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State Energy Incentives for Homeowners



Alabama Energy Programs for Homeowners

No Money Down Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Technologies
Alabama Power offers low-interest loans to residential customers to purchase and install new heat pumps and a variety of weatherization measures. The loans require no money down and can be used to finance an air source, geothermal or dual-fuel heat pump. The loans can also be used to cover associated water heating costs and wiring installations. The weatherization measures eligible for loans include insulation, storm doors, double-pane windows and attic ventilation.

Contact: Alabama Power,
Residential Programs,
600 North 18th Street,
Birmingham, AL 35291;
800-990-2726; 800-245-2244;
http://www.alabamapower.com/residential/heatcool.asp- 1
 
Up to $1200 in Rebates in Touchstone Home Energy Program
Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, offers the Touchstone Energy Home Program. Touchstone Energy Homes qualify for Dual Fuel or Geothermal rebates and water heaters. In order to qualify homes must follow seven of the eleven guidelines of a Touchstone Home. The rebates are offered from $200-$1200 depending on tonnage and system type. Participants also qualify for a reduced price, and in some cases free, energy efficient water heater.

Contact: Information Officer,
Central Alabama Electric Cooperative,
Prattville HQ,
P.O. Box 681570,
1802 U.S. Highway 31,
Prattville, AL 36068;
800-545-5735;
http://www.caec.coop/cms/content/view/31/53/
 
Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Products
Using power purchased from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Cherokee Electric Cooperative provides electricity to almost 22,000 members throughout portions of Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall, Etowah and Calhoun Counties. Cherokee Electric Coop offers TVA's energy right program to finance residential heat pumps at low interest rates. Payments are conveniently added to the monthly power bill. Homeowners can borrow funds at competitive rates for various energy efficiency-related home improvement projects. Energy efficiency products that can be financed include: electric heat pumps, air conditioners, electric water heaters, window/door replacement, and insulation.

Contact: Information Officer,
Cherokee Electric Cooperative,
P.O. Drawer O,
1550 Clarence Chesnut Bypass
Centre, AL 35960;
800-952-2667; 256-927-5524; Fax: (256) 927-2278;
http://www.energyright.com/heatpump/benefits.htm
 
Up to $10,000 Loan for Retrofit of Heat Pumps
City of Florence Utilities offers financing to its residential customers for retrofitting their heat pumps to improve efficiency. Subject to a credit approval process, the loan can be up to $10,000 and can have a term of up to 10 years.

Contact: City of Florence Utilities,
Customer Service,
110 W. College Street,
PO Box 877, Florence, AL 35631;
256-740-6055; Fax: 256-760-6442;
http://www.florenceutilities.com/Utilities_Departments/Electricity/Energy_Right/index.html
 
Incentives for Power Efficiency Measures
City of Florence Utilities offers incentives for its residential customers to install new water heaters, and to build their homes to an overall efficiency standard. Additionally, heating and air conditioning contractors can receive $200 for installing high efficiency heat pumps.

Contact: City of Florence Utilities,
Customer Service,
110 W. College Street,
PO Box 877,
Florence, AL 35631;
256-740-6055; Fax: (256) 760-6442;
http://www.florenceutilities.com/Utilities_Departments/Electricity/Energy_Right/index.html
 
Free Heat Pumps for Qualifying Touchstone Homes
Covington Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, is a member-owned electric cooperative serving rural communities in South Alabama. The company offers the Touchstone Energy Home Program wherein a home earning the Touchstone Energy Home designation qualifies for rebates and receives a free electric water heater per heat pump (up to two per home) and free underground secondary service up to 200 feet.

Contact: Covington Information,
Covington Electric Cooperative, Inc.,
18836 US Hwy 84,
Andalusia, AL 36420;
800-239-4121;
http://www.cov-elect.com/Touchstone Energy.html
 
Loans for Energy Conservation and Heat Pumps
Cullman Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, has two loan programs. One is their Energy Conservation Loan Program, which provides members a loan for insulation or storm windows. Maximum loan is $2,000, payable up to 60 months at a rate of 11%. The Heat Pump Loan helps finance electric heat pumps under TVA's "energy right" program. Interest rate is 8% and monthly payments are billed through the electric bill.

Contact: Member Services,
Cullman Electric Cooperative,
Member Services,
PO Box 1168,
Cullman, AL 35056;
800-242-1806; 256-737-3200;
http://www.cullmanec.com/default.aspx?id=39
 
Rebates on Offer for New Homeowners
Cullman Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, offers new homeowners a $200 rebate plus $100 per electric water heater. To qualify for the New Home Rebate Program, a home must have electric water heating, clothes drying, cooking, and a heat pump. Dual fuel heat pumps are allowed under this program as well as gas logs or small gas heaters.

Contact: Member Services,
Cullman Electric Cooperative,
PO Box 1168 Cullman,
AL 35056;
800-242-1806; 256-737-3200;
http://www.cullmanec.com/default.aspx?id=50
 
No Money Down Loans for Installation of Heat Pumps
Cullman Power Board offers financing for its residential customers to install Energy Right efficiency heat pumps for central heating and air conditioning. Heat pumps must be installed by a TVA approved contractor. If approved, customers may finance a loan with no down payment at an interest rate of 8% for up to 120 months.

Contact: Cullman Power Board,
Customer Service,
P. O. Box 927,
Cullman, AL 35056;
256-734-2343;
http://www.cullmanpowerboard.com/Residential.htm - HeatPump
 
$5000 Loans at 5% for Range of Energy Efficiency Measurements
Dixie Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, offers the Energy Resources Conservation (ERC) loan program which allows a maximum loan of $5,000 at a 5% interest rate. Funds can be used for improvements, upgrades, gas to electric conversions or installation of a heat pump system. The payments for the loan are added to your monthly bill and can be spread over a maximum of 60 months.

Contact: Marketing Representative,
Dixie Electric Cooperative,
Post Office Box 30,
Union Springs, AL 36089;
888-349-4332; 334-738-2500;
http://www.dixieec.com/products.aspx?id=165
 
Incentives for New Homes
Part of the Energy Right Program from Joe Wheeler EMC and TVA, the New Homes Rebate Program is designed to help North Alabama members save money and gain home energy efficiency. Only totally electric homes, with the exception of those with gas logs in fireplace, may qualify for this $150 rebate.

Contact: Joe Wheeler EMC P.O. Box 460,
Trinity, AL 35673;
256-552-2336; 256-552-2300; Fax: 256-355-0739;
http://www.jwemc.org/
 
Loans for Home Heat Pumps
The Energy Right Program from Joe Wheeler EMC and TVA is designed to save money and gain home energy efficiency for its members in north Alabama. Heat pump loan approval is contingent upon a credit check by TVA and payment history with Joe Wheeler Electric and/or a previous utility. To qualify for the program, the applicant must be a JWEMC member and be the owner of the property where the unit is to be installed.

Contact: Joe Wheeler EMC,
P.O. Box 460,
Trinity, AL 35673;
256-552-2336; 256-552-2300; Fax: 256-355-0739;
http://www.jwemc.org/
 
$200 Incentive to Build Energy Efficient Home
Muscle Shoals Electric Board offers an incentive to its residential customers to build their new homes to an overall efficiency rating. The incentive is for $200 and is awarded to customers whose home meets all the efficiency requirements. Part of these requirements is the home must have a full kitchen (range, oven, and refrigerator) wired for electric appliances.

Contact: Muscle Shoals Electric Board,
Customer Service,
1015 Avalon Avenue,
PO Box 2547,
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662;
256-386-9290; 256-386-9293;
http://www.mseb.net/topics/new_homes/index.htm
 
Rebates for High Efficiency Heat Pumps and Water Heaters
Partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority, Sand Mountain Electric Coop is offering rebates for new and existing homes. Cash incentives are offered to the new homeowner through the Energy Right program. If the home is all-electric with a high-efficiency heat pump installed by a SMEC certified contractor, Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative and the Tennessee Valley Authority will pay the homeowner a cash incentive. Existing homes that install a high-efficiency heat pump or a high-efficiency water heater with a SMEC contractor may be eligible for a rebate. Consumers may only qualify for one heat pump or water heater rebate per year, per home.

Contact: Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative,
402 Main Street West,
P.O. Box 277,
Rainsville, AL 35986;
877-843-2512; 256-635-6344;
http://www.smec.coop/
 
$12,000 Loans for Heat Pumps
Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative is offering this heat pump loan program to eligible members. To qualify, members must have had power with Sand Mountain Electric Coop for at least one year, have the home electric bill and deeds in the same name, and pass a credit check. Heat pumps must be installed by certified heat pump contractors.

Contact: Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative,
402 Main Street West,
P.O. Box 277,
Rainsville, AL 35986;
877-843-2512; 256-635-6344;
http://www.smec.coop/
 
10 Year Loans for Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Sheffield Utilities, through the Tennessee Valley Authority, offers a loan to its customers to help with the purchase of a new energy efficient heat pump. The loan will be financed over a 10 year period with a 9% interest rate. To qualify for the loan, you must have a good credit rating, the heat pump must be a TVA energy right heat pump, and it must be installed by a TVA approved contractor.

Contact: Sheffield Utilities,
Customer Service,
300 North Nashville Avenue,
Sheffield, AL 35660;
256-389-2000;
http://www.sheffieldutilities.org/PWCusService.htm
 
Rebates for Energy Efficient Homes
Sheffield Utilities, in collaboration with the Tennessee Valley Authority, offers an incentive for new homes built to an overall efficiency rating. The amount of the incentive varies depending on the efficiency rating. Existing homes may qualify for a free energy evaluation, which will identify efficiency opportunities within your home. Sheffield Utilities also offers a $50 rebate to customers who install energy efficient, electric water heaters.

Contact: Sheffield Utilities,
Customer Service,
300 North Nashville Avenue,
Sheffield, AL 35660;
256-389-2000;
http://www.sheffieldutilities.org/PWCusService.htm
or Tennessee Valley Authority,
Muscle Shoals Office,
PO Box 1010,
Muscle Shoals, AL,
35662 256-386-2431;
http://www.tva.gov/index.htm
 
Low Interest Loans for Heat Pumps and Weatherization Costs
South Alabama Electric Cooperative, a part owner of Alabama Electric Cooperative offers the Energy Resources Conservation Loan program which helps members of the cooperative cover the cost of labor and materials for energy conservation measures on existing structures. Loans will only be made to members who have good credit ratings and also own the structures to be weatherized. ERC loans may be provided to finance the cost of labor and materials for items such as insulation, storm or thermal windows, storm or thermal doors, and high efficiency heat pumps.

Contact: South Alabama Electric Cooperative,
P.O. Box 449,
Troy, AL 36081;
800-556-2060; 334-566-8060; Fax: (334) 566-8949;
http://www.southaec.com/products_programs.aspx?id=48
 
Rebates for Heat Pumps and Qualified Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes
South Alabama Electric Cooperative is a part owner of Alabama Electric Cooperative which has its generation facility in Andalusia, AL. New and existing homes meeting SAEC's insulation requirements will receive a cash rebate of $200 per ton for Dual Fuel Heat Pumps. Geothermal units qualify for $600 per ton if they meet Touchstone Energy Home requirements. South Alabama Electric will also provide a $300 cash incentive to new homeowners of qualified Energy Efficient manufactured homes.

Contact: South Alabama Electric Cooperative,
P.O. Box 449,
Troy, AL 36081;
800-556-2060; 334-566-8060; Fax: (334) 566-8949;
http://www.southaec.com/products_programs.aspx?id=50
 
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 residential customers. Under the residential 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. Qualifying sources for residential include photovoltaic and wind turbine systems with a minimum output of 500 watts AC and a maximum of 50 kW. 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. 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.

Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority,
Muscle Shoals Office,
PO Box 1010,
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662;
256-386-2431;
http://www.gpsgenpartners.com/
 
Free Water Heater for Touchstone Energy Homes
Wiregrass Electric Cooperative is a consumer-owned electric utility serving over 20,000 consumers in the "Wiregrass" area of southeast Alabama. Through the Touchstone Energy Home Program, qualified Touchstone Energy Homes receive a free high-efficiency water heater. Homes must meet floor insulation, wall insulation, attic insulation/ventilation, vapour seal, double glass windows, special insulated doors, exhaust system, hot water system and duct location in conditioned areas specifications.

Contact: Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, Inc.,
509 N. State Hwy. 167, P.O. Box 158,
Hartford, AL 36344;
800-239-4602; 334-588-2223; Fax: (334) 588-6192;
http://www.wiregrass.coop/touchstonehome.aspx
 
Tax Deduction for Installation of a Wood Burning Heating System
This statute allows individual taxpayers a deduction for the purchase and installation of a wood-burning heating system. The deduction is equal to the total cost of purchase and installation for the conversion from gas or electricity to wood when the system is used as the primary energy source for heating a home. This incentive is for the conversion of an existing system and not for the first-time installation of a wood-burning system.

Contact: Information Specialist - AL Dept. of Rev.,
Alabama Department of Revenue,
50 N. Ripley,
Montgomery, AL 36132-7123;
334-242-1000;
http://www.ador.state.al.us/
 
Alaska Energy Programs for Homeowners
Lower Interest Rate if You Buy a Energy Saving Home
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) offers interest rate reductions to home buyers purchasing new and existing homes with 5 Star and 5 Star Plus energy ratings. All homes constructed on or after April 1, 2007 must meet Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES) 2007. Rate reductions are also available for energy improvements to older, existing home purchases. Any property that can be energy rated and is otherwise eligible for AHFC financing may qualify for this program. For new and existing home purchases, applicants are eligible for an interest rate reduction for the first $200,000 of the purchase price, with a blended interest rate applying to the remainder of the price. For homes that have energy improvements, a rate reduction is available for applicants, based on the number of steps of improvement to the energy rating of the property. Contact: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Research Information Center, POB 101020, Anchorage, AK 99503; 800-478-4636 or 907-330-8164; Fax: 907-338-1747; http://www.ahfc.state.ak.us/loans/eeirr.cfm
Application: Contact an approved lender: http://www.ahfc.state.ak.us/loans/approved_lenders.cfm
 
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
 
Low-Cost Energy Audit + Free Energy Saving Products
Home$ense is Golden Valley Electric Association's electrical energy efficiency program. It is offered to all residential members. For a cost of $40, a trained energy efficiency specialist will travel to your home and explain ways you can reduce electrical usage without sacrificing comfort and will install energy efficient products at no additional cost. During a Home$ense audit, participants receive:
  • Education materials and best practices in energy efficiency and use
  • Up to 12 compact fluorescent lamps installed to replace incandescent bulbs. CFL installations are limited to fixtures currently in use.
  • A refrigerator thermometer and coil cleaning brush
  • An adjustable weather-proof vehicle plug-in timer, if applicable. In addition, if the house has a 220-volt hard-wired electric water heater, participants may also receive: an electric water heater insulating blanket, up to 10 lineal feet of pipe wrap, two faucet aerators, and one low-flow shower head. 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/homesense.php
 
$17,500 in Home Energy Rebates
Under the Home Energy Rebate Program, homeowners who want to make their own energy efficiency improvements on their home can receive a rebate for some or all of their expenditures. The program requires a home energy rater to evaluate homes before and after the improvements. Rebates are dependent upon the relative amount of efficiency gained during the updates. The Home Energy Rebate program provides rebates up to $10,000 to homeowners who improve the energy efficiency of their homes. In addition, the Rebate program may provide a $7,500 rebate for qualified new 5 Star Plus homes. Similarly, the expanded Weatherization Program is also available to Alaskans who meet certain income and eligibility guidelines. Contact: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Research Information Center, POB 101020,Anchorage, AK 99503; 877-325-2508; Fax: 907-338-1747; http://www.ahfc.state.ak.us/energy/weatherization_rebates.cfm
 
$30,000 to Make Energy Home Improvements in Alaska
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) offers loans of up to $30,000 over 15 years to qualified borrowers through the Second Mortgage for Energy Conservation program. Borrowers apply to AHFC for financing to make energy improvements on owner-occupied properties. Applicants must select from the list of energy upgrades which are provided by an AKWarm certified energy rater (see: http://www.ahfc.state.ak.us/reference/energyraters.cfm). All improvements must be completed within 365 days of loan closing (improvements not listed may not be included in the loan). For more details, 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/second_energy_conserv.cfm
 
$20,000 Loans to Make Your Property 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
 
Arizona Energy Programs for Homeowners
Up to $500 for a New AC and the Installation
APS offers an incentive for its residential customers to upgrade their AC units. The rebate amount is $250 per unit for units with a SEER 14 and EER 11.5, and $400/unit for units with SEER 16 and EER 12.25. To be eligible, AC units must meet both the SEER and EER values. Additionally, the incentive is only offered for replacement equipment, not for new construction. The APS Quality Installation Rebate Program offers an additional rebate of $100 for new equipment installations done by an APS qualified contractor. Instructions on how to find an APS qualified contractor are listed on the website. Contact: APS, 428 E. Thunderbird Road #749, Phoenix, AZ 85022; 602-216-0318; http://www.aps.com/main/green/choice/choice_3.html?source=acjump and http://www.aps.com/main/green/choice/choice_9.html?source=acjump
Application: http://www.aps.com/main/_files/mktg/ACRebateForm.pdf (for the AC unit rebate) and http://www.aps.com/_files/mktg/QIRebateForm.pdf (for the installation rebate)
 
$250 to Repair Your Heating and Cooling Duct System
APS offers a Duct Test and Repair Rebate of up to $250 for residential customers in existing homes that seal their heating/cooling duct system using a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Contractor. APS will give a rebate of 75% of the cost of the test (max. $75) and 75% of the cost of repairs (max. $175). Contact: APS, 428 E. Thunderbird Road #749, Phoenix, AZ 85022; 602-216-0318; http://www.aps.com/main/green/choice/choice_18.html?source=acjump
Application: http://www.aps.com/_files/mktg/DuctTestRebateApp.pdf
 
$50,000 for New Solar Energy System
Under the GEOSmart® Sustainable Financing Solutions Program, APS customers may receive a loan of up to $50,000, with interest rates as low as 7.99%, for a solar-energy system. Customers can choose from three basic financing plans; see the website below for more details. At this time, loans may be used to install photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heaters. The loan may be combined with the APS Renewable Incentive Program. Contact: Electric and Gas Industries; 866-797-7343; http://www.egia.com/APS/APS_Index.aspx
 
$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
 
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/
 
Deduct $500 from Your Taxes for a New Wood Stove
This incentive allows Arizona taxpayers to deduct the cost of converting an existing wood fireplace to a qualifying wood stove. The cost to purchase and install all necessary equipment is tax deductible, up to a maximum $500 deduction. Qualifying wood stoves must meet the standards of performance for new wood heaters manufactured after July 1990 or sold after July 1992. Contact: Arizona Department of Commerce, Energy Office, 1700 West Washington Ave., Suite 220, Phoenix, AZ 85007; 602-771-1241; http://www.azcommerce.com/Energy/
 
$1,000 Tax Credit for Solar Energy Installations
Arizona's Solar Energy Credit provides an individual taxpayer with a credit for installing a solar or wind energy device at the taxpayer's Arizona residence. The credit is allowed against the taxpayer's personal income tax in the amount of 25% of the cost of a solar or wind energy device, with a $1,000 maximum allowable limit, regardless of the number of energy devices installed. The credit should be claimed in the year of installation and if the amount of the credit exceeds a taxpayer's liability in a certain year, the unused portion of the credit may be carried forward for up to five years. Qualifying technologies include solar domestic water heating systems, solar swimming pool and spa heating systems, solar photovoltaic systems, solar photovoltaic phones and street lights, passive solar building systems (trombe walls, thermal mass, etc.), solar daylighting systems (excluding conventional skylights), wind generators, and wind powered pumps. Contact: Arizona Department of Commerce, Energy Office, 1700 West Washington Ave., Suite 220, Phoenix, AZ 85007; 602-771-1241; http://www.revenue.state.az.us/Forms/2006/310%20instructions.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/
 
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)
 
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/
 
$60,000 for Residents to Buy 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/solar/default.aspx
 
$8,500 for Energy Related Home Improvements
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative's (SSVEC) offers the Member Loan Program to assist individuals who have been members for at least one year with no more than two delinquencies in the past year to improve the energy efficiency of homes. The loan can range from $2,000 to $8,500. Contact: Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, 311 East Wilcox Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636; 520-458-4691; Fax: 520-458-6860; http://www.ssvec.org/programs/loan.php
 
$150 to $500 Rebates Help You Upgrade Your Home
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative's (SSVEC) residential rebate program offers a $500 rebate for the installation of 14 SEER or higher electric heat pumps and a $200 rebate for the installation of 14 SEER of higher dual fuel heat pumps. Members may receive rebates on water heaters, ranging from $150 to $300 per heater per home depending on whether they are replacing a fossil fuel heater, installing one for a new home, or replacing an existing electric water heater. SSVEC must receive the rebate form and invoice/receipt within 60 days of installation. Contact: Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, 311 East Wilcox Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636; 520-458-4691; Fax: 520-458-6860; http://www.ssvec.org/programs/rebate.php
Application: http://www.ssvec.org/documents/Heat_Pump_Rebate_Form_2008.pdf (heat pump rebate) and http://www.ssvec.org/programs/rebate.php (water heater rebate - click to bring up Word document application)
 
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/
 
$250 for High-Efficiency ACs and Heat Pumps
The Efficient Home Cooling Program provides rebates for the purchase of qualifying high-efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps. A rebate of $200 will be given for 14 SEER and a rebate of $250 will be given for equipment with a SEER rating of 15 or above. The new cooling equipment must be installed in an existing home; new homes are not eligible. Rebate applications must be submitted within 90 days of installation. Contact: Tucson Electric Power, 3950 E. Irvington Road, Mailstop RC 116, Tucson, AZ 85702; 520-918-8296; http://www.tep.com/Green/Home/index.asp
 
Discounts on Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Tucson Electric Power has partnered with local retailers and lighting manufacturers to offer the TEP Energy Star Lighting Program. Customers can receive discounted pricing on energy-efficient lighting at participating retailers listed on the program website. The discount amount depends on the type and wattage of the bulbs. Contact: Tucson Electric Power, 3950 E. Irvington Road, Mailstop RC 116, Tucson, AZ 85702; 520-918-8296; http://www.tep.com/Green/Home/ESL.asp
 
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/
 
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/
 
Up to $325 to Upgrade Your Heating and Cooling Systems
The Efficient Home Heating Program provides rebates towards the purchase of qualifying high-efficiency natural gas equipment, replacing older, inefficient furnaces. The amount of the rebate ranges from $200 to $325 and depends on the efficiency and size of the furnace purchased. The Efficient Home Cooling Program provides rebates for the installation of high-efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps. The amount of the rebate ranges from $200 to $250 depending on the SEER rating. To qualify for the rebate the equipment must be installed by a participating HVAC contractor. Once the equipment is installed, the contractor must turn in a completed application with proof of purchase (copy of the paid invoice) to UniSource Energy Services within 90 days of equipment installation. After UES verifies the equipment efficiency, the rebate will be issued to the customer within 60 days of receipt of the application. Contact: UniSource Energy Services, PO Box 3099, Kingman, AZ 86402-3099; 866-467-1229; http://uesaz.com/Green/EHC/index.asp and http://uesaz.com/Green/Rebates/index.asp
 
Arkansas Energy Programs for Homeowners
$15,000 Loans for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
First Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, offers its Home Improvement Loan Program which allows members to borrow as much as $15,000 for energy efficiency home improvements associated with heat pumps, First Electric products and portable home generators. Contact: Marketing Representative, First Electric Cooperative, 1000 South J.P. Wright Loop Road, Jacksonville, AR 72076; 501-982-4545; 800-489-7405; http://www.firstelectric.coop/content.cfm?id=2023
 
5% Loans up to $9,000 Available for Water Source Heat Pumps
North Arkansas Electric Cooperative (NAEC), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, provides low interest rates for energy efficiency improvements in the home through the Energy Resource Conservation Loan. Heat pumps must be sized according to North Arkansas Electric design requirements determined at the time of the energy audit. Loans must be approved before work is done. Water-source heat pump loans under $9,000 and air-to-air heat pump loans under $5,000 may receive a 5% interest rate payable up to 7 years. Contact: Member Services, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, 225 South Main, Salem, AR 72576; 870-895-3221; http://www.naeci.com/content.cfm?id=2014
 
Loans for Heat Pumps and Weatherization Measures
Ozarks Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, offers the Energy Resource Conservation Loan Program to its members to help make energy efficiency improvements in the home. Qualified heat pumps and weatherization measures (duct/air sealing, building insulation, windows, and doors) can be financed through this loan, which is available for existing structures only. Contact: Ozarks Electric Cooperative, 3641 Wedington Drive, P.O. Box 848, Fayetteville, AR 72702-0848; 800-521-6144 Ext.4615; 479-684-4615; http://www.ozarksecc.com/content.cfm?id=2035
 
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 homes, Petit Jena Electric offers low-interest loans to single-family homes and multi-family homes for upgrades to heat pumps, building insulation, windows, doors and other appliances and building envelope improvements. Customers can borrow up to $3,000 for single-family dwelling, $4,000 for structures with 2-4 units, and $1000 per unit for multi-family units. 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/
 
California Energy Programs for Homeowners
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
 
They Pay for 80% of All Weatherization Work
Alameda Power and Telecom offers a grant to help its residential customers weatherize their homes to increase efficiency. To participate, customers must complete and send in a Weatherization Cash Grant Application Form. Upon receipt of a completed application, Alameda Power and Telecom may or may not require a free energy audit before installation. All work must be completed by a pre-approved contractor, and the completed project must be inspected by AP&T. When the installation is approved, AP&T will pay the contractor 80% of the cost. The contractor will then bill the customer or the landlord for the remaining 20%. Contact: Alameda Power and Telecom, Energy Management Coordinator, PO Box H, Alameda, CA 94501; 510-748-3947; http://www.alamedapt.com/electricity/weatherization.html
Application: http://www.alamedapt.com/electricity/weatherization_app_092908.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)
 
Up to $300 Cash Back + Free Light Fixtures and More
Anaheim Public Utilities offers its residential customers rebates for a wide variety of energy efficient home improvements. Upon request, Anaheim Public Utilities will perform a free home efficiency inspection, in which they will recommend energy saving improvements and appliances for your home. Energy efficient programs and incentives offered by APU include: clothes washer: $150; refrigerator: $50; dishwasher: $50; room A/C: $50; central A/C: $100/ton; high performance windows: $1/sq ft; air duct repair: 50% of repair cost (up to $300); ceiling fan: $20 (maximum three); programmable thermostat: $20; whole house fan: $100; attic fan: $30; attic fan (solar powered): $150; and high efficiency swimming pool pump motor: $100. In addition to the appliance and improvement rebates, APU also offers free energy-efficient lights to all its residential customers. Simply stop by the office listed below with a copy of your Anaheim Public Utilities electric bill and a valid California driver's license or ID card, and they will give you a light with installation instructions. Low-income residents may qualify for a free installation. Contact: Advantage Services, Rebate Processing Center, 1440 S. State College Blvd., Suite 2F, Anaheim, CA 92806; 714-939-9020; http://www.anaheim.net/article.asp?id=992
 
3 Free Trees to Help Cool Your Home
APU offers up to three free trees through their Tree Power Program. APU will conduct a site visit and recommend the best trees and planting sites to provide your home with maximum shade, increasing the total cooling efficiency of your home. Contact: Advantage Services, Rebate Processing Center, 1440 S. State College Blvd., Suite 2F, Anaheim, CA 92806; 714-939-9020; http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/adv_svc_prog/treepower/index.pdf
 
Grant for $5,000 or Loan for $60,000 for Energy Home Makeover
Anaheim Public Utilities offers the Residential Rehabilitation and Energy Efficient Grant program to qualified residential customers. Incentive includes up to $5,000 grant for energy efficient enhancements and up to $60,000 at 3% interest for rehabilitation improvements. The home must be owner-occupied. Participants must be income-qualified Anaheim Public Utilities residential electric customers. Rehabilitation improvements include exterior and/or interior painting, heating, plumbing, electrical upgrading and roofing. Energy-efficiency enhancements include heating, ventilation and air conditioning repairs; high efficiency lighting retrofits; air conditioning compressor replacement; and home insulation. Contact: Anaheim Public Utilities, Income-Qualified Assistance Programs, Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-765-4267, ext. 4717; http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/adv_svc_prog/residential_rehabilitation/index.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
 
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
 
$25 to $200 Cash Back for Energy Efficient Appliances
The Home Rewards Rebate Program provides incentives to its residential customers for installing energy efficient equipment in their homes. Rebates vary according to equipment technology and location of purchase. The following equipment are eligible for rebates through the program: Central A/C: $100-$140/ton (varies according to SEER rating); Room A/C: $75; Attic Insulation: $0.15/sq ft; Wall Insulation: $0.15/sq ft; Solar Attic Fan: $200; Ceiling Fans: $25 (maximum three); Clothes Washer: $100; Dishwasher: $75; Low E Windows/Doors: $2.00/sq ft; Pool pump: $100; and Refrigerator: $150. In order to receive a rebate for refrigerators, the existing refrigerator must be recycled. In addition, clothes washers purchased after July 1, 2008 with a Water Factor of 5.0 or less will receive an additional $100. Contact: Burbank Water and Power, Rebates, 164 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502; 818-238-3700; http://www.burbankwaterandpower.com/index.php/incentives-for-residents/residential-rebates-home-rewards
Application: http://www.burbankwaterandpower.com/download/Home-Rewards-Application-FY-0708-final-web3.pdf
 
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
 
Homeowners Get $1,500 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 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
 
Rebate 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
 
$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
 
Get Money to Make Your Appliances Run Cheaper
City of Lompoc Utilities offers incentives to its residential customers for upgrading the energy efficiency of their appliances. CLU provides rebates paid monthly as credits on utility bills to customers who replace their old clothes washers and dish washers with Energy Star labeled appliances. They also provide a $100 rebate, paid all at once, to customers who replace their electric clothes dryers or water heaters with gas versions. They will reward customers who purchase LED holiday lights with $4 for strands up to 70 feet or $8 for strands longer than 70 feet. For more details, contact: City of Lompoc Utilities, Customer Service, 100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc, CA 93438; 805-736-1261; http://www.cityoflompoc.com/splash/utilprograms.htm
 
$$ for New Energy Saving Fridges + $35 to Get Rid of Your Old One
The City of Lompoc Utilities has a refrigerator buy back program, in which the city will pay the customer $35 (or $120 if refrigerator was manufactured before 1992) and provide free pick-up and disposal of the refrigerator. Through the Income Qualifying Refrigerator Replacement Program, the city will award new refrigerators (costing up to $570) to qualifying households with working refrigerators manufactured before 1992. The low-income residents will have to pay back the city $20 per month for one year. Contact: City of Lompoc Utilities, Customer Service, 100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc, CA 93438; 805-736-1261; http://www.cityoflompoc.com/splash/utilprograms.htm
 
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
 
$40 to $350 Cash Back for Upgrading to Energy Efficient Appliances
The City of Palo Alto Utilities offers incentives to their residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their Smart Energy Rebate Program. Rebates are offered for qualifying refrigerators, dishwashers, furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, water heaters, pool pumps and insulation. Rebates are issued on requested rebate amount or actual cost of measure, whichever is the lesser amount. Rebates less than $350 will appear on the CPAU utility account where qualifying measures were installed. Applications must be postmarked and submitted no later than 90 days after purchase/install date. Contact: City of Palo Alto Utilities, Utility Marketing Services, PO Box 10250, Palo Alto, CA 94303; 650-329-2241; http://www.cpau.com/depts/utl/news/details.asp?NewsID=65&TargetID=224
Application: http://www.cpau.com/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=4365
 
Get $1,500 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
 
$20,000 for Homeowners 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/
 
Makeover Your Home with up to $125 in Energy Rebates
Glendale Water and Power (GPW) offers the Smart Home Energy Rebate Program that includes several incentives to its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are offered for a variety of appliances that meet required minimum efficiency levels. Rebate amounts vary according to equipment requirements, efficiency level, and location of purchase (appliances purchased outside of Glendale receive a lesser rebate amount). GWP has additional Money Savings Programs that include: Smart Home Water and Energy Saving Survey; Smart Home Energy Efficient Lighting Program; Smart Home Solar Solutions Program; Smart Home A/C Tune-Up and Duct Testing Program; Tree Power Program; Smart Home Refrigerator Recycling; and Peak Hogs Program. Contact: Glendale Water and Power, Rebate Processing, 141 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA 91206; 866-557-1411 or 818-548-3300; Fax: 800-823-5885; http://www.glendalewaterandpower.com/save_money/residential/sh_energy_saving_rebates.aspx
Application: http://www.glendalewaterandpower.com/pdf/app_Appliance_Rebates.pdf
 
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
 
Up to $200 for Energy Upgrades to Your Home Appliances
Hercules Municipal Utility provides financial incentives for its residential members to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are offered for a variety of home appliances and weatherization improvements, including refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, insulation and high performance windows. Incentives range from $50 up to $200. Contact: Hercules Municipal Utility, 111 Civic Drive, Hercules, CA 94547; 510-799-8209; http://www.ci.hercules.ca.us/index.aspx?page=157
 
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
 
Up to $165 to Make Your Home Run More Efficiently
Imperial Irrigation District Energy offers incentives to its residential customers to encourage energy efficiency. This incentive takes the form of rebates offered for qualifying energy efficient appliances and building improvements. Most rebates are offered on a per unit basis, with the exception of central air conditioners, heat pumps and windows, which are based on system size. Incentives range from $50 to $165. IID also offers an A/C system check through their CheckMe! Program. For more details, 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/EnergyStarRebates
Application: http://www.iid.com/Media/PubRebApp-En_WEB08.pdf
 
$250 for Energy Saving Appliances
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers a variety of rebates for energy efficient equipment used in homes. All applications must be postmarked within 12 months of purchase date to be considered eligible for a rebate. Funding is limited and rebates are not guaranteed. Incentives include: Refrigerator: $65; Recycling Old Refrigerator: $35; Single Speed Pool Pump and Motor: $30/unit; Two-Speed Pool Pump and Motor: $300/unit; Low E - Dual Pane Windows: $1.00/square foot; Room Air Conditioner: $50; Central Air Conditioner or Central Heat Pump: $100; and Clothes Washer: Up to $250. Contact: CRP Processing Center, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, 111 N. Hope St., Room 1063, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 818-342-5397 or 800-374-2224; http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp000478.jsp
Application: http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp004363.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
 
$350 Worth of Incentives for Energy Efficient Appliances
Lassen Municipal Utility District (LMUD) offers an incentive for its residential customers to purchase ENERGY STAR rated appliances for their homes. Dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators and water heaters are all eligible for rebates under this program as long as they are purchased from one of LMUD's participating local vendors: Ken's Appliance or Susanville Sears. Marathon Water Heaters are to be purchased directly from the LMUD office. Rebates range from $35 to $350. Contact: Lassen Municipal Utility District, Public Benefits Specialist, 65 S. Roop Street, Susanville, CA 96130; 530-257-4174; http://www.lmud.org/rebate.htm
 
$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
 
$750 in Energy Home Improvement Rebates
Lodi Electric Utility (LEU) offers several residential energy efficiency programs, including the Appliance Rebate Program and the Home Improvement Rebate Program. Through the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Rebate Program customers are eligible for rebates for qualifying measures including: attic/wall insulation; whole house fans; shade screen/window tinting; HVAC replacement; air-duct replacement/repairs; and heat pumps. Maximum rebate amount per customer in one year is capped at $300, unless the customer is eligible for duct repair or replacement, which are capped separately at $200 and $750 respectively. In addition, LEU provides rebates for qualiying Energy Star-rated refrigerators, clothes washers, and dishwashers through the Appliance Rebate Program. The appliances must be purchased from one of the pre-approved Lodi retailers listed on the website. Contact: Lodi Electric Utility, Customer Programs, 1331 South Ham Lane, Lodi, CA 95242; 209-333-6815; http://www.lodielectric.com/residential/rebates.php
 
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/
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$250 for a Cleaner Burning Stove
The County of Marin has created a rebate program to encourage homeowners to remove or replace non-EPA certified wood-burning heaters (wood stoves and fireplace inserts) with cleaner burning stoves or gas insert replacements. To be eligible for the $250 incentive, the wood burning stove must be disposed of at an approved recycling facility. If the unit is replaced, it must be replaced by an EPA Phase II certified wood stove, fireplace insert, pellet stove or gas stove. Currently this program is available to homes in unincorporated Marin County (areas outside of towns or cities) and homes in the City of Mill Valley, Town of Fairfax, City of Larkspur and City of San Rafael. Residents of unincorporated Marin County can receive an additional rebate of $75 for the installation of an EPA Phase II rated woodstove appliance, gas heater or pellet stove as a replacement for a non-EPA rated wood-burning appliance or fireplace or for taking the fireplace out of service. 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 $8,400 for Homeowners 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
 
$300 to Make Your Home Run More Efficiently
Modesto Irrigation District's Power Saver Plus Rebate Program offers residential customers cash rebates for the purchase and installation of qualifying energy efficient products installed in existing homes. Rebates range from $10 to $300. These rebates do not apply to new home construction. However, for newly constructed homes, qualifying measures purchased and installed after the certificate of occupancy has been issued by the city or county are eligible for rebates under this program. Furthermore, additions to existing homes are eligible for this program provided that the addition does not exceed 20% of the pre-existing floor area. To find out what is eligible for a rebate, visit the website below or contact: Modesto Irrigation District, Energy Management Department, PO Box 4060, Modesto, CA 95352-4060; 209-526-7339; http://www.mid.org/rebates/default.htm
 
Big $$ Loans for Energy Improvements to Your House
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. EIP loans do not require a down payment and the interest rate initially will not exceed 7%, but may increase up to 10%. Loans can be used to fund solar installations and a wide range of efficiency projects in existing buildings, not new construction. 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. 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
 
Up to $250 in Rebates + Money to Plant Trees
Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) offers rebates to its residential customers on a wide variety of energy efficient technologies, including: dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, lighting fixtures, ceiling/attic/roof fans, central/room A/C, heat pumps, and programmable thermostat. Customers who purchase equipment from retailers located in Pasadena receive a larger rebate amount. In addition, residential customers are also eligible to receive bonus rebates by participating in the Green Power Program, which supports the use of clean renewable energy sources that eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. PWP also offers rebates for the purchase of shade trees that provide energy saving benefits. Customers may purchase and plant up to 10 trees per year to provide their homes with shade, increasing their cooling efficiency. Up to $250 in rebates is available. To learn more about each rebate, see the website below or contact: Pasadena Water and Power, Customer Relations-Rebates, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, PO Box 7115, Pasadena, CA 91109; 626-744-4409; http://www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/Rebates/default.asp
 
