributors currently offer a dual-metering option to residential/small-commercial and commercial consumers through the Green Power Switch Generation Partners program.   Consumers participate as either residential/small-commercial or commercial customers. Under the residential/small-commercial contract, TVA will purchase the entire output of a qualifying system at $0.15 per kWh through a participating power distributor, and the consumer will receive a credit for the power generated. Under the larger commercial contract, TVA will purchase the output at $0.20 per kWh.  Qualifying systems must be used primarily to provide all or part of the energy needs at a particular site and must not have previously generated into the grid.  For a current list of TVA distribution utilities in Virginia participating in the program, refer to Green Power Switch Generation Partners program website at http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/distributors.htm.  To learn more, contact:  Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101; http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/partners/

Virginia Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
State and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics are available for businesses.  The main incentives in Virginia are: 

  • Biodiesel Production Tax Credit
  • Biofuels Production Grants
  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
  • Alternative Fuel Job Creation Tax Credit

For more information on these incentives or to learn more about state laws and regulations regarding alternative fuel in Virginia, go to:   http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/progs/state_summary.php/VA or contact:  Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; 202-962-3355 or Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; 304-285-4185

 
Washington Energy Programs for Business
 

Energy Home Improvement Incentives for Idaho and Washington
Avista Utilities Home Improvement and New Home Construction programs offer a variety of incentives for residential energy efficiency measures. Offers apply to residential homeowners in Washington and Idaho who heat their homes primarily with Avista electricity or natural gas. Incentives vary depending on technology, and apply to existing and new construction homes.  Here are some incentives that are provided:

  • Natural Gas Furnace/Boiler: $400
  • Air Source Heat Pump: $400
  • Geothermal Heat Pump:$1,500
  • Floor and Wall Insulation (existing homes): $0.50/sq. ft.
  • Attic and Ceiling Insulation (existing homes): $0.25/sq. ft.
  • Windows (existing homes): $3.00/sq. ft.

A $900 incentive is available for new construction homes using Avista electric or Avista electric and natural gas that meet the Energy Star Homes criteria and are verified as an Energy Star Home. A $650 incentive is available for homes that have natural gas heat and hot water provided by Avista, but not electric.  To learn more, contact:  Avista Utilities, Energy Solutions MSC-34, PO Box 3727, Spokane, WA 99220; 800-227-9187;
https://www.avistautilities.com/savings/rebates/Pages/WashingtonandIdahoCustomerRebates.aspx

$$$ to Install Alternative Power Generators
The Sustainable Natural Alternative Power (SNAP) program encourages customers to install alternative power generators such as solar panels and wind turbines and connect them to the District's electrical distribution system by offering an incentive payment based on the system's production. The amount paid on a $/kWh basis by Chelan County PUD to SNAP Producers will depend on the total amount contributed by SNAP Purchasers through the utility's green pricing program and the total electricity generated by all SNAP Producers.  Systems up to 25 kilowatts are eligible for SNAP funds. Larger systems can participate but will only receive SNAP funds for 25 kW. SNAP is not for customers who want to install renewable energy sources for back-up power generation at their home or business.  To learn more, contact:  Chelan County Public Utility District, 327 N. Wenatchee Ave., PO Box 1231, Wenatchee, WA 98801; 509-661-4829; Fax: 509-664-2889;
http://www.chelanpud.org/snap.html

$15,000 Low-Interest Loan for Energy Efficient Improvements
In conjunction with First Federal Savings and Loan, Clallam County PUD offers residential and small commercial customers a low-interest loan program for energy efficient improvements and the purchase of photovoltaic and solar water heater systems. A customer may use this loan program in conjunction with the equipment rebates that are also offered by Clallam County PUD.  The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the maximum loan amount is $15,000.  Contact:  Utility Services Department, PUD #1 of Clallam County, P.O. Box 1090, Port Angeles, WA 98362; 360-452-9771, ext. 249; Fax:  360-452-9724;
http://www.clallampud.net/conservation/loan-program.html

$20,000 Financing to Buy & Install Solar Equipment
Clark Public Utilities offers financing available to its customers for the purchase and installation of residential solar equipment. Loans up to $6,000 are available for solar pool heaters and solar water heaters, and up to $20,000 for photovoltaic systems.  Solar water and pool heater loans have a maximum term of 60 months while solar PV has a maximum term of 84 months. All loans have an interest rate of 5%.  Solar pool and water heater loans are only applicable to customers currently using electricity to heat water.  Contact:  Energy Counselors, Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, P.O. Box 8900, Vancouver, WA 98668; 360-992-3362 or 800-992-3000; Fax: 360-992-3038;
 http://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/ourenvironment/generatePower/solarOptions/index_html

$500 Rebate for Solar Water Heating Systems
Clark Public Utilities offers a rebate of $500 to customers who install a solar water heating system that meets the requirements of Bonneville Power Administration's Bright Way to Heat Water program. Customers must own the residence or business where the solar water heating system is installed and must have an electric water heater. For a detailed list of requirements, see The Bright Way to Heat Water General and Technical Specifications:  http://www.bpa.gov/Energy/N/projects/brightway/pdf/Gen_Tech_Specs.pdf or contact:  Energy Counselors, Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, P.O. Box 8900, Vancouver, WA 98668; 360-992-3355 or 800-992-3000; Fax: 360-992-3038;
http://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/ourenvironment/generatePower/solarOptions/index_html

Weatherization Incentives for Cowlitz County
Cowlitz County PUD offers an incentive for their residential customers to improve the weatherization of their homes. The residence must be a site-built, electrically-heated single-family residence, multi-family building, or rental home. However, homes with operable central ducted gas, oil or wood heat system and permanently installed electric heat may qualify under certain conditions.  Homes must have permanently installed electric heat prior to weatherization work and have had an energy audit completed by the PUD. Once eligibility of the residence has been determined and funds are available, homeowners must contact approved contractors from which the homeowner may schedule bid appointments.  For more details, contact: 
Program Coordinator, Cowlitz County Public Utility District, Conservation Department, 961 12th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632; 360-423-2210; http://www.cowlitzpud.org/pdf/ResWeatherPacket.pdf

$4,000 for Solar Water Heaters
Grays Harbor PUD offers a low-interest loan program (currently 3.5%) for the installation of solar water heaters. Loans of up to $4,000 are available for the installation of solar collectors of 40 square feet or more. The loans are provided through local lenders, with interest subsidized by the PUD. Installations must follow BPA guidelines and only customers who currently use electricity for hot water are eligible.  For more details, contact:  Grays Harbor PUD, 2720 Sumner Avenue, Aberdeen, WA 98520; 360-538-6383 or 800-562-7726; https://w