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
 
Basic Home Energy Improvement Incentives
A number of rebates are available for energy efficiency improvements through the Standard Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, including lighting improvements, heating and cooling improvements, remodeling projects and pool improvements. More information and applications for rebates are available at the program website and customers can apply for the rebates online through the e-Rebate system: http://www.pge.com/myhome/saveenergymoney/rebates/erebates/. Contact: Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Residential Programs, P.O. Box 7265, San Francisco, CA 94120; 800-933-9555; http://www.pge.com/myhome/saveenergymoney/rebates/
 
$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
 
Rebates up to $150 for Energy Efficient Home Appliances
Plumas-Sierra REC offers several financial incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are also provided for Energy Star rated appliances. To receive these rebates, members must present a copy of the receipt of purchase and proof that the product is Energy Star. If the unit is a replacement, members must also provide a receipt (signed by the transfer station employee, with the unit serial number listed) for the disposal of the old unit. Rebates amounts range from $2 to $150. For individual rebate information, see the website below or contact: Customer Service, Plumas-Sierra REC, 73233 State Route 70, Suite A, Portola, CA 96122-7064; 800-555-2207 or 530-832-4261; Fax: 530-832-5761; http://www.psln.com/energy_rebates.php?sec=enersol&pag=enerreb
Application: http://www.psln.com/downloads/energy_efficiency_rebate_08.pdf
 
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
 
Rebates, Free Fridge Disposal and Free Trees Help You be More Efficient
Riverside Public Utilities offers an incentive for its residential customers to upgrade the efficiency of a variety of equipment within their homes. Rebates are offered for ENERGY STAR® appliances, energy efficient weatherization measures and HVAC equipment. The incentive cap is $5,000 for participation in all programs combined per customer, per calendar year. Rebates must be submitted within 90 days of purchase to qualify. In addition to these incentives Riverside Public Utilities will also pick up and recycle old refrigerators at no cost for the customer. RPU also provides a $25 per-tree rebate for planting up to five qualifying shade trees per year. For more information, contact: Programs & Services, Riverside Public Utilities, 3460 Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501; 951-826-5485; http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/residents.asp
 
$25,000 to Buy & Install a PV System for Your Home
The Residential Photovoltaic (PV) System rebate program provides incentives to Riverside Public Utilities customers who purchase and install qualifying photovoltaic systems on their homes. The program offers a $3.00 per watt rebate up to $25,000, not to exceed 50% of the project cost. Riverside Public Utilities will also provide up to $250 towards City of Riverside Planning and Building and Safety fees per installation. Contact: Information Specialist, Riverside Public Utilities, Programs & Services, 3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92522; 951-826-5485; http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/resi-pv-incentive.asp
Application: http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/pdf/rebates/sunpower08.pdf
 
Residents Get $10,000 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
 
$25 to $750 in Home Energy Rebates
Roseville Electric offers incentives to its residential customers to encourage energy efficiency in their homes. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient appliances and home improvements, as well as heat pumps and central A/C units. Customers can receive additional rebates up to $75 if they install a clothes washer with a water factor (WF) of 8.5 or less, and they have a water account and/or a wastewater account with Roseville Utilities. Incentives range from $25 up to $750. Contact: Roseville Electric Rebate Program, 3800 Watt Ave., Suite 105, Sacramento, CA 95821; 877-419-7271; http://www.roseville.ca.us/electric/residential_customers/residential_rebates.asp #levels
Application: http://www.conservationrebates.com/Application/rebateForm.aspx?RuleEngine=ConservationRebates.RuleDef_REApp&Utility=REC&Appliance=&ContractID=08-08-RE-AP
 
Loan Financing for Energy Saving HVAC Systems
Roseville Electric offers low-interest loans to its residential customers to finance the purchase of new energy-efficient HVAC equipment. Qualified homeowners can receive a no money down loan at interest rates as low as 9.99%, with a term up to 15 years. Financing is delivered through screened and approved contractors. To learn more, contact: Electric & Gas Industries Association, 3800 Watt Ave., Suite 105, Sacramento, CA 95821; 866-367-3442, ext. 324; http://www.egia.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=306
Application: https://www.egia.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?VendorID=11&tabid=307&RulesEngine=DotNetNuke.RuleDef_ConsumerFinanceApp
 
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 $6,000 for Homeowners to Install PV Systems in Their Home
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/
 
$$ Energy Rebates for Your Home
Southern California Edison (SCE) has a variety of rebates for residential users. Lighting, pool products, heating and cooling products and home appliances are all eligible for rebates from SCE if they meet certain energy specifications. In addition, multi-family properties are eligible for prescriptive rebates for lighting, HVAC technologies, window improvements and insulation. Information on incentive rates and specifications of eligible products are available at the program website. Contact: Southern California Edison, Residential Programs, P.O. Box 6400, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729; 800-655-4555; http://www.sce.com/RebatesandSavings/Residential/
 
Money Back for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Residential customers of San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are eligible for point-of-sale or mail-in rebates on energy-efficient dishwashers and refrigerators, home insulation, room air conditioners, water heaters, and pool motors and controllers. Participating retailers provide instant rebates on eligible products; a list of retailers is available at the program website. In addition, SDG&E offers a rebate application for energy-efficient appliances that are not purchased at a participating point-of-sale rebate provider. For a list of eligible appliances, see the program website. Items that qualify for the instant rebate are not eligible for the rebate application program. Owners and property managers of multi-family residential buildings may also apply for rebates for energy-efficient appliances, gas-heating technologies, and lighting upgrades. To find out more, contact: San Diego Gas & Electric, Residential Programs, P.O. Box 129016, San Diego, CA 92112; 800-644-6133; http://www.sdge.com/residential/rebates.shtml
 
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/
 
$$ 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/
 
$200 to Replace Home Appliances
Silicon Valley Power offers rebates to its residential customers for a variety of energy efficient products including: refrigerator: $50, attic insulation: $175; LCD monitor: $20; whole house fan: $200; air conditioner recycling rebate: $25; and refrigerator recycling: $35. To qualify for these programs, residents must live in the City of Santa Clara, receive electricity from Silicon Valley Power, and make their purchases from participating retailers. Contact: Residential Rebates, Silicon Valley Power, 1601 Civic Center Drive, Suite 200, Santa Clara, CA 95050; 408-244-7283; http://www.siliconvalleypower.com/res/?doc=resrebates
 
$45,000 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
 
PV Residential Retrofit Buy-Down Program
SMUD offers an incentive of $2.50/W AC to its residential customers who install grid-connected solar electric (PV) systems. Customers must contract directly with SMUD-approved contractors for the purchase and installation of the system. The incentive will be adjusted based on expected system performance, which is affected by factors such as orientation, tilt and shading. Both traditional PV modules and building-integrated PV roof shingles are available under the program. SMUD also offers an incentive of $2.25/W directly to customers who want to install their own systems. However, self-installed systems are subject to the same permitting, design and inspection standards as contractors. Contact: Sacramento Municipal Utility District, 6201 S Street, PO Box 15830, Sacramento, CA 95852-1830; 916-732-6762; http://www.smud.org/en/rebates/Pages/index.aspx
 
Low-Interest Loans to Make Your Home More Efficient
Sacramento Municipal Utility District offers low-interest loans to help its residential customers finance energy efficient home improvements. 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. Loans are not made to tenants renting or leasing the property. Eligible improvements include: water heaters, heat pumps, air conditioners, duct/air sealing, building insulation, windows, siding, and roofs. Contact: Residential Equipment Efficiency Programs, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, 6201 S Street, PO Box 15830, Sacramento, CA 95852-1830; 888-742-7683; http://www.smud.org/en/rebates/Pages/index.aspx
 
Up to $1,100 Rebates to Buy Energy Appliances
Sacramento Municipal Utility District offers incentives for its residential customers to purchase energy efficient equipment for their homes. Here is an example of the types of rebates available:
  • Duct Sealing: $300
  • Ceiling Fan with CFL Light: $20
  • Central A/C: $400 or $500, $650, or $1,100 depending on efficiency
  • Clothes Washer: $100 or $200, depending on efficiency
  • Cool Roof: $0.20 per square foot
  • Dishwasher: $25 or $75, depending on efficiency
  • Heat Pump: $400 or $500, depending on efficiency
  • Pool Pump: $100
  • Refrigerator: $40 or $75, depending on efficiency
  • Room Air Conditioner: $50
  • Whole House Fan: $100
SMUD also offers $35 to customers who safely recycle their old working refrigerators. Contact: Residential Equipment Efficiency Programs, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, 6201 S Street, PO Box 15830, Sacramento, CA 95852-1830; 888-742-7683; http://www.smud.org/en/rebates/Pages/index.aspx
 
100% Funding for Solar System Installations
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's Residential Loan Program provides 100% loan financing to customers who install solar water heating or photovoltaic (PV) systems. All solar water heating units must meet standards set by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC), be installed by a SMUD-approved solar water heating contractor, and pass inspection by SMUD representatives. For a list of approved contractors, see: http://www.smud.org/community-environment/pdfs/respvcontract.pdf. Contact: Sacramento Municipal Utility District, P.O. Box 15830, Sacramento, CA 95852-1830; 916-732-6994 or 888-742-7683; http://www.smud.org/rebates/images-rebates/finance_factsheet.pdf
 
$1,500 Rebates or 100% Financing for Solar Water Heating
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD) Solar Domestic Hot Water Program provides rebates and/or loan financing to customers who install solar water heating systems. Rebates of $1,500 per solar water heating system are available for SMUD residential customers who replace their electric water heating system. In addition, SMUD offers 100% loan financing to cover the remaining costs with a ten-year repayment period. All solar water-heating units must meet standards set by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) and be installed by a SMUD-approved solar contractor: http://www.smud.org/rebates/images-rebates/res_solar_dhwh.pdf. Contact: Sacramento Municipal Utility District, P.O. Box 15830, Sacramento, CA 95852-1830; 916-732-6994 or 888-742-7683; http://www.smud.org/en/rebates/Pages/index.aspx
 
$35 Rebates to Improve Your Home's Efficiency
The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) offers incentives for their residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Prescriptive rebates are available for qualifying dishwashers, clothes washers and water heaters. The appliances rebates can be redeemed at the point of sale through participating retailers. For other rebates, customers must mail in forms and wait for a check to be sent through the mail. Eligible equipment must meet the specifications listed by SCGC. Rebates are usually $30 to $35 per eligible appliance. Contact: Southern California Gas Company, Residential Programs, P.O. Box 3150, San Dimas, CA 91773; 888-431-2226; http://www.socalgas.com/residential/savemoney/
 
More Rebates for Energy Home 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
 
$15,000 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
 
$35 to $75 Rebates to Buy Energy Saving Equipment
Turlock Irrigation District (TID) offers a residential rebate program for customers who install energy-efficient equipment in their homes. Eligible equipment includes: refrigerators; washers; room air conditioners; compact fluorescent bulbs; and sunscreens. Rebates range from $35 to $75. To be eligible for the rebates, applications (including proof of purchase) must be received within 6 months. In addition, TID offers a Shade Tree Rebate Program, in which customers are eligible to receive a rebate of up to $20 per tree, not to exceed the purchase price of the tree. Contact: Energy Services Department, Turlock Irrigation District, 333 East Canal Drive, PO Box 949, Turlock, CA 95381; 209-883-8281; http://www.tid.org/Res/Residential
 
$6,000 for Home 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
 
Colorado Energy Programs for Homeowners
$300 to Insulate Your Home
The Colorado Governor's Energy Office (GEO) has provided matching grants to establish local insulation rebate programs throughout the state. The residential rebate program, called Insulate Colorado, provides rebates of 20% of the cost, up to $300, to homeowners who increase the insulation and/or air sealing of their homes. This is not a statewide program. To participate, the home must be located within a participating jurisdiction and the homeowner must use a program-approved contractor. The rebate is for attic or exterior wall insulation and air sealing upgrades only. Interested homeowners should contact their jurisdiction to ensure that funding is still available: http://www.colorado.gov/energy/residential/InsulateColoradoLocalJurisdictions.asp. 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/residential/existing-insulate-co.asp
Application: http://www.colorado.gov/energy/resources/funding-opportunities.asp #InsulateSeal
 
Up to $6,000 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
 
$3,000 to Save Your Old Solar Energy System
Many solar systems installed during the 1970s and 1980s have fallen into disrepair or have been taken off-line. The Orphan Solar Rebate Program was created to provide homeowners with an incentive to re-commission these older systems. The Orphan Solar Program provides rebates of up to $3,000 ($1,500 from the GEO and $1,500 from Program Partners) to qualified homeowners. The rebate includes a site inspection from a qualified solar installer to determine the maintenance requirements for each system. Domestic solar hot water and space heating applications are both eligible within this program. The Orphan Solar 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
 
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
 
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
 
$150 for an Energy Upgrade to Your Appliances
The Aspen Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) offers a program for customers who install energy efficient appliances. Aspen CORE offers rebates for washing machines, dishwashers, programmable thermostats, refrigerators and reset thermometers. These rebates are only available to full-time Roaring Fork Valley residents and businesses. Incentives range from $75 to $150, depending on appliance. Contact: Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), P.O. Box 9707, Aspen, CO 81612; 970-544-9808; Fax: 970-963-5691; http://www.aspencore.org/sitepages/pid46.php #washer
Application: http://www.aspencore.org/docs/Appliance_rebate_final,_June_2008.pdf
 
$6,000 to Install Energy Saving Systems at Your Home
The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) offers residential rebates within the Roaring Fork Valley for the installation of photovoltaic or solar hot water systems. Rebates for the purchase of new solar hot water heaters are as follows: two to three panels: $1,000 rebate; four to five panels: $1,500 rebate; and six plus panels: $2,000 rebate. Rebates for grid-tied PV systems are offered at $2.00 per watt, up to $6,000. Installers must be COSEIA certified and must fill out a rebate application after system has been installed. Within two weeks of application receipt, CORE will issue a check for the rebate amount. A loan program is also available for solar projects, but not in conjunction with this rebate program. Contact: Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), P.O. Box 9707, Aspen, CO 81612; 970-544-9808; Fax: 970-963-5691; http://www.aspencore.org/sitepages/pid77.php
 
0% Loans for Solar Energy Installations
The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) has partnered with the Community Bank of Colorado to provide 0% financing on loans for photovoltaic or solar hot water systems. The typical loan term is five years and loan amounts vary based on system size. After determining the system size, call CORE to advise loan amount. A rebate program is also available for solar projects, but not in conjunction with this loan program. Contact: Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), P.O. Box 9707, Aspen, CO 81612; 970-544-9808; Fax: 970-963-5691; http://www.aspencore.org/sitepages/pid77.php
Application: Loan applications are available at Community Banks of Colorado in Aspen or Basalt.
 
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%20and%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)
 
$50,000 Loans to Make Your Home Run More Efficiently
Colorado Springs Utilities provides $1,000 to $50,000 loans to finance energy efficiency projects for its residential customers. The loans may apply to installation of energy efficient kitchen appliances, washer/dryers, insulation and weather stripping, new windows, central A/C, new water lines, water-efficient landscaping, and new propane and septic tanks. The utility also provides an Energy Efficiency Profile and Water Efficiency Profile to see where installations will provide highest savings. Contact: HomeVantage, Ent Federal Credit Union, HomeVantage Program, P.O. Box 15819, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-5819; 719-574-1100, ext. 8 or 800-525-9623; http://www.csu.org/residential/products/financing/index.html or http://www.entfederal.com/services/homevantage.asp
 
$$ 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
 
Up to $200 for Homeowners to Make Their Home Energy Efficient
Colorado Springs Utilities offers a variety of energy efficiency incentives to its residential customers through their Residential Rebate Program. In most cases, the rebate amount depends upon the cost of such improvement. Here are some examples: insulation and air sealing: $50, $100 or $200, varies by purchase price; windows: $50, $100 or $200, varies by purchase price; furnace: $150; programmable thermostat: $15; and clothes washer: $75. Contact: Colorado Springs Utilities, Residential Efficiency Incentives, PO Box 1103, Mail Code 1339, Colorado Springs, CO 80947; 719-448-4800; http://www.csu.org/residential/rebates/index.html
Application: http://www.csu.org/residential/rebates/16878.pdf
 
100% Financing for Your Home's Energy Projects
Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) gives its residential members an opportunity to improve their homes' energy efficiency. DMEA will pay for the installation of the components of a GeoExchange system which are outside a member's home (does not include ductwork or other "inside the house" elements). This upfront installation cost is recouped over time by DMEA through monthly payments applied to the utility bill. The exact monthly payment and energy savings potential varies depending on the home's size, design and construction quality, as well as the type and condition of the existing heating system. Up to 100% financing is available. To learn more, contact: GeoExchange Program, DMEA, 21191 H75 Road, Delta, CO 81416; 970-874-8081; http://www.dmea.com/
 
$25 & $50 Rebates for New Dishwashers and Clothes Washers
Fort Collins Utilities offers its residential customers a $50 cash rebate for Energy Star rated clothes washers and $25 for Energy Star dishwashers. Appliances must be Energy Star certified. Rebates take six to eight weeks to process. Contact: Fort Collins Utilities, The Power-to-Save Team, 330 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524; 970-221-6700; http://fcgov.com/conservation/res-washer.php Application: http://fcgov.com/conservation/pdf/rebate-washer_dish.pdf or pick up at a retailer near you: http://fcgov.com/conservation/pdf/rebate-washer_dish.pdf
 
No Interest Loans up to $2,300 for Home Energy Upgrades
Fort Collin Utilities offers its residential customers 0% interest loans that may be used to finance a variety of projects, including adding insulation, replacing a furnace, upgrading water and space heating systems, and improving energy efficiency of doors and windows. No more than 80% of the total project cost can be financed by the loan. The maximum loan amount is $2,300 and the repayment schedule ranges from 24 to 60 months. Pay back time of the project is determined by a home energy rating performed by the company. Contact: Fort Collins Utilities, The Power-to-Save Team, 330 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524; 970-221-6700; http://fcgov.com/conservation/res-zilch.php #energy
Application: http://fcgov.com/conservation/pdf/zilch-application.pdf?20080926
 
$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/
 
Energy Rebates for Homeowners
Holy Cross Energy's Appliance Rebate program provides cash rebates for members who purchase eligible Energy Star® and other energy efficient appliances for their home. The following are residential products covered by the program:
  • Refrigerators: $75.00
  • Dishwashers: $25 to $75
  • Clothes Washers: $25 - $75
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs: cost or $25.00, whichever is less
  • Programmable Thermostats: cost or $25.00, whichever is less
  • Conventional Electric Water Heater: $75.00
Holy Cross also offers residential energy audits at no cost to the consumer. The energy use of the house will be examined during the audit. Up to four standard compact fluorescent bulbs will be provided, free of charge, to the consumer. An insulating water heater blanket may also be offered, and in some instances installed on the consumer's water heater, again, at no cost to the consumer. Contact: Holy Cross Energy, P.O. Drawer 2150, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602; 970-947-5421; Fax: 970-945-4081; http://www.holycross.com/
 
$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 and 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/fsbillcont3/31EEE26AB55EDC4A
87257251007D4FBD?open&file=145_enr.pdf
 
$50 to $100 Rebates for Dishwashers, Washing Machines & Toilets
Longmont Power and Communications offers an incentive for its residential 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
 
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
 
Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association offers a residential energy efficiency rebate program for qualified water heaters and heat pumps. Incentive amounts vary on size and efficiency of the water heaters and heat pumps. Specifics are listed on the program website, but here are some examples:
  • Water Heater: $70 - $125 per unit plus additional incentives if certain features are met
  • Heat Pumps: $275 - $400 per ton
For more information, contact: Poudre Valley REA, PO Box 272550, Fort Collins, CO 80527-2550; 970-226-1234; Fax: 970-226-2123; http://www.pvrea.com/members/rebates/index.html
 
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 $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
 
$200 for Qualifying Cooler Upgrade
Xcel Energy residential customers in qualifying Colorado counties are eligible for rebates of up to $200 for evaporative coolers. In addition, Xcel Energy offers two curtailment programs for residential customers. For the Time-of-Use incentive, customers that voluntarily curtail their energy usage during peak periods of the day are eligible for a lower energy rate on their monthly bills. For the Saver's Switch program, customers that install a switch to allow Xcel Energy to cycle their air conditioning on and off are eligible for a bill credit of $25 during each summer month. More details can be found out by contacting: Customer Service, Xcel Energy, Residential Programs, 1225 17th Street, Suite 1300, Denver, CO 80202; 800-895-4999; http://www.xcelenergy.com
 
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
 
Connecticut Energy Programs for Homeowners
Up to $60,000 in Funding for Developers of Affordable Housing Projects
Through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund's (CCEF) 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 residential installations. The rebate level for residential systems is $5/watt (W) for the first five kilowatts (kW) and $4.30 for the next five kW, with the payment adjusted based on expected system performance. The funding cap is $46,500 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
 
Incentives to Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency
Groton Utilities offers a variety of incentives for its residential customers to improve energy efficiency in their homes. Rebates are generally available for energy-efficient appliances, central air-conditioning units and heat pumps, and vary by technology. The Residential Low-Income Water Heater Wrap Program provides free insulation for water heaters and water heater pipes to low-income residents. 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_resident.asp
 

Rebates in Energy Saving Program
Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) provides residential customers a $60 rebate on the Energy Star-qualified appliances purchased between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010. Eligible appliance purchases include refrigerators/freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, electric water heaters, and dehumidifiers. The program is limited to one rebate per appliance per residential electric utility account. In addition to the appliance rebate, NPU’s customers can also participate in the Light Bulb Program and purchase compact florescent bulbs from the Energy Star Lights catalog at a direct discount. Contact: Norwich Public Utilities, Efficiency Programs, 16 South Golden Street, Norwich, CT 06360; 860-823-4522; http://www.norwichpublicutilities.com/energyefficiency/efficiency-res.html - res-electric

 

Incentives to $500 in Furnace and Boiler Replacement Program
Connecticut’s Furnace Replacement Rebate Program encourages households to replace existing 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. Only natural gas, oil and propane furnaces/boilers installed in existing residential structures containing a maximum of four units are eligible. Rebates are not available for new construction/installation. 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

 

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 residential use. The exemption is available for systems installed on or after October 1, 2007, that serve single-family homes or 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 (1) 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 residential 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

 
Delaware Energy Programs for Homeowners

Go Green Delaware Homeowners!
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, 40% of rebate funding is available for residential customers, including energy efficiency education programs. The total of all grants shall not exceed 65% of the total annual revenue collected for the Green Energy Fund. 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 – residential $31,500; solar water heating – residential $3,000; solar water heating integrated into a radiant heating application – residential $5,000; small wind turbines – residential $22,500; and fuel cells – residential $22,500. Grants are also available for residential geothermal heat pumps; grants are capped at $3,000 and $2,500 depending on their efficiency. 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

 
District of Columbia Energy Programs for Homeowners

Awards up to $9,000 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 residents. Residential awards are limited to $3.00 per watt up to three kilowatts (kW), with a maximum award of $9,000. 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

 
Florida Energy Programs for Homeowners

Be Energy Efficient in Florida
The City of Ocala Electric Utility offers rebates for residential energy efficiency upgrades. Rebates are valid for the replacement of up to 5 Ton (60,000 BTU) central HVAC systems with those that are Energy Star qualified. A rebate form must be completed and turned into OEU, along with proof of purchase, contractor’s invoice and Certificate of ARI Certified Performance, within 30 days of installation. The rebate only applies to the purchase and installation of a complete system (indoor and outdoor or package unit, for verification of SEER or EER equipment). Ocala also offers a $75 rebate for residential customers who upgrade existing attic insulation to R-19 or R-30.  Contact:  Energy Management Services – Ocala, 201 SE 3rd Street, Ocala, FL 34471; 352-629-8411 or 800-893-4760; http://www.ocalaelectric.com/

 

$400 for New Ceiling Insulation
The City of Tallahassee Utilities offers a rebate for 80% of the installation costs of ceiling insulation, up to a maximum City contribution of $400. The efficiency rating of the new insulation must be R38 if the home is heated by a natural gas furnace, oil furnace or electric heat pump and R49 if the home is heated by a central electric resistance furnace.   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 #insul
Application:  The first step for this rebate is to call Energy Services to schedule a free energy audit (http://www.talgov.com/you/uos/program.cfm) or call 891-4YOU (4968) and then press 42.

$100 to Buy New Appliances
City of Tallahassee Utilities offers its residential customers rebates for the purchase of certain ENERGY STAR plug-in appliances. Qualifying appliances include refrigerators ($75 rebate), freezers ($40 rebate) and clothes washers ($100 rebate). Rebates are available for equipment with purchase receipt dated after February 20, 2008. Rebate applications must be received within three months of the installation’s purchase receipt date.  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 #appl
Application:  for existing homes:  http://www.talgov.com/you/energy/pdf/es_appl_rebate_exist.pdf and for new homes:  http://www.talgov.com/you/energy/pdf/es_appl_rebate_new.pdf

$20,000 for Homeowners to Make Energy Efficiency Improvements
The City of Tallahassee Utilities offers loans with an interest rate of 5% for 25 different energy-saving measures, including:  photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water-heating systems; energy-efficient central air conditioning units, refrigerators and certain other appliances; ceiling insulation. Under this program, customers may borrow up to $20,000 for PV systems and $10,000 for solar water-heating systems (including pool heating). Various other maximums apply to eligible energy-efficiency measures.  For more information, see the loan handbook at http://www.talgov.com/you/energy/pdf/cotu_loan_handbook.pdf or contact:  City of Tallahassee Utilities, 300 South Adams St. B32, Tallahassee, FL 32301; 850-891-4968;  http://www.talgov.com/you/energy/loans.cfm

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  

Up to $7,500 for Energy Home Improvements
Clay Electric Cooperative offers low-interest loans to help customers finance energy efficiency improvements for their homes. Customers can borrow up to $5,000 for improvements such as high efficiency heat pumps, insulation and certain high efficiency appliances. Customers installing high reflectance metal roofing measures may apply for loans up to $7,500. Basic qualifications for an energy conservation loan include a good credit history, good payment record with Clay Electric and service with Clay Electric for one year. An energy survey is required. This program is available in 14 North Florida counties:  Gainesville, Keystone Heights, Lake City, Orange Park, Palatka, and Salt Springs.  Contact:  Clay Electric Co-op, 225 West Walker Drive SR100, Keystone Heights, FL 32656; 352-473-8000, ext. 8263; http://www.clayelectric.com/nrgservice.aspx and http://www.clayelectric.com/documents/energyloanrequirements.pdf
Application:  http://www.clayelectric.com/documents/loanapplicationandchecklist.pdf

Get Money Back for Energy Efficient Upgrades
Clay Electric Cooperative offers its members a variety of ways to increase their energy efficiency through their Energy Smart Program. Rebates are available for their residential members who purchase energy efficient heat pumps, or increase the amount of insulation in their attics. To qualify for the insulation rebate, the existing level of insulation must be less than R-19. The value of the rebate is calculated at $0.11 per square foot of conditioned ceiling area, and only existing homes can partake, not new construction. Heat pump rebates, however, can be taken by both new construction and existing homes, and the amount varies from $100 to $500 depending on the size of the unit and the SEER.  Contact:  Clay Electric Co-op, 225 West Walker Drive SR100, Keystone Heights, FL 32656; 800-771-2325, ext. 8366 or 888-434-9844; http://clayelectric.com/nrgservice.aspx
Application:  http://clayelectric.com/documents/energysmartguidelinesandapplicationoctober2007.pdf

$600 to Install Solar Waters Heaters
Clay Electric Cooperative provides rebates to its residential members when they purchase qualified solar water heaters. Eligible solar water heaters can be either passive or active systems. The proposed solar system must meet Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) specifications and be installed by a contractor certified to install solar water heating systems by the Florida Department of Professional Regulation Construction Industry Licensing Board.  The maximum incentive is $600.  To learn more, contact:  Clay Electric Co-op, 225 West Walker Drive SR100, Keystone Heights, FL 32656; 800-771-2325, ext. 8366 or 888-434-9844; http://clayelectric.com/nrgservice.aspx

$5,000 Loans for Solar Heaters
Clay Electric Cooperative provides low-interest loans to help customers finance solar water heaters and solar pool heaters. Basic qualifications for an energy conservation loan include a good credit history, good payment record with Clay Electric and service with Clay Electric for one year.  The minimum amount of help is $1,000 while the maximum amount of help is $5,000.  An energy survey is required. This program is available in 14 North Florida counties:  Gainesville, Keystone Heights, Lake City, Orange Park, Palatka, and Salt Springs.  Contact:  Clay Electric Co-op, 225 West Walker Drive SR100, Keystone Heights, FL 32656; 352-473-8000, ext. 8263; http://www.clayelectric.com/nrgservice.aspx and http://www.clayelectric.com/documents/energyloanrequirements.pdf
Application:  http://www.clayelectric.com/documents/loanapplicationandchecklist.pdf

Save $$ Cooling & Heating Your Home
Florida Power and Light (FP&L) offers rebates to residential customers who replace their heat pump or air conditioning system with a more efficient one. The program website listed below provides customers with an Annual Cooling Cost Calculator to estimate the annual cost savings and FP&L rebate for customers wishing to update their home cooling systems. Rebates range from $140-$1,930 depending on the efficiency and size of the new system. Cost savings estimates are based on 2,800 annual cooling hours and 12 cents per kilowatt hour. The actual air conditioning system size needed to cool a home depends on several factors in addition to the home's square footage so customers should consult a contractor for an evaluation of their heating and cooling needs before installing a new system.  Contact: Florida Power and Light, FPL General Mail Facility, Miami, FL 33188-0001; 800-375-5566; http://www.fpl.com/residential/savings/energy_advisor/ac_buying_guide/ac_evaluate.shtml #savings


Energy Rebates for Gainesville Homeowners
Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) offers a rebate on a variety of energy-efficient technologies for its residential electric customers. Rebates are offered for:
  • High Efficiency Central Air Conditioner: $300-550
  • High Efficiency Room Air Conditioner Replacement: $150
  • Central Air Conditioner Maintenance: $55
  • Duct Leak Repair: up to $375
  • Heat Recovery Unit: $155
  • Reflective Roof Coating: $70 (only mobile homes are eligible)
  • Insulation: $0.125 per square foot up to $375

GRU may require proof of purchase after installation before awarding the rebate. In addition to all of these rebates Gainesville Regional Utilities offers their customers a $75 rebate for the recycling of their old refrigerators.   Contact:  Conservation Services Department, PO Box 147117, Station A114, Gainesville, FL 32614; 352-393-1460; http://www.gru.com/YourHome/Conservation/Energy/Rebates/newRebates.jsp

$500 for Solar Water Heating Systems
The Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Solar Rebate Program provides rebates of $500 to residential customers of GRU who install solar water heating systems. Both passive solar systems, which must be of the double-glazed integrated collector storage type, and closed-loop active solar systems are eligible for rebates.  All systems must be guaranteed against freeze damage.  To learn more, contact:  Conservation Services Department, PO Box 147117, Station A114, Gainesville, FL 32614; 352-393-1460;  http://www.gru.com/YourHome/Conservation/Energy/Rebates/solarRebates.jsp  
Application:  http://www.gru.com/Pdf/YourHome/Rebates/solarRebateForm.pdf

Up to $7,500 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

$10,000 to Install Energy Star Appliances
Gainesville Regional Utilities offers a 3% annual interest loan for pre-approved items including the ENERGY STAR refrigerators, high efficiency central air conditioning systems, and solar electric photovoltaic systems.  In order to be eligible the customer must be a GRU electric customer.  This loan may not be used in conjunction with a GRU rebate.  Improvements are only available for existing owner occupied residential dwellings including single-family residences, mobile homes, duplexes, triplexes, and quadruplexes.  Eligible upgrades include clothes washers/dryers, refrigerators/freezers, water heaters, air conditioners, duct/air sealing, windows, doors, roofs, and water heater replacement.  The maximum loan amount is $10,000.  Contact:  Conservation Services Department, PO Box 147117, Station A114, Gainesville, FL 32614; 352-393-1460;  http://www.gru.com/YourHome/Conservation/Energy/Rebates/loan.jsp
Application:  http://www.gru.com/Pdf/YourHome/Rebates/EELOAN_EST_FORM_FRONT.PDF
  
$$ 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

$800 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

Lower Monthly Bills with Solar Water Heating
Lakeland Electric is the nation's first utility to offer solar-heated domestic hot water on a "pay-for-energy" basis. The utility owns and maintains the solar water heaters they install on participating customers’ homes and bills them only for hot water delivered to the faucet. The program serves as an incentive to residential customers to utilize solar energy by:  eliminating up-front equipment expenditures and maintenance costs; locking in a portion of the customer’s energy costs at ~ 8¢/kWh (the solar energy rate) as compared to Lakeland’s current electric rate of ~ 13¢/kWh; reducing standby losses when the water heater is not in use, thereby further reducing energy costs; reducing the environmental impact of energy usage; and providing for hot water during power outages.  There are currently about 60 residential participants in the program. Lakeland Electric maintains a waiting list for future subscribers to the program.  Contact:  Lakeland Electric, 501 E. Lemon St., Lakeland, FL 33801; 863-834-6853; http://www.lakelandelectric.com/
 
$450 to Upgrade Your Water Heater
The Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach (UCNSB) offers rebates of $450 to residential customers who install solar water heating systems. Applicants should contact UCNSB for rebate availability and approval prior to installing any system. All systems must be approved and certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) and installed by a state-certified solar or plumbing contractor. Contact:  New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission, P.O. Box 100, 200 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170-0100; 386-427-1361, ext.7106; http://www.ucnsb.net/conservation-rebate.aspx
Application:  http://www.ucnsb.net/ftp/rebateform_FY2008.pdf

Free Showerheads & Rain Barrels Saves You $$ On Water Bills
The Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach (UCNSB) offers two programs to help homeowners conserve water.  The first is a showerhead exchange program whereby UCNSB water customers have the opportunity to exchange their old 2.5 gpm showerhead for a water-saving kit, which includes a 1.25 gpm massaging showerhead and other conservation tools.  The second is a program that offers discounted rain barrels to UCNSB water customers. These rain barrels, which collect rain water to use for landscaping, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The original price is $80. The UCNSB contributes $30 to that price, making your cost only $50.  To find out more, contact:  New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission, P.O. Box 100, 200 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170-0100; 386-427-1361, ext.7106; http://www.ucnsb.org/conservation-water.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/e6crpj7cgd6fvziztldfm5o3ieefxi7lrqa25bwhv6n
3xdmuksqjmoxdp3c6dpbnl6hjcllaqormoq3eoiwv6e3oehg/SolarHotWaterApp08182008.pdf

Up to $300 for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Orlando Utilities Commission offers rebates on a variety of energy efficient improvements for its residential customers. To receive the rebate, a proof of purchase needs to be mailed to OUCustomer Connection along with a completed application form. Rebates will be awarded as a credit to the customers OUC bill.  Here’s what you may be able to get: 

  • Insulation: $100
  • Caulking, Weather Stripping, Window Tinting and/or Solar Screening: $75
  • Ductwork: $75
  • Heat Pump: $100 to $300, varies by efficiency

Contact:  Orlando Utilities Commission, OUCustomer Connection, PO Box 3193, Orlando, FL 32802; 407-423-9018; http://www.ouc.com/home/rebates.htm
Application:  http://www.ouc.com/news/pub/rebate011806.pdf

Get Help Making Your Home Energy Efficient
Save on your monthly electric and water bills with Orlando Utilities Commission’s Home Energy Fix-Up Program. OUC arranges for a licensed, approved contractor to do the work, plus they’ll pay 85% of the total cost, not to exceed $2,000. The remaining 15% difference could be paid directly or over an interest-free 12-month period on your monthly utility bill.  From garage to attic, OUC can assist you in making home improvements that will help you save money. Here's how:  insulate the attic; caulk windows and weather-strip doors; install water flow restrictors; install water heater insulation; install hot water pipe insulation; repair minor duct leaks; and repair minor water leaks.  Contact:  Orlando Utilities Commission, OUCustomer Connection, PO Box 3193, Orlando, FL 32802; 407-423-9018; http://www.ouc.com/home/rebates.htm #2

$600 for Attic Insulation
Orlando Utilities Commission offers a no interest loan to its residential customers to insulate their attics to a minimum R-19 level. The maximum amount that can be financed is $600. In connection with the rebate (http://www.ouc.com/home/rebates.htm#1) offered by OUC for attic insulation, $100 will be deducted from the financed amount.   Contact:  Orlando Utilities Commission, OUCustomer Connection, PO Box 3193, Orlando, FL 32802; 407-423-9018;
http://www.ouc.com/home/rebates.htm #3

$15,000 Loans to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) provides its customers with low-interest loans for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating (SWH) systems. Customers may borrow up to $7,500 for a SWH system or up to $15,000 for a PV system, and loans are repaid over time as fixed payments on customers' monthly utility bills. 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

Free Home Energy Inspection + Rebates
Upon request, Progress Energy Florida will perform a free home energy inspection. To qualify for one or all of the rebates, they must be recommended during the inspection. Customers may be eligible for an additional credit towards their electric bill if they install a high-efficiency electric heat pump and participate in Progress Energy’s insulation or duct check programs within 90 days.  Here are some of the things you may be eligible for:

  • Heat Pump: $100 to $350
  • Duct Test: 50% of cost
  • Air Conditioner: $50
  • Duct Repair: $150/home with ducted electric heat, $50/home with nonducted electric heat
  • Insulation: Ceiling - $75 to $100
  • Reflective Roof: $0.15 per square foot (Single-family home); $40 (manufactured home)
  • Windows: high performance replacement windows - $1 / sq. ft.; window film/screen - 50% Maximum Incentive:Duct Test: $30 for first unit, $20 for each additional unit
  • Duct Repair: $100 per unit
  • Insulation: Wall - $300
  • Windows: high performance replacement windows - $250; window film/screen - $100
Contact:  Progress Energy Florida, Residential Customer Service, PO Box 1551, Raleigh, NC 27602; 800-700-8744; http://progress-energy.com/custservice/flares/energyhome/index.asp

Over $500 to Install a New Water Heating System
Progress Energy Florida launched the Solar Water Heating with EnergyWise Program to encourage its residential customers to participate in its load control program and install a solar water heating system. PEF installs EnergyWise equipment in a participating customer’s home (at no cost) that enables the utility to briefly interrupt power to the customer’s hot water system, heating or cooling system, or pool pump during periods of peak demand. Customers then receive a monthly credit on their energy bill for participating in the EnergyWise program and a $450 credit on their electric bill to offset the cost of installing a solar water heating system.  Contact:  Progress Energy Florida, Residential Customer Service, PO Box 1551, Raleigh, NC 27602; 800-700-8744; http://www.progress-energy.com/custservice/flares/save/solarheater.asp

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

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/

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
 

Cash Incentives to Have Your Duct Systems Repaired
The Ductwork Rebate Program gives Tampa Electric's customers the opportunity to have a trained professional appraise their home's duct systems for accessibility and repair needs, seal any leaks and help minimize future leaks for only $50. While there, the technician may also replace one continuous flex duct up to 25 feet if necessary.  Contact:  Tampa Electric, Energy Management Services, P.O. Box 111, Tampa, FL 33601; 813-223-0800 or 888-223-0800; http://www.tampaelectric.com/residential/saveenergy/ductwork/

$200 to Better Insulate Your Home 
Tampa Electric customers can have their insulation inspected through the Building Envelope Improvement Program. If the technician finds areas for improvement the customer may be awarded rebates to replace or add ceiling insulation, replace windows or install window film. Customers should schedule an appointment with a Tampa Electric energy analyst before installing ceiling insulation. The other measures do not require pre-inspection, but must meet minimum requirements to qualify for incentives.  Here are the incentives:  $100 incentive for insulating up to 1,500 square feet; $150 incentive for insulation 1,501 to 2,200 square feet; or $200 incentive for insulation 2,201 or more square feet.  Contact:  Tampa Electric, Energy Management Services, P.O. Box 111, Tampa, FL 33601; 813-223-0800 or 888-223-0800;
http://www.tampaelectric.com/residential/saveenergy/buildingenvelope/

$250 to Replace Your Heat Pump
Tampa Electric provides a rebate for high efficiency heat pumps (14+ SEER) through their Heating and Cooling Rebate Program. With this program, customers can be credited $100 for replacing an existing heat pump with a high efficiency heat pump, or $250 for replacing an electric resistance heater with a qualified heat pump.  Contact:  Tampa Electric, Energy Management Services, P.O. Box 111, Tampa, FL 33601; 813-223-0800 or 888-223-0800;
http://www.tampaelectric.com/residential/saveenergy/heatingcoolingrebate/

$$$ to Make Your Newly Built Home Energy Efficient
Builders of new single-family homes with central heat and air systems may qualify for incentives when installing high-efficiency equipment, and for utilizing high-efficiency building techniques in residential new construction. The same incentives are available to qualifying homeowners who build their own home.  Here’s what you may get through the Residential New Construction Program:

  • Ductwork: Earn a $50 incentive for sealing the entire duct system with mastic. All joints and seams must be sealed, including registers at the ceiling.
  • Ceiling Insulation: Earn a $75 incentive when attic insulation levels meet a minimum R-30 standard.
  • Heating and Cooling Rebates: Earn $100 for each unit that meets a minimum qualifying efficiency rating (ARI rating only) of 14.0 SEER.
  • Windows: Earn an incentive up to $350 when all windows are NFRC-labeled with a minimum solar heat gain coefficiency of less than .40 and a U-factor of less than .65.
  • Alternate Water Heating: Earn a $100 incentive when you install a heat recovery unit or heat pump water heater (applicable only when used with or in the replacement of an electric water heater).
  • Certification: If all measures are installed, the builder will receive a $75 cash incentive for each home that is certified by an independent HERS rater to meet the Energy Star® requirement of a HERS index less than 86.
Contact:  Tampa Electric, Energy Management Services, P.O. Box 111, Tampa, FL 33601; 813-223-0800 or 888-223-0800;
http://www.tampaelectric.com/residential/saveenergy/newconstruction/

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 

$1,000 to Put Towards a New Solar Hot Water Heater
The Gulf Power's Solar Thermal Water Heating Rebate Pilot Program will provide $1,000 rebate to qualifying customers for the purchase and installation of solar hot water heaters. Gulf Power will also install a limited number of systems for free in low-income, multi-family apartments.  Contact:  Gulf Power Company, Energy Efficiency, One Energy Place, Pensacola, FL 32520; 877-655-4001; http://www.gulfpower.com/renewable/solarenergy.asp

 
Georgia Energy Programs for Homeowners

Low Interest Loans to $7000 in Utility Loan Program
Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation offers qualified members low interest loans for energy efficiency improvements in existing homes through their Energy Resource Conservation Loan. Eligible efficient technologies are heat pumps, air conditioners, caulking/weather-stripping, duct/air sealing, building insulation, windows, doors, and dual Fuel heat pumps. Qualified applicants must meet certain criteria. Contact: Customer Service Department, Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation, 544 Hwy 515 South, Jasper, GA 30143-4884; 706-253-5200; 706-253-5251; http://www.amicalolaemc.com/ercloans.htm

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/

$300 In Rebates for Efficient Water Heaters
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC and Tennessee Valley Authority, its power supplier, offer the energy right® Residential Program to qualified members. To qualify for a water heater rebate, a home must be built to meet the energy right® requirements – all-electric and have specified insulation values. Rebates are $150 for a standard electric water heater and $300 for a Marathon electric water heater. Contact: Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, 1360 Main St., P.O. Box 9, Young Harris, GA 30582; 706-379-3121; 828-837-1017; Fax: 706-379-4834; http://www.brmemc.com/Services/energy right start.htm

$10,000 Loans at 8% Available for New Electric Heat Pumps
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC and Tennessee Valley Authority offer a loan program to help finance electric heat pumps. Qualified homeowners can borrow up to $10,000 at 8% payable in 10 years. The heat pump must be installed by a member of the Quality Contractor network, and will require an inspection before payment of the system. 
Contact: Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, 1360 Main St., P.O. Box 9, Young Harris, GA 30582; 706-379-3121; 828-837-1017; Fax: 706-379-4834; http://www.brmemc.com/Services/heat_pump_financing.htm
 
Fixed Rate Loans up to $15,000 to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Carroll EMC offers two energy efficiency loan programs for customers with existing homes. The Energy Resources Conservation (ERC) Loan Program is designed for customers who want to improve the efficiency of their homes through weatherization and efficient heat pumps. This loan offers members $100 to $1,500 for weatherization needs and up to $4,000 for a high-efficiency heat pump. The loan is offered at a fixed interest rate, for up to five years, with no prepayment penalty. For larger measures, the Energy Conservation (EC) Home Loan Program is available. This loan will lend residential customers up to $15,000 for the installation of an electric HVAC system, a water heater or other high-efficiency home improvement measures. All loans offer a fixed interest rate and a 5-year term for loans under $5,000 and 10-year term for loans over $5,000. Contact: Customer Service - Carroll EMC, Carroll Electric Membership Corporation, Highway 113 North, Carrollton, GA 30117; 770-832-3552; http://www.cemc.com/existinghomes.aspx

Energy Incentives for New and Existing Homes
Central Georgia Electric Member Corporation offers incentives for its residential customers to either increase the energy efficiency of their existing homes or to build new energy efficient homes. Rebates worth 50% of the purchase price are available for insulation increases and the installation of programmable thermostats. Rebates worth $2.50 per bulb are also provided for compact fluorescent light bulbs. The new home rebate program is meant to encourage the installation of energy-efficient electric heat pumps and energy-efficient electric water heaters with new total electric service. Contact: Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, 923 S. Mulberry Street, Jackson, GA 30233; 800-222-4877 Ext.750; 770-775-7857; http://www.cgemc.com/rebates.aspx

Up to $10,500 in Personal Tax Credits for Clean Energy Equipment
Georgia has enacted legislation establishing personal tax credits for clean energy equipment installed and placed into service. For clean energy property installed for single-family residential purposes, the tax credit is equal to 35% of the cost of the system (including installation). The credit is subject to various ceilings depending on the type of system. They are: a maximum of $2,500 per residence for domestic solar water heating; a maximum of $10,500 per residence for photovoltaics (PV), active space heating and wind energy systems; and a maximum of $2,000 per installation for Energy Star-certified geothermal heat pumps. Leased systems are eligible for the credit. Before claiming the credit, the taxpayer must submit an application to the Georgia tax commissioner for tentative approval, as the aggregate amount of tax credits - both personal and corporate credits - taken may not exceed $2,500,000 in a given year. 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 for Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Colquitt Electric Membership Corporation (CEMC) is an electric cooperative that offers services to 38,000 customers in Georgia, including Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes, Tift and Worth counties. For customers that currently have a fossil fuel heating system, CEMC will pay $250 for the purchase and installation of an electric heat pump that is rated at 13 SEER or higher. Contact: Customer Service - Colquitt EMC, Colquitt Electric Membership Corporation, P.O. Box 3608, Moultrie, GA 31776; 229-985-3620; 800-342-8694; http://www.colquittemc.com/article.aspx?categID=7&articleID=173 

$7,500 Loans in Energy Advantage Loan Program
Customers of Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation can take advantage of the Energy Advantage Loan Program to replace an old HVAC system with an energy efficient heat pump and/or your existing gas water heater with an efficient electric water heater. Loans are available for $100 to $7,500, at interest rates ranging from 6.3% to 8.5%, depending on the efficiency of the heat pump or water heater and the length of the loan term -1 to 7 years. Contact: Customer Service – CFEMC, Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation, 807 Collinsworth Road, Palmetto, GA 30268; 770-502-0226; http://www.utility.org/

Rebates to $1000 for New Geothermal Heat Pumps
Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation is currently offering a rebate of up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of a geothermal heat pump system in a new or existing home. Contact: Customer Service – CFEMC, Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation, 807 Collinsworth Road, Palmetto, GA 30268; 770-502-0226; http://www.utility.org/

Incentives for Energy Efficient Measures
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 to Install New Water Heaters
Energy Power Board provides a financial incentive for their residential customers to replace their old water heaters with new ones which meet the minimum standards set forth by the Department Of Energy. The rebate is worth $50 and will be applied to the customer's utility bill. 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=yourhome_products&id=37

Four Day Sales Tax Exemption for Energy Efficient Products
Georgia traditionally has allowed a four-day sales tax exemption for energy-efficient residential appliances, lighting, doors and windows. Products must meet or exceed the federal Energy Star requirements in order to qualify. Residential appliances under $1,500 are exempt from the state sales and use tax, but not from any local sales tax that may be levied. The Georgia Legislature historically has extended the "sales tax holiday" annually. Contact: Tax Information, Georgia Department of Revenue, 1800 Century Center Blvd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30345-3205; 404-417-4477; http://www.dor.ga.gov/

5% Loans to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Habersham Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) offers a loan program with a 5% interest rate for customers to upgrade their homes to be more energy efficient. Loans may be used to upgrade heat pumps, windows, door and insulation. Customers may also qualify for a rebate as part of the Touchstone Energy Home Program. 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/ercloans.aspx

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

$15,000 Loans for Efficient and Renewable Technologies
Hart Electric Membership Corporation is offering the EC Home Improvement Loan to its residential customers. Customers can perform energy efficiency improvements to their homes and apply for loan funds through a participating contractor. Eligible efficiency technologies are: water heaters, heat pumps, air conditioners, building insulation, windows, doors, and custom pending approval. Eligible renewable technology is geothermal heat pumps. Loan amounts can vary from $1,000 to $15,000. For loans under $5,000, the loan term can be from 1 to 5 years, with no prepayment penalty, and loans of above $5,000 can be extended another 5 years. 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=Home%5F
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Loans to $12,500 for Energy Efficient Heat and Geothermal Pumps
North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation is offering the Energy Right Heat Pump Loan program to encourage residential customers to purchase energy efficient heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. Residents can borrow up to $10,000 for the purchase of one heat pump, at 13.0 SEER or higher, or up to $12,500 for the purchase of two heat pumps or one advanced heat pump unit. The loan has a fixed 8% interest rate for up to 10 years with no prepayment penalty. A loan application fee of $75 applies and can be paid with the monthly electric bill. Contact: Customer Service – NGEMC, North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, P.O. Box 1407
Dalton, GA 30722-1407; 706-259-9441; Fax: 706-259-9625; http://www.ngemc.com/heatPump.htm

Rebates in Energy Right New Homes Program
North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation is offering cash incentives for all-electric homes that are built to the Energy Right Homes program specifications. Homes can be built to meet Gold, Platinum or Platinum Certified recommendations for insulation, windows, caulking, duct/air sealing and other energy efficient specifications. The homes are inspected by North Georgia and Tennessee Valley Authority representatives and assigned an Energy Right level. Homeowners can receive a rebate of $100, $150 or $200. Contact: Customer Service – NGEMC, North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, P.O. Box 1407, Dalton, GA 30722-1407; 706-259-9441; Fax: 706-259-9625; http://www.ngemc.com/newHomes.htm

$25,000 in Loans Available for Energy Efficient Improvements to Your Home
Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation offers the EC Home Improvement Loan Program for residential customers. Residents can borrow from $1,000 to $25,000 for a variety of energy efficient improvements. Eligible efficiency improvements are:  clothes washers/dryers; dishwashers; refrigerators/freezers; dehumidifiers; equipment insulation; water heaters; air conditioners; photovoltaics; solar pool heating; programmable thermostats; caulking/weather-stripping; duct/air sealing; building insulation; windows, doors; siding; and custom pending approval. The interest rate will remain fixed over the term of the loan which can be from 1 to 10 years. The contractor that performs the improvements on the home initiates the loan and financed projects must be completed within 120 days of the loan start date. Contact: Customer Service - Satilla REMC, Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation, 928 Hwy. 32 East, P.O. Box 906, Alma, GA 31510; 912-632-7222; 888-738-6926; http://www.satillaemc.com/echi.php

Energy Efficiency Rebates for New and Existing Homes
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation provides a variety of rebates for residential customers building new homes or who live in existing homes. The $ensible Home Program provides a $500 rebate to new homes that are certified as Energy Star Certified. In addition to being Energy Star Certified, homes that receive this rebate should have HVAC systems that are 14.0 SEER or higher. The Energy Efficiency Existing Home Rebates provide various rebates for the purchase of prescribed energy efficiency measures, such as attic insulation, high efficiency lighting, programmable thermostats, heat pumps and ventilation upgrades. 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

Incentives to Install Power Efficient Heat Pumps and Water Heaters
Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation offers an incentive for their residential members to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Through this incentive program, rebates are provided to members who replace their gas heating with an electric heat pump ($500 rebate), or replace their gas water heaters with an energy efficient electric model ($300). Qualifying heat pumps must have a 13 SEER or higher, and replacement water heaters must be at least 50 gallons, and run on 4500 watts with dual elements. Contact: Customer Service, Snapping Shoals EMC, PO Box 509, Covington, GA 30015; 770-786-3484; http://www.ssemc.com/helper/rebates.html

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 residential customers. Under the residential 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. Qualifying sources for residential projects include photovoltaic and wind turbine systems with a minimum output of 500 watts AC and a maximum of 50 kW. 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. 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. Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority
400 W. Summit Hill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101; http://www.gpsgenpartners.com/ and http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/distributors.htm

Prime Interest Rate Loans for Weatherization Measures
Walton Electric Membership Corporation offers the Prime PowerLoan program for residential accounts. Customers can receive prime rate financing for the installation of, among other things, weatherization measures. 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

Incentives up to $400 for Improving the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
For residential customers that wish to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, Walton Electric Membership Corporation provides financial incentives. Residents in existing homes that switch from a fossil fuel heating system to an all-electric heat pump, either unitary, geothermal or package can qualify for a $200 rebate. Customers may also receive a rebate of $150 for the installation of a heat pump water heater or $400 if they purchase a Power Partners solar water heating system through Walton EMC. 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

 
Hawaii Energy Programs for Homeowners

Get $$$ Back for Energy Saving Appliances
Hawaiian Electric Company offers incentives for their residential customers through their Energy$olutions program. Rebates are available for a variety of appliances, room air conditioners and the servicing of central air conditioners. Incentives range from $40 to $75.  Appliances must be installed in Oahu and participants must apply for rebate within six months of purchasing the appliance. The incentive is limited to one of each appliance with the exception of ceiling fans and air conditioners, of which participants can claim rebates for up to five purchases. To find out more, contact:  Customer Service, Hawaiian Electric Company, PO Box 3920, Honolulu, HI 96812; 808-947-6937; http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.508576f78baa14340b4c0610c510b1ca/
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$1,000 to Install a Solar Water Heater
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) provides a one-time rebate to qualifying customers who install solar water heaters.  The Residential Energy $olutions program for solar water heater rebate offers $1,000 for retrofits or systems installed on new construction in the service territory of HECO, MECO or HELCO.   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.  Up to $1,000 incentives are available.  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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$175 Cash Back for Energy Saving Water Heaters
As part of their Energy$olutions programs, Hawaiian Electric Company provides rebates for high-efficiency water heaters ($40 to $70 rebates) and heat pump water heaters ($175 rebates) for replacements of existing residential systems. High-efficiency water heater rebates vary based on tank size. In order to be eligible for this rebate, residents must live in their homes year round and purchase a program approved model. Interested customers can view a list of retailers selling eligible models on the program website.  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.20516707928314340b4c0610c510b1ca/
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Up to $125,000 per Property for Solar Water Heating Systems
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 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, 51 Merchant St., Honolulu, HI 96813; 808-523-4207; Fax:  808-527-5546; http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.508576f78baa14340b4c0610c510b1ca/
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Application:  http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/dcs/solarloan.pdf

Money Back to Replace Your Appliances
Kauai Island Utility Coop offers revolving residential rebates for efficient appliances. Typically KIUC offers refrigerator, clothes washer and dishwasher rebates at varying times throughout the year. Rebates for one type of appliance are usually offered for two months before they are replaced by rebates for another appliance.  For exact rebate amounts, contact KIUC directly:  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/res/appliancerebateprogram.htm

No-Interest Loan on New Solar Water Heating Systems
The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) provides qualifying members with interest-free loans for solar water heating systems. Participants pay the loan back to the lender with 60 monthly payments (no down payment is required). KIUC pays the interest on the loan directly to the lender for the customer. Participating members also make their monthly payments directly to the lender. There is no maximum loan amount; however commercial systems are not eligible. The state of Hawaii also offers tax credits for solar water heating systems.  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/index.htm

$800 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. Residential customers are eligible for a flat $800 rebate for each solar system installed.  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/index.htm

$1,000 No Interest Loans for Solar Water Heating
The Maui Solar Roofs Initiative offers no-interest loans for the installation of solar water heating. A $1,000 rebate for installations is available.  Resident homeowners are eligible, and must provide a down payment equal to 35% of the system cost after MECO’s rebate. This program also accepts applications from renters who have the property owner's permission.  Loan payments are based on expected monthly savings.  Contact:  Maui Electric Company, LTD, Maui Solar Roofs Initiative, P.O. Box 3920, Honolulu, HI 96812-3920; 888-632-6786 or 808-872-8461; Fax:  808-872-3235; http://www.mauielectric.com/portal/site/meco/menuitem.ed4aed221358a44973b5c410c510b1ca/?
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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/

 
Idaho Energy Programs for Homeowners

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

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

$500 Energy Rebate for Manufactured Homes
Idaho Power is offering a $500 sales rebate to customers who purchase a new ENERGY STAR manufactured home and connect that home to an Idaho Power residential account. In addition, the sales consultant who sells the home will be eligible for a $100 sales bonus. ENERGY STAR homes are designed to be more energy efficient than standard ones because they have more insulation in the ceiling, walls and floors, better windows and doors, tighter duct systems and specially designed ventilation systems thus saving the homeowner money on their energy bills.  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/YourHome/manurebate.htm
 
$$$ for Energy Efficient Appliances
The Home Products Program offers rebates ranging from $15 to $50 for the purchase of Energy Star qualified light fixtures, ceiling fans, refrigerators, and clothes washers.  Here is some of what you can get: 

  • Light Fixtures: up to $15, must not exceed purchase price
  • Clothes Washers: $50
  • Ceiling Fans: up to $20, must not exceed purchase price
  • Refrigerators: $30
These rebate incentives are for residential customers living in both Oregon and Idaho.  Contact:  Home Products Program, Idaho Power Company, P.O. Box 70, Boise, ID 83707-9902; 866-692-9176; http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/YourHome/HomeProducts/default.cfm

$50 to $,1000 for Heating & Cooling Energy Upgrades
The Heating and Cooling Program offers rebates for central air conditioners, evaporative coolers, air source heat pumps, water source heat pumps, and high performance system tune-ups. All of these rebates are available for installations into existing homes. Manufactured home owners are only eligible for the evaporative cooler rebates. Incentives for new home construction are available only for high efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps. In order to qualify for the rebate, customers must use a participating company for all heating and cooling equipment installations, except evaporative coolers.  Incentives range from $50 up to $1,000.  These rebate incentives are for residential customers living in both Oregon and Idaho.  Contact:  Home Products Program, Idaho Power Company, P.O. Box 70, Boise, ID 83707-9902; 866-692-9176; http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/YourHome/heatingcooling/default.htm

100% Income Tax Deduction for Installing New Insulation
Idaho residents with homes built or under construction before 1976, or who had a building permit issued before 1976, qualify for an income tax deduction for 100% of the costs of installing new insulation. Any insulation added must be in addition to, not a replacement of, existing insulation. The amount charged for labor may also be deductible.  For more information, contact:  Tax Information, Idaho Tax Commission, 800 Park Blvd. #4, Boise, ID 83722; 208-334-7660 or 800-972-7660; Fax:  208-334-7846; http://www.tax.idaho.gov/
Application:  Customers should claim the deduction on Idaho Supplemental Schedule Form 39R:  http://tax.idaho.gov/forms_indiv_directory.htm

$200 Cash Back for High Efficiency Gas Furnace
The Intermountain Gas Company's (IGC) Gas Heating Rebate Program offers customers a $200 per unit rebate when they convert to a high efficiency natural gas furnace that replaces a heating system using another energy source. New furnaces must meet a minimum AFUE efficiency rating of 90%, and the home must have been built at least three years prior to the furnace conversion to qualify for the rebate. Contact:  Intermountain Gas Company, Customer Service, PO Box 64, Boise, ID 83732; 800-548-3679; http://www.intgas.com/infocenter/rebate.html

Up to $2,000 to Install Energy Efficiency Appliances
Kootenai Electric Cooperative offers incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for the purchase of ENERGY Star qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and certified homes, as well as electric and non-electric water heaters, heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps.  Rebate incentives range from $25 up to $2,000.  To learn more, contact:  Kootenai Electric Cooperative, 2451 West Dakota Ave., P.O. Box 278, Hayden, ID 83835; 208-292-3213 or 800-240-0459; http://www.kec.com/rebates.php

$15,000 for Homeowner 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.   Residential customers may choose one of two loan options:  the standard Residential Loan Program or the Home Performance with Energy Star program. Eligible energy efficiency improvements for residential customers under both programs include insulation, space heating upgrades and water heating system improvements. The Home Performance with Energy Star loan program also provides funds for improvements to windows and air conditioning.  Loan amounts range from $1,000 up to $15,000.  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/

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/

Up to $20,000 Income Tax Deduction for Energy Efficient Measures
This statute allows taxpayers an income tax deduction of 40% of the cost of a solar, wind, geothermal, and certain biomass energy devices used for heating or electricity generation. Taxpayers can apply this 40% deduction in the year in which the system is installed and can also deduct 20% of the cost each year for three years thereafter. The maximum deduction in any one year is $5,000. The total maximum deduction is $20,000.  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/
 
Energy Rebates for Homeowners in Idaho

Rocky Mountain Power provides incentives for its residential customers in Idaho to install energy efficient equipment in their homes. Rebates are available for qualified appliances, weatherization measures and HVAC equipment. Insulation rebates are only available for existing homes, because new homes would already be meeting the program objectives by adhering to the Idaho building code. HVAC rebates are also available only to existing homes. All other rebates can be applied to new or existing homes.  Incentive amounts range from $20 to $350.  Rebates will be paid in the form of checks, not utility bill credits. Customers should check with Rocky Mountain Power before beginning any projects to make sure rebates are still in effect. Contact:  Customer Service - Home Energy Savings, Rocky Mountain Power, 1400 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Portland, OR 97201; 800-942-0266; http://www.homeenergysavings.net/idaho/home
 
Illinois Energy Programs for Homeowners

$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

Up to $1,000 Rebates to Increase Your Home’s Efficiency
City Water Light and Power offers three rebates to Springfield residential customers for increasing the energy efficiency of their homes: 1) Air-to-Air and Geothermal Heat Pump:  size of rebate is based on BTUh cooling capacity, cooling efficiency and category, as defined by program rules; minimum rebate is $200 for air-to-air and $1,000 for geothermal systems; 2) Insulation: 30% of project cost, up to a maximum rebate of $500; and 3) Water Heater: $200 per unit.  Customers interested in the water heater rebate must be pre-certified by CWLP before removing existing gas water heaters and before purchasing or installing new electric water heaters in their new or existing homes. CWLP requires a post installation inspection before awarding the rebate. Visit the website for more details and application forms. Rebates are available only to CWLP electric customers.  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/Energy_services/ESO_services_programs/energy_rebates_new
WaterHtrReb.htm

Application:  http://www.cwlp.com/Energy_services/ESO_services_programs/energy_rebates_new
WaterHtrReb.htm#Rebate%20Application%20Forms

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-B748-964E
0703D832/0/EEACHeepguidelinesFINAL42808.pdf

$10,000 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-A9
D4-81489F107ADA/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

 
Indiana Energy Programs for Homeowners

$150 to $350 Rebates for Heat Pumps & Water Heaters
Bartholomew County Rural Electric Membership Cooperative provides its residential customers with rebates for both geothermal ($200/ton) and air source heat pumps ($150 to $350). They also offer incentives for installing new high efficiency electric water heaters ($250). Equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards. Customers must show proof of sale, make, serial and model numbers, size of unit, and energy efficiency rating for the qualifying equipment installed. Rebates and incentives are not available on Touchstone Energy Homes.  Contact:  Customer Service, Bartholomew County REMC, 1502 Southpark Ct., Columbus, IN 47201; 812-372-2546; Fax:  812-418-9882; http://www.bcremc.com/program.html

$300 to Buy Energy Saving Water Heaters
Carroll County REMC offers their customers an incentive to buy energy efficient water heaters ($150/unit). Incentives are offered for the replacement of an existing non-repairable electric water heater, or gas water heater; and for the purchase of a water heater for new construction. Rebates will be credited to the customer's account and are limited to two per account or home (for a total of $300 for two units).  Contact:  Customer Service, Carroll County REMC, 119 W. Franklin St., Delphi, IN 46923; 765-564-2057 or 800-506-7362; http://www.carrollcountyremc.com/index.php?page=services

Up to $750 Heat Pumps  
Central Indiana Power offers their residential customers an incentive to buy energy efficient air source and geothermal heat pumps. All heat pumps must meet minimum efficiency standards. Qualified air source heat pumps will receive a $500 rebate. Qualified geothermal heat pumps will receive a $750 rebate.  Contact:  Central Indiana Power; 317-477-2219; Fax:  317-477-2213; http://www.cipower.com/products.aspx

Rebates up to $250 for Energy Saving Heat Pumps and Water Heaters
Clark County REMC provides incentives for their residential members to upgrade to more efficient heating and cooling equipment. Rebates are available for both air-source and geothermal heat pumps with a SEER greater than or equal to 13 ($250 rebates). Members can also receive a $200 rebate for replacing a water heater over 5 years of age with a newer electric model, or for installing an efficient electric water heater in a new home. All rebates appear as a credit on the customer's electric bill. These rebates are limited to one per equipment type per household, and rebate requests must be submitted within 60 days of installation.  Contact:  Customer Service, Clark County REMC, 7810 State Road 60, P.O. Box L, Sellersburg, IN 47172; 812-246-3316 or 800-462-6988; Fax:  812-246-3947; http://www.theremc.com/rebates.html
Application:  http://www.theremc.com/images2/pdf/2008_rebate_application.pdf 

$150 to $250 for Energy Upgrades to Home Systems
A rebate for $250 is available to Dubois REC residential customers who install an air to air heat pump in a new home or install one as a replacement for an oil or gas furnace. A rebate of $250 is also available to REC members who install geothermal heat pumps. There is an electric water heater rebate for up to $150 and an electric thermal storage rebate of $30/kW.  For more details, contact:  Customer Service, Dubois REC, P.O. Box 610, 458 3rd Avenue, Jasper, IN 47547; 812-482-5454; http://www.duboisrec.com/rebates.html
Application:  http://www.duboisrec.com/PDFs/RebateRequest.pdf

$200 Rebates for Energy Efficient HVAC Systems
Duke Energy provides a financial incentive for its residential customers to purchase energy efficient HVAC products through their Smart Saver program. Rebates are available for geothermal heat pumps ($200) and air-source heat pumps ($200) and central air conditioners ($200) with a SEER value greater than or equal to 14. The rebates are offered for units installed in both new and existing homes, but the rebate is higher for new homes. To qualify for the rebate, the house's ductwork in an unconditioned space like the attic must be insulated to R19.  Contact:  Customer Service, Duke Energy, 1000 E. Main St., Mail Drop WP 890, Plainfield, IN 46168; 866-785-6209 or 800-521-2232; http://www.duke-energy.com/indiana/savings/smart-saver.asp
Application:  http://www.duke-energy.com/pdfs/SmtSvrIN_ApplctnForm_Nov08.pdf

$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 – Personal, Indiana Department of Revenue, 100 N Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-232-2240; http://www.in.gov/dor/index.htm and http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title6/ar3.1/ch31.5.html

Rebates of $200 to Buy a Heat Pump
Rebates of $200 are available to REMC customers who install a geothermal or air to air heat pump in their home. Members who have a dual fuel heating system made up of a new heat pump partnered with an oil or gas furnace and an electric hot water heater are also eligible for the rebate. Heat pump must have a minimum SEER value of 13. All rebates will be listed as a billing credit on the member's account. The deadline for application submission is within 30 days of equipment installation.  Contact:  Customer Service, Harrison REMC, 1165 Old Forest Road, Corydon, IN 47112; 812-738-4115 or 812-951-2323; http://www.harrisonremc.com/html/equipment%20rebates.html
Application:  http://www.harrisonremc.com/html/documents/RebateRequest2008.pdf

Up to $150 Rebates for HVAC Equipment
Indianapolis Power and Light offers an incentive for its residential customers to purchase and install energy efficient HVAC equipment in their homes. Rebates are provided for air-source heat pumps and central air conditioners with a SEER of 14 or greater. Rebates range from $50 to $150.  The rebate application must be submitted within sixty days of the installation date and must contain a copy of the customer’s signed contract or paid receipt.  Contact:  Indianapolis Power and Light, IPL Residential Programs, One Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2901; 317-261-5208; Fax:  317-630-5614;
http://www.iplpower.com/ipl/index?page=IPLGeneral&Menu=01050400&DocID=0205016c986701096
a4e9803007c00

Application: 
http://www.aes.com/pub-sites/IPL/content/staging/02039acb158011adc332f2b005928/2007%20DSM%20Existing%20Home%20Rebate%20Application.pdf

$225 Rebates for Geothermal or Air Source Heat Pumps
A rebate for $225 is available to Jackson County REMC customers who install a geothermal or air source heat pump. The rebate is only available to customers who are installing the heat pumps in a new home or building, or to customers who are replacing a fossil fuel unit. Dual-fuel systems and replacement of existing electric systems do not qualify. The heat pump performance must have a minimum of 13 SEER. An incentive claim must be submitted within 60 days of unit placement with a proper invoice or sales receipt.  Contact:  Jackson County Rural Electric Membership Corporation, 274 East Base Rd., P.O. Box K, Brownstown, IN 47220-0311; 812-358-4458 or 800-288-4458; Fax:  812-358-5719; http://www.jacksonremc.com/rebates.htm
Application: http://www.jacksonremc.com/rebate%20form%20-%20hp.htm (heat pump);
http://www.jacksonremc.com/rebate%20form%20-%20wh.htm (water heater)

$500 to Buy & Install a Geothermal Heat Pump
Jasper County REMC offers a $500 rebate to customers who purchase and install a geothermal heat pump on their property. In order to qualify for this rebate, the heat pump should be UL, ETL or ARL listed and ARI certified. In addition, the dealer should be properly trained and certified. Jasper County REMC reserves the option to inspect the heat pump before issuing the rebate.  Contact:  Customer Service – JREMC, Jasper County REMC, P.O. Box 129, Rensselaer, IN 47978; 219-866-4601 or 888-866-7362; Fax:  219-866-2199;
http://www.jasperremc.com/InquiryHome_JCO.nsf/Geothermal?OpenForm

$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

Rebates up to $250 for Energy Saving Heat Pumps
Kosciusko REMC offers bill credit rebates to residential members for the purchase and installation of high efficiency air-source heat pumps or geothermal heat pumps. For each purchase of an air-source heat pump, Kosciusko REMC will credit $150 onto the customer's bill. For the purchase of a geothermal heat pump, Kosciusko REMC will credit $250 on the customer's bill. Within six months of installation, customer must have a KREMC inspection and provide a valid dealer’s invoice.  Contact:  Customer Service, Kosciusko REMC, 370 S 250 E, Warsaw, IN 46582; 574-267-6331 or 800-790-7362; Fax:  574-267-7273; http://www.kremc.com/page1.asp?pi=25&pc=services

$200 to $300 for to Upgrade Your Heat Pump
Marshall County REMC provides a rebate for its residential customers for the purchase and installation of an add-on heat pump and/or a geothermal heat pump. Customers can receive $300 for the purchase of a geothermal heat pump and $200 for the purchase of an add-on heat pump. Rebates are limited to one per household per type of heat pump. Customers interested in this rebate should notify Marshall County REMC following installation of the unit, at which time a representative will inspect the unit and issue a rebate check within four weeks.  Contact:  Customer Service, Marshall County REMC, 11299 12th Rd., P.O. Box 250, Plymouth, IN 46563-0250; 574-936-3161 or 574-935-4162; http://www.marshallcoremc.com/servprod/index.htm

$500 Bill Credit for Upgrading Your Home’s Heat Pump
Miami-Cass REMC offers its residential customers a bill credit for the purchase and installation of energy efficient heat pumps. If a customer purchases an add-on heat pump that has an electric backup, the customer is eligible for a $500 bill credit, and if the heat pump has a fossil fuel backup, the customer is eligible for a $100 bill credit. The purchase of a geothermal heat pump will earn the customer a $500 bill credit. In order to qualify for this rebate incentive, the heat pumps must have a SEER rating of 13 or higher. Applicants should provide Miami-Cass REMC with a paid invoice for the heat pump within 90 days of the installation.  Contact:  Customer Service, Miami-Cass REMC, 3086 W 100 North, Peru, IN 46970; 800-844-6668 or 765-473-6668; http://www.mcremc.coop/default1.asp?pi=49

$1,000 to Make Your Heat Pump More Energy Efficient
Northeastern REMC offers rebates to its residential customers for the purchase of geothermal and air source heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps are eligible for a rebate of $500 or $100 per ton, up to $1,000, whichever is greater. Air source add-on heat pumps are eligible for a $250 rebate. Rebates will be granted as credits on electric bills. For more details, contact:  Northeastern REMC, 4901 East Park 30 Drive, Columbia City, IN 46725; 260-244-6111 or 260-625-3700; Fax:  260-625-3407; http://www.nremc.com/

$250 Rebate for Air Source Heat Pump
Orange County REMC provides an incentive for its residential members to install air source heat pumps. Rebates of $250 are provided for air source heat pumps with a minimum 13 SEER rating that are being installed in new homes, or are replacing fossil fuel systems. Contact:  Customer Service, Orange County REMC, P.O. Box 208, 7133 N. State Rd. 337, Orleans, IN 47452; 812-865-2229 or 888-337-5900; Fax:  812-865-2061; http://www.orangecountyremc.org/rebates.html

Up to $600 Rebates to Buy Energy Saving Heat Pumps
Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative offers rebates for heat pumps for its residential customers. Customers who purchase an electric add-on heat pump are eligible for a $400 rebate, and customers who purchase a geothermal heat pump are eligible for a $600 rebate. To be eligible for the rebate, the customer should have the heat pump system installed by a qualified heating-cooling contractor, and inspected by a representative from Paulding-Putnam EC. For the geothermal heat pump system, the customer must consent to having a load management switch installed by Paulding-Putnam EC to be eligible for the rebate.  Contact:  Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, Inc., 910 N. Williams, Paulding, OH 45879-1072; 419-399-5015 or 800-686-2357; Fax:  419-399-3026; http://www.ppec.coop/

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

$1,500 for a New Geothermal Heat Pump System
The Indiana Office of Energy and Defense Development (OED) offers single-family residential homeowners a rebate for installing closed-loop geothermal heat pumps in replacement of existing space-conditioning systems. The incentive is set at a flat rate of $1,500 per new system. Applicants must have a household income of $100,000 or less in order to be eligible for a rebate. The rebate is only available for new equipment that replaces an existing space-conditioning system. The new system must be closed-loop and be Energy Star certified.  Contact:  Indiana Office of Energy and Defense Development, 101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 1250, Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-232-8951; Fax:  317-232-8995; http://www.in.gov/oed/2376.htm
Application:  http://www.in.gov/oed/files/APE_Application_FY09_updated_9-4-08.doc

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

Loans to Make Your House Energy Efficient
South Central Indiana REMC offers a 6% interest loan for residential customers interested in making energy efficiency improvements to their homes. The loan can be used for a variety of energy efficient improvements ranging from replacement thermal windows and insulation upgrades to heating and cooling system installations. Heating and cooling equipment must meet the following standards to be eligible: Air-source heat pumps must have a minimum SEER rating of 14.0. Geothermal heat pumps must have a minimum EER rating of 14.1. Dual fuel systems must consist of an air-source heat pump with a minimum SEER rating of 14.0 and a fossil fuel furnace with a minimum AFUE rating of 95%.  For more details, contact:  South Central Indiana REMC, 300 Morton Avenue, Martinsville, IN 46151; 765-342-3344 or 800-264-7362; http://www.sciremc.com/energyefficiencyloanprogram.aspx

$250 to Improve Your Heat Pump’s Efficiency
South Central Indiana REMC offers its residential customers a $250 rebate for the installation of an air-source or geothermal heat pump. The rebate applies to equipment installed in a new home, and to the conversion from an existing electric heat system to a heat pump.  For more rebates and incentive information, contact:  South Central Indiana REMC, 300 Morton Avenue, Martinsville, IN 46151; 765-342-3344 or 800-264-7362; http://www.sciremc.com/incentiveprograms.aspx

$100 Incentive for Water Heaters & Heat Pumps
Southern Indiana Rural Electric Coop offers an incentive program for their customers to help offset the cost of the high prices of heat pumps and water heaters. A $100 incentive will be given to customers who buy these items as part of new construction or as replacements for an oil or gas furnace or a gas hot water heater. Southern Indiana Power also offers electric thermal storage rebates for $50/kwh. All rebate applications for water heaters and heat pumps must be completed and returned to the Southern Indiana Power office within 30 days of equipment purchase.  Contact:  Customer Service, Southern Indiana Rural Electric Cooperative, 1776 10th Street, P.O. Box 219, Tell City, IN 47586; 800-323-2316 or 812-358-4458; Fax:  812-547-6853; http://www.sirec.com/rebate.html
Application:  http://www.sirec.com/Forms/RebateRequest.pdf

$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

Up to $500 Rebate for Efficiency Heat Pumps + Free Water Heater
Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC offers their residential customers incentives for energy efficient heat pumps and water heaters. Eligible air source heat pump systems must have at least a 12 SEER rating and can be either retrofits or part of new construction. Free water heaters are offered to customers who are buying one as part of new construction or replacing a gas water heater. An incentive of $50 is offered to customers replacing an electric water heater. The geothermal heat pump incentive of $500 per system is available to new construction and retrofits. Member must apply for rebate within 60 days of unit installation. Contact:  Customer Service, Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC, P.O. Box 427, Bloomfield, IN 47424; 812-384-4446 or 800-489-7362; Fax:  812-384-3127; http://www.udwiremc.com/inquiryhome_udi.nsf/rebates?OpenForm

$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.jsp

$600 + Other Incentives for Energy Saving Measures
Wabash County REMC offers rebates to its residential customers for the purchase of efficient heat pumps and water heaters. Customers can receive $600 for the purchase of an electric heat pump or a geothermal heat pump. Wabash County REMC does not require a particular efficiency, but does recommend 14 SEER of higher efficiency rating for air source heat pumps. In addition to this heat pump rebate, Wabash County REMC also offers its residential customers a $1.50 bill credit for every month that they have a radio-controlled water heater switch installed on their electric water heater.  For more details, contact:  Customer Service, Wabash County REMC, 350 Wedcor Ave., Wabash, IN 46992; 260-563-2146 or 800-563-2146; Fax:  260-563-1523; http://www.wabashremc.com/customer-service/rebatesprograms.php

$500 for Geothermal Heat Pumps
Residential members of White County REMC who purchase and install a geothermal heat pump are eligible for a $500 rebate. White County REMC also offers a contractor payment of $150 upon successful inspection. A White County REMC inspection is required after installation. Customers call the office to arrange an inspection and the rebate is offered in the form of a discount on the customer's electric bill after the inspection has passed.  Contact:  White County REMC, 302 North Sixth Street, PO Box 599, Monticello, IN 47960; 574-583-7161; Fax:  574-583-4156; http://www.whitecountyremc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22&Itemid=73

Rebates up to $250 for Energy Efficient Upgrades at Home
WIN Energy REMC offers their customers incentives to buy energy efficient water heaters, heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. All rebate requests must include a bill of sale with the following information: installation date, size of the heat pump, size of electric back-up, model and serial number of the heat pump, SEER rating (must be 13 SEER or higher) and WIN energy account number where unit was installed. Incentives range from $150 to $250.  Contact:  Customer Service, WIN Energy REMC, 3981 S US Highway 41, Vincennes, IN 47591; 812-882-5140 or 800-882-5140; Fax:  812-886-0306; http://www.winenergyremc.com/rebates.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

 
Iowa Energy Programs for Homeowners

$25,000 in Zero or Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Measures
Alliant Energy, in conjunction with Wells Fargo Bank, offers a zero or low-interest loan up to $25,000 for residential 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 while 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

New Home Construction Incentives
Alliant Energy's New Home Program gives incentives to customers who build energy efficient homes. Eligible efficient technologies are: water heaters, lighting, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, programmable thermostats, caulking/weather-stripping, duct/air sealing, building insulation, windows, and doors. Incentive amounts are $500 to $1750, depending on the square footage and incentive package. Maximum incentive is $1750 base but also may qualify for bonus rebates. Contact: Customer Service
Alliant Energy. Energy Efficiency Programs, P.O. Box 351, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0351; 800-255-4268; Fax: 608-758-1459; http://alliantenergy.com/docs/groups/public/documents/pub/p014679.hcsp

Rebates and Incentives for Eligible Efficient Technologies
Alliant Energy offers residential energy efficiency rebates and incentives for Iowa customers for a variety of technologies. Rebates are available for approved clothes washers/dryers; dishwasher; refrigerators/freezers; ceiling fan; water heaters; lighting; furnaces, boilers; heat pumps; air conditioners; programmable thermostats; caulking/weather-stripping; building insulation; windows; doors; and geothermal heat pumps. In addition to these rebates, Alliant Energy offers an Appliance Recycling Program, an Appliance Cycling Program and an Insulation Incentive. The Appliance Recycling Program will pay customers $35 for old, working refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners. The Appliance Cycling Program offers residential customers bill credits for agreeing to have their air conditioners and water heaters cycled off during peak periods in the summer months. Contact: Customer Service, Alliant Energy, Energy Efficiency Programs, P.O. Box 351, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0351; 800-255-4268; Fax: 608-758-1459; http://alliantenergy.com/docs/groups/public/documents/pub/p014526.hcsp

Low Interest Loans up to $1 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 individuals and 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 while 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

Rebates for  Energy Efficient Improvements to Your Home
The Ames Electric Department has two separate programs aimed at supporting energy efficiency improvements for its residential customers. 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/

Rebates for Residential Energy Efficient and Renewable Technologies
The Cedar Falls Utilities Energy Efficiency Rebate Program provides rebates for energy efficient refrigerators, heating and cooling equipment, and thermal envelope improvements. The amount of the rebate varies greatly by technology and all technology must meet specified energy efficiency requirements listed on the program website. Heating and cooling rebates range from $200-$300 per unit with an additional rebate for higher than the minimum required efficiency. Thermal envelope improvements, including attic, ceiling, in-wall, and foundation insulation are eligible for a rebate of 60% of the contracted labor plus up to an additional $1,000 for the costs of equipment and materials. Contact: Cedar Falls Utilities, Energy Services, PO Box 769, Cedar Falls, IA 50613; 319-404-4684; 319-404-9549; Fax: (319) 266-2143; http://www.cfu.net/pdf/rebates_08.pdf

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 residential customers of all Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. 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/

$1000 in Rebates for Energy Efficient Improvements
Indianola Municipal Utilities offer an energy efficiency rebate program that includes the following: central air conditioning, add-on heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, programmable thermostats and energy audits for residential customers. Maximum Incentives are: central A/C $250 maximum, 10 unit maximum 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. To qualify homes must be at least 10 years old with existing insulation levels less than or equal to an R-24. 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 residential customers. Eligible efficient technologies are: clothes washers/dryers; dishwasher; refrigerators/freezers; dehumidifiers; water heaters; lighting; boilers; heat pumps; air conditioners. The eligible renewable technology is geothermal heat pumps. One whole building program, the All-Star Home Incentive Program provides incentives of $100 or $250 to customers who install high efficiency gas or electric heating and cooling into their newly constructed homes. 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 Conversion
Under 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/

$600 Rebate in Energy Efficient Program
MidAmerican Energy Residential Equipment Rebate Program offers rebates to its residential home-owning customers for the purchase of energy-efficient heating and cooling appliances. Rebates range from $50-$600 for natural gas furnaces, natural gas boilers, air conditioners, natural gas water heaters, and air-to-air or ground-source heat pumps. 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: 515-244-8825; http://www.midamericanenergy.com/html/service14.asp
Applications: http://www.midamericanenergy.com/pdf/ee_res_equip_app.pdf

Low Interest Financing for Installation of Energy Efficient Technologies
MidAmerican Energy's EnergyAdvantage® Financing Program, in partnership with First American Bank, offers Iowa residential energy customers below-prime financing on installation of qualifying equipment. Financing applies to qualifying new heating and cooling systems, water heaters, insulation and replacement windows. 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: 515-244-8825; http://www.midamericanenergy.com/html/energy3d.asp  

Rebates for Energy Efficient Appliances
Muscatine Power and Water offers rebates on certain energy efficiency appliances to its residential customers. The rebates available vary by the measure employed and appliances must meet certain requirements. Eligible efficient technologies are: clothes washers/dryers; dishwashers; refrigerators/freezers; water heaters; lighting; air conditioners; electric ranges. The eligible renewable technology is geothermal heat pumps. Incentive amounts range from $25 for a room A/C to a geothermal heat pump $300/ton (2-stage). Contact: Muscatine Power and Water, 3205 Cedar Street, Muscatine, IA 52761; 563-262-3354; http://www.mpw.org/residential_rebates.htm

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/

Energy Efficient Rebate Programs from 12 Electric Co-operatives
The Central Iowa Power Cooperative is a generation and transmission cooperative serving 12 rural electric cooperatives (REC) and one municipal electric cooperative in the state of Iowa. They are: Southwest Iowa REC; Farmers Electric Cooperative; Clarke Electric Cooperative; Guthrie REC; Midland Power Cooperative; Consumers Energy; Pella Electric Cooperative Association; T.I.P. REC; East-Central Iowa REC; Linn County REC; Maquoketa Valley Electric Co-op; and Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative. Each REC has established energy efficiency rebate programs to encourage greater efficiency in their members' homes. The incentive programs provide rebates for water heaters, electric heating equipment, air conditioners, indoor air quality equipment, lighting, and appliances. Contact: Central Iowa Power Cooperative, PO Box 2517, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2517; 319-366-4512 Ext.330; http://www.cipco.net/utilities.asp

$450 Rebates Available for Energy Efficient HVAC Systems and Appliances
Waverly Light and Power offers rebates for several types of energy efficient HVAC systems and appliances to its residential customers. Rebates are available for central AC units, heat pumps, clothes washers, and refrigerators. All improvements must comply with the energy efficiency standards set by the utility. Space conditioning units must be properly sized and customers must submit the federal Energy Guide label with appliance rebate applications. Rebates are paid in Waverly Dollars, which can be used for shopping at local businesses. Contact: Conservation Information, Waverly Light & Power, 1002 Adams Parkway, P.O. Box 329, Waverly, IA 50677; 319-352-6251; http://wlp.waverlyia.com/efficient_opportunities.asp

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

 
Kansas Energy Programs for Homeowners

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

Loans up to $10,000 for Energy Efficient and Renewable Technologies
The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation launched a statewide initiative to promote energy conservation and reduce home heating costs among resident homeowners. KHRC will provide 50% of the total loan amount, up to $10,000 with no interest and the remaining 50% of the loan amount comes from Sunflower Bank who will charge interest on the money they lend, but the zero-interest portion makes the blended rate lower than a normal second mortgage loan. Eligible efficiency technologies are: clothes washers/dryers; dishwashers; refrigerators/freezers; water heaters; furnaces; boilers; heat pumps; air conditioners; heat recovery; programmable thermostats; caulking/weather-stripping; duct/air sealing/ building insulation; and windows and doors. Renewable technologies are: passive solar space heat; solar water heat; and photovoltaics. Equipment must meet the efficiency requirements specified by KHRC.
Contact: Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, 611 S. Kansas Ave, Suite 300, Topeka, KS 66603-3803; 785-296-4818; Fax: (785) 291-3215; http://www.kshousingcorp.org/programs/KEEP.shtml

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/

 
Kentucky Energy Programs for Homeowners

$200/Home to Add Insulation 
Blue Grass Energy offers the Energy-Efficiency Improvements (EEI) program in which a trained energy advisor will identify areas of concern in the envelope of the home and provide the member with informational fliers recommending energy-efficiency improvements. Rebates are available only to members with electrically heated homes. Blue Grass Energy will pay $10 for every 1,000 Btu saved by adding insulation (up to $200 per home).  Counties serviced:  Anderson, Bourbon, Bracken, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Pendleton, Scott, Spencer and Woodford.  Contact:  Blue Grass Energy Cooperative, P.O. Box 990, Nicholasville, KY 40340-0990; 859-885-2162 or 888-546-4243; http://www.bgenergy.com/energyPrograms.aspx

Get a FREE Pack of Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Duke Energy offers a rebate for their Kentucky electric customers to purchase compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs for their homes. The $5 rebate is redeemed by participating retailers at the time of purchase, and it is good for purchase of one 5-pack.  Note: In 2008, this rebate offer was valid between April 15 to June 15 and has expired. Please refer to the program's website or the toll-free number provided for information regarding future rebate offers.  Contact:  Duke Energy, Customer Service, 1000 E Main Street, Mail Drop WP 890, Plainfield , IN 46168; 800-573-3503; http://www.duke-energy.com/kentucky/savings.asp

$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

Up to $900 for Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
The Touchstone Energy All-Electric New Home Incentive provides a rebate for residents who install an energy efficient heat pump or geothermal heat pump in their new home. A heat pump that is rated 13.0 to 13.9 SEER is eligible for a $700 rebate, a heat pump that is rated 14.0 to 14.9 SEER is eligible for a $800 rebate and a 15.0 SEER or higher heat pump or a geothermal heat pump is eligible for a $900 rebate. The equipment must be rated by the Air Conditioning Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and be located within 1200 feet of a natural gas line. The household may have to meet specific Touchstone Energy building requirements.  Contact:  Customer Service, Kenergy, 6402 Old Corydon Road, Henderson, KY 42420; 270-826-3991 or 800-844-4832; http://www.kenergycorp.com/incentive.aspx
Application:  http://www.kenergycorp.com/documents/AT-30-2008.pdf

$$ Cash Back for Heat Pump Add-Ons
Through the Dual Fuel/Add-on Heat Pump rebate, a customer can receive up to $90 a ton for a heat pump that is rated at least 13.0 SEER and used in conjunction with a gas furnace. The heat pump should be rated by ARI and should be a replacement for an existing air conditioning unit.  For more information, contact:  Customer Service, Kenergy, 6402 Old Corydon Road, Henderson, KY 42420; 270-826-3991 or 800-844-4832; http://www.kenergycorp.com/incentive.aspx
Application:  http://www.kenergycorp.com/documents/AT-29-2008.pdf

$300 to Buy an Electric Water Heater 
Kenergy will give a $300 rebate for customers who replace their gas water heater with an energy efficient electric water heater. The water heater should be at least 40 gallons and have a .90 energy factor or higher.  Contact:  Customer Service, Kenergy, 6402 Old Corydon Road, Henderson, KY 42420; 270-826-3991 or 800-844-4832; http://www.kenergycorp.com/incentive.aspx
Application:  http://www.kenergycorp.com/documents/AT-05-2008.pdf
 
Rebates up to $900 Each for Home Energy Upgrades
The Touchstone Energy Home Program offers rebates for new and existing homes to install high efficiency heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. A new home that installs a geothermal heat pump is eligible for a $900 rebate. The home should be built to Touchstone Energy standards. A new home that installs a heat pump that is at least 14.0 SEER and 8.0 HSPF can qualify for a $500 rebate. An existing home is eligible for a $300 rebate for a geothermal heat pump and $100 for a high efficiency heat pump. Additional geothermal and high efficiency heat pumps will add to the rebate amounts.   For more details, contact:  Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 411 Ring Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701; 270-765-6153; Fax:  270-735-1053; http://www.nolinrecc.com/home-rebateprograms.asp

$600 Cash Rebate for Weatherizing Your Home
After having a free energy audit performed by Nolin RECC, members may receive up to $600 cash rebate after insulating and weatherizing their home according to our recommendations through the Button-Up Program. Nolin will pay the member $40 per 1,000 BTU's of heat loss reduced based on a previous inspection performed by the Cooperative.  For more details, contact:  Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 411 Ring Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701; 270-765-6153; Fax:  270-735-1053; http://www.nolinrecc.com/home-rebateprograms.asp

$700 Rebates Available for Home Energy Improvements
The Touchstone Electric Home Program offers rebates to new homes that fulfill certain insulation and ventilation requirements, which could improve annual heating and cooling costs of the home by up to 30%. Owen Electric Cooperative offers rebates starting at $500 for a new home that meets these minimum requirements. Homeowners who choose to install geothermal heating and cooling system may qualify for an additional $200. Periodic inspections during the home building process are necessary to receive the incentive.  Eligible counties are:  Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton and Scott.  Contact:  Customer Service, Owen Electric Cooperative, Inc., 8205 HWY 127 N, P.O. Box 400, Owenton, KY 40359; 800-372-7612; Fax:  502-484-2661; http://www.owenelectric.com/rebates.htm
Application:  http://www.owenelectric.com/pdfs/Residential%20Incentives%202007-08.pdf

$100 Cash Back for Energy Saving Water Heaters 
Owen Electric offers customers a $100 rebate on water heaters that meet the following specifications:  50-gallon minimum; GAMA efficiency of .90 or better; maximum element size of 5,500 watts; minimum tank insulation of R-16; and must be installed in a new home or it must replace an existing natural gas or propane water heater.  Eligible counties are:  Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton and Scott.  Contact:  Customer Service, Owen Electric Cooperative, Inc., 8205 HWY 127 N, P.O. Box 400, Owenton, KY 40359; 800-372-7612; Fax:  502-484-2661; http://www.owenelectric.com/rebates.htm
Application: http://www.owenelectric.com/pdfs/Water%20Heater%202008.pdf

$300 Rebates for a Better Heat Pump
Owen Electric customers can receive rebates on energy efficient heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps are eligible for a $300 rebate and air-source heat pumps that are at least 14.0 SEER can receive a $100 incentive.  Eligible counties are:  Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton and Scott.  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Owen Electric Cooperative, Inc., 8205 HWY 127 N, P.O. Box 400, Owenton, KY 40359; 800-372-7612; Fax:  502-484-2661; http://www.owenelectric.com/rebates.htm
Application:  http://www.owenelectric.com/pdfs/Residential%20Incentives%202007-08.pdf

$7,500 to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Paducah Power System provides loans to their residential customers to help make their homes more energy efficient. The loans can be up to $7,500 and can be used to install new qualifying heating and cooling systems along with upgrades to insulation or other energy savings measures. The loan term can be up to 7 years and has a fixed rate of 7%. Heat pumps must be installed by a member of their Quality Contractor Network (QCN): http://www.paducahpower.com/contractors.htm.  Contact: Paducah Power System; 270-575-4000; http://www.paducahpower.com/financingha.htm

$12,500 for Energy Saving Home Upgrades
Residential customers who own existing homes are eligible for financing to fund a new energy efficient heat pump system, pending a credit check. Customers can borrow up to $10,000 for an energy efficient heat pump that is at least 13.0 SEER or up to $12,500 for an advanced heat pump or geothermal system. The heat pump or geothermal system must be installed by a Pennyrile approved contractor and will undergo a post-installation inspection. In addition to purchasing a new heat pump, this loan can be used to purchase additional insulation, and replace or install storm windows.  Counties eligible for this assistance are:  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/res_existing_home.htm

$200 to Put Towards an Energy Saving Heat Pump
Pennyrile RECC offers its residential customers in new and existing homes cash incentives to encourage energy efficiency. For customers in existing homes, Pennyrile RECC will pay a $100 incentive if a new electric heat pump that is at least 13.0 SEER is installed in a home by a participating contractor. An eligible heat pump that is not installed by a participating contractor can receive a $50 cash rebate. If a participating contractor installs an advanced heat pump or a geothermal system, the customer is eligible for a $200 rebate. In addition to this rebate program, Pennyrile RECC offers a loan program for customers to install energy efficient heat pumps.  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/res_existing_home.htm
 
$100 to $200 Available for New Energy Systems
For customers building new homes, Pennyrile RECC offers a water heater incentive of $100. Customers who install an energy efficient air source heat pump in their new home are eligible for a $200 rebate. Where as customers who install a geothermal heatpump in their new home can receive $400 per unit.  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/res_existing_home.htm
 
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

Loans for Energy Saving Projects in Rural Kentucky
Salt River Electric serves as the rural electric provider in Kentucky's Bullitt, Nelson, Spencer, and Washington counties. Customers hoping to install energy efficient heat pumps, electric thermal storage and geothermal heat pump are eligible for financing through Salt River Electric.  Loans carry a 6.7% interest for 5 years.  Loan amounts vary.  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Salt River Electric Cooperative, 111 W. Brashear Ave., P.O. Box 609, Bardstown, KY 40004; 502-348-3931; Fax:  502-348-1992; http://www.srelectric.com/products/comfortloan.htm

Rebates for Rural Kentucky to Reduce Home’s Energy Use
Salt River Electric serves as the rural electric provider in Kentucky's Bullitt, Nelson, Spencer, and Washington counties and offers a variety of incentives for energy efficiency.  1) The Touchstone Energy Home Program provides a rebate up to $250 to customers building new homes that satisfy the energy efficiency requirements of the program.  2) The Button-Up Program is offered to customers who make energy efficiency improvements per the program requirements. Only customers living in all-electric homes that are at least 2 years old are eligible.  3) Salt River Electric also offers a $200 rebate for customers who are replacing a resistant, whole-house electric heat source with an Electric Heat Pump (SEER 13 or better).  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Salt River Electric Cooperative, 111 W. Brashear Ave., P.O. Box 609, Bardstown, KY 40004; 502-348-3931; Fax:  502-348-1992; http://www.srelectric.com/products.htm

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

Loans to Upgrade Your Home’s Appliances
South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) offers a loan program for customers interested in improving the energy efficiency of their home by upgrading their appliances.  For complete details regarding this loan program, contact:  Customer Service, South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 925-929 North Main Street, Somerset, KY 42501; 606-678-4121 or 800-264-5112; Fax:  606-679-8279; http://www.skrecc.com/financing.htm
Application:  To apply for this loan program, contact one of the participating appliance retailers listed on the South Kentucky RECC website above.  

$400 to Weatherize Your Kentucky Home
South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) offers the Button-Up Program, which provides up to $400 for any improvement a customer makes to the insulation and other weatherization measures in their residence. The incentive payment will be $20 for every 1,000 BTUs the home's heating load is lowered.  Contact: Customer Service, South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 925-929 North Main Street, Somerset, KY 42501; 606-678-4121 or 800-264-5112; Fax:  606-679-8279; http://www.skrecc.com/ee_programs.htm

Up to $500 for Heat Pump Upgrades
The Touchstone Energy Home Program provides up to $500 for making the heating and cooling of a new home more efficient. Installing an air-source heat pump makes a customer eligible for a $300 rebate, and installing a geothermal system can provide a $500 rebate to a customer. In order to receive this rebate, the home must satisfy other Touchstone requirements. The Touchstone Energy program also extends to manufactured homes. Customers who purchase an Energy Star certified manufactured home are eligible for a $250 rebate.  Contact: Customer Service, South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 925-929 North Main Street, Somerset, KY 42501; 606-678-4121 or 800-264-5112; Fax:  606-679-8279; http://www.skrecc.com/ee_programs.htm

$300 Cash Back to Buy Energy Efficient Products
South Kentucky RECC offers prescriptive rebates on high efficiency products. Purchasing a geothermal system and having it installed by participating contractors can make a customer eligible for a $300 rebate. Customers who purchase an electric thermal storage unit can receive a $50 rebate per kilowatt.  Contact: Customer Service, South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 925-929 North Main Street, Somerset, KY 42501; 606-678-4121 or 800-264-5112; Fax:  606-679-8279; http://www.skrecc.com/ee_programs.htm
 
$75 Toward Duct Sealing + Free Caulking
South Kentucky RECC will provide tests for air infiltration and duct-sealing for a reduced cost of $75 to customers. Free caulking is also available to any SKRECC member who is working on improving the air infiltration characteristics of their home.  For more details, contact: Customer Service, South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 925-929 North Main Street, Somerset, KY 42501; 606-678-4121 or 800-264-5112; Fax:  606-679-8279; http://www.skrecc.com/ee_programs.htm

$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/

$50 for Energy Saving Electric Water Heater
Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) provides service to customers in the south-central Kentucky counties of Ohio, Butler, Grayson, Edmonson, Warren, Simpson, Logan and Barren. Warren RECC will provide a $50 rebate to current Warren RECC members for the purchase of an energy efficient electric water heater. On-demand and tankless water heaters are not eligible.  Contact: Customer Service, Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 951 Fairview Avenue, P.O. Box 1118, Bowling Green, KY 42102-1119; 270-842-6541; Fax:  270-781-3299; http://www.wrecc.com/resid.aspx

0% Interest Loans for Home Insulation & Weatherization
Warren RECC offers fixed-interest rate, zero down loans for the installation of a 13.0 SEER or higher electric heat pump system as well as recommended insulation and weatherization measures. These loans are available for existing site-built homes. Eligible counties are:  Ohio, Butler, Grayson, Edmonson, Warren, Simpson, Logan and Barren. Contact: Customer Service, Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, 951 Fairview Avenue, P.O. Box 1118, Bowling Green, KY 42102-1119; 270-842-6541; Fax:  270-781-3299; http://www.wrecc.com/UnderstandingHeatPumps.aspx

Kentucky Homeowners Get Rebates to Help the Environment
The Jackson Energy Cooperative offers a variety of residential energy efficiency rebate programs to its members, including:

  • Touchstone Energy Home, where customers get a $500 rebate for building their home according to Touchstone Energy Home standards;  
  • Button Up, Insulation Upgrade program provides a $25 rebate per 1,000 BTU reduced to members who adopt weatherization upgrades (up to a maximum of $400);  
  • High Efficiency Heat Pump or Geothermal Heat Pump Rebate, offers a $100 rebate to members who install either type of heat pump system in a new home or to members who own a manufactured home and replace a resistance heat system;
  • Touchstone Energy Manufactured Home, where customers get a $250 rebate if they purchase an Energy Star manufactured home. They can get an additional $150 if that home comes with an Energy Star rated heat pump.  

Contact:  Jackson Energy Cooperative, 115 Jackson Energy Lane, McKee, KY 40447; 606-364-1000 or 800-262-7480; http://www.jacksonenergy.com/rebatePrograms.aspx

 
Louisiana Energy Programs for Homeowners

Utility Rate Discounts for Power Miser Homes
Louisiana's Cleco Power offers a rate discount for residential customers who build homes that meet the Power Miser Program specifications. A customer that is building a new home that meets the standards will receive a rate discount of 10% between November and April for the first five years they live in the house. Eligible efficiency technologies are water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, duct/air sealing, building insulation, windows, and doors. Contact: Customer Service, Cleco Power, Power, Miser Home Program, P.O. Box 5000, Pineville, LA 71361; 225-261-1221; http://www.cleco.com/site461.php

Loans up to $6000 for Eligible Energy Efficient and Renewable Technologies
Through the Home Energy Loan Program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, homeowners can get a five-year loan to improve the energy efficiencies of their existing homes. This is accomplished by DNR subsidizing one half of the financing for energy efficiency improvements at a two percent rate to participating lenders, up to a maximum DNR participation of $6,000. Each participating lender sets its own maximum loan amount of participation, along with the interest rate that is charged to the homeowner. Eligible efficient technologies are: clothes washers/dryers; dishwashers; refrigerators/freezers; dehumidifiers; ceiling fans; water heaters; lighting; chillers; furnaces; boilers; heat pumps; air conditioners; programmable thermostats; building insulation; and windows. Eligible renewable technologies are: solar water heat; solar space heat; photovoltaics; and geothermal heat pumps. Contact: Program Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Energy Section, Technology Assessment Division, 617 N. 3rd Street, P.O. Box 44156, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4156; 225-342-4500; Fax: 225-342-5861; http://www.dnr.state.la.us/sec/execdiv/techasmt/programs/residential/help/index.htm

$2000 Incentive for Energy Efficient Improvements To Your Existing Home
The Home Energy Rebate Option Program is offered by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources for residents to receive cash rebates for energy efficient improvements to existing homes. The actual amount of the incentives depends on the resulting energy savings, or Energy Efficiency Premium. Any homeowner of an existing home is eligible to apply under this program. The incentive amount is up to 20% of costs with a maximum of $2000. Contact: Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Energy Section, Technology Assessment Division, 617 N. 3rd Street, P.O. Box 44156, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4156; 225-342-7982; Fax: (225) 342-1397; http://www.dnr.louisiana.gov/sec/execdiv/techasmt/programs/residential/hero/index.htm

Property Tax Exemption for Solar Energy Systems
In Louisiana, any equipment attached to an owner-occupied residential building or swimming pool as part of a solar energy system is considered personal property that is exempt from ad valorem taxation. The value of a solar energy system will not be included in the assessment of such buildings or swimming pools. Solar energy systems include but are not limited to systems utilizing solar collectors, solar cells and passive roof ponds. 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/

Generous Personal Tax 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/

 
Maine Energy Programs for Homeowners Homeowners

Rebates for Energy Efficient Lighting
Efficiency Maine's Residential Lighting Program works with retailers and manufacturers to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient lighting by residential customers. The program offers a $2 instant rebate on Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and a $12 instant rebate on Energy Star-qualified qualified outdoor hardwired fixtures, indoor hardwired fixtures, torchieres, table lamps, floor lamps and hardwired ceiling fans with pin-based integrated light kits. Participating retailers will deduct the rebate amount at the cash register. Contact: Public Information Officer, State Energy Program, Efficiency Maine, PO Box 660, 10 Tanning Brook Road, Manchester, ME 04351; 207-287-6141; Fax: 800-334-7033; http://www.efficiencymaine.com/retail_programs.htm

$30,000 Low Interest Loan for Energy Improvements to Your Home
Maine's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) provides low-interest loans to residents for energy improvements. Under HELP, the Maine State Housing Authority provides loans ranging from $2,800 to $30,000 at a fixed interest rate of 3.95% to homeowners. Eligible efficient technologies are: dehumidifiers, water heaters, furnaces, boilers, caulking/weather-stripping, duct/air sealing, building insulation, windows, doors, roofs, and home energy audits. Eligible renewable technologies are: solar water heat, biomass, and geothermal heat pumps. Contact: Maine State Housing Authority, 353 Water Street, Augusta, ME 04330-4633; 207-624-5712; 877-544-3271; http://www.mainehousing.org/PROGRAMSHelp.aspx?ProgramID=32

Numerous Rebates for Residential 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

Get $3000 in Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program
In June 2005, Maine enacted legislation creating a rebate program for solar-energy systems installed at homes. 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 a building. Maximum incentives for residential systems is: lesser of 30% of project cost or $2,500; and residential systems for Energy Star homes and “Maine Home Performance” homes: lesser of 35% of project cost or $3,000. 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

 
Maryland Energy Programs for Homeowners

Tax Credit If You Use Solar Energy at Home
Anne Arundel County offers a credit from residential county property taxes on buildings that use solar energy equipment for heating and cooling or water heating. Expenditures for photovoltaic electricity generation and solar pool heating are not eligible for Anne Arundel County's solar energy tax credit. The one-time tax credit is calculated as the lesser of the following: the cost of materials and installation of the solar energy equipment, less the amount of federal and state solar energy tax credits; or the real property taxes levied against the buildings on a parcel in the year in which the tax credit is granted.  Applications must be filed on or before June 1 of the year immediately preceding the year for which the credit is sought.  For more information, contact: Customer Service, Anne Arundel County, Office of Finance, 44 Calvert St., Annapolis, MD 21404; 410-222-1144; Fax:  410-222-1151; http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/MD26F.htm and http://www.co.anne-arundel.md.us/Finance/index.cfm

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

$3,000 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 include 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 Devices
Howard 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

$5,000 Property Tax Credit for Home Energy Conservation
Montgomery County offers property tax credits on residential, owner-occupied structures equipped with solar, geothermal, and energy conservation devices. Solar and geothermal systems that heat or cool a structure; provide hot water for a structure; or generate electricity for on-site use in a structure are eligible for a tax credit. Energy conservation devices include a variety of common energy efficiency related improvements but do not include standard household appliances such as washing machines or clothes dryers. All systems must meet performance and safety standards set by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. The geothermal and solar property tax credit is equal to 50% of the cost of the system, up to $5,000 for heating, cooling systems, and electricity generating systems and $1,500 for water heating systems. Residents may claim only one geothermal or solar energy tax credit per year. The tax credit for energy conservation devices is limited to the cost of the measure up to $250 per fiscal year. Eligible costs include parts, components and accessories necessary to operate the device as well as reasonable installation costs. Only costs incurred during the 12 months preceding a credit application are eligible for a tax credit.  Contact:  Property Tax Information, Montgomery County Department of Finance, Division of Treasury, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite L-15, Rockville, MD 20850; 240-777-8931;
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/deptmpl.asp?url=/content/dep/Energy/incentives.asp 

Prince George’s County Offers $5,000 for Energy Saving Homes
Prince George's County offers a property tax credit on residential structures equipped with solar and geothermal systems used to heat and cool a structure or provide hot water for a structure. The tax credit is equal to 50% of the cost of the system, up to $5,000 for heating and cooling systems and $1,500 for water heating systems. Eligible costs include parts, components and accessories necessary to operate the device as well as reasonable installation costs. Only costs incurred during the 12 months preceding a credit application are eligible for a tax credit. All systems must meet performance and safety standards set by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.  Contact:  Property Tax Information, Prince George's County Office of Finance, Treasury Division, P.O. Box 17578, Baltimore, MD 21297-1578; 301-952-5833;
http://www.co.pg.md.us/Government/AgencyIndex/Finance/index.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 Upgrades
Maryland'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&section=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

Wood Heating Fuel Exemption
This statute exempts from the state sales tax all wood or "refuse-derived" fuel used for heating purposes. This exemption applies to residential use only.  A 100% exemption is offered.  To learn more about this exemption, contact:  Information Specialist, Comptroller of Maryland, Revenue Administration Division, Annapolis, MD 21411-0001; 410-260-7980 or 800-638-2937; http://mlis.state.md.us/asp/web_statutes_2009.asp?gtg&11-207 and http://www.marylandtaxes.com/default.asp

 
Massachusetts Energy Programs for Homeowners

Incentives in Residential Energy Efficiency Program
Bay State Gas's Partner in Energy Program will pay residential customers 50% to 75% of the cost, up to $1,500, to weatherize their homes or apartments. Homeowners are eligible for 50% and tenants are eligible for 75% toward the cost of energy improvements. Energy saving measures eligible for the rebate include: attic, wall, and heating pipe/duct insulation; and thermostats. When needed, water heater tank wrap, low-flow showerheads, and faucet aerators will be installed at no cost. Low-income customers are eligible to receive all of these measures at no cost. In addition to the base incentive, Bay State Gas offers its residential customers a variety of rebates for the installation of energy efficient equipment. Eligible equipment includes: furnaces, boilers, water heaters, and windows. Rebates range from $10 to $1,000. Bay State Gas Company also sponsors the Energy Star Homes Program, which will pay for 50% of the Energy Star certification fee (approximately $450) per home. Contact: Bay State Gas, Partners in Energy Intake Center, 300 Friberg Parkway, Westborough, MA 01581; 800-232-0120; http://www.baystategas.com/forhome/eneraudit.htm

Rebates for Energy Star Rated Appliances
Belmont Municipal Light Department offers an incentive for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are offered for Energy Star rated clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers and room/central air conditioners. Central A/C must have a SEER rating of 14 or greater and refrigerators must be greater or equal to 15 cubic feet to qualify for rebates. Contact: Belmont Municipal Light Department, BMLD Appliance Rebate Program, 100 Foxborough Blvd., Suite 110, Foxborough, MA 02035; 617-993-2800 Fax: 617-993-2846; http://www.town.belmont.ma.us/Public_Documents/BelmontMA_Light/index

8.25% Loans Available in Residential Energy Efficiency Program
Berkshire Gas offers an Energy Efficiency Loan Program to residential customers making energy efficient improvements to their homes. Berkshire Gas and Greylock Federal Credit Union together offer an 8.25% interest rate on pre-approved energy efficient measures including but not limited to: attic, duct, floor, wall insulation, pipe, and crawl space insulation; clock thermostats; instrumented air sealing; gas water heaters; kitchen appliances; gas dryers; and replacement windows. Contact: Berkshire Gas, Energy Efficiency Programs, 115 Cheshire Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201; 800-944-3212; http://www.berkshiregas.com/UsageAndSafety/energyefficprog.html

$1,500 Rebates Available to Improve Your Home’s Energy Usage
Berkshire Gas offers all residential customers (including renters and multi-family properties) various energy efficiency rebates. Berkshire Gas will pay 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

Incentives for Energy Efficiency Equipment
Chicopee Electric Light offers a variety of incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. CEL provides rebates for up to four energy-efficient appliances with a maximum rebate amount of $350 in one year. CEL also provides a rebate for insulation worth 30% of the installed cost up to a maximum reimbursement of $300. A separate rebate is also offered for energy efficient lighting. Contact: Chicopee Electric Light, EFI Municipal Rebates, 40 Washington St Suite 2000, Westborough, MA 01581-1013; 888-333-7525; 888-335-7203; 413-594-2400; http://www.celd.com

$5,000 Incentive to Install Solar Photovoltaic System
Chicopee Electric Light offers rebates to residential customers who install solar photovoltaic systems on their homes. Customers may receive a rebate of $2.50 per watt for a maximum of $5,000 per installation and rebates are limited to the first 15,000 installed watts per year. A renewable energy credit (REC) is created for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity produced and is sold separate from the electricity. CEL will have the option of buying RECs from the customer at a rate of $0.03 per kWh. Contact: Chicopee Electric Light, 725 Front St., PO Box 405, Chicopee, MA 01013; 413-594-2400; Fax: (413) 594-5507; http://www.celd.com

Rebates Available 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. 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

$150 Incentives in Appliance Rebate Program
Concord Municipal Light offers its residential customers rebates on energy-efficient appliances through their Appliance Rebate Program. Eligible appliances are clothes washers/dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators/freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. Incentive amounts are: refrigerators $100, washing machines $50, room air conditioners $50, dishwashers $50, dehumidifiers $50, and central air conditioners $150. Appliances purchased before September 1, 2006 are not eligible. Contact: Concord Municipal Light Plant, Customer Service, PO Box 1029, 1175 Elm Street, Concord, MA 01742-1029; 978-318-3101; http://www.concordnet.org/Pages/ConcordMA_LightPlant/appliance

$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 of up to $5,000 for single-family homes, or $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

Rebates Offered for Energy Star Appliances
Mansfield Municipal Electric Department encourages energy efficiency through their Energy Star Appliance Rebate Incentive Program. Cash rebates are offered for Energy Star central air conditioners, refrigerators, clothes washing machines, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, window air conditioners and programmable clock thermostats. The offer is limited to a total of $100 worth of Energy Star appliance rebates per customer account for appliances purchased in the same calendar year. Contact: Mansfield Municipal Electric Department, 125 High St, Unit #2, Mansfield, MA 02048; 508-261-7361 Ext.301; http://www.mansfieldelectric.com/

Incentives to $1,600 in Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Marblehead Light Department encourages conservation within the residential sector through their Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. The eligible equipment and rebate amounts are: refrigerator $100, plus $25 for disposal of old refrigerator; clothes washer $50-$100 depending on rating; dishwasher $25-50 depending on rating; room A/C 50% of purchase price up to $50; central A/C $325 - $525, varies by efficiency and technology; heat pump $325 - $675, varies by efficiency and technology; programmable thermostat up to 50% of the purchase price; insulation upgrade 50% of the cost for the upgrade; and dehumidifier $20. The maximum incentive is $1600 for building insulation. Contact: Energy Services Coordinator, Marblehead Light Department, 80 Commercial Street, Marblehead, MA 01945; 781-631-0240; http://www.marbleheadelectric.com/

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 and 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 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 residential consumers increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their HEAT Loan Program. This financing is available to all 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 Residential 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 residential facilities. Commonwealth Solar rebates are available to residential projects which are eligible for incentives for systems up to 5 kW. Larger PV systems are eligible for rebates but only for the first 5 kW (DC) for residential systems. The minimum project size is 1 kW-DC (STC). Rebate amounts are based on the PV system size and certain other characteristics of the project. Residential rebates are capped at the lesser of 100% of total installed costs, or a rebate based on a maximum size of 5 kW (DC) - even if the system is larger. 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. 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 Initiative
Through 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 residential facilities and 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

Incentives to $1,500 in Energy Efficient Programs
National Grid offers a variety of energy efficiency incentives for 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 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. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-322-3223; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Rebates to $1,000 to Increase Energy Efficiency in Your Home
National Grid offers a number of programs to encourage energy efficiency amongst its residential customers. Eligible technologies include boilers and furnaces. Rebates 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 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 to $1,500 in Solar Thermal Program
National Grid provides funding support to residential 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 residential customers National Grid customers with eligible SHW systems 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. National Grid works directly with residential solar installers, who submit rebate applications on behalf of the customer. 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. Residential customers can also participate in the MassSaves program. In this program a representative from New England Gas Company will perform an energy audit and will then pay 50% of the total cost (up to $1,500) of purchasing and installing the recommended measures. 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 Available for Electric and Gas Customers
NStar offers several energy efficiency rebate programs for both electric and gas customers. Rebates are limited to residential and 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. In addition, electric customers who qualify for low-income assistance are eligible to receive up to $2,000 for energy efficiency measures to be installed in their homes. 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?

Incentives On Offer in Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program
Reading Municipal Light Department offers rebates to residential customers who install Energy Star appliances in their homes. Eligible appliances include washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, central and room A/Cs, and programmable thermostats. The offer is limited to one rebate per appliance or a maximum of two rebates for programmable thermostats. Contact: Reading Municipal Light Department, Customer Service, PO Box 150, Reading, MA 01867; 781-944-1340; 781-942-6598; Fax: 781-944-0641; http://www.rmld.com/Promotions.htm

100% Sales Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Technology
Massachusetts law exempts from the state's sales tax "equipment directly relating to any solar, wind-powered or heat pump system, which is being utilized as a primary or auxiliary power system for the purpose of heating or otherwise supplying the energy needs of an individual's principal residence in the commonwealth." Contact: Legal Department, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), 100 Cambridge St., Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114; 617-727-4732; Fax: 617-727-0030. Contact: Tax Information, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 701, Boston, MA 02204; 800-392-6089; http://www.state.ma.us/doer/programs/renew/renew.htm - taxcred

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

$1,000 Personal Income Tax Credit for Residential Renewable Energy System
Massachusetts allows a 15% credit - up to $1,000 - against the state income tax for the cost of a renewable-energy system (including installation costs) installed on an individual’s primary residence. If the credit amount is greater than a resident's income tax liability, the excess credit amount may be carried forward to the next succeeding year for up to three years. Eligible technologies include solar water and space heating, photovoltaics (PV), and wind-energy systems. The credit is available to any owner or tenant of residential property. For a newly constructed home, the credit is available to the original owner/occupant. Contact: Legal Department, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), 100 Cambridge St., Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114; 617-727-4732; Fax: 617-727-0030. Contact: Tax Information, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 701, Boston, MA 02204; 800-392-6089; http://www.state.ma.us/doer/programs/renew/renew.htm - taxcred

Rebates in Residential Energy Efficiency Program
In collaboration with EFI, Shrewsbury Electric offers rebates on Energy Star appliances. Eligible products include washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and room air conditioners purchased between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 with applications postmarked no later than January 16, 2009. Information will be required including the customer's Electric Company account number, brand of machine with serial number, and a copy of the sales receipt. Contact: Municipal Appliance Rebate, EFI, 40 Washington Street, Suite 2000, Westborough, MA 01581-1013; 888-333-7525 or Customer Service, Shrewsbury Electric, 100 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545; 508-841-8500; http://www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/light/rebates.asp

Up to $1,500 in Rebates for Residential Energy Efficiency Programs
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: $500 for each single-family home; $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 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. In addition, Unitil offers an electricity efficiency program for low-income customers. Residential customers who are income-eligible can receive energy audits and the installation of weatherization measures and energy efficient appliances and lighting. 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

Incentives Available in Residential Conservation Services Program

The Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department in cooperation with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, offers the Residential Conservation Services (RCS) program for residential customers to save energy in their homes. Customers interested in this program must participate in an energy audit. If the customer decides to make any of the recommended changes, WMGLD will pay for 25% of the costs of installation and equipment up to $300. In addition, the RCS program offers an energy efficient appliance rebate program. All appliances must be Energy Star labeled and rebates range from $20-$100 depending on technology. Eligible appliances include Energy Star certified programmable thermostats and clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, window AC units, and water heaters. Contact: Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department, Customer Service, 9 Albion St, Wakefield, MA 01880; 888-333-7525; 888-335-7203; http://www.wakefield.ma.us/Public_Documents/WakefieldMA_MGLD/rcsprogram.htm
 
Michigan Energy Programs for Homeowners

Personal Tax Credits for Eligible Energy Efficient Technologies
Beginning in 2009, certain Michigan taxpayers are eligible for a tax credit for the purchase and installation of qualifying energy efficient home improvements. To claim the tax credit, persons filing single returns must have an annual income of $37,500 or less and married couples filing jointly must have an annual income of $75,000 or less. The definition of qualifying home improvements is limited to the following categories: insulation, water heaters, furnaces, windows, refrigerators, clotheswashers, and dishwashers. All equipment must meet the EPA Energy Star efficiency criteria. The items must be intended for residential or non-commercial use. The amount of the credit is 10% of the installed cost of each improvement, up to $75 for single filers and $150 for joint filers. The credit only applies to equipment purchased after December 31, 2008 and before January 1, 2012. Contact: Information – MDOT, Michigan Department of Treasury. Individual Income Taxes, Lansing, MI 48922; 517-373-3200; http://www.michigan.gov/treasury

Rebates up to $10,000 for Renewable Energy Systems
Rebates for renewable-energy systems are available to residential 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: 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 system $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/

 
Minnesota Energy Programs for Homeowners

Up to $350 in Rebates for Energy Efficient Equipment
Alexandria Light and Power offers its residential customers several rebate programs. Eligible efficient technologies are: Energy Star clothes washers; dryers; Energy Star dehumidifiers; water heaters, lighting; Energy Star heat pumps; and air conditioners. Incentive amounts are: compact fluorescent lights $1.50/light (with purchase of ten or more); water heater $200 (50-79 gallon tank), $350 (80+ gallon tank); air conditioner $200; Energy Star clothes washer $50 (electric customers), $75 (electric and water customers); Energy Star dehumidifier $25; and Energy Star heat pump $200. 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_home/rebates.cfm

Rebates to $500 for Energy Efficiency
Alliant Energy-Interstate Power & Light offers a number of rebates for energy efficiency covering a variety of technologies. Eligible efficient technologies include: clothes washers/dryers, water heaters, lighting, furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, programmable thermostats, building insulation, and windows. The eligible renewable technology is geothermal heat pumps. Incentive amounts are: lighting $2/lightbulb; boilers $100-$400; furnaces $200-$300; central air conditioners $75-$225; geothermal heat pump $150-$300; programmable thermostats $25; attic insulation 70% of total cost; room air conditioners $50; water heaters $25; clothes washer $100;  and windows/sash $20. Maximum incentives are: lighting min - $10, max - $20; programmable thermostats $125; attic insulation $500; room air conditioners $150; and water heaters $75. Contact: Alliant Energy-IP&L, Residential Programs, 4902 North Biltmore Lane, P.O. Box 77007, Madison, WI 53707-1007; 800-255-4268; Fax: (608) 458-0100;
http://alliantenergy.com/docs/groups/public/documents/pub/p014527.hcsp

Incentives to $350 for Energy Efficient Appliances
Anoka Municipal Utilities offers incentives for their residential customers to install energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs in their homes. Rebates are available for Energy Star qualified central A/C units, room air conditioners, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Some restrictions apply. Incentive amounts are: refrigerator $55; dishwasher $50; central A/C: $250 - $350, varies by efficiency; room air conditioner $30/unit (limit of 2 units per account); lighting - the cost of the bulb or $5.00, whichever is less (limit of $15 per account per year). Contact: Appliance Rebates, Anoka Municipal Utilities, 2015 First Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303; 763-576-2903; 763-576-2700; Fax: 763-576-2727; Contact: Home Lighting Rebate, Anoka Municipal Utilities, 2015 First Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303; 763-576-2750; 763-576-2700;
http://www.ci.anoka.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B03DDAD7B-EC66-
4214-97D8-EB42DA396059%7D

Generous Rebates for Energy Efficient and Renewable Technologies
Austin Utilities offers incentives for its residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in their homes through their Conserve and Save Rebate Program. Eligible efficient technologies are: dishwasher, refrigerators/freezers, dehumidifiers, water heaters, lighting, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, building insulation, motors, clothes washers, and ceiling fans (with lighting). Incentive amounts are: central A/C $200 each, additional SEER = $75; clothes washer $50; ceiling fans with lights $15; light fixtures (torchieres, hardwired CFLs, etc) $15; programmable thermostat $25; dishwashers $25; refrigerators/freezers/room air conditioners $25; dehumidifiers $65 with trade-in of working unit; compact fluorescent light bulbs 50% of bulb or package cost; geothermal heat pumps $200/ton plus $150 per EER over 14.1; air source heat pumps $200 plus $75/SEER for each SEER above 14; furnace fan motor $50; boilers $100 - $300, depending on efficiency; furnaces: $100 - $200, depending on efficiency; water heaters $75; tankless water heaters $200; attic Insulation $0.05/sq ft - $0.08/sq ft; and air source heat pump $200 + $75 for each SEER greater than 14.0. 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/residential_conserve_incentives.asp

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

Incentives to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to their customers. With help from SMMPA, Blooming Prairie Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Eligible efficiency technologies are: clothes washers/dryers, dishwasher, refrigerators/freezers, dehumidifiers, lighting, heat pumps, air conditioners, and ceiling fans with lighting. Incentive amounts range from $2 for fluorescent light bulbs to $200 for air conditioners (plus $75/SEER for every 1 SEER above 14). Contact: Blooming Prairie Public Utilities, PO Box 55, 146 Third Avenue SE, Blooming Prairie, MN 55917; 507-583-6683; http://www.saveenergyinbloomingprairie.com/

Up to $350 in Energy Efficiency Rebates
North St Paul Electric Utility, in conjunction with the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, offers incentives for its residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in their homes. Rebates are available for qualifying central A/C units, refrigerators/freezers, clothes washers/dryers, and window air conditioners. Incentive amounts are: central A/C $350; refrigerator $55; clothes washer $100; dishwasher: $50; and window air conditioner $30 (limit two per customer). 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

Generous Rebates to Install Energy Efficient Equipment
Crow Wing Power offers several different incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates of $200/ton are provided to customers who install heat pumps with requisite efficiency in their homes. Another rebate worth $30 -$330 is available to customers who install Energy Star rated central air conditioning units or air-source heat pumps. In addition to these rebates, customers can also receive special electric rate reductions if they take part in one of Crow Wing Power's demand-shifting programs. Contact: Customer Service, Crow Wing Power, PO Box 507, Hwy 371 North, Brainerd, MN 56401; 218-829-2827; 800-648-9401; http://www.cwpower.com/airconditioning.shtml

Loans to $10,000 to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
Dakota Electric, in association with Anchor Bank, provides loans to assist residential customers finance energy efficient improvements to their homes. The loans range from $1,000 and $10,000 and are available with terms up to 5 years. They can only be used for energy conservation projects. The interest rate is fixed at 7.99%, but is adjusted quarterly for future loans. Eligible efficiency technologies are: lighting, windows, doors, comprehensive measures/whole building, custom/others pending approval. Interested customers should call to verify the current rate.  Contact: Energy Experts, Dakota Electric Service, 4300 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024; 651-463-6243; 800-874-3409; Contact: Anchor Bank, 324 Oak Street, Farmington, MN 55024; 651-463-1531; Fax: 651-463-7163; http://www.dakotaelectric.com/energyloan.asp

Rebates to $330 for a Variety of Energy Efficient Equipment
Dakota Electric Association provides incentives for its residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in their homes. Rebates are available for a variety of products including dishwashers, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, heat pumps, electric water heaters, and CFL bulbs.  Limited rebate funds are available, and rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rebate amounts vary from $2 per each fluorescent bulb to $330 for air source heat pumps and central air conditioners. Contact: Energy Experts, Dakota Electric Service, 4300 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024; 651-463-6243; 800-874-3409;  
http://www.dakotaelectric.com/resrebates.asp

Rebates to Purchase Energy Efficient Equipment
East Central Energy provides rebates for its residential customers to purchase energy efficient equipment through their Energy Star Rebate Program. Rebates are offered for dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioning window units, central air conditioning units, air-source heat pumps, and lighting fixtures. Incentive amounts are: air-source heat pump up to $430; central A/C up to $330; clothes washer $25; dishwasher $25; dehumidifier $25; ground-source heat pump $200 per ton; refrigerator/freezer $50-$75, depending on whether old appliance is recycled; A/C window unit $35; and lighting fixtures $20. In addition to the residential rebate program, ECE also offers a $50 tune-up incentive for existing air conditioning units that are more than 5 years old. Used fluorescent lamps and high-intensity discharge lamps are also eligible for $0.50/lamp recycling rebate offered in conjunction with participating hardware stores. Contact: East Central Energy, 3617 E. Baumgartner Rd, Superior, WI 54880; 800-254-7944;
http://www.eastcentralenergy.com/res_rebate_forms.aspx

$800 Rebate for Energy Efficient and Renewable Technologies
Elk River Municipal Utilities provides rebates to their residential electric customers who purchase and install Energy Star rated appliances. Eligible equipment includes central A/C, window unit A/C, air-source and geothermal heat pumps, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, and water heaters. Incentive amounts range from $30 for a dehumidifier to $800 for a geothermal heat pump. In addition to appliance rebate opportunities, Elk River Municipal Utilities also offers $60 in reimbursements for A/C tune-ups conducted by HVAC contractors. Contact: Customer Service, Elk River Municipal Utilities, 13065 Orono Pkwy, Elk River, MN 55330; 763-441-2020; http://www.elkriverutilities.com/

Rebates to Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Home
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Fairmont Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), ceiling fans, light fixtures (e.g. torchieres, hardwired CFLs), heat pumps (air and ground source), dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. Incentives range from $2 for compact fluorescent bulbs to $200 for central A/Cs and heat pumps (plus $75 per each SEER above 14 for both). Contact: Fairmont Public Utilities, PO Box 751, 100 Downtown Plaza, Fairmont, MN 56031-0751; 507-238-9461;
http://www.saveenergyinfairmont.com/

Rebates for Energy Efficient Equipment
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Grand Marais PUC provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), ceiling fans with lighting, light fixtures (e.g. hardwired CFLs),  air and ground source heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. Incentive amounts vary from $2 for fluorescent bulbs to $200 for central A/C and heat pumps (both may qualify for a bonus of $75 per SEER above 14). Contact: Grand Marais PUC, PO Box 1398, Grand Marais, MN 55604-1398; 218-387-1848;
http://www.saveenergyingrandmarais.com/

$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' residential 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 admistrator. 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

Incentives to  Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Lake City Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, central and room air conditioners, ceiling fans with lighting, light fixtures, air and ground source heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. Incentives are from $2 for fluorescent light bulbs to $200 for central air conditioners (plus $75 for every 1 SEER above 14). In addition to these rebates, residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008.Contact: Lake City Utilities, PO Box 465, 205 West Center Street, Lake City, MN 55041-0465; 651-345-4711;
http://www.saveenergyinlakecity.com/

Rebates for Energy Efficient Equipment
Lake County Power encourages energy efficiency by offering financial incentives to its residential customers. Rebates are available for Energy Star rated products purchased on or after January 1, 2008 and include dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, heat pumps, and AC window units. Incentive amounts go up to $200 per ton for ground source heat pumps. In addition to the appliance rebates, Lake County Power also provides a $25 incentive for AC tune ups that is valid through 2008. Contact: Member Service Department, Lake County Power, 2810 Elida Drive, Grand Rapids, MN 55744; 800-421-9959 or Member Service Department, Lake County Power, 1500 16th Street South, Virginia, MN 55744; 800-421-9959 or Member Service Department, Lake Country Power, 4065 Hwy 73, Kettle River, MN 55757, 800-421-9959;
http://www.lakecountrypower.coop/viewpage.php?pagename=ratesandrebates

Cash Back for Energy Home Improvements 
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Litchfield Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), ceiling fans, light fixtures, heat pumps (air and ground source), dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. In addition to these rebates, residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Incentives go up to $200 for central A/C (plus $75 for every 1 SEER above 14). Contact: Litchfield Public Utilities, PO Box 521, 126 N. Marshall Avenue, Litchfield, MN 55355-0521; 320-693-3277; 
http://www.saveenergyinlitchfield.com/

Rebates for Energy Efficient Equipment and Certification
Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) offers a variety of incentives for its residential customers to install energy-efficient equipment in their homes. Rebates are available for Energy Star equipment including clothes washers, refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, window unit A/C, water heaters, central A/C, and heat pumps. Customers seeking rebates for central A/C units or heat pumps must also participate in the Load Management Program and are eligible to receive an additional $3 monthly credit for 4 summer months. In addition to Energy Star equipment rebates, MMU offers an Energy Star Home Rebate program in which they assist homeowners and contractors in achieving Energy Star certification. MMU will rebate the entire cost of design review, third party home performance verification and testing, and Energy Star certification (up to $1,000) for new homes located in MMU’s service territory. Contact: Customer Service, Marshall Municipal Utilities, 113 South 4th Street, Marshall, MN 56258; 507-537-7005;
http://www.marshallutilities.com/residential/rebates.php

Renewable Energy Production Incentive
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. 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

$15 Mail-In Rebate for Energy Star Lighting and Fixtures
Minnesota Power Energy Star Lighting and Fixture Program offers a $15 mail-in rebate on up to 12 Energy Star Qualified fixtures, torchieres, and ceiling fan with light kits. To receive the rebates cut out the UPC code(s) from each box and attach it to the rebate form along with a copy of the cash register receipt. Minnesota Power also offers a $2 mail-in rebate to any participant who purchases Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs. 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/

$100 Incentive in Energy Star Appliance Program
Minnesota Power offers rebates to its residential customers through the Energy Star Appliance Program. Qualifying appliances include Energy Star clothes washers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Incentive amounts go up to $100 for a washer/refrigerator/dishwasher combination. Rebates are only available to residential customers of Minnesota Power and participating utilities only. Qualifying appliance(s) must be installed within the service area of a participating utility. 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/powerofone/one_home/energystar/special_offers/index.htm

Rebates for Energy Efficiency Equipment for Your Home
Minnesota Power HVAC Incentives Program offers rebates to residential customers for installing high efficiency furnaces, improving efficiency of central air conditioners, and installing geothermal heat pumps in new construction homes or retrofit of existing homes. Incentive amounts are: installation of high-efficiency furnace $250; improving efficiency of central air conditioner $50; geothermal heat pump $200/ton closed loop system rebate, $100/ton open loop system rebate. 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/hvac/index.htm

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 residential 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

Low Interest Loans to Finance Energy Efficiency Improvements
Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative offers low-interest loans to help its residential customers finance energy efficiency improvements through their Energy Conservation Loan Program. ERC Loans can be used for: caulking; weather stripping; heat pumps, electric water heaters and central heating; heat pump installations; electric water heaters; insulation for ceilings, walls, floors, ducts, pipes and water heaters; thermal windows; storm or thermal doors; clock thermostats; and ventilation fans. ERC loans are available only for replacement items, not for new homes. Loans can be for up to $1,500 if they are used for air-source heat pumps, or $3,000 if the customer is installing a ground-source heat pump. Loans are at 5% interest with 5 years to pay off. Contact: Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, 125 Minnesota Valley Electric Drive, Jordan, MN 55352; 952-492-2313; 800-282-6832;
http://www.mvec.net/save/loans.asp

Financial Incentives for Energy Efficient and Renewable Technologies
Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative offers financial incentives to encourage energy efficiency within the residential sector. Rebates are available for a variety of equipment including air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, Energy Star appliances, electric garage heaters, and electric resistance heating products. Incentives range up to $330 for central A/Cs. With the exception of the appliances, equipment can only be eligible for the rebate if the customer participates in the Energy Wise Off-Peak Program. These rebates can be awarded to either homeowners or homebuilders depending on who initiates the energy efficient design. Contact: Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, 125 Minnesota Valley Electric Drive, Jordan, MN 55352; 952-492-2313; 800-282-6832;
http://www.mvec.net/save/rebates.asp

Rebates to Improve the Efficiency of Your Home
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Mora Municipal Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, central and room air conditioners, ceiling fans, light fixtures, air and ground source heat, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Incentives go up to $200 for central A/Cs (plus $75 for every 1 SEER above 14). Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. In addition to these rebates, residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: Mora Municipal Utilities, 101 Lake Street South, Mora, MN 55051-1588; 320-679-1511;
http://www.saveenergyinmora.com/

Low Interest Loans up to $35,000 for Energy Home Improvements
The Neighborhood Energy Connection offers secured, low-interest loans for qualified energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to Minnesota residences. Loans are available for single family homes, duplexes, and quads with household incomes below $91,300, in amounts ranging from $2,000 - $35,000. Loan repayment terms vary from 1 to 20 years according the amount of the loan at a fixed interest rate of 6.00%. Most costs of this financing offer can be rolled into the loan with out-of-pocket costs generally not exceeding $200. In order to be eligible for a loan, qualified homeowners must contact the NEC to schedule an energy audit. The actual improvements undertaken are up to the homeowner, but financed projects must include at least one of the recommendations made by the auditor. Contact: Neighborhood Energy Connection, 624 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul , MN 55104; 651-221-4462 Ext.132; Fax: (651) 221-9831;
http://www.thenec.org/energy_financing/index.php?strWebAction=article_detail&
intArticleID=222

Cash Rebates for Power Saving Home Improvements
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, New Prague Utilities Commission provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), ceiling fans, light fixtures, heat pumps (air and ground source), dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Incentives range from $2 for fluorescent light bulbs up to $200 for central A/Cs (plus $75 for every 1 SEER above 14.)  Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. In addition to these rebates, residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: New Prague Utilities Commission, 118 Central Ave. N, New Prague, MN 56071-1534; 952-758-1134; http://www.saveenergyinnewprague.com/

Energy Efficient Incentives on Offer
New Ulm Public Utilities (NUPU) offers incentives for its residential customers to install energy-efficient equipment in their homes and 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 $200-350 for central A/C units. 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

Rebates for Power Efficient Equipment
Utilising help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, North Branch Municipal Water & Light provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, central and room air conditioners, ceiling fans, light fixtures, air and ground heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Incentives go up to $200 for central A/Cs, which are also available  Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. In addition to these rebates, residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: North Branch Municipal Water & Light, PO Box 176, 6388 Maple Street, North Branch, MN 55056-0176; 651-674-7100; http://www.saveenergyinnorthbranch.com/

$12,000 Loans for New Electric Technologies
Otter Tail Power Company's DollarSmart Financing Program offers $150 - $7,000 loans to residential customers. In addition, residential customers are eligible for financing up to $12,000 for geothermal heat pump installations and installation of combination electric systems. 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 application, 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

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), customers are also eligible for additional rebates including motors and heat pumps. In addition, the Otter Tail Power Company offers the HotPack Program which provides residential customers who replace or install an electric water heater with a free package of energy-saving devices, which includes water-saving shower head, kitchen or bath aerator, insulating pipe wrap, water temperature gauge card, and water-flow tester. 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

Rebates in Energy Conserve and Save Program
Owatonna offers incentives for its residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in their homes through their Conserve and Save Rebate Program. Rebates are available for clothes washers/dryers, dishwasher, refrigerators/freezers, dehumidifiers, water heaters, lighting, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, building insulation, motors, ceiling fan with lighting. Rebates range from $15 for light fixtures to $100-300 for boilers, depending on efficiency. Customer Service, Owatonna Public Utilities, PO Box 800, Owatonna, MN 55060-0800; 507-451-2480; Fax: 507-451-4940; http://www.owatonnautilities.com/forms.php

Rebates for Energy Efficient Technologies
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Preston Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), ceiling fans, light fixtures, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled.  Maximum incentive is for central A/Cs,  $200 plus $75 for each additional SEER over 14. Contact: Preston Public Utilities, PO Box 657, 210 Fillmore St. West, Preston, MN 55965-0657; 507-765-2491;
http://www.saveenergyinpreston.com/

Incentives for Power Saving Measures in Your Home
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Princeton PUC provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), ceiling fans, light fixtures, air and ground source heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. Incentives from $2 up to $200 for central A/Cs plus $75 for each additional SEER over 14. In addition to these rebates, residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: Princeton PUC, PO Box 218, 907 First Street, Princeton, MN 55371-0218; 763-389-5844;
http://www.saveenergyinprinceton.com/

Rebates to Improve Power Efficiency in Your Home
Utilising help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Redwood Falls Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, central and room air conditioners, ceiling fans, light fixtures, heat pumps (air and ground source), dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Incentives range from $2 to $200.Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. In addition to these rebates, residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: Redwood Falls Public Utilities, PO Box 526, 333 South Washington Street, Redwood Falls, MN 56283-0526; 507-637-5789;
http://www.saveenergyinredwoodfalls.com/

$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

Rebates to Install Power Efficient Technologies in Your Home
Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) offers incentives for its residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in their homes through their Conserve and Save Rebate Program. Eligible efficiency technologies are: clothes washers/dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators/freezers, dehumidifiers, water heaters, lighting, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, building insulation, motors, and ceiling fans with lighting. Incentives range from $15 up to $100-300 for boilers. In addition, the utility will also provide rebates for LED Christmas lights purchased between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: Residential Rebates, Rochester Public Utilities, 4000 East River Road NE, Rochester, MN 55906, 507-280-1537; 507-280-1500; http://www.rpu.org/your_home/rebates_and_incentives/conserve_and_save/

Incentives for Improving The Energy Efficiency of Your Home
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Saint Peter Municipal Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, central and room air conditioners, ceiling fans, light fixtures, air and ground source heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Incentives range from $15 to $200 for central air conditioners (plus $75 for every 1 SEER over 14). Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. In addition to these rebates, residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: Saint Peter Municipal Utilities, 405 W St. Julien Street, Saint Peter, MN 56082-1874; 507-934-0771; http://www.saveenergyinsaintpeter.com/

Rebates for Purchasing Energy Saving Appliances
Shakopee Public Utilities offers its residential customers rebates on energy-efficient household appliances. Qualifying appliances, windows, and doors must be Energy Star rated. Maximum incentive is the window/door rebate which is $750. Rebates are limited to purchases made in the current year and applications must be submitted for processing no later than November 30. Contact: Rebates, Shakopee Public Utilities, PO Box 470, Shakopee, MN 55379-0470; 952-233-1524; 954-445-1988; http://www.shakopeeutilities.com/

Up to $10,000 in Solar Hot Water Rebate Program
The Minnesota Office of Energy Security (OES) offers rebates for residential and 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: Single family: lesser of 25% of system cost or $2,500 for new systems, 50% or $1,000 for system repairs; 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=536885
396&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_1108
02025911_RebateInstructions.pdf

Incentives to Improve the Power Efficiency of Your Home
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Spring Valley Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), ceiling fans, light fixtures, air and ground source heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Incentives range from $25 up to over $200. Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. In addition to these rebates, residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: Spring Valley Public Utilities, 104 South Section Avenue, Spring Valley, MN 55975-1646; 507-346-7622;
http://www.saveenergyinspringvalley.com/

Rebates for Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Utilising help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Waseca Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, central and room air conditioners, ceiling fans, light fixtures, air and ground source heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. In addition to these rebates residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: Waseca Utilities, 508 South State Street, Waseca, MN 56093-3033; 507-835-9713; http://www.saveenergyinwaseca.com/

Rebates for Power Efficient Technologies
With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Wells Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), ceiling fans, light fixtures, heat pumps (air and ground source), dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Appliances must be Energy Star to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. In addition to these rebates residential customers can receive rebates on LED holiday lights between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Contact: Wells Public Utilities, PO Box 96, 101 First Street SE, Wells, MN 56097-0096; 507-553-3119; http://www.saveenergyinwells.com/

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/

Incentives for Power Efficient Equipment
Willmar Municipal Utilities (WMU) offer rebates on Energy Star rated appliances and air conditioners. Eligible efficient technologies include clothes washers/dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators/freezers, water heaters, and air conditioners. Incentive amounts are: refrigerator $50, clothes washer $50, dishwasher $50, central A/C $200, and water heater $1.25/gallon (bonus $100 to convert to an electric water heater from another fuel source). WMU also offers a Load Sharing Program where participating customers can receive a $10 per month credit on their electric bills if they allow their water heaters to be energized only from 11:00 PM until 7:00 AM, and free load shifting equipment for their air conditioners.
Contact: Energy Services, Willmar Municipal Utilities, 700 SW Litchfield Ave.,
Willmar, MN 56201; 320-235-4422; Fax: (320) 235-3980;
http://wmu.willmar.mn.us/energy_services.htm

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

Financial Incentives for Energy Star Appliances
Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association provides financial incentives for its residential customers to purchase and install Energy Star rated appliances in their homes. Rebates are offered for qualified clothes washers, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, ground-source heat pumps, and window A/C units. Incentive amounts are clothes washer $25, dehumidifier $25, freezer $25, refrigerator $25, refrigerator/freezer w/ recycling $50, window AC unit $25, and geothermal heat pump: $150 per ton. All equipment must be Energy Star rated and installed within Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association service territory. Rebates are issued as credit on utility bills. Contact: Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, PO Box 330, Rockford, MN 55373-0330; 763-477-3000; 800-943-2667;
http://www.whe.org/whelectric/rebate.asp

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. Please note that the application deadline for the third and most recent funding cycle is now closed. The fourth funding cycle has not yet been scheduled. Contact: Xcel Energy, 414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993; 800-895-4999; Fax: 612-330-7601;
http://www.xcelenergy.com/rdf/

Rebates for Energy Efficient Technologies
Xcel Energy offers rebates and other incentives for its Minnesota residential customers for energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Eligible technologies are water heaters, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and air conditioners. Incentive amounts range from $30 for central A/C to $330 for air source heat pumps. Residential customers may also qualify for Home Performance Rebate program. In order to be eligible customers must install a minimum of five Energy Star appliances in their home. Xcel Energy also offers the residential Saver's Switch program. Residents receive a bill credit during the summer months in exchange for agreeing to have their air conditioning systems cycled on and off during peak energy demand periods. Contact: Xcel Energy, P.O. Box 59, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0059; 800-481-4700;
http://www.xcelenergy.com/XLWEB/CDA/0,3080,1-1-2_738-316-5_538_969-0,00.html

 
Mississippi Energy Programs for Homeowners

Up to $500 in Rebates on Heat Pumps
Coast Electric Power Association (CEPA) provides rebates on heat pumps to new homes which meet certain weatherization standards. To qualify for this rebate the home must meet certain criteria. If these criteria are met, the home owner can receive rebates ranging from $300 to $500 for new, energy efficient heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. This program is available to CEPA members only and various other requirements may apply. CEPA also has a Comfort Advantage for Existing Homes Program which provides CEPA members with a rebate of $300 when they change out their existing strip heat/air conditioning or gas system to a heat pump with a rating of 13 SEER or higher. Contact: Customer Service, Coast Electric Power Association, 302 US Highway 90, PO Box 2430, Bay St. Louis, MS 39521-2430; 228-467-6535
800-624-3348; http://www.coastepa.com/ca_res.aspx

Loans up to $10,000 for Energy Efficient Upgrades to your Home
Mississippi Power offers loans to its residential customers to help pay for energy efficient upgrades. The loan can be used for heat pumps, heating & cooling systems, electric water heaters, electric cooking if included with electric heat or electric hot water heating, thermal improvements, duct sealing and infiltration control insulation, storm doors, windows and programmable thermostats. Loans from $500 to $10,000. Interest rates can be as low as 9.9% and the term can be 2, 4, 5 or 6 years. Contact: Mississippi Power, Heat Pump Financing, PO Box 4079, Gulfport, MS 39502-4079; 866-251-1943; Fax: 228-865-5843; http://www.mississippipower.com/residential/financing.asp

Rebates up to $150 to Replace Old Gas Heat Pumps 
Mississippi Power offers a $150 rebate to their customers when they replace their old gas heat pumps, and a $100 rebate when they replace their old gas water pumps with new energy efficient electric space and water heating. Contact: Mississippi Power, Customer Service, PO Box 4079, Gulfport, MS 39502-4079; 866-251-1943; 800- 532-1502; Fax: (228) 385-5249; http://www.mississippipower.com/residential/home.asp

Receive up to $500 in Rebates
Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association provides incentives through its Comfort Advantage Program to encourage energy efficiency within the residential sector. Rebates are available for heat pumps ($200) and electric water heaters ($150) in both new and existing homes. However, higher rebates are offered if a home meets the standards of a Comfort Advantage Home. Such homes must be new and meet certain criteria. If these criteria are met, the home owner can receive rebates up to $500 for new, energy efficient heat pumps (SEER of 15 or higher) or geothermal heat pumps. These Comfort Advantage incentives are paid to whoever decides to incorporate Comfort Advantage Standards, either the owner or builder. Contact: Customer Service, Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association, PO Box 1217, 1422 Highway 13 North, Columbia, MS 39429
601-736-2666; 601-736-1271; http://www.prvepa.com/comfadv.html

$500 to Replace Your Heat Pump
Singing River Electric Power Association provides rebates on heat pumps to new homes which meet certain weatherization standards. To qualify for this rebate the home must meet certain criteria. If these criteria are met, the home owner can receive rebates ranging from $300 to $500 ($150 for each additional unit) for energy efficient heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. This program is available to Singing River members only and various other requirements may apply. Singing River EPA also has a Comfort Advantage for Existing Homes Program which provides members with a rebate of $300 when they change out their existing strip heat/air conditioning or gas system to a heat pump with a rating of 13 SEER or higher. Contact: Customer Service – SREPA, Singing River Electric Power Association, P.O. Box 767, Lucedale, MS 39452; 601-947-4211; 228-497-1313; http://www.singingriver.com/ca.html

Get $450 in Rebates to Replace Your Heat Pump
Southern Pine Electric Power Association offers the Comfort Advantage Home Program which provides rebates on heat pumps to new homes which meet certain weatherization standards. The home must meet certain criteria; once this is done
the home owner can receive rebates ranging from $300 to $450 for new, energy efficient heat pumps. Contact: Customer Service, Southern Pine Electric Power Association, 110 Risher Street, PO Box 60, Taylorsville, MS 39168; 800-231-5240; 601-785-6511; http://www.spepa.com/

Low Interest Fixed Rate Loans for Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association, in conjunction with The Tennessee Valley Authority, helps their residential members finance new energy efficient heat pumps through their Energy Right Heat Pump Loan Program. Customers who qualify for the loan can borrow money with a low, fixed interest rate for up to 10 years to finance the purchase of a new heat pump. Contact: Customer Service, Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association, PO Box 513, 250 Power Drive, Batesville, MS, 38606; 662-563-4742; Fax: (662) 563-8615; http://www.tvepa.com/programs.htm

Low Interest Loans for Replacement Heat Pumps
Tupelo Water and Light, through a partnership with The Tennessee Valley Authority, offers low-interest financing to qualified customers who wish to install/replace an electric heat pump in their homes. The present TVA guidelines allow a maximum loan amount of $7,500 to be repaid over a ten year period at an interest rate of 9%. To gain financing, customers must complete a loan application available at TW&L's offices. Once financing has been approved, Tupelo Water and Light will provide the customer with a list of approved contractors. These contractors will give free estimates, and if any insulation is required to bring the home up to TVA standards, this cost may also be included in the loan for the heat pump. Contact: Billing & Collections Office, Tupelo Water and Light, 320 Court Street, Tupelo, MS 38804; 662-841-6470; http://www.ci.tupelo.ms.us/water-light/heat_pump_prog.htm

$500 Incentive for Solar 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 residential/small-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 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. Qualifying sources for residential/small-commercial projects include photovoltaic and wind turbine systems with a minimum output of 500 watts AC and a maximum of 50 kW. 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. Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101; http://www.gpsgenpartners.com/

 
Missouri Energy Programs for Homeowners

Up to $200 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

$500 to Safely Connect Your Electric Generator 
Safe Connect is a rebate program for a system that is designed to provide safety in connecting a backup electric generator to your home’s electrical system. It’s primarily a generator transfer switch system.  AmerenUE residential electric customers can be eligible for a 50% rebate on the cost of a Safe Connect system with a maximum rebate of $500.  Contact:  Rebate Program Coordinator, AmerenUE, 1901 Choteau Ave., Mail Code 921, St. Louis, MO 63013; 800-210-8131; http://www.ameren.com/SafeConnect/
Application:  http://www.ameren.com/SafeConnect/ADC_DocumentC0Form.pdf

Rebates up to $400 to Energize Your Home
City Utilities of Springfield Missouri provides incentives for its residential customers to increase the efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for programmable thermostats, energy audits, insulation upgrades, HVAC equipment, efficient toilets and rain-sensing irrigation equipment. The HVAC rebates are available for single- and multi-family residential customers, but the other rebates can only be claimed by single-family customers. Applicants must also own the residence and be the customer of record for an active, non-delinquent account.  Each participant also receives a water heater insulation blanket, a kitchen faucet aerator, a low-flow showerhead and a high-efficiency compact fluorescent light bulb. Rebates range from $25 to $400.  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 Total Rebates to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Columbia Water and Light, a municipal utility, offers rebates to its residential customers who make certain energy efficient improvements to their homes. Under the Home Performance with Energy Star program, rebates are available for windows, doors, and building insulation while rebates for air duct sealing are based on performance tests.  Each eligible measure has a maximum rebate and the total of all rebates may not exceed $1,000.   Newly constructed homes are not eligible for these rebates.  In order to participate in the program, customers must first have a Comprehensive Home Assessment performed by an approved contractor or by utility staff. Only improvements recommended by the assessment report are eligible for rebates.  Contact:  Columbia Water & Light, PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205; 573-874-7325; Fax:  573-443-6875; http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Home_Performance/homeperformancerebates.php
Application:  http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Documents/HPrebateApp.pdf

$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

Low-Interest Loans for Energy Home Upgrades
The Columbia Water & Light (CWL) Super Saver Loans allow Columbia residents to finance energy improvements to their homes with affordable, low-interest loans with five year terms. The loans can be used to install insulation, heating and cooling systems, solar water heating and solar space heating. Before work commences, a representative from Columbia Water & Light will conduct an energy audit of the home and suggest ways in which the home's efficiency could be improved.  Participants in the utility's Home Performance with Energy Star program may also be eligible for a Super Saver Loan for windows, doors, and air duct sealing improvements, subject to minimum performance standards for each type of improvement.  Loan amounts vary.  Contact:  Columbia Water & Light, PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205; 573-874-7325; Fax:  573-443-6875;  http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Conservation/loans.php
Application:  http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Documents/LoanApp.pdf

Up to $350 for Energy Saving Heat Pumps
Co-Mo Electric Cooperative provides rebates to its residential members who install air source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. The geothermal rebate is $350 per ton and is available for any residential installation of a closed-loop ground-source heat pump. The air source heat pump rebate is $200 per ton. The air source heat pump must be Energy Star certified with a SEER rating of 14 or higher. Heat pumps that receive rebates may be subject to Co-Mo Load Control Programs.  For more details, contact:  Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, 29868 Hwy 5, PO Box 220, Tipton, MO 65081-0220; 660-433-5521 or 800-781-0157; http://www.co-mo.coop/index.php?page=files/Ground.htm
Application:  http://www.co-mo.coop/Website%20Rebate%20Application-HeatPump.pdf

$50 to $100 for Energy Efficient Appliances 
The Energy Saving Home Appliance Rebate Program offers rebates on Energy Star clothes washers, dish washers, window air conditioners, and electric tank water heaters. Rebates are $100 for clothes washers and $50 each for all other appliances.  For more details, contact:  Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, 29868 Hwy 5, PO Box 220, Tipton, MO 65081-0220; 660-433-5521 or 800-781-0157; http://www.co-mo.coop/index.php?page=files/Ground.htm
Application:  http://www.co-mo.coop/Website%20Rebate%20Application-Home%20Appliances.pdf

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

Up to $698 Rebates for Energy Efficient Equipment
Independence Power & Light offers rebates on energy-efficient equipment to its residential customers.  Air conditioners ($137 to $260), heat pumps ($255 to $698) and electric water heaters ($75 to $150) which meet the required efficiency levels and are installed in single-family homes are eligible for rebates. The rebate application form and receipts must be submitted to IPL within one year of the equipment installation. Rebates take approximately 6-8 weeks to process before checks are mailed.  Contact:  Rebate Programs, Independence Power & Light, 21500 E. Truman Road, PO Box 1019, Independence, MO 64051-0519; 816-325-7495; Fax:  816-325-7470; http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/pl/Rebates.aspx
Application: http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/pl/pdf/rebate_ac.pdf (air conditioner); http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/pl/pdf/rebate_hpf_hpe.pdf (heat pump); http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/pl/pdf/rebate_hpf_hpe.pdf (electric water heater)

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

$850 for a New A/C and Heat Pump System
Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) offers rebates to its residential customers to help offset the cost of replacing inefficient central AC and heat pump systems with newer, more efficient models. In order to qualify for a rebate, the system being replaced must have an EER of 8.0 or less, as tested by a CheckMe!-trained HVAC contractor. The replacement of "dead" systems will not be supported under this program because these systems cannot be tested. New systems must have a minimum SEER of 14 in order to receive the basic $650 rebate. Systems with a SEER of 16 or higher can receive a rebate of $850.  Customers may qualify for basic maintenance services to help tune-up qualifying equipment, even if they do not purchase a new system. In addition, residential customers may qualify for a rate discount through KCP&L if they install a qualifying heat pump. Contact:  Kansas City Power & Light, P.O. Box 418679, Kansas City, MO 64141-9679; 816-654-1776 or 866-276-9303; Fax:  816-654-1970; http://www.kcpl.com/coolhomes/  
Application:  Customers do not need to fill out any paperwork to obtain this incentive. The rebate is paid to the installing HVAC contractor who then passes it on in the form of a credit on the billing invoice.  

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

$600 Rebate for Home Energy Assessment & Improvements
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) offers rebates to its residential customers towards the cost of an Energy Star Home Energy Assessment and a portion of the installed efficiency improvements. Home assessments must be performed by a certified Home Performance with Energy Star contractor or consultant in order to qualify for a rebate. In addition, rebates will only be awarded to customers who install at least one of the efficiency improvements identified during the assessment and customers are limited to one rebate per assessment. The list of measures eligible for rebates is open-ended and depends on the results of the home assessment.  The amount of the rebate will vary according to assessment and implementation costs, but may not exceed $600.  Contact: Kansas City Power & Light, P.O. Box 418679, Kansas City, MO 64141-9679; 816-471-5275; http://www.kcpl.com/residential/homeperf.html
Application:  http://www.kcpl.com/residential/homeperf/rebateapp.pdf

$100 to $300 for Heat Pumps & Water Heaters
Kirkwood Electric offers rebates to its residential customers who install energy-efficient heat pumps and electric hot water heaters in their new and existing homes. Customers will be given a rebate of $300 for each electric heat pump installed and an additional $100 for each electric water heater installed. Customers can use any electrician/HVAC dealer licensed to work in the city of Kirkwood. Customers who are interested can call the Building Commissioner's Office for a list of licensed electricians (see below).  Contact:  Customer Service, Kirkwood Electric, 139 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122; 314-822-5843; http://www.ci.kirkwood.mo.us/electric/rebateprogram.htm

$2,000 to Improve Your Energy Efficiency
Through the Laclede Gas Company, the Insulation Financing Program loans funds to qualifying residential customers for insulation improvements to their homes, up to $2,000 at a 3% interest rate. Any leftover funds may be used for the purchase of storm windows and doors.  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/financing.php

$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

Up to $200 for Energy Saving Hot Water Heaters
Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) offers its residential customers rebates for the purchase and installation of efficient natural gas water heaters and hot water tanks. Qualified tankless water heaters are eligible for a rebate of $200 while qualified hot water tanks are eligible for a rebate of $40. All equipment must meet the minimum efficiency requirements set by MGE.  Rebates are paid in the form of a credit on the customer's bill and are limited to one per account.  Additional rebates are available for customers that make purchases from preferred vendors. Contact:  Customer Service, Missouri Gas Energy, Natural Gas Conservation Incentives, 3420 Broadway, Kansas City , MO 64111; 800-582-1234; https://www.missourigasenergy.com/MGE/conservation/waterHeatingIncentives.jsp

$50 to $750 in Rebates for Energy Efficient Upgrades
Ozark Border Electric Cooperative has rebates available to its residential members for the installation of energy efficient geothermal heat pumps, air source heat pumps, and a variety of home appliances. Geothermal heat pumps have a rebate of $750 per ton per metered account and must meet certain energy efficiency standards. Air source heat pumps have a rebate of $150 per ton, with a limit of 4 tons, per metered account. For both heat pump rebates, the system must be the primary heating system in the home. The appliance rebate program offers rebates on room A/C units, dishwashers, clothes washers, and electric water heaters. The water heater rebate is $50 to $75 dollars depending on whether you are installing a new water heater/replacing a gas one, or replacing an old electric one. The other appliances must be Energy Star certified, and have rebates of $50-$100.  Contact:  Rebates, Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, 3281 S. Westwood, PO Box 400, Poplar Bluff, MO  63902; 573-785-4631 or 800-392-0567; http://www.ozarkborder.org/rebates.html
Application:  http://www.ozarkborder.org/pdfs/rebate%20appliance.pdf

$2,000 Tax Deduction for Energy Audits & Improvements to Your Home
The state of Missouri allows homeowners to deduct from their income taxes the cost of home energy audits and energy efficiency improvements based on recommendations made in such an audit. The tax deduction is valid for expenses of this nature incurred on or after January 1, 2009. The deduction has $1,000 limit per individual or joint taxpayer return and a $2,000 cumulative limit per individual or joint taxpayer. All deductions must be taken in the year in which the expenses were incurred. Audits must be performed by a home energy auditor certified by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A taxpayer may not take a deduction for work that received any sort of incentive or rebate through the state or through a utility-sponsored program.  For more information, contact:  Personal Income Tax, Missouri Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 2200, Jefferson City, MO 65105-2200; 573-751-3505; Fax:  573-751-2195; http://www.senate.mo.gov/08info/pdf-bill/tat/SB1181.pdf and http://dor.mo.gov/tax/personal/individual/

$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/

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/

 
Montana Energy Programs for Homeowners

Loans up to $40,000 for Alternative Technologies
The Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program (AERLP) provides loans to individuals to install alternative energy systems that generate energy for their own use. Eligible efficiency technologies are: building insulation, windows, doors, appliances and other measures installed as  part of the alternative energy project. Elgible renewable technologies are solar water heat, photovoltaics, wind, biomass, geothermal heat pumps, small hydroelectric, fuel cells using renewable fuels, and landfill gas. Maximum loan amounts are $40,000 (subject to available funds) and extending the repayment period to 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

Tax Credit up to $500 for 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

$750 Homeowner Rebate for New Electrically Heated Home
Flathead Electric encourages its residential customers to occupy energy efficient homes. A $750 Homeowner Rebate is payable to Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured (NEEM) home buyers who site a new electrically heated NEEM home in their service territory. Home buyers will be required to submit a rebate form to Flathead Electric prior to set-up inspection. Contact: Flathead Electric Cooperative, 2510 US Hwy 2 East, Kalispell, MT 59901; 406-751-4485; 406-751-4483; http://www.flatheadelectric.com/energy/neem/neem.html

Rebates up to $3000 for Installation of  Effficent and Renewable Technologies
Flathead Electric offers incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through a variety of equipment rebates. Customers who have a pre-approved contractor install a geothermal heat pump are eligible for a $3,000 rebate while a new energy efficient air source heat pump is eligible for a $1,000 rebate. Rebates are also available for the following: water heater $60; clothes washer with electric water heater $70, with gas heater $25; refrigerator $25; dishwasher $25; and freezer $10. Contact: Flathead Electric Cooperative, 2510 US Hwy 2 East, Kalispell, MT 59901; 406-751-4485; 406-751-4483; http://www.flatheadelectric.com/energy/Rebates.html

Rebates for Energy Efficient Technologies
NorthWestern Energy offers a variety of rebates for their residential customers to make energy efficiency improvements in their existing homes. Customers who purchase an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat from a local retailer and install it in their home are eligible for a $30 rebate. Northwestern Energy also offers rebates for a variety of gas heating equipment improvements including the installation of boilers, furnaces, equipment and building insulation, energy management systems/building controls, gas convection ovens, and lighting. In addition to the home improvement rebates listed above, The E+ New Homes Program offers rebates for new home construction that incorporates certain energy efficiency measures. Contact: NorthWestern Energy
40 East Broadway, Butte, MT 59701; 406-497-3516; http://www.northwesternenergy.com/display.aspx?Page=Rebates_Home_MT&Item=102

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 $3.00/watt are offered for private solar PV installations up to a maximum of $6,000 per customer; the incentive for wind is $2/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

Property Tax Exemptions to $100,000 for Multi-Family, $20,000 for Single Montana's property tax exemption for recognized nonfossil 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 single-family residential dwellings up to $20,000 in value and for multifamily residential dwellings up to $100,000 in 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: 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) or 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 up to $500 for Installation of Renewable Technologies
Residential taxpayers who install an energy system using a recognized non-fossil form of energy on their home are eligible for a tax credit equal to the amount of the cost of the system and installation of the system, not to exceed $500. Recognized non-fossil forms of energy generation means a system that captures energy or converts energy sources into usable sources, including electricity, by using solar energy, including passive solar systems;  wind; solid waste; the decomposition of organic wastes; geothermal; fuel cells that do not require hydrocarbon fuel; or an alternative energy system; a system that produces electric power from biomass or solid wood wastes; or a small system that uses water power by means of an impoundment that is not over 20 acres in surface area. 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/TaxIncentRenew.asp - 15-32-201 or 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 up to $1500 for Installation Costs of Geothermal Heating/Cooling
A resident taxpayer of Montana who installs a geothermal heating or cooling system in their principal dwelling can claim a tax credit based on the installation costs of the system, not to exceed $1,500. 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/TaxIncentRenew.asp - 15-32-115 or 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

Up to $1000 in Rebates for Purchasing Energy Efficient Equipment
The Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative offers rebates to its residential 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 $1000 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

Rebate up to $150 for Purchase of a New Electric Water Heater
The Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative will rebate $150.00 for the purchase of a new electric water heater which has either been installed in a newly constructed residence or which has replaced a gas or propane water heater within an existing residence. If a new electric water heater has been purchased to replace an electric water heater in an existing residence, a $100.00 rebate will be given. 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=36

$25 to $50 for Kitchen Appliance Upgrades
The Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative is offering rebates on qualifying energy efficient Energy Star rated Dishwashers, Refrigerators, and Washing Machines. YVEC offers a rebate of $25 on Energy Star dishwasher and refrigerators, and $50 on Energy Star washing machines. 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=37

 
Nebraska Energy Programs for Homeowners

Up to $75,000 in Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Improvements
This program makes available low interest loans for residential 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 $75,000. 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/

Credit Refund for Installation of Approved Heat Pumps
Omaha Public Power District offers energy credit refunds to its residential customers for installing high-efficiency heat pumps through their Energy Conservation Program. For high-efficiency electric heat pumps larger than 1.5 tons with a SEER rating of 10 or greater, OPPD will pay $250 per unit for single family structures and $150 per ton for multi-family structures. OPPD will also provide $75 per unit for heat pumps 1.5 tons and smaller. The rebate is available to any customer who either purchases and installs a new high-efficiency heat pump in a new residential structure, or replaces their existing standard air conditioner with a heat pump and is using natural gas or propane for supplemental heating. Customers who install a heat pump are also eligible to receive the special Energy Conservation Rate. Contact: HVAC Technology Department, Omaha Public Power District, 444 S. 16th St. Mall, Omaha, NE 68102-2247; 402-636-3753; 800-648-2658; http://www.oppd.com/ResidentialCustomers/FAQs/22_001511

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/

$500 in Rebates for Energy Efficient Technologies
Twin Valleys Public Power District offers rebates to its residential customers for energy-efficient space heating and water heating equipment. Incentive amounts are: resistance heating (furnace, baseboard, or cove) $200 per unit; air-source heat pump $500 per unit; ground-source heat pump $500 per unit; resistance water heating (40 gallon or larger) $50 per unit; heat pump water heating $100 per unit. Incentives only apply to new construction or conversion installations and all equipment must be new, permanently installed and operating. Mobile homes are eligible for the rebates, but they must be on a permanent foundation. Contact: Customer Service, Twin Valleys, Public Power District, PO box 160, 1145 Nasby Street, Cambridge, NE 69022; 800-658-4266; 308-697-3315; Fax: 308-697-4877; http://www.twinvalleysppd.com/electric_heat.html

 
Nevada Energy Programs for Homeowners

Energy Saving Rebates up to $175
NV Energy offers rebates for the installation of high efficiency stand-alone gas furnaces and gas boilers for residential customers in northern Nevada. A refrigerator recycling rebate is also offered for eligible older model refrigerators (you get $30). NV Energy will pick up the refrigerator for free. Rebates range from $30 to $175.  To learn more, contact:  NV Energy, P O Box 10100, Reno, NV 89520; 775-834-4444; http://www.nvenergy.com/saveenergy/home/rebates/refrigeratorrecycling.cfm

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/

$1,625 to Install a New Air Conditioner
NV Energy offers rebates for the installation of high efficiency A/C units, air source heat pumps, and pool pumps for residential customers in southern Nevada. The air conditioning rebate is for non-window A/C units and air source heat pumps with a minimum SEER of 14 or higher.  Up to $1,625 is available.  Contact:  NV Energy, State of Nevada, Nevada Energy Connection, 6100 Neil Rd., Reno, NV 89511; 800-962-0399; Fax:  755-834-4202; http://www.nvenergy.com/saveenergy/home/rebates/airconditioning.cfm

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

 
New Hampshire Energy Programs for Homeowners

Property Tax Exemptions in New Hampshire
New Hampshire allows cities and towns to offer an exemption from residential property taxes in the amount of the assessed value of a renewable-energy system used on the property. Eligible technologies include solar-energy systems (photovoltaic systems, solar space-heating systems, solar water-heating systems, passive solar-energy systems), wind-energy systems, and wood-fired central heating systems. Cities and towns must adopt an exemption provision separately for each energy source. Contact: NH Office of Energy and Planning, 4 Chenell Drive, Concord, NH 03301-8501; 603-271-2155; Fax: 603-271-2615; http://nh.gov/oep/programs/energy/RenewableEnergyIncentives.htm

Up to $4000 for Electric Efficiency Improvements
The National Grid’s 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 rebates to National Grid's residential customers for the purchase and installation of certain Energy Star certified equipment. Eligible equipment includes lights, washers, and room air conditioners. Rebates range from $1 to $50. The Home Energy Solutions Program offers National Grid's New Hampshire residential customers up to $4,000 in services for qualified electric efficiency improvements. This program is available to customers with average electric use of 30 kWh per day or more. Incentives are available to replace inefficient lighting and refrigerators and to add insulation in electrically heated homes. Contact: National Grid Energy Efficiency, PO Box 960, Northborough, MA 01532-0960; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

$1000 Rebates In Gas Energy Efficiency Program
National Grid’s High Efficiency Heating Rebates are offered to any residential heating customers in New Hampshire. Eligible technologies are 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. National Grid also 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, PO Box 960, Northborough, MA 01532-0960; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Generous Rebates to Install Solar Thermal Technologies
National Grid provides funding support to residential 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. Eligibility requirements are in place to ensure quality installation of solar thermal systems. National Grid residential customers with eligible SHW systems 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. 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. 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), PO Box 960, Northborough, MA 01532-0960; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

Rebates to $4500 to Increase Energy Efficiency in Your Home
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op provides incentives for its residential members to increase the efficiency of their homes through several rebate programs. First, members can receive a free Home Energy Analysis through their Home Energy Solutions Program. The analysis will examine the home's air sealing, insulation, equipment thermostats and insulation, as well as the energy consumption of the home's refrigerator. The NHEC representative will recommend certain improvements during the evaluation and offer 50% - 100% off the cost of the improvements up to a total of $4,000.  NHEC also offers rebates on Energy Star rated lighting, room air conditioners and washing machines. To qualify for the Energy Star Home rebate, the home must be a new or completely renovated existing single-family or multi-family home, located in the Co-op's service territory. NHEC also provides rebates to customers who install new or upgraded air source or geothermal heat pumps. The rebate is worth $1,000-$2,000 for a new energy efficient air source heat pump and $800 per ton, up to a maximum of $4,500, for geothermal heat pumps. 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/residential_homeenergysolutions.php

Incentive Program to Install Energy Efficient Products
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op's SmartSTART Program is a no money down option to have energy efficient products installed in a home. 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, or $34 per month. 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 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. This program provides rebates of 25% of the installed project cost, up to $5,000. 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

$$$ available in Weatherization and Efficient Heating Program 
Northern Utilities 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, Northern Utilities offers a $25 "Self Install" rebate.
Customers can learn how to improve the energy efficiency of their home and save money on energy bills with a Home Energy Assessment. Northern Utilities' Partners in Energy Program offers up to $150 toward an in-home energy assessment.
Northern Utilities 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. In addition, Northern Utilities 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 $7500 in Rebates to Improve Power Efficiency
Public Service of New Hampshire provides incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Prescriptive rebates are available for the purchase of Energy Star rated clothes washers ($50), room air conditioners ($20), and lighting ($10 per fixture, $2 per CFL bulb). Customers who wish to improve the efficiency of their homes as a whole can also participate in the Home Energy Solutions Program. Through this program PSNH will send an energy auditor to the customer's house to perform a variety of diagnostic tests to discover the largest areas for improvement to the home's energy efficiency. The customer may then receive rebates up to $2,500 if installing an air source heat pump and rebates of up to $7,500 if installing a geothermal heat pump, to carry out the recommended improvements including increased insulation levels, air sealing, duct sealing, improved HVAC filters, and other improvements identified by the auditor. 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/Residential/Efficiency/default.asp

$4000 in Rebates in Residential Energy Efficiency Programs
Unitil offers its residential 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 labeled lighting, refrigerators, clothes washers, and air conditioning units. Rebates from $1 - $10 are offered on various Energy Star lighting fixtures. The Home Energy Assistance Program aids low-income customers in improving their home's energy efficiency. Products and services are provided at no cost to customers meeting program income guidelines, regardless of heating fuel type. Products and services of up to $4,000 are available to eligible customers. 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

 
New Jersey Energy Programs for Homeowners

$25 to $400 Rebates for Energy Saving Heating & Water Systems
The WARMAdvantage Program’s offers incentives to improve the energy efficiency of natural gas heating systems and water heaters. The N.J. Clean Energy Program offers rebates on furnaces, boilers and water heaters. Furnaces and boilers can qualify for incentives of $300 to $400, depending on level of efficiency. A water heater with an Energy Factor of 0.62 or greater can qualify for a $25 rebate while a water heat with an EF of 0.82 or higher qualifies for a $300 rebate. Customers of Atlantic City Electric, South Jersey Gas, PSE&G and Elizabethtown Gas are eligible to apply for this rebate. Installations in newly constructed homes are only eligible if the home is in the Smart Growth Area.  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/residential/programs/warmadvantage/warmadvantage
Application:  To obtain a rebate application, call 1-866-NJSMART.

$$ Cash Back for A/Cs and Heat Pumps
The COOLAdvantage Program’s offers incentives to improve the energy efficiency of new central electric air conditioners and heat pumps. To promote both the sale of energy efficient units and proper installation techniques, the N.J. Clean Energy Program offers rebates for properly sized and installed high efficiency systems. In order to qualify for a rebate, the unit must meet a minimum energy efficient standard, based on its SEER, EER or HSPF ratings, with higher rated systems receiving higher rebates.  Customers of Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power & Light, PSE&G and Rockland Electric Company are eligible to apply for this rebate. Rebates range from $100 to $150, which varies by efficiency.  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/residential/programs/cooladvantage/cooladvantage-program

$20,000 to Improve the Efficiency of Your Home
The Home Performance with Energy Star Program offers incentives for homeowners that want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Qualifying measures include HVAC improvements, appliance upgrades and the installation of better insulation, as well as safety measures like radon and smoke detectors. In order to receive incentives from this program, eligible work must be performed by a BPI-certified contractor and costs must exceed $2,500.  Homeowners may elect to receive either low-interest financing (up to 100% of total costs or $20,000) or a cash rebate (up to 50% of total costs or up to $5,000) for the qualified home improvements. Customers that choose the cash incentive must make arrangements for payment with their contractor. Customers that choose the loan must apply through Energy Finance Solutions.  Also available is a complete Home Assessments through this program for $250, and some customers may qualify for a partial reimbursement of this expense based on the amount of work they have completed. New Jersey Natural Gas offers a $250 matching rebate against assessment costs for work completed (http://www.njng.com/conservation/special_offers.asp).  Find out more by contacting:  Customer Service, Conservation Services Group, Customer Care Center, 75 Lincoln Highway, Suite 100, Iselin, NJ 08830; 866-657-6278; Fax:  508-672-7910; http://www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/programs/home-performance-energy-star/home-performance-energy-star-r

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

$2,500 Worth of Energy Upgrades for Your Home
Customers of New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) that participate in the New Jersey state Home Performance with Energy Star program are eligible to receive a $250 matching rebate from NJNG. A complete Home Assessment through the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy costs $250, but the fee will be reimbursed if the customer completes more than $2,500 worth of improvements. NJNG will then match this rebate, subject to funding availability.  NJNG also offers several other energy efficiency and conservation services to its customers. If you are interested, you should visit the utility's website for additional details and program information.  Contact:  Customer Service, Conservation Services Group, Customer Care Center, 75 Lincoln Highway, Suite 100, Iselin, NJ 08830; 866-657-6278; Fax:  508-672-7910; http://www.njng.com/conservation/special_offers.asp

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/

Free Energy Saving Help from New Jersey
The New Jersey Comfort Partners program is a free of charge, direct installation energy efficiency assistance program available to all New Jersey housholds with significant energy usage and an income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines. The measures offered are case-specific and will depend on the outcome of a comprehensive energy analysis of the household. The program will also provide comprehensive, personalized energy education and counseling for participants, who are asked to partner with the program to carry out an energy savings action plan. The customer must use the home as a primary residence and be the ratepayer of record with the electric or gas utility.  For further details, including information about program enrollment and income guidelines for the current year, interested parties should visit the program website:  http://www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/programs/comfort-partners/comfort-partners or contact their utility using one of the toll-free numbers below.   
PSE&G:  888-773-8326
Jersey Central Power & Light: 800-207-9276
Atlantic City Electric: 800-280-0254
Rockland Electric:  800-231-0427
Elizabethtown Gas:  888-773-8326
NJ Natural Gas:  800-221-0051
South Jersey Gas:  800-648-0138

 
New Mexico Energy Programs for Homeowners

Save $$ On Your Utility Bills
Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative provides an incentive for its residential members to purchase energy efficient water heaters, refrigerators, and freezers. The rebate applies to both new and replacement installations. The equipment must be installed in the CNMEC service area and in a home on a permanent foundation. Participating members can receive a $70 rebate for installing a water heater which meets the minimum program standards, and a bonus $50 if the unit is controlled by a timer or is equipped with a low-wattage (3kW or less) element, and another bonus $50 if it is covered by a lifetime warranty. Refrigerators and freezers must be Energy Star rated to qualify for the $40 rebate. Rebate must be requested within 180 days of installation to be eligible.  Contact:  Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative, Moriarty Office, PO Box 669, 810 1st Street, Moriarty, NM 87035; 505-847-1008 or 800-339-2521; http://www.cnmec.coop/water_heater_rebate_guidelines.htm #

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

$500 to Build an Energy Saving House
PNM is offering 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. Full details are available on the website above.  Contact:  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_HB.pdf and http://www.pnm.com/rebates/docs/PEEP_07_EStar_HM.pdf

$500 Rebate + Other Energy Incentives for New Mexico Homeowners
PNM offers incentives for their residential customers to improve the efficiency of their homes. Rebates are provided to their electric customers for advanced evaporative coolers. PNM will also provide a $30 rebate to customers who properly recycle their old refrigerator or freezer. Additionally, PNM has partnered with select retailers to provide compact fluorescent light bulbs at a discounted price. Natural gas customers of PNM who have a contractor install new insulation in their homes can qualify for a rebate worth up to $500.  Contact:  PNM, PO Box 349, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0349; 888-342-5766;
http://www.pnm.com/rebates/rebates.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

$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

 
New York Energy Programs for Homeowners

Property Tax Exemption for Energy Conservation Improvements
Qualifying energy-conservation improvements to homes are exempt from real property taxation to the extent to the addition would increase the value of the home. The exemption includes general municipal property taxes, school district taxes, and special ad valorem taxes, but does not apply to special assessments. Eligible properties include single-family to four-family dwellings. The exemption applies directly to a variety of equipment and measures, but the statute also states that any conservation-related state or federal tax credit or deduction is also exempt from New York's property tax under this statute.  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-a.htm

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

Up to $600 for Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
The Cool Homes Program provides rebates for energy-efficient central air conditioning systems and air-source heat pumps. The minimum efficiency ratings for both items are SEER 14 and EER 12, which qualifies the owner for a $250 per unit rebate. However, if the units have a SEER greater than or equal to 15 and an EER greater than or equal to 12.5, the rebate amount is increased to $400 per unit and to $600 per unit for systems with a minimum SEER of 16 and a minimum EER of 13. The units must be installed by a participating Cool Homes Contractor:  http://www.lipower.org/efficiency/coolhomes.contractors.html.  Contact:  Customer Service, Long Island Power Authority, 131 South Hoffman Lane, Suite 100, Islandia, NY 11749; 800-692-2626;
http://www.lipower.org/efficiency/coolhomes.html
Application:  http://www.lipower.org/pdfs/cei/coolhomes_rebates.pdf

$1,000 for Geothermal Heat Pumps
The Geothermal Energy Wise Program provides rebates for new and replacement geothermal heat pumps. Rebate amounts range from $200 to $1,000 per unit depending on the efficiency rating and whether the unit is new or replacing an existing geothermal system.  For more details, contact:  Customer Service, Long Island Power Authority, 131 South Hoffman Lane, Suite 100, Islandia, NY 11749; 800-692-2626;
http://www.lipower.org/efficiency/geothermal.home.html
Application: http://www.lipower.org/pdfs/cei/resi_geotherm08.pdf

$$ Cash Back for Energy Upgraded Appliances 
Long Island Power Authority offers incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through a variety of programs.  Prescriptive rebates are available for certain lighting applications, clothes washers, and dehumidifiers. The latter two are mail-in rebates while the former is an in store rebate available at participating retail establishments. Here is an example of the rebate amounts:  clothes washer - $50; dehumidifier - $10; cold cathode lights - $2.00 per pack; specialty compact fluorescents (CFLs) - $2.00 per pack; and high heat reflector lamp - $2.50 per pack.  For more information, contact:  Customer Service, Long Island Power Authority, 131 South Hoffman Lane, Suite 100, Islandia, NY 11749; 800-692-2626;
http://www.lipower.org/efficiency/lighting.html
Application: Individual rebate applications for each incentive are available on the above website.

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

$1,000 Rebates for Energy Saving Boilers & Furnaces 
National Grid’s High Efficiency Heating Rebates are offered to any residential heating customer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Metro New York. Eligible technologies include boilers and furnaces. Rebates of up to $1,000 are available, depending on equipment type. All equipment must meet certain energy standards.  Find out more by contacting:  National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032;http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

$$ Rebates to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient  
National Grid 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.  Learn more by contacting:  National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/  

$750 to Weatherize Your Home
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. Work must be completed by a National Grid approved contractor.  To learn more, contact:  National Grid Energy Efficiency; 800-292-2032; http://www.thinksmartthinkgreen.com/

$1,500 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/

$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

FREE Energy Efficient Home Improvements
The focus of EmPower New York is on cost-effective electric reduction measures, particularly lighting and refrigerator replacements, as well as other cost-effective home performance strategies such as insulation, and health and safety measures.  In order to qualify for electric efficiency incentives, customers must live in a building with 100 or fewer units, and either participate in a utility assistance program or have a income at 60% or less of the median income. Income-qualified natural gas customers of Con Edison and National Grid residing in 1-4 family homes are eligible for additional gas efficiency incentives. Eligible measures may include building insulation, heating system upgrades, draft reduction, and fuel conversion for certain appliances.  Participants must be electric customers of one of the following utilities to be eligible for this program: Central Hudson, Con Edison, National Grid, NYSEG, Orange & Rockland, or Rochester Gas and Electric. There is no cost to the customer for these efficiency improvements. In rental situations, certain measures that directly benefit the eligible tenant are eligible without a landlord contribution. Additional measures generally require a 25% landlord contribution. Contact:
EmPower New York, Honeywell International, P.O. Box 2489, Syracuse, NY 13220; 800-263-0960;
http://www.getenergysmart.org/LowIncome/EmPower.aspx 

$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

$20,000 Loans for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects
NYSERDA offers an unsecured loan for the installation of qualified energy efficient and renewable energy measures in owner-occupied 1-2 family homes.  To initiate the loan, a Comprehensive Home Assessment (CHA) must be performed by a certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) contractor, which may cost a small fee. After the CHA is performed, the borrower will work with the contractor to decide what improvements should be made.  The loan amount can be for up to 100% in costs; for a total of $2,500 to $20,000.  For more information, contact: Public Information Officer, Energy Finance Solutions, 431 Charmany Drive, Madison, WI 53719; 800-361-5663 or 800-969-9322; Fax:  608-249-5788;
http://www.getenergysmart.org/SingleFamilyHomes/ExistingBuilding/HomeOwner/Financing.aspx #

$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/

Solar Sales Tax Exemption
New York exempts the sale and installation of residential solar-energy systems from the state's sales and compensating use taxes. The exemption applies to solar-energy systems that utilize solar radiation to produce energy designed to provide heating, cooling, hot water and/or electricity. The exemption does not apply to solar pool heating or other recreational applications.  To learn more, 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/NY24F.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

$10,000 Loans for Energy Efficient Improvements
The Assisted Home Performance Program provides grants to low-income homeowners for up to 50% of costs for energy efficient improvements. Single-family homeowners that meet the income eligibility guidelines qualify for grants of up to $5,000. An income qualified owner that occupies a unit in a 2-4 unit building can receive a subsidy of up to $5,000 for the whole building without any income verification required for the tenants. A higher subsidy, up to a total of $10,000 per building, may be available if tenants also are income eligible. The remaining costs of installation and purchase can be covered by one of the NYSERDA Home Performance with Energy Star or the Energy $mart Loan Fund. 
For more details on this program, contact:  Public Assistance, 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/ExistingBuilding/HomeOwner/LowIncome
Eligible.aspx

$$ 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

 
North Carolina Energy Programs for Homeowners

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. 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 homes. Waivers for building permit fees may apply to residences with 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. 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

Loans up to $10,000 with No Money Down for Heat Pumps
Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, in collaboration with The Tennessee Valley Authority, offers low interest loans to help its residential members install new energy efficient heat pumps in their homes through their energy right Heat Pump Loan Program. Through this program, loans of up to $10,000 with terms up to 10 years are available with no money down. In order to qualify, the new heat pump must be installed by a contractor in their Quality Contractor Listing. Contact: Customer Service, Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, 1360 Main St, Young Harris, GA 30582; 706-379-3121; 828-837-1017; Fax: 706-379-4834; http://www.brmemc.com/Services/heat_pump_financing.htm

Rebates Available for Electric Water Heaters
Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, in collaboration with The Tennessee Valley Authority, offers an incentive for its residential members to build their new homes with energy efficiency in mind through their energy right Residential Program. If the home is less than a year old, and it is built to meet the energy right® requirements, the homeowner may receive a $300 rebate on a 40 gallon or greater Marathon Water Heater. You may also build to Energy Right specifications but install a standard electric water heater, pending inspection, you may still be eligible for a rebate of $150 on a 30 gallon or greater conventional electric water heater. Contact: Customer Service, Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, 1360 Main St, Young Harris, GA 30582; 706-379-3121; 828-837-1017; Fax: (706) 379-4834; http://www.brmemc.com/Services/energy right start.htm

Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficiency Improvements To Your Home
Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation offers low interest loans to help its residential members improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The 5% interest loans can be used for a variety of improvements including an electric heat pump, caulking/weather-stripping, and more. The loans are available to homeowners served by BEMC for at least one year and who have a good credit history. Contact: Customer Service, Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, PO Box 826, 795 Ocean Highway, Shallotte, NC 28459; 910-754-4391; 800-842-5871; http://www.bemc.org/bemc_programs.html

Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficiency Improvements
Carteret Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) offers low interest loans to help its residential members improve the energy efficiency of their homes 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

$400 Rebate for Heat Pumps, $150 for Water Heaters
The City of New Bern Electric Department offers rebates to its residential customers for installing new energy efficient water heaters and heat pumps. Incentive amounts are: electric heat pumps  $400 – minimum 1 ton, and electric water heaters $150 minimum 30 gallons. Appliances must be electric and load management switches must be installed on the appliances, or the existing switch must be reconnected to the new equipment. Contact: Electric Department, City of New Bern, PO Box 1129, New Bern, NC 28563; 252-639-2837; http://www.newbern-nc.org/Elec/ad_energy_rbt.php

Rebate of $400 for Heat Pumps, $150 for Water Heaters
The City of Statesville Electric Utility Department offers rebates to its residential customers for installing new, energy efficient water heaters and heat pumps. To qualify for the heat pump rebate, customers must convert from gas or oil to a new electric heat pump, install a heat pump as part of new construction or install a heat pump for the first time in existing construction. Rebates are: electric heat pumps  $400 – between 1 and 1.5 tons, and electric water heaters $150 minimum 30 gallons. Rebates are not paid for the replacement of an existing heat pump. Contact: City of Statesville, Electric Utility Department, PO Box 1111, Statesville, NC 28687-1111; 704-878-3573; 704-878-3583; Fax: (704) 878-3514; http://www.ci.statesville.nc.us/index.php/content/?cgi-bin=0&session_id=c9d782b865c54ab96ef46c4b69020e34&id=161

5% Discount off Electric Bills
Dominion North Carolina Power offers a 5% discount on electric bills to residential customers who upgrade the efficiency of their homes. Some required improvements include: increased levels of insulation in ceilings, walls and floors; high efficiency heat pump(s) installed according to Energy Saver Home Plus guidelines; sealed ductwork; high efficiency electric water heater; sealants around windows, doors, plumbing, electric, and other areas where air leakage may occur; insulated metal doors or solid wood doors with storm doors to reduce air infiltration. Contact: Dominion North Carolina Power, Customer Service, PO Box 26666, Richmond, VA 23261; 888-667-3000; http://www.dom.com/customer/efficiency/res/ncpower.jsp

Loans up to $6000 for Energy Efficient Technologies
Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation (LREMC) offers low interest loans to help its residential members increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Loans up to $,6000 are available for the purchase and installation of: thermal windows and doors; attic ventilation fans; water heaters; foundation vents; insulation and or mastic sealing of duct work; a heat pump;  a gas pack; insulation of ceilings, walls, floors, storm doors and windows. The structure on which the improvements are to be made must be at least five years old. Contact: Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation, PO Box 830, Red Springs,, NC 28377; 910-843-4131; http://www.lumbeeriver.com/energy_services/weatherization_loan.aspx

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. Owners of small solar-energy systems and small wind-energy systems (10 kilowatts or less) may apply to receive program incentives at any time. 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

Loan up to $5000 at 5% for Electric Heat Pump
Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation's Conservation Loan Program is available to eligible consumers to finance the purchase and installation of an energy efficient electric heat pump in their home at low interest rates. Approved consumers may borrow up to $5,000 for five years at a five percent interest rate. Contact: Customer Service, Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation, Post Office Drawer 1179, Hillsborough, NC 27278-1179; 919-732-2123; http://www.pemc.org/conservation.php

Rebates for Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation offers a financial incentive for its residential members to install energy efficient heat pumps in their homes. Rebates are available to PEMC members who install an electric heat pump with a SEER of 13 or higher and have a completely electric home. The rebate equals $50 per ton, up to four tons per system. Contact: Customer Service, Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation, Post Office Drawer 1179, Hillsborough, NC 27278-1179; 919-732-2123; http://www.pemc.org/rebates.php

Loans up to $20,000 to Install Energy Saving Products
Progress Energy Carolinas provides financing to help its residential customers install energy saving products in their homes. Loans are available for up to $20,000 with up to 10 years to repay for energy efficient heating and cooling systems, storm windows and doors, insulation and other energy-saving home improvements. The loans are backed by Fannie Mae and administered through Volt VIEWtech. All work must be completed by an approved EEF contractor. Contact: Progress Energy Carolinas, Customer Service, P.O. Box 1551, Raleigh, NC 27602; 800-452-2777; http://www.progress-energy.com/custservice/carres/financing/index.asp

5% Discount on Power Bills
Progress Energy Carolinas offers an incentive to its residential customers for improving the energy efficiency of their homes. To qualify the home must meet the standards of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star-labeled home program and be verified by a registered third party. Eligible houses will receive a 5% discount on their monthly electric bills from Progress Energy. Contact: Progress Energy Carolinas, Customer Service, P.O. Box 1551, Raleigh, NC 27602; 800-452-2777; http://www.progress-energy.com/custservice/carres/energyhome/index.asp

Property Tax Abatement
In August 2008, North Carolina 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

Electric Bill Discounts for Energy Efficient Homes
Randolph Electric Membership Corporation offers a special electric bill discount to its members who increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their Energy Efficient Rate Program. Members who have all-electric homes and who meet the qualifying efficiency levels are eligible for a 2% electric bill discount during the summer months (June - October), and a 6% discount during the winter months (November - May). Contact: Randolph Electric Membership Corporation, 879 McDowell Rd., PO Box 40, Asheboro, NC 27204; 336-625-5177; 800-672-8212; http://www.randolphemc.com/Products/energyefficient.html

Tax Credits up to $10,500 for some Renewable Energy Systems
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. The following credit limits for various technologies and sectors apply: a maximum of $3,500 per dwelling unit for residential active space heating, combined active space and domestic water-heating systems, and passive space heating; a maximum of $1,400 per dwelling unit for residential solar water-heating systems, including solar pool-heating systems; a maximum of $10,500 per installation for photovoltaic systems (also known as PV systems or solar-electric systems), wind-energy systems or certain other renewable-energy systems for residential use. 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 (H.B. 2436) 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 $25,000 Available for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
South River EMC offers financing to its residential customers to help pay for energy efficiency improvements in their homes through their EC Home Improvement Loan Program. Loans between $1,000 and $25,000 can be awarded for HVAC improvements, as well as insulation, and storm windows and doors. The loans are financed by EnerBank USA and the interest rates vary from 7.56% to 17.71%, dependent on the credit history of the customer and the amount being financed. Contact: South River EMC, PO Box 931, 17494 US 421 S, Dunn, NC 28335; 910-892-8071; 800-338-5530; http://www.sremc.com/

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. Home  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 of up to $3000 are available for single-family dwellings at  up to 5% interest. If a heat pump is installed, this amount may be raised to $5000. 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

Loans up to $7500 for Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Union Power Cooperative offers low interest loans to help its residential customers finance new, energy-efficient heat pumps. Interest rates, currently at 9%, will be fixed for the term of the loan. Loans can be up to $7,500 over five years. Contact: Union Power Cooperative, 1525 Rocky River Rd. N., Monroe, NC 28110; 704-289-3145; 800-922-6840; http://www.union-power.com/page.php?p=3&s=19

$500 Incentive for Solar 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 residential/small-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 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. Qualifying sources for residential/small-commercial projects include photovoltaic and wind turbine systems with a minimum output of 500 watts AC and a maximum of 50 kW. 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. Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101; http://www.gpsgenpartners.com/

 
North Dakota Energy Programs for Homeowners

$5,000 Loans to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
Cass County Electric Cooperative offers a low-interest loan to help its residential members finance energy efficiency improvements in their homes. The minimum loan amount is $500. The maximum loan amount for installing heating/cooling equipment is $5,000, and the maximum for weatherization, water heaters and fireplaces is $3,000. Both categories of loan are available for terms of up to 5 years.   Contact:  Cass County Electric Cooperative, 4100 32nd Ave., S. Fargo, ND 58104; 710-356-4400 or 800-248-3292; http://www.kwh.com/residential/default.asp?ID=456
Application:  http://www.kwh.com/uploads/resources/413/financing-application-for-dual-hting-weather.pdf

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

Property Tax Exemption for Energy Saving Homeowners
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

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

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 Home 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

 
Ohio Energy Programs for Homeowners

Massive Tax Abatements for Eligible Residential Buildings
The City of Cincinnati offers property tax abatements for residential buildings constructed or renovated that meet LEED certification standards. The incentive is available for any building within city limits and does not require a demonstration of financial need. The residential designation applies to structures with up to three units, including condominiums, while residential structures with four or more units are classified as commercial buildings. The tax abatement rules are as follows: residential buildings - 100% property tax abatement for 15 years (new construction) or 10 years (existing building retrofits); maximum improved value of $500,000, except if structure achieves LEED Platinum certification, in which case there is no value limitation. Market improved value limit will increase by 3% each year beginning in 2009. Contact: City of Cincinnati; 513-591-6000; http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cdap/pages/-16936-/

$1250 in Rebates for the Installation of Energy Efficient Improvements
The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company offers rebates for the installation of certain energy efficiency improvements to its residential customers under the Home Performance with Energy Star Program. Interested customers must first have a Home Performance Assessment performed by a participating Building Analyst certified contractor. Following the assessment the homeowner decides which efficiency options should be pursued based on the contractor's recommendation and signs a contract for the installation of the approved measures. Rebates are available for a variety of possible improvements. Rebate levels vary by the measure employed and the total lifetime rebate may not exceed a maximum of $1,250 per customer. Cleveland Electric also offers a $125 co-payment for home assessment fees. Energy Star appliances purchased directly from a retail store within 3 months of a Home Assessment are eligible for rebates with appropriate documentation. Contact: Program Information, FirstEnergy - Home Performance with Energy Star, 1650 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44313; 866-728-3594; http://www.firstenergyhomeperformance.com/

Rebates to $600 for Purchase and Installation of Energy Efficient Equipment
Duke Energy offers their Ohio residential customers 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

Rebates to $1250 in Energy Star Rebate Program
Ohio Edison offers rebates for the installation of certain energy efficiency improvements to its residential customers under the Home Performance with Energy Star Program. Interested customers must first have a Home Performance Assessment performed by a participating Building Analyst certified contractor, then the homeowner decides which efficiency options should be pursued based on the contractor's recommendation and signs a contract for the installation of the approved measures. Rebates are available for a variety of possible improvements which may be identified in a home assessment. Rebate levels vary by the measure employed and the total lifetime rebate may not exceed a maximum of $1,250 per customer. Ohio Edison also offers a $125 co-payment for home assessment fees. Energy Star appliances purchased directly from a retail store within 3 months of a Home Assessment are eligible for rebates with appropriate documentation. Contact: Program Information, FirstEnergy - Home Performance with Energy Star, 1650 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44313; 866-728-3594; http://www.firstenergyhomeperformance.com/

Rebates on Offer for Heat Pumps
Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative offers rebates for heat pumps for its residential customers. Customers who purchase an electric add-on heat pump are eligible for a $400 rebate while customers who purchase a geothermal heat pump are eligible for a $600 rebate. For the geothermal heat pump system, the customer must consent to having a load management switch installed by Paulding-Putnam EC to be eligible for the rebate. Contact: Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, Inc., 910 N. Williams
Paulding, OH 45879-1072; 419-399-5015; Fax: (419) 399-3026; http://www.ppec.coop/

$599 Incentive to Install Dual Fuel Heating System
The Energy Cooperative offers an incentive to its residential customers for installing a Dual Fuel Heating System in their homes. A Dual Fuel Heating Systems consists of an electric heat pump and a gas or oil furnace which will automatically switch to increase efficiency depending on the outside temperature. Customers should contact the Energy Cooperative and fill out the necessary forms prior to the installation of the new system. Upon inspection by The Energy Cooperative, a rebate check for $599 will be sent to the customer. Contact: The Energy Cooperative, 1500 Granville Rd, P.O. Box 4970, Newark, OH 43058; 800-255-6815; http://www.theenergycoop.com/duelfuel.aspx

 
Oklahoma Energy Programs for Homeowners

Rebates for Eligible Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
Edmond Electric offers rebates to its residential customers who install energy efficient heat pumps. This program applies to installations in residential single-family and 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 and 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

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

 
Oregon Energy Programs for Homeowners
 

$$$ for Energy Efficient Appliances
The Home Products Program offers rebates ranging from $15 to $50 for the purchase of Energy Star qualified light fixtures, ceiling fans, refrigerators, and clothes washers.  Here is some of what you can get: 

  • Light Fixtures: up to $15, must not exceed purchase price
  • Clothes Washers: $50
  • Ceiling Fans: up to $20, must not exceed purchase price
  • Refrigerators: $30

These rebate incentives are for residential customers living in both Oregon and Idaho.  Contact:  Home Products Program, Idaho Power Company, P.O. Box 70, Boise, ID 83707-9902; 866-692-9176; http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/YourHome/HomeProducts/default.cfm

$50 to $,1000 for Heating & Cooling Energy Upgrades
The Heating and Cooling Program offers rebates for central air conditioners, evaporative coolers, air source heat pumps, water source heat pumps, and high performance system tune-ups. All of these rebates are available for installations into existing homes. Manufactured home owners are only eligible for the evaporative cooler rebates. Incentives for new home construction are available only for high efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps. In order to qualify for the rebate, customers must use a participating company for all heating and cooling equipment installations, except evaporative coolers.  Incentives range from $50 up to $1,000.  These rebate incentives are for residential customers living in both Oregon and Idaho.  Contact:  Home Products Program, Idaho Power Company, P.O. Box 70, Boise, ID 83707-9902; 866-692-9176; http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/YourHome/heatingcooling/default.htm

0% Interest or $1,000 Cash Back for New Solar Water Heating Systems
The City of Ashland Conservation Division offers a solar water heating program to residential electric customers who currently use an electric water heater. Under The Bright Way to Heat Water Program, qualified home owners may take advantage of the City's zero-interest loan program or a cash rebate. Customers choosing a loan repay it as part of their monthly utility bill. Cash rebates up to $1,000 are available for approved systems. The rebate amount is calculated as $0.40 times the estimated annual kWh savings.  Interested customers are provided site evaluations, consumer education, information about available solar systems, and names of qualified contractors.  To find out more, 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

$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

0% Loans on Energy Efficient Home Upgrades
The City of Ashland Conservation Division has zero-interest loans to help its residential customers finance energy efficiency improvements to their homes. The loans can be used for a variety of energy saving projects, including heat pump systems, duct sealing or replacement, and weatherization measures.  For exact rebate amounts, visit the website below or contact:  City of Ashland, Conservation Division, 20 East Main St., Ashland, OR 97520; 541-552-2063 or 541-488-5306; http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1366

Rebate Incentives for Energy Efficient Appliances
The City of Ashland Conservation District offers a wide variety of incentives for their residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes or build new homes that meet efficient design standards. Appliance rebates ranging from $25 to $70 are available for energy efficient dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators and electric water heaters. The standard rebates for dishwashers and washing machines are doubled if the house they are installed in has an electric water heater. State tax credits are also available.  Customers should consult the program website for details.  Contact:  City of Ashland, Conservation Division, 20 East Main St., Ashland, OR 97520; 541-552-2063 or 541-488-5306; http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1366

Energy Conservation Programs for Homeowners 
Ashland Conservation District also encourages energy efficiency within for homeowners through their Energy Conservation Programs. Among the services offered through these programs, residents with electric heat can have a Home Energy Analysis, an Air Leakage Test and a Duct System Analysis all performed for free. Customers with gas heat can have these tests conducted, but have to pay $50 to $100 for each one. Rebates are also offered on ductwork (80% of the cost up to $300), weatherization measures (half the cost of insulation and $4 per square foot of window upgrade for homes with electric heat), qualifying heat pumps ($250), and Super Good Cents manufactured homes ($600). Heat Pumps must be installed and commissioned by a heating contractor on the City's approved list, and the ducts must be tested and tight. Contact:  City of Ashland, Conservation Division, 20 East Main St., Ashland, OR 97520; 541-552-2063 or 541-488-5306;
http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1366

Up to $1,000 for Energy Efficient Homes  
The Ashland Conservation District also provides rebates for Earth Advantage homes ($1,000), and ENERGY STAR Homes Northwest ($250). Earth Advantage homes must pass diagnostic tests which demonstrate that the house and duct system are tight and energy efficient, and plans need to be reviewed by the Conservation Division prior to starting construction. The ENERGY STAR label is awarded to homes that are built following a simple prescriptive path, resulting in homes that are at least 15% more energy efficient than code homes. These savings are typically achieved through a combination of tight duct systems, ENERGY STAR qualified windows, increased insulation levels, and high-efficiency water heating equipment, appliances, and lighting.  Ashland Electric Utility also offers Indoor Water Analyses and rebates for water efficient toilets and removing wood stoves. Customers should consult the program website for details.  Contact:  City of Ashland, Conservation Division, 20 East Main St., Ashland, OR 97520; 541-552-2063 or 541-488-5306;
http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1366

Rebates or up to $5,000 Loan for Energy Upgrades to Your Home
Avista Utilities will provide a free in home inspection to evaluate the cost and benefits associated with weatherizing your home. This free analysis is available to qualified Oregon residential customers who use natural gas as their main source of heat.  After the home inspection is complete, the customer may request either a loan or a rebate from Avista Utilities for weatherization work not yet started or completed prior to the Home Energy Analysis. Incentives are calculated after the in home inspection is completed. Finance up to $5,000 per dwelling upon approval of credit. No down payment is required. Repayment terms are up to ten years. Flexible payments start at $15 per month per loan.  For a complete list of residential rebates, visit the website below or contact:  Customer Service, Avista Utilities, Weatherization Services, PO BOX 1709, Medford, OR 97501-0254; 800-227-9187;
https://www.avistautilities.com/savings/rebates/Pages/OregonResidentialCustomer.aspx

$5,000 to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
The Central Electric Cooperative offers their customers low-interest loans for approved weatherization measures and/or qualifying heat pumps. Homes must have an energy analysis done before weatherization work begins. For the heat pump program, both new and existing homes can qualify. For existing homes, a free on-site energy analysis is available, but not required. The interest rate for these loans is set at the present prime rate up to a maximum loan amount of $5,000. If a customer wishes to borrow additional funds, the interest rate will be the prime rate plus 2%.  Contact:  Customer Service, Central Electric Cooperative, 2098 N. Hwy. 97, PO Box 846, Redmond, OR 97756; 541-548-2144; Fax:  541-548-0366;
http://www.cec-co.com/prodserv/residential/heat_pump/heat_pump.html and
http://www.cec-co.com/prodserv/residential/weatherization/weatherization.html

Get $1,000 Rebates for Energy Saving Upgrades
The Central Electric Cooperative offers a variety of financial incentives to promote energy efficiency among its residential members. Rebates are provided for qualifying weatherization measures, heat pumps, water heaters, Energy Star appliances, and Energy Star rated manufactured and new homes. Weatherization measures must be done in an electrically heated home, and must have a free energy analysis done before work begins. In order to qualify for the appliance rebates, an electric water heater must be the customers’ primary source of hot water.  Rebate incentives range from $25 up to $1,000.  Contact:  Customer Service, Central Electric Cooperative, 2098 N. Hwy. 97, PO Box 846, Redmond, OR 97756; 541-548-2144; Fax:  541-548-0366;
http://www.cec-co.com/prodserv/residential/residential.html

Low-Interest Loan to Switch to Solar Heating
Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) customers with electric water heating are eligible for a low-interest loan for 100% of the system cost up to $5,000. Loan terms can be up to five years. Costs exceeding $5,000 are financed at 2% above prime. There is no loan fee and no penalty for early payment.  In order for installations to be eligible for the loan, customers must select a CEC-approved installer (http://www.cec-co.com/custserv/energy_info/brochures/solar_smart_app.pdf) and submit an application. Work cannot begin until CEC has approved the application.  Contact:  Customer Service, Central Electric Cooperative, 2098 N. Hwy. 97, PO Box 846, Redmond, OR 97756; 541-548-2144; Fax:  541-548-0366; http://www.cec-co.com/prodserv/renewable/solar_water_heater/solar_water_heater.html
Application: 
http://www.cec-co.com/custserv/energy_info/brochures/solar_smart_app.pdf

$500 Rebates to Use Solar Heating Instead of Electric
Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) customers with electric water heating are eligible for a $500 cash discount through CEC's Solar Smart program. The discount is available to systems that are over 31 square feet and that are oriented up to 40 degrees east or west of true south and tilted at an angle of between 14 and 50 degrees. Systems oriented between 41 and 90 degrees west of true south and tilted between between 14 and 30 degrees are eligible for a $375 cash discount. .  In order for installations to be eligible for the loan, customers must select a CEC-approved installer (http://www.cec-co.com/custserv/energy_info/brochures/solar_smart_app.pdf) and submit an application. Work cannot begin until CEC has approved the application.  Contact:  Customer Service, Central Electric Cooperative, 2098 N. Hwy. 97, PO Box 846, Redmond, OR 97756; 541-548-2144; Fax:  541-548-0366;
http://www.cec-co.com/prodserv/renewable/solar_water_heater/solar_water_heater.html
Application:  http://www.cec-co.com/custserv/energy_info/brochures/solar_smart_app.pdf

$700 for Certified Energy Star Mobile Home
Columbia River PUD offers a $700 grant to customers who purchase new, electrically heated ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes.  For more information, including a list of participating manufacturers, see:  http://www.crpud.net/residential/efficiency/mfg-homes#rebates or contact:  Columbia River PUD, Energy Experts, PO Box 1193, St. Helens, OR 97051; 503-366-5470 or 503-397-1844

$400 + Tax Credits for Duct Sealing
To qualify for the duct sealing program, Columbia River PUD must be the electric service provider and residents must heat their home with a forced air electric furnace or heat pump system. The home may be a site-built dwelling or a manufactured home. A $400 rebate to customers who have their duct systems sealed and certified by a PTCS Certified Technician. Oregon tax credits may also be available.  For tax credits, contact the Oregon Office of Energy; 800-221-8035; http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/.   For the rebate, 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/duct-sealing

6% Funding Helps You Get a New Heat Pump
Columbia River PUD offers 6% financing to qualified residential customers for installation of approved heat pump systems. Heat pump systems must be installed by a participating heat pump dealer.  Other rebates may also be available; visit the website below for more details or 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/heat-pumps

Up to $1,300 in Rebates for New Heat Pumps
Columbia River PUD offers rebates to their residential customers who install qualifying heat pumps. The amount varies depending on the heat pump efficiency level:

  • $600 rebate for heat pumps with a HSPF from 8.0 - 8.49 and a SEER of 13.0 or higher  
  • $1,300 rebate for heat pumps with a HSPF of 8.5 or greater and a SEER of 14.0 or higher

Equipment must be installed by a participating heat pump dealer; for a complete list, go here: 
http://www.crpud.net/residential/efficiency/heat-pumps #dealers .  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/heat-pumps

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

Cash Back Incentives for Energy Saving Appliances
Consumers Power Inc. offers rebates to its residential members for a wide variety of energy efficient products and measures. Appliances purchased before February 1, 2006 do not qualify for rebates.  Here are some of the incentives: 

  • Clothes Washers: $60
  • Dishwashers: $25
  • Refrigerators: $25
  • Thermostats: $115
  • Performance Tested Comfort System/Duct Sealing: Non-Manufactured Home $380; Site Built Home $500
  • Heat Pumps: $400-$800, varies by technology and dwelling
  • Energy Star Manufactured Home: $850
  • Electric Water Heater: $100
  • Weatherization (Insulation): 25% of materials
  • Energy Star Rated Window Replacement: 25% of the cost.

Contact:  Customer Service, Consumers Power, Inc., PO Box 1180, Philomath, OR 97370; 541-929-3124 or 800-872-9036; Fax:  541-929-8673; http://www.cpi.coop/rebates/

$500 for New Solar Heating Systems in Your Home
Consumers Power, Inc. (CPI) offers rebates to its residential customers who install solar water heating or solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebate for solar water heaters is $500 for systems with a collection area greater than 31 sq. ft. Systems used for hot tubs or swimming pools are not eligible. The rebate for solar PV systems is $500 per kW. To be eligible for the rebate, solar energy systems must be installed by a State of Oregon certified contractor (http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/RES/tax/docs/solar_techs.pdf) and qualify for the State of Oregon tax credits (http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/RES/RETC.shtml).  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Consumers Power, Inc., PO Box 1180, Philomath, OR 97370; 541-929-3124 or 800-872-9036; Fax:  541-929-8673; http://www.cpi.coop/rebates/

Low-Interest Loans Help You Weatherize Your Home
Douglas Electric Cooperative offers financing for heat pumps and weatherization to qualified members.  The loan term is 5 years with 5% financing offered through Umpqua Bank.  For more information, contact:  Customer Service, Douglas Electric Cooperative, 1981 NE Stephens, P.O. Box 1327, Roseburg, OR 97470; 541-673-6616; http://www.douglaselectric.com/programs/rebate_credits.php

Utility Rebate Program up to $400
Douglas Electric Cooperative offers rebates to its members for the purchase of energy efficient products and measures. Here is an example of the types of rebates available:

  • Clothes Washers: $70
  • Dishwashers: $25
  • Water Heaters: $25
  • Refrigerators: $25
  • Thermostats: $50
  • Weatherization: 25% of project cost up to $350
  • Super Good Cents Manufactured Homes: $400

The thermostat rebate amounts are per home. In most cases, rebate amounts will be applied as credits to qualifying member's accounts.  Contact:  Customer Service, Douglas Electric Cooperative, 1981 NE Stephens, P.O. Box 1327, Roseburg, OR 97470; 541-673-6616;
http://www.douglaselectric.com/programs/rebate_credits.php

$500 for Solar Water Heating Installation
Douglas Electric Cooperative offers a $500 rebate to its residential customers who install a solar water heating system that meets The Bright Way to Heat Water General and Technical Specifications.  Systems must be installed by a State of Oregon certified contractor (see:  http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/RES/tax/docs/solar_techs.pdfv).  For more information:  Customer Service, Douglas Electric Cooperative, 1981 NE Stephens, P.O. Box 1327, Roseburg, OR 97470; 541-673-6616; http://www.douglaselectric.com/programs/rebate_credits.php

Up to $400 Rebates to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
The Energy Trust of Oregon offers a variety of rebates and services through their Home Energy Savings Program. All equipment eligible for rebates needs to meet the efficiency requirements stated in the program guidelines. In addition to individual product rebates, Energy Trust also provides bonus cash incentives (http://www.energytrust.org/residential/existinghomes/multi.html) to customers who install multiple energy saving products.  Rebates vary from $25 up to $400 plus the other cash incentives.  To find out more, contact:  Home Energy Savings, The Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 877-283-0702;
http://www.energytrust.org/residential/existinghomes/index.html

$35,000 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:

  • Residential Systems: The lesser of $4,500 per meter of rotor diameter, or $4,500 per rated kilowatts of the wind turbine, up to a maximum of $35,000  

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

$10,000 for Residential 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:  

  • Residential:  $2.00/W-DC installed for Pacific Power customers and $2.25/W for PGE customers, with a $10,000 cap per site.

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

$1,500 to Give Your 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

Up to $7,500 to Improve Energy Efficiency at Home
 
Emerald People's Utility District (EPUD) has three different loan programs to help their residential customers improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Through the Weatherization Loan Program residents can borrow up to $4,000 with zero interest to install insulation in the attic, floor, and walls, add appropriate ventilation, install a moisture barrier, wrap hot water pipes and duct work, and weatherstrip windows and doors. The first step to obtaining a weatherization loan is to call Emerald Energy Services (EES) and schedule an energy analysis. An energy analyst will visit the home to determine what energy saving measures are needed.  EPUD also makes zero-interest loans available to mobile home owners through their Duct Sealing Loan Program. Qualified customers can use this loan to finance repairs to their ventilation systems. Most mobile homes with forced-air systems have leaky heating system ducts. With this program EES will seal and repair all leaky heating system ducts.  Finally, the Heat Pump Loan Program provides EPUD's residential customers with zero-interest loans of up to $7,500. To qualify for this loan, the financed heat pumps must be Energy Star rated units. State and Federal tax credits are also available for the installation of qualifying heat pumps.  Contact:  Emerald Energy Services, Emerald People's Utility District, 33733 Seavey Lp Rd., Eugene, OR 97405; 541-746-1583; http://www.epud.org/loans.aspx

Rebates Worth up to $1,600 for Energy Efficient Upgrades
Emerald People's Utility District (EPUD) offers several incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. EPUD offers rebates for Energy Star rated appliances, heat pumps, weatherization measures such as insulation and new windows, NEEM Energy Star manufactured homes, and whole homes built to the Energy Star Homes Northwest requirements. Appliances must be purchased by December 31, 2008 and the rebate form must be submitted within 90 days of purchase in order to qualify for the appliance rebate.  EPUD customers purchasing an ENERGY Star refrigerator may also qualify for the Refrigerator Decommissioning Rebate by decommissioning their old refrigerator.  For a complete list of rebates, see the website below.  Contact:  Emerald Energy Services, Emerald People's Utility District, 33733 Seavey Lp Rd., Eugene, OR 97405; 541-746-1583; http://www.epud.org/resprog.aspx

Free HVAC Tune-Ups for Oregon Homeowners
Emerald People's Utility District (EPUD) offers free HVAC tune-ups through their CheckMe! Program. Through this program, EPUD customers can take advantage of specially-trained technicians, modern diagnostic equipment and a computer data bank of information on each heat pump/air conditioner brand available to improve the energy efficiency of their homes' HVAC system.  To find out more, contact: Emerald Energy Services, Emerald People's Utility District, 33733 Seavey Lp Rd., Eugene, OR 97405; 541-746-1583; http://www.epud.org/resprog.aspx

$7,500 Loan or $600 Rebate for Solar Water Heater
Through the Solar Water Heater Program, EPUD residential customers who switch from electric to solar hot water heaters are eligible for a $600 rebate as well as a zero-interest loan.  To be eligible for the rebate, participants must select an EPUD-approved contractor.  Qualified participants may also borrow up to $7,500 at 0% interest to cover any costs not covered by the rebate. The repayment period is three years (36 months) for loans of $1,500 or less, and up to five years (60 months) for loans of $1,500 to $7,500.  A state tax credit is also available for qualified systems, for up to $1,500.   To learn more about these incentives, contact:  Emerald People's Utility District, 33733 Seavey LP Road, Eugene, OR 97405; 541-744-7448; Fax:  541-746-0211;
http://www.epud.org/loans.aspx #solar

$4,000 Loan or $1,100 Rebate for Solar Heating Systems
Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) offers residential customers a loan and rebate program called, The Bright Way To Heat Water.  The program is promotes the installation of solar water heaters and solar pool heating systems.  Customers may apply for loans of up to $4,000 at 0% interest and a repayment period of up to sixty months. The loan must be approved by EWEB before installation of the system. The loan payments begin after the utility has fully inspected the installed solar water heater or solar pool heating system. The rebates include up to $600 for solar domestic water heaters and up to $1,100 for solar pool heating systems. The systems with the best energy savings qualify for the higher rebate amounts. The rebate is paid directly to the contractor by EWEB after the system has passed final inspection.  Contact:  Eugene Water & Electric Board, PO Box 10148, Eugene, OR 97440-2148; 541-484-1125; Fax:  541-334-4614;
http://www.eweb.org/home/energy/solar/index.htm

Over $3,000 for Home Energy Improvements
The Home Comfort Program provides home energy information, energy use education and a customized list of energy saving measures designed to upgrade the efficiency and comfort of electrically heated homes. This program also provides interest-free loans worth $3,000 with an extra $20 for each square foot of glass area over 150 sq ft. Additional zero-interest loan funds are available for insulation as needed. Loans are also available through this program for owners of multi-family dwellings.  Contact:  Dan Morehouse Energy Management Services, Eugene Water and Electric Board, PO Box 10148, Eugene, OR 97440; 541-484-1125, ext. 3074;
http://eweb.org/home/energy/windows/

Grants & Loans for Duct Maintenance
The Comfort SEAL Program will assist homeowners by providing 0% financing up to $3,000 to cover the cost of duct maintenance. In addition, EWEB provides a grant of up to $875 (including the cost of a carbon monoxide detector, if needed) for customers who meet the eligibility requirements.  To learn more about this program, contact:  Dan Morehouse Energy Management Services, Eugene Water and Electric Board, PO Box 10148, Eugene, OR 97440; 541-484-1125, ext. 3074;
http://eweb.org/home/energy/heating/index.htm

Get a Check for up to $70 to Upgrade Your Appliances
Eugene Water and Electric Board’s appliance program, Energy SHARP™, offers rebates to encourage customers to purchase energy efficient clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and water heaters. The program is straight-forward: you purchase an appliance that's on EWEB's lists of energy efficient units, send in the rebate form and EWEB sends you a check or credits your electric bill for between $15 and $70.  For a list of eligible appliances, see 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://eweb.org/home/energy/appliances/index.htm
Application:  http://eweb.org/home/energy/appliances/index.htm

Coupons for Free Light Bulbs
Eugene Water and Electric Board’s Lighting Rebate Program provides homeowners and renters with coupons redeemable at one of their participating retailers. The coupons are worth $20 for indoor fixtures and $10 for outdoor fixtures. There is a limit of eight coupons each for both indoor and outdoor fixtures per customer, and only one coupon can be used per fixture.  Contact:  Dan Morehouse Energy Management Services, Eugene Water and Electric Board, PO Box 10148, Eugene, OR 97440; 541-484-1125, ext. 3074; http://eweb.org/home/energy/lighting/index.htm

$8,000 for Heat Pumps
The Centsible Heat Pump Program provides interest-free financing for the purchase of either a ground-source or air-source heat pump, to be used by either a site-built home or a mobile home.  Incentives vary by air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps, ranging from $5,000 up to $8,000.  Another alternative in lieu of a loan is a $1,000 rebate (not available for gas or oil furnaces) to be paid after the system passes EWEB's final inspection.  Contact:  Dan Morehouse Energy Management Services, Eugene Water and Electric Board, PO Box 10148, Eugene, OR 97440; 541-484-1125, ext. 3074;  http://eweb.org/home/energy/heat_pumps/

$10,000 for Homeowners 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
 
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/images/stories/services/lightandpower/pdf/2009
appliancerebateform.pdf

Up to $9,000 for Energy Home Improvements in Oregon
Lane Electric provides their members with an incentive to improve the weatherization of their homes through their Home Energy Loan Program. Participating members are eligible to apply for 0% interest loans up to $9,000 through either Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union or First Tech Credit Union. The banks charge an interest rate on their loans, but Lane Electric buys the interest rate down to 0%. In order to qualify for the loan, members must first request an energy analysis for the dwelling from Lane Electric. From the energy analysis, the auditor will then provide the customer with a list of measures that their particular home is eligible for.  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

$$ for Washers, Heat Pumps and Other Energy Upgrades
Lane Electric Cooperative provides $75 rebates for Energy Star clothes washers. Energy Star clothes washers must be used in conjunction with an electric dryer to qualify for the rebate. Lane Electric Cooperative must receive the rebate form and a copy of the sales receipt within 90 days of the clothes washer purchase.  $1,000 rebates for heat pumps apply to standard (air source) heat pumps, geothermal units, and replacing older air source heat pumps with more efficient models. Rebates for heat pumps must be applied for within 30 days of system installation.  Cash grants of $1,000 are also available for weatherization measures including ceiling, floor, wall and duct insulation, HVAC duct sealing, door and window replacements, and general air sealing.  For more information on each of these rebates, contact: Energy Services Department, Lane Electric Cooperative, 787 Bailey Hill Road, PO Box 21410, Eugene, OR 97402; 541-484-1151;  http://www.laneelectric.com/programs.htm
Application:  http://www.laneelectric.com/Appliance%20Rebate%20Coupon07.pdf

$$ 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

Get Money to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Midstate Electric Cooperative offers its residential customers a variety of cash rebates for energy efficient improvements and new energy efficient homes. Rebates are awarded for the installation of several energy efficient appliances such as water heaters, heat pumps, clothes washers, dishwashers and refrigerators. Rebates also are provided for weatherization measures including the installation of insulation and energy efficient windows. Additional incentives are offered for entire homes, both site-built and manufactured, which meet the "Energy Star Homes" standards. Incentives range from $25 to $3,200.  For individual program requirements/specifications and for application forms please see:  http://www.midstateelectric.coop/ProductsAndServices/PSResidential/ConservationPrograms/
default.aspx
or contact:  Midstate Electric Cooperative, PO Box 127, La Pine, OR 97739; 541-536-2126, ext. 5 or 800-722-7219, ext. 5

$3,000 Helps You Save Money On Your Utility Bills
Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC) assists its residential members in reducing their electric consumption by providing rebates for energy efficient equipment in their homes. Rebates are for appliances, heat pumps, water heaters and Energy Star manufactured homes. The appliance rebate program offers rebates on Energy Star clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers. The appliance rebates range from $25-$70 and are given in the form of a credit on the customers’ bill. OTECC also offers customers a $100 credit to the electric bill for installing a new 50 gallon energy efficient electric water heater with a 0.93 efficiency rating or greater. Applications must be turned in within 30 days of equipment purchase.  Rebates are also provided for heat pumps, the amount of which is based on several factors. The largest incentives are for residential customers who choose to install Performance-Tested Comfort System (PTCS) qualified heat pumps. The rebate is about $1,500 for an air-source heat pump and $3,000 for a geothermal system. OTECC also offers rebates for non-PTCS heat pumps of $500 for air source systems and $1,000 for geothermal systems.  The ENERGY STAR® Manufactured Home Program offers a $1,150 rebate towards manufactured homes that are constructed to the National Energy Efficiency Manufactured (NEEM) home standards.  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
Application:  http://www.otec.coop/member_services/_pdf/forms/otec_reep_appliance_rebate_form.pdf

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

$100 for a New Clothes Washer
Portland General Electric's (PGE) Clothes Washer Incentive offers a $75 to $100 mail-in rebate on ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers with a Modified Energy Factor (MEF) of 2.0 or higher purchased. The rebate is for $75 for a clothes washer with a MEF of 2.0 to 2.19 and $100 for a clothes washer with a MEF of 2.2 or higher.  Contact:  Customer Service, Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 1200,
Portland, OR 97204; 866-368-7878;
http://www.portlandgeneral.com/home/energy_savings/money_back/
eto_incentives.aspx

Application:  http://www.portlandgeneral.com/home/energy_savings/pdfs/08_washer_rebate.pdf

$200 for a Heat Pump in Portland
Portland General Electric's (PGE) Heat Pump Rebate Program offers its customers a $200 rebate for energy-efficient heat pumps installed by a PGE-approved contractor. The rebate is also available for replacing older, inefficient heat pumps. The rebate is NOT available to customers with systems that use natural gas as the backup heat source. Customers that install a high-efficiency heat pump, may also qualify for a $150 to $400 Energy Trust incentive, a $300 to $430 Oregon energy tax credit, and a $300 federal tax credit.  To learn more, contact:  PGE Energy Experts, Portland General Electric, Heat Pump Program, 1WTC 0805, 121 SW Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97204; 503-612-3500 or 800-722-9287;
http://www.portlandgeneral.com/home/energy_savings/heat_pumps/rebate.aspx

$400+ for Energy Home Improvements
Portland General Electric's (PGE) Weatherization Incentive Program offers a variety of incentives to their customers for weatherization measures taken.  Incentives include:

  • Windows: $2.25 per sq. foot
  • Insulation: Ceiling: $.25 per sq. ft.; Floor: $.45 per sq. ft.; Wall: $.30 per sq. ft.  
  • Air Sealing: Up to $400 ($1 per CFM reduction); blower door test required  
  • High-efficiency heat pumps: $200-$400  
  • Duct work: Duct Insulation: 50% of cost, up to $100, Duct Sealing: $1 per CFS reduction, up to $400.  
  • Bonus for multiple measures taken simultaneously.  

Contact:  Energy Trust of Oregon, Weatherization, 851 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; 866-368-7878; Fax:  503-546-6862; http://www.portlandgeneral.com/home/energy_savings/money_back/eto_incentives.aspx

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

Tax Credits for Renters and Homeowners
Homeowners and renters who pay Oregon income taxes are eligible for the Residential Energy Tax Credit if they purchase premium-efficiency appliances, heating and cooling systems, duct systems, closed-loop geothermal space or water heating systems, solar water and space heating systems, photovoltaics, wind, fuel cells, and alternative fuel vehicles and charging or fueling systems. Incentives range from $150 to $1,500.  To learn more about each incentive, 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/RES/RETC.shtml

Up to $750 to Energize Your Home
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

$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

Rebate of $600 to Buy a New Solar Water System
Salem Electric residential customers with electric water heating are eligible for a $600 rebate through Salem's Bright Way program. Systems must be installed by a tax credit-certified solar technician.  Instead of the discount, customers can also apply for a low-interest loan. Customers cannot apply for both the discount and the low-interest loan.   For more details, 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/PDFs/brightwaysolar.pdf

$10,000 Low-Interest Loans for Water Solar Energy Upgrades
Salem Electric residential customers participating in the Bright Way to Heat Water solar energy program are eligible for a loan with a 5% interest rate from a local bank.  Loan amounts range from $500 to $7,500. Customers participating in both the Bright Way program and either the Weatherwise or the Heat Pump programs are eligible for a loan of up to $10,000. The loan term is 12 to 60 months, and there is a minimum payment of $25 each month.  Customers can take advantage of the loan program or the Salem Electric solar water heating rebate, but not both.  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/PDFs/loanprogram.pdf

$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

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

$7,000 Loan for a New Heat Pump
The Springfield Utility Board offers qualifying customers a 0% loan for the purchase of a qualifying energy-efficient heat pump through their Heat Pump Loan Program. The maximum loan term is 60 months, with a $7,000 cap.  Qualifying systems must have a programmable thermostat, and existing duct systems (if any) need to be tested for efficiency.   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/2994E4BE-03FA-307D-010566D21FFC2479/sub%20brochure_revised.pdf

$600 Rebates for Energy Saving Mobile Homes
The Springfield Utility Board offers qualifying customers a $600 incentive for purchasing a Super Good Cents Manufactured Home through the utility's incentive program.  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/pdfs/sgcincentiveform.pdf

$500 to Upgrade the Way You Heat Your House
Oregon homeowners and renters who heat with oil, wood, propane, kerosene, or butane are eligible for home-weatherization rebates of up to $500. A variety of measures, including insulation, HVAC, and gas technologies qualify for the rebates, which go directly to the homeowner.  Either independently or with the assistance of a certified contractor, residents complete an Energy Audit Checklist to decide which measures are appropriate.  Contact:  Public Information Officer, Oregon Department of Energy, 625 Marion Street, N.E., Salem, OR 97301-3737; 503-378-4040 or 800-221-8035; Fax:  503-373-7806; http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/RES/weather/weahome.shtml
Application:  http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/RES/weather/docs/EnergyRebate.pdf

$200 Rebates or Loans up to $2,000 for Energy Improvements
The Tillamook County Public Utility District (PUD) offers residential customers standard rebates on Energy Star® qualifying clothes washers, refrigerators, and dishwashers, as well as heat pumps and certain weatherization measures. Rebates for water heaters are also offered and rebate amounts vary according to warranty and size and range from $150 to $200.  In addition to various rebate programs, Tillamook County PUD offers financing of Energy Star® Appliances and Marathon Water Heaters, providing one-year unsecured loans for up to $2,000.  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/nrg_appliance.html
Application:  See the above website for individual rebate forms.

 
Pennsylvania Energy Programs for Homeowners

Up to $25,000 Loan for Energy Efficient Technologies and Weatherization
Adams Electric Cooperative offers financing to help its residential customers increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their Energy Resource Conservation (ERC) and Supplemental Loan Program. Residents who qualify for a loan can borrow up to $25,000 with terms of 1-7 years for installations in either existing or new houses. The loan can be used to finance a variety of heating/cooling systems and weatherization projects in both new housing or in existing housing. Supplemental loan money is available for ground source heat pump installations, heat pump plus installations, dual fuel installations, electric thermal storage units, and other demand side management installations. Contact: Loan Program, Adams Electric Cooperative, 1338 Biglerville Rd, PO Box 1055, Gettysburg, PA 17325-1055; 717-334-2171; 888-232-6732; Fax: 717-334-3980; http://www.adamsec.com/Products/LowCostLoans/tabid/82/Default.aspx

Loans up to $35,000 to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Funded by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and administered by AFC First, the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) is a low-interest loan program for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient. Many efficiency improvements are covered including improvements to heating and cooling systems, upgrades to windows, doors, insulation and siding, and upgrades of lighting and ceiling fans. This loan covers the purchase and installation of solar, wind and geothermal systems. Participants may choose either a secured or an unsecured loan depending on their needs and plans. Unsecured loans have a 3, 5, or 10-year repayment term at an 8.99% interest rate, but some low-income participants may qualify for a lower 6.99% interest rate; this type of loan is available for amounts from $1,000 - $10,000. Secured home equity loans with terms of 10, 15, or 20 years are available for amounts from $10,000 - $35,000 at interest rates of 6.375% - 8.875%. The interest rate will depend on the term of the loan. Contact: AFC First Financial Corporation, PO Box 3558, 1005 Brookside Rd - Suite 200, Allentown, PA 18106; 610-433-7486; 888-232-3477; Fax: (610) 433-7488;  http://www.keystonehelp.com/

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/

Large Loans Available in Sustainable Development Fund Financing Program
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission created the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF). The Reinvestment Fund, Inc. (TRF), which was formed in 1985 to build wealth and opportunity for low-wealth communities and low- and moderate-income individuals, administers the SDF. The SDF provides financial assistance to eligible projects in the form of grants and equity financing. The Sustainable Development Fund provides financial assistance for ventures that generate electricity using renewable energy sources. 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

 
Rhode Island Energy Programs for Homeowners

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/

Incentives and Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Programs
The National Grid Energy Wise program offers free home energy audits to all residential customers. 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/

Rebates to Improve Energy Efficiency
National Grid offers a variety of energy efficiency incentives for 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 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. 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 Residential 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

Incentives for Solar Thermal Applications
National Grid provides incentives to residential customers who install solar thermal technologies. Recommended solar thermal applications include solar hot water heating (SHW), 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. For residential customers that install a SHW system may apply for a rebate of 15% off project costs, up to a maximum rebate of $1,500. This rebate requires that participating customers share their water heating usage data for a period of 12 months. National Grid works directly with residential solar installers who submit rebate applications on behalf of the customer. 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/

Personal Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Systems
Rhode Island offers a personal 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 each are eligible for the full 25% credit. Eligible solar hot water and geothermal systems up to $7,000 each 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

Residential Solar Property Tax Exemption
Rhode Island law provides 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 water-heating system or energy production capacity that otherwise could be necessary to install in a building. Qualifying technologies include photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar hot-water 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/

 
South Carolina Energy Programs for Homeowners

Up to $1250 in Rebates for a New Heat Pump
Berkley Electric Cooperative provides rebates to its residential members on the purchase of geothermal heat pumps through their Earth Connect Program. Residents who install geothermal heat pumps in either new or existing homes can receive $250 per ton from BEC, up to a maximum rebate of $1,250. Contact: Customer Service, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, 414 Highway 52 North, PO Box 1234, Moncks Corner, SC 2946; 843-761-8200; 843-825-3383; http://www.becsc.com/index.cfm?page=lp&id=235&sp=197

Loans up to $10,000 for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Berkeley Electric Cooperative, in conjunction with Farmers and Merchants Bank of SC, provides Energy Advance Loans, which its residential members can use to finance a variety of energy efficient home improvement projects. Eligible efficiency technologies are water heaters, building insulation, doors and more; eligible renewable technologies are geothermal heat pumps. Contact: Customer Service, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, 414 Highway 52 North, PO Box 1234, Moncks Corner, SC 29461; 843-761-8200; 843-825-3383; http://www.becsc.com/index.cfm?page=lp&id=223&sp=197 or customers can call Farmers and Merchants Bank for additional information at (843) 719-5504.
Applications: http://www.becsc.com/index.cfm?page=bp&id=29

Loans up to $7,500 for Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative offers low interest loans at 7.5% to its member to help finance the purchase of energy efficient heat pumps. Loans under $1,500 can be financed for up to 42 months, and loans above $1,500 can be financed for up to 60 months for houses and 48 months for mobile homes. Homeowners planning to install one heat pump can borrow up to $5,000. Homeowners wishing to install two or more heat pumps or one geothermal heat pump can borrow up to $7,500. Qualifying heat pump must have a SEER Rating of 13 or higher. Contact: Greenville Office
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, 3751 Highway 11, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
864-647-2005; 800-240-3400; http://www.blueridge.coop/services/heat_loan.html

Rebates up to $1,000 for Installation of Ground-Source Heat Pumps
Palmetto Electric Cooperative offers rebates for its members who install ground-source heat pumps through their Buried Treasure Rebate Program. Rebates are in the amount of $200 per ton up to a maximum of $1,000 per household. Interested members must complete the Buried Treasure Rebate Form with their heat pump contractor and return it to Palmetto prior to the installation of the new system. Contact: Hilton Head Office, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 111 Mathews Dr, PO Box 23619, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925; 843-681-5551; http://www.palmetto.coop/conserve/treasure.html
Applications: http://www.palmetto.coop/pdf/bt_rebate_application.pdf

Home Improvement Loans up to $25,000 for Energy Efficient Equipment
Palmetto Electric Cooperative offers financing for energy efficient equipment through its EC Home Improvement Plan. Eligible efficiency technologies include equipment insulation, water heaters, heat pumps, heat recovery, building insulation, windows and doors. There is no down payment or application fee and loan amounts are from $1,000 to $25,000. Interest rate is determined by the loan amount, loan term and the customer’s credit rating. Participants are not required to be a member of the co-op, but must use a contractor sponsored by the co-op. Interested parties should call the ECHI toll-free phone number on 866-278-2700 and a Loan Specialist will explain the terms and conditions of the loan. Contact: Hilton Head Office, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 111 Mathews Dr, PO Box 23619, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925; 843-681-5551; http://www.palmetto.coop/

Home Improvement Loans up to $5000 Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Pee Dee Electric Cooperative offers financing for its members through their Energy Efficient Home Improvement Loan Program. Loans are between $250 and $5,000 at a fixed 5% interest rate and can be used for a number of measures which include: insulation; replacement of thermal windows and doors; attic ventilation systems; programmable thermostats; high efficiency electric heat pumps; dual fuel systems (heat pump/fossil fuel combined systems); ground source heat pumps; geothermal heat pumps; electric thermal storage and caulking and weatherstripping. To take advantage of this loan  members must first have a PDEC marketing representative conduct a home energy audit. After the audit, the marketing representative will recommend improvements that will make the home more energy efficient and provide an application for the loan. Contact: Dee Electric Cooperative, 1355 East McIver Road, PO Box 491, Darlington, SC 29540; 843-292-4349 ;843-292-4345; Fax 843-669-7931; http://www.peedeeelectric.com/subcontent.asp?id=50105160811cxsfxtchw

No Collateral Loans up to $20,000 for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Progress Energy helps homeowners make energy-efficient home improvements by offering homeowners a flexible, affordable way to conserve energy, save money and add value to their property. The Energy Efficient Financing Program offers market based interest financing to help customers purchase heating and cooling systems, storm windows and doors, insulation and other energy-saving home improvements. You add value to your home - and save money on your energy bill. The program features loans up to $20,000 and up to 10 years to repay with no collateral needed and no closing costs or extra fees. Contact: Progress Energy Carolina, Customer Service, PO Box 1551, Raleigh, NC 27602; 888-999-8856;
http://www.progress-energy.com/custservice/carres/financing/index.asp

5% Discount off Monthly Electric Bills
Progress Energy Carolinas offers an incentive to its residential customers for improving the energy efficiency of their homes. To qualify, the home must meet the standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star-labeled home program and be verified by a registered third party. The verification cost generally is in the range of $500-$800 and is also affected by the size of the home and travel time. Customers with eligible houses will receive a 5% discount on their monthly electric bills from Progress Energy. Contact: Progress Energy Carolina, Customer Service, PO Box 1551, Raleigh, NC 27602; 800-452-2777;
http://www.progress-energy.com/custservice/carres/energyhome/index.asp

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: Michael Hughes, 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
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

$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. The current edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Guide is used to determine heat-loss calculation. 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% SalesTax Exemption on Energy Efficient Appliances
Beginning in 2009,  South Carolina offers a month-long sales tax exemption on energy efficient products of $2,500 or less per product, purchased for non-commercial home or personal use. This 100% exemption from the state sales tax applies to sales occurring during the month of October and every subsequent October until 2019. This incentive is available for any dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, programmable thermostats, refrigerator, doors, or windows, the energy efficiency of which has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding the agencies' energy-saving efficiency requirements. Contact: Public Information, South Carolina Energy Office, 1201 Main Street, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-737-8030 or 800-851-8899; Fax: 803-737-9846; http://www.state.sc.us/energy/

Up to $20,000 in Low Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Santee Cooper provides low interest loans to its residential customers to improve the efficiency of their homes through their Good Cents loan program. Eligible efficiency technologies are water heaters, heat pumps, caulking/weather-stripping, building insulation, windows and doors. Customers can apply for energy efficient improvement loans ranging from $500 to $20,000 with up to 60-months to repay loans over $1,000. This loan requires no down payment. Contact: Customer Service, Santee Cooper, One Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461; 843-761-8000; Fax: 843-761-7060; https://www.santeecooper.com/portal/page/portal/SanteeCooper/MyHome/ResidentialGoodCents
Applications: https://www.santeecooper.com/WebForms/getform?formName=SC0881i_Panel.xdp&preference=MSDHTML

Up To $40,000 Zero Interest Loans for Renewable Energy Resources
Santee Cooper offers zero-interest loans to residential customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind-energy systems, micro-hydropower systems or biomass-energy systems and who participate in the utility's "net billing" program. Residential customers that decline to participate in the utility's "net billing" program are eligible for low-interest loans. (The rate for low-interest loans varies.) The zero-interest loan program expires October 1, 2009. The maximum loan amount is $40,000, and the maximum term is 10 years. Contact: Santee Cooper, 1 Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461; 843-761-8000; https://www.santeecooper.com/portal/page/portal/SanteeCooper/MyHome/LoansLow Interest

Energy Efficiency Utility Rate Discount
Santee Cooper encourages energy efficiency through its Good Cents rate discount program. To qualify for the program, homes must meet a variety of standards related to insulation, doors, windows, appliances and HVAC equipment. The rate discount and exact requirements are structured differently for new homes, improved homes and manufactured homes. Contact: Customer Service, Santee Cooper, One Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461; 843-761-8000; Fax: 843-761-7060; https://www.santeecooper.com/portal/page/portal/SanteeCooper/MyHome/ResidentialGoodCents

Up to $15,000 in Fixed Interest Rate Energy Efficient Home Improvement Loans
Santee Electric Cooperative provides financing for their members to increase their homes' energy efficiency through their EC Home Improvement Loan Program. Possible home improvements include replacing doors and windows, adding insulation, installing new heat pumps and other projects that make homes more comfortable and energy efficient. There is no down payment or application fees and loan amounts can be between $1,000 and $15,000. Loans up to $5,000 can be repaid over 12 to 60 months, and loans between $5,000 and $15,000 can be extended up to 120 months. Contact: Main Office, Santee Electric Cooperative, 424 Sumter Hwy, Kingstree, SC 29556; 843-355-6187; http://www.santee.org/save/echomeimprovement.html

Personal Tax Credit for Solar Thermal Systems
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=1&t=5&h=19

 
South Dakota Energy Programs for Homeowners

Rebates for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
Black Hills Power Customer Rebate Program offers cash rebates to residential BHP customers for the purchase of electric water heaters, new generation electric and geothermal heat pumps and also Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems. A $15/kW per hour rebate is available when converting from fossil fuel heating to electric and using an energy management device when enrolled in the Demand Controller Program.  Other incentives include:  up to $1,500 for geothermal heat pumps; up to $500 for converting to electric heat; and up to $150 per ton for heat pumps.  Included also in the 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 or 800 843-8849; http://www.blackhillspower.com/rebprog.htm
Application: http://www.blackhillspower.com/rebateform.htm

$25,000 to Make Energy Efficient Upgrades to Your Home or Business
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: Otter Tail 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

Get Up to $300 in Rebates for Energy Efficient Installations
Otter Tail Power Company offers incentives to its residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers to install energy efficient equipment in their homes/facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of high-efficiency electric heating applications. Rebates and interest rates are subject to change without notice, and receipts are required to process rebates.  Incentives include:  Residential Demand Controller Installation - $300 Rebate; Water Heaters - $20 to $200 Rebate, depending on size and power rate; Thermal Storage Units - $20/kW Rebate; and Electric Cooking Equipment - $20/kW Rebate.  Contact: Otter Tail 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

100% Property Tax Exemptions for Residential Customers
This exemption from taxes is for residential and commercial properties where renewable energy systems are installed. For residential systems the exemption applies to the entire assessed value of residential. Exemption may be claimed for three years after installation. Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps and Ethanol.  Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, 500 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501; 605-773-3201; Fax: 605-773-3809;
http://puc.sd.gov/energyefficiency/default.aspx

Up to $10,000 Loans for Electrical Equipment
Southeastern Electric Cooperative offers a loan program for customers in the southeastern part of South Dakota who want to install energy efficient heating and cooling systems in their homes and businesses or for those who want to install weatherization measures such as storm doors, insulation or caulking. Loans are available at 5% for Geothermal air-to-air heat pumps or electric heat up to $10,000 for 7 years and Geothermal air-to-air heat pumps, or electric heat under $5,000 financed for 5 years.  Loans are for weatherization & insulation up to $3,000 for 5 years. Contact: Southeastern Electric Cooperative, 501 South Broadway, Marion, SD  57043-0388; 605-648-3619 or 800-333-2859; Fax: 605-648-3778; http://www.southeasternelectric.com/Member_Services/money_saving/electric_equipment_
loans.html

 
Tennessee Energy Programs for Homeowners

$7,500 to Buy a New Heat Pump
Athens Utility Board (AUB) offers low-interest financing to its residential customers to assist with the cost of purchasing a new heat pump. Eligible customers may finance up to $7,500 and pay in monthly installments on their utility bills. Loans can be paid off in as many as 10 years.  The heat pump must be installed by a program-qualified contractor and inspected by an AUB representative following installation.  Contact:  Athens Utility Board, PO Box 689, Athens, TN 37371-0689; 423-745-4501; http://www.aub.org/cs_eright.php

$10,000 for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Bristol Tennessee Electric Service (BTES) offers financing to its residential customers to help pay for energy efficient home improvements through their Energy Savings Loan Program. Eligible customers may borrow up to $10,000 for a maximum of 10 years. Eligible items include:  electric heat pumps; attic insulation (R19 minimum) and ventilation; floor insulation (R19 minimum) and ventilation; insulated replacement windows; insulated exterior doors; insulated garage doors (automatic garage door openers can be included); electrical service upgrades; and storm doors.  The loans can be paid off in as many as 10 years, and monthly payments can be added to the customer's utility bill. No down payment is required, but customers must qualify under the BTES financing plan. In addition, a BTES Energy Advisor is required to inspect home improvements after installation. Contact:  Bristol Tennessee Electric Service, PO Box 549, Bristol, TN 37621; 423-793-5547; http://www.btes.net/btesenergysavings.html

$10,000 Loans for Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Clarksville Department of Electricity offers financing to its residential customer to help pay for new, energy-efficient heat pumps. The loan can also cover the cost of weatherization measures prescribed by the program. Necessary changes in home wiring also qualify. Maximum amount loaned is $7,500 per home ($10,000 for Advanced Technology heat pumps). The maximum term for repayment is 10 years and the current interest rate is 9.00%.  Contact:  Customer Service, Clarksville Department of Electricity, PO Box 31509, Clarksville, TN 37040-0026; 931-648-8153; Fax:  931-645-2118; https://www.clarksvillede.com/energyPrograms.html

$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

Low-Interest Loans for New Electric Heat Pumps
Clinton Utilities Board offers financing to help its residential customers purchase and install new electric heat pumps for their homes. Loans have a fixed APR of 6%, with a term limit of 10 years. The 6% promotional interest rate applies to heat pumps with a minimum SEER rating of 14 and Advanced Heat Pumps. Monthly payments can be included on utility bills. Contact:  Customer Service, Clinton Utilities Board, PO Box 296, Clinton, TN 37717; 865-457-9232; http://www.clintonutilities.com/cubtva.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

$$$ to Install an Electric Heat Pump
Cookeville Electric Department offers financing for new electric heat pumps through their Energy Right Heat Pump Loan Program. The loan can be financed for up to ten years and added to the customer's monthly electric bill. The loans come with a low-, fixed-interest rate and may be paid off early with no penalties assessed. Contact: Cookeville Electric Department, 55 West Davis Road, Cookeville, TN 38506; 931-520-5422 or 931-526-7411; http://www.cookeville-tn.org/electric/services/energy-right-program

$100 to $150 for Energy Efficient Upgrades
Cookeville Electric Department offers an incentive for its residential customers to install energy efficient equipment through their Energy Right Rebate Program. Rebates are offered for qualifying heat pumps ($150) and water heaters ($100). Eligible heat pumps must be installed by a member of the Quality Contractor Network. Contact: Cookeville Electric Department, 55 West Davis Road, Cookeville, TN 38506; 931-520-5422 or 931-526-7411; http://www.cookeville-tn.org/electric/

$10,000 to Reduce Your Energy Usage
Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation helps its residential customers reduce their household energy usage through their Energy Right Heat Pump Loan Program. Loans of up to $10,000 are available with an 8% interest rate and a 10 year term. To qualify, the heat pump must have a minimum 13 SEER and be installed by a member of the Quality Contractor Network.  Contact:  Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, 1940 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37043; 931-645-2481; http://www.cemc.org/services/heat%20pumps.asp

$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

$50 Rebates for a New Water Heater
The Electric Power Board of Chattanooga offers a $50 rebate to its residential customers through its Energy Right Water Heater rebate. Customers who install a new electric water heater, which is replacing an older less efficient model are eligible for the rebate. Eligible units must have a capacity of at least 40 gallons and meet the minimum DOE requirements. Proof of purchase (receipt) and manufacturer’s description of the water heater must be attached to the application to receive the rebate.  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=yourhome_products&id=37
Application:  http://www01.epb.net/PDF/WaterHeaterRebate.pdf

$300 for an Energy Saving Home + a Free Water Heater
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation promotes energy efficient building design through its Energy Right New Homes Program. Gibson EMC can help residents during the design-phase by suggesting energy efficient measures which will increase a home's efficiency and qualify it for the rebate. Gibson EMC will pay $300 to customers whose homes meet the program standards and award them with a free water heater, not to exceed $250. Contact:  Customer Service, Gibson Electric Membership Corporation, 1207 South College St., PO Box 47, Trenton, TN 38382; 731-855-4740; http://www.gibsonemc.com/energyright.htm

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

No Interest Loans for a Water Heater System
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation provides loans to its residential customers to finance new, energy efficient water heaters. The loans are interest-free and can be paid off in as many as 3 years. To participate, the customer simply needs to visit one of these dealers listed on the website and pick out a qualified electric water heater. The dealer will send the bill to Gibson EMC. Gibson EMC then pays the dealer and sets up interest-free financing for 36 months on the customer's electric bill.  Contact:  Customer Service, Gibson Electric Membership Corporation, 1207 South College St., PO Box 47, Trenton, TN 38382; 731-855-4740; http://www.gibsonemc.com/WaterHeater.htm

Energy Loans for Your Home
Holston Electric Cooperative encourages energy efficiency in the residential sector through its Energy Right Heat Pump Financing Program. Through this program, low-interest loans are available with terms up to 10 years to qualified homeowners.  For more information, contact:  Customer Service, Holston Electric Cooperative, 1200 W. Main St., PO Box 190, Rogersville, TN 37857; 423-272-8821; http://www.holstonelectric.com/

$$ 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

Low-Interest Loans Buys You a High Efficiency Heat Pump
Jackson Energy Authority offers financing to it residential customer to help pay for new heat pumps through its energy right Heat Pump Program. Low-interest loans are available for either a standard high-efficiency heat pump or a dual-fuel heat pump, which uses natural gas for heating and electricity for cooling. The loans can be paid off in as many as 10 years and monthly payments can be added to the customer's monthly utility bill. Call Jackson Energy Authority to receive a list of Quality Network Contractors whose members sell and install heat pumps.  Contact:  Customer Services, Jackson Energy Authority, PO Box 68, Jackson, TN 38302; 731-422-7500; http://www.jaxenergy.com/wise_energy/energy_right.php

$10,000 Residential Heat Pump Program
Johnson City Power Board offers financing to its residential customers for new electric heat pumps through its Residential Heat Pump Program. Maximum loan value is $7,500, which covers the installation of the heat pump system. A total of $10,000 is available for individuals installing two units or a specialty heat pump. Customers may pay the loan off at any time with no penalty and loan payments are added to customers’ monthly energy bills. All applicants must choose a Quality Contractor Network Member to be eligible for financing. After the unit has been installed, the QCN Member must contact TVA to schedule an inspection in order to ensure that the unit has been installed to standards.  Contact:  Marketing Department, Johnson City Power Board, PO Box 1636, Johnson City, TN 37605-1636; 423-952-5142; http://www.jcpb.com/content/index_ter.php?General_ID=9&Sec_General_ID=57&Ter_General_ID=45

Loans up to $7,500 Helps You Pay for a New Heat Pump
Knoxville Utilities Board offers financing to residential customers to help pay for new heat pumps through the utility's Energy Right Heat Pump Program. Customers can finance up to $7,500 and pay in monthly installments on their utility bills. The loans may be paid off in as many as 10 years. The heat pump must be installed by a program-qualified contractor.  Contact:  Customer Service, Knoxville Utilities Board, P.O. Box 59017, Knoxville, TN 37950-9017; 865-524-2911; http://www.kub.org/

$7,500 for a New Heat Pump in Tennessee
LaFollette Public Utilities Board offers financing to its residential customer to help pay for new heat pumps through their Energy Right Heat Pump Program. Customers can finance up to $7,500 and pay in monthly installments on their utility bills. The loans can be paid off in as many as 10 years. The heat pump must be installed by a program-qualified contractor.  Contact:  LaFollette Public Utilities Board, PO Box 1411, LaFollette, TN 37766; 423-562-3316, ext. 1041; http://www.lub.org/energyright.html

$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

Fixed-Rate Loans up to $7,500 for Heat Pump Installation
Lenoir City Utilities Board offers financing to its residential customer to help pay for new heat pumps through their energy right Heat Pump Program. Customers can finance up to $7,500 and pay in monthly installments on their utility bills. The loans can be paid off in as many as 10 years. The heat pump must be installed by a program-qualified contractor.  Contact:  Customer Service, Lenoir City Utilities Board, PO Box 449, Lenoir City, TN 37771; 856-986-6591; http://www.lcub.com/

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

$$ Incentives If You Save Energy in Your Home
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation offers incentives for its residential customers to inhabit energy efficient homes. A rebate is available for customers who build new Energy Star qualified homes. Rebates are also offered for qualifying heat pumps and electric water heaters.  Call for the most current incentive information regarding Energy Star Homes, electric water heaters, and heating & air equipment.  Contact:  Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, 555 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129; 615-494-1024; http://www.mtemc.com/pages.cfm/name/r10_earnmoney

$10,000 Loan + $100 Rebate for Home Energy Improvements
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation provides low-interest loans to help its residential customers install new, energy efficient heat pumps in their homes. Qualifying heat pumps must be a minimum 13 SEER package or 13 SEER split with HSPF 7.7 or higher rating. The loans have an 8% interest rate and can be up to $10,000. The loan can have up to a 10-year term with no penalty for early payoff. To qualify for MTEMC's Heat Pump Program, applicants must be the owner of the home and property where the heat pump is to be located and pass an independent credit review. MTEMC homeonwners installing heat pumps may also qualify for a $100 incentive for replacing gas with 13 SEER/HSPF 7.7 or greater electric or dual-fuel heat pump (1 incentive per dwelling).  To learn more, contact:  Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, 555 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129; 615-494-1024;  http://www.mtemc.com/pages.cfm/name/r09_heatingac

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

$7,500 Worth of Financing for Heat Pump System
Milan Public Utilities offers financing to its residential customer to help pay for new heat pumps through their energy right Heat Pump Program. Customers can finance up to $7,500 and pay in monthly installments on their utility bills. The loans can be paid off in as many as 10 years. The heat pump must be installed by a program-qualified contractor.  Contact:  Customer Service, Milan Public Utilities, 1085 South Second Street, P.O. Box 109, Milan, TN 38358-0109; 731-686-1537

Loan Program Buys You an Energy Saving Heat Pump
Murfreesboro Electric Department offers financing to its residential customer to help pay for new heat pumps through their energy right Heat Pump Program. Customers can finance up to $7,500 and pay in monthly installments on their utility bills. The loans can be paid off in as many as 10 years. The heat pump must be installed by a program-qualified contractor:  http://www.murfreesboroelectric.com/eright/contractors.htm.  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/heatpumps.htm

$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
  • $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

$12,000 for Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative provides loans to help its residential customers finance energy efficient heat pumps through their energy right Heat Pump Program. 6% loans for up to $12,000 are available for 10-year financing with no penalty for early pay-off.  Heat pumps must be installed by a member of the Quality Contractor Network, and must have a minimum SEER of 13. Additional restrictions apply. Contact:  Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, 512 South Cedar Ave., PO Box 31, South Pittsburg, TN 37380; 423-837-5044; http://www.svalleyec.com/prodsvs.htm #heatpump2
Application:  http://www.svalleyec.com/heat%20pump%20application%200405.doc

$25 to $125 in Rebates for Energy Saving Home Projects
Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative offers incentives for its residential customers to inhabit energy efficient homes through their energy right Program.   Rebates are available for energy efficient water heaters ($25 to $120 rebate) and new homes ($100 rebate) which meet the program standards.  To learn more, contact:  Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, 512 South Cedar Ave., PO Box 31, South Pittsburg, TN 37380; 423-837-5044; http://www.svalleyec.com/prodsvs.htm
Application:  http://www.svalleyec.com/SVEC%20-%20Request%20for%20Inspection%206-07.doc

$120 Rebates for New Water Heater
Sevierville County Electric System offers an incentive for its residential customers to purchase and install new electric water heaters. The rebate is worth $100 for standard electric water heaters and $120 for marathon water heaters. To receive the rebate, customers must bring the bill of sale to the SCES office and schedule an appointment for visual inspection. Rebates will be credited to the customer's account. Contact:  Customer Service, Sevierville County Electric System, PO Box 4870, Sevierville, TN 37864; 865-453-2887 or 865-983-4065; http://www.electric.seviervilletn.org/special.htm

Low-Interest Loans Through the Heat Pump Program
Sevierville County Electric System offers financing to its residential customer to help pay for new heat pumps through their energy right Heat Pump Program. Customers can pay in monthly installments on their utility bills. The loans can be paid off in as many as 10 years. The heat pump must be installed by a program-qualified contractor. Contact:  Customer Service, Sevierville County Electric System, PO Box 4870, Sevierville, TN 37864; 865-453-2887 or 865-983-4065; http://www.electric.seviervilletn.org/

Loan Program to Help You Install a Heat Pumps
Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation offers a low-interest loan to help its residential customers install heat pumps through their energy right Heat Pump Program. An 8.0% interest loan with a 10 year payback is currently available. This special financing rate applies to all heat pumps with a minimum SEER 13 and advanced systems with EER ratings. The financing is available to qualified members who install a heat pump in an existing home. STEMC may perform a post-installation inspection of the heat pump.   Contact:  Customer Service, Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, 1009 East Main Street, PO Box 959, Brownsville, TN 38012; 800-772-0472; http://www.stemc.com/services/energyright/heat_pump.html

$200 Rebates to Makeover Your Home’s Energy Systems
Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation offers incentives for its residential customers to inhabit energy efficient homes through their energy right Program. Rebates are available to customers who purchase energy efficient water heaters, or build new houses to fit the standards established by the energy right program.  Up to $200 in rebates may be available.  To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, 1009 East Main Street, PO Box 959, Brownsville, TN 38012; 800-772-0472; http://www.stemc.com/services/energyright/index.html

Another Loan Program for New Heat Pumps
Springfield Electric Department offers financing to its residential customer to help pay for new heat pumps through their energy right Heat Pump Program. Customers can pay in monthly installments on their utility bills. The loans can be paid off in as many as 10 years. The heat pump must be installed by a program-qualified contractor.  Contact:  Customer Service, Springfield Electric Department, 718 Central Avenue West, Springfield, TN 37172; 615-384-6770; Fax:  615-382-1642; http://www.springfield-electric.com/programs.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/

Heat Pump Financing up to $10,000
Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation will loan up to a maximum of $10,000 to install a heat pump in a member's home. This is a residential program for existing home only. Homes receiving the heat pump must have had permanent electric service for at least one year. This is not available for new homes under construction. The current interest rate for the loan is 7%. Special interest rates for Active Military families are also available. Loans may be set up for a maximum of 10 years with no down payment required and no penalties assessed for paying a loan off early. If a heat pump is being financed through the program, certain weatherization measures such as insulation may also be financed at the same time. Contact:  Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, 138 Gordonsville Hwy., Carthage, TN 37030; 931-823-8655, ext. 338; http://www.ucemc.com/services.htm #rebates

Up to $150 Rebate for Energy Upgrades to Your Home
Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation offers incentives for its residential customers to inhabit energy efficient homes through their energy right Program. Rebates are available for energy efficient heat pumps ($150 rebate), water heaters ($100 rebate) and new homes which meet the program standards. The whole house rebate is an unspecified amount, but interested customers can call for more details. Customers participating in the whole house program cannot receive rebates for water heaters or heat pumps.  Contact:  Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, 138 Gordonsville Hwy., Carthage, TN 37030; 931-823-8655, ext. 338; http://www.ucemc.com/services.htm #rebates
Application:  http://www.ucemc.com/pdf%20files/HEAT%20PUMP%20REBATE.pdf (heat pump); http://www.ucemc.com/pdf%20files/WATER%20HEATER%20REBATE.pdf (water heater)

$$$ to Install a New Heat Pump
Volunteer Energy Cooperative offers financing to its residential members through the energy right heat pump loan program. For a home to qualify for this program, the home must be more than 12 months old, and the heat pump must be a replacement heating/cooling system. Additionally, the heat pump must be installed by a TVA-qualified contractor:  http://www.vec.org/article.aspx?categID=6&articleID=728.  Contact:  Volunteer Energy Cooperative, 18359 Hwy. 58 N., PO Box 277, Decatur, TN 37322; 423-334-7051; http://www.vec.org/article.aspx?categID=6&articleID=485 Application:  http://www.vec.org/pdfs/volunteer/HeatPumpLoanApplication.pdf

$50 for New Homes Using Energy Efficient Methods
Volunteer Energy Cooperative offers an incentive for their members to construct energy efficient homes through their energy right New Home Program. The $50 rebate is available to homes with a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating of 83 or better.  Home must have been completed for no more than 12 months.  Home must be all-electric (electric heating and cooling, water heating, dryer, etc.).  For more details, contact:  Marketing and Economic Development Dept., Volunteer Energy Cooperative, 18359 Hwy. 58 N., PO Box 277, Decatur, TN 37322; 423-334-1020; http://www.vec.org/article.aspx?categID=6&articleID=486
Application:  http://www.vec.org/images/volunteer/new%20home%20inspection%201-22-07.pdf

$30 to $50 Cash Back for All Electric Appliances
Volunteer Energy Cooperative offers incentives for its residential customers to inhabit energy efficient homes through their energy right Program. Rebates are available for energy efficient water heaters ($30 rebate) and new homes ($50) that meet the program standards.  Many design standards must be met to qualify for the whole-house rebate.  To find out more, contact:  Marketing and Economic Development Dept., Volunteer Energy Cooperative, 18359 Hwy. 58 N., PO Box 277, Decatur, TN 37322; 423-334-1020; http://www.vec.org/articles.aspx?categID=6

$$ Financing for High Efficiency Heat Pump
Winchester Utilities offers financing to its residential customers to help pay for high-efficiency heat pumps through its Energy Right Heat Pump Loan Program. Loans can be financed for up to 10 years, with a fixed interest rate of 7%. To qualify, the heat pump must have a 12 SEER or greater. Find out more by contacting:  Customer Service, Winchester Utilities, 219 Second Ave. N.W., Winchester, TN 37398; 931-967-2238; http://www.winchesterutilities.com/Services_files/Energy%20Right%20Program.htm

Up to $200 Money Back to Energize Your Home’s Appliances

Winchester Utilities offers incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their Energy Right Rebate Program. Rebates are available for new electric water heaters, heat pumps with a SEER rating of 11 or greater, and new homes which meet the Energy Right requirements. Heat pump must be installed by an approved heating/air-conditioning contractor.  Rebates range from $100 to $200. Contact:  Customer Service, Winchester Utilities, 219 Second Ave. N.W., Winchester, TN 37398; 931-967-2238; http://www.winchesterutilities.com/Services_files/Energy%20Right%20Program.htm
 
Texas Energy Programs for Homeowners

$11,000 Low-Interest Energy Loans
Austin Energy offers loans to its residential customers to finance energy efficient improvements in their homes. Austin Energy has two different loan options for customers to choose from, each with different maximum amounts, interest rates and eligible improvements. All work must be done by a program-approved contractor.

  • Loan Option 1:  up to $8,500 for a single-family home and up to $11,000 for two-HVAC replacement, window-unit-to-central-AC conversion, and work performed on duplexes.  No closing costs up to $400.
  • Loan Option 2:  Up to $11,000 for single-family homes and duplexes.  No closing costs up to $400.

To find out more, contact:  Customer Care Center, Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704-1194; 512-974-7827; Fax:  512-482-5450; http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Loans/Residential/Home%20Performance%20with%20Energy%20Star/index.htm
Application:  For loan pre-approval with Austin Energy's financing partner, Velocity Credit Union, call 512-469-7060 or 800-933-2029 (select option #3) or apply online at https://www.velocitycu.com/

Up to $1,575 for Energy Home Improvements
Austin Energy offers incentives to its residential customers to encourage the use of energy efficient equipment. Rebates are available for qualified HVAC equipment and weatherization improvements. Customers may receive the Home Performance Bonus Rebate up to $650 when they install a new air conditioning unit or heat pump and perform the following weatherization measures listed, if needed:  install additional attic insulation; repair leaking AC ducts; caulk around plumbing under sinks; weather-strip doors; install Low-E windows, solar screens, or awnings (to windows in direct sun); and radiant barrier.  To take advantage of the weatherization rebates, customers must first have an energy audit performed on their homes. Energy audits are not required for the HVAC rebates. Mobile homes or manufactured homes are eligible for rebates on new air conditioners only. Other energy efficiency improvements cannot be rebated for these dwellings due to construction code differences. To learn more, see the website below or contact:  Customer Care Center, Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704-1194; 512-974-7827; Fax:  512-482-5450;  http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/Residential/index.htm  

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

FREE Home Improvements Help You Save Energy
Austin Energy provides a variety of weatherization measures at no cost to its low-income and disabled residents through its Free Home Energy Improvements Program. Some eligible improvements include:  insulation in attics, sealing and repairing or replacing ductwork, caulking around plumbing penetrations, weather-stripping around doors, installation of solar screens.  Certain income levels must be met for residents to participate in this program. Eligible residents can fill out the application, and within two weeks Austin Energy will send a letter stating whether they have been accepted to the program. Contact:  Free Weatherization Program, Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704-1194; 512-974-7827;
http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Free%20Home%20
Energy%20Improvements/index.htm

Application:  http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Free%20Home%20Energy%20Improvements/FWapply.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/

Low-Interest Loans for Energy Efficient Appliances
Bryan Texas Utilities offers loans to their residential customers to finance new, energy efficient appliances through their Appliance Loan Program. Appliances must be purchased from participating local vendors. The interest rate for these loans is 7% and loans can be paid off in one to five years.  There is no maximum loan amount.  Loan payments will be included in the customer's monthly BTU statement beginning with the following billing cycle.  Interested customers should contact BTU in order to find participating vendors.  Contact: Bryan Texas Utilities, 205 E. 28th Street, Bryan, TX 77803; 979-821-5715;
http://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/ESP.aspx #raf
Application:  https://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/Application.aspx

$$ to Install a New HVAC System
Bryan Texas Utilities offers 7% fixed rate loans to their residential customers to finance the replacement of HVAC equipment through their HVAC Loan Program. Customers can use the financing for equipment, labor and materials costs related to the replacement or installation of an HVAC system in their homes, as well as the replacement of ventilation systems. The loan is available to owners of single-family, duplex, triplex and four-plex residential dwellings with an appropriate credit history. This program will not fund systems installed in mobile homes.  Contact: Bryan Texas Utilities, 205 E. 28th Street, Bryan, TX 77803; 979-821-5715; http://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/ESP.aspx #hvac
Application:  https://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/Application.aspx

$1,500 for Insulation Improvements to Your Home
Bryan Texas Utilities offers loans to their residential customers to finance insulation improvements in their homes through their Low-Interest Insulation Loan Program. Customers may apply for a loan by arranging for a no-cost energy audit of their residence. The Energy Service Advisor will determine the recommended level of additional insulation required. Loan approval (up to $1,500) is based on the customer's payment history with BTU, and the payments are automatically included in the customer's monthly utility bill. Interest is compounded at 7%.  Contact: Bryan Texas Utilities, 205 E. 28th Street, Bryan, TX 77803; 979-821-5715;
http://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/ESP.aspx #insulation
Application:  https://www.btutilities.com/New_Ventures/Application.aspx

Up to $5,000 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

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/

$200 to $600 Rebates for Energy Efficient HVAC Equipment
College Station Utilities offers an incentive for its residential customers to install energy efficient HVAC equipment through their Energy Back II Program. To qualify for the rebate, the A/C system must be a minimum of 14 SEER or higher. Both the evaporator coil (inside unit) and the condensing unit (outside unit) must be replaced as a matching system as rated by in the Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute directory.  Incentives range from $200 to $600, which varies by efficiency rating.  Contact:  Energy Department, College Station Utilities, PO Box 9960, College Station, TX 77842; 979-764-3724; Fax:  979-764-3452;
http://www.cstx.gov/home/index.asp?page=808
Application:  http://www.cstx.gov/docs/energy_back_ii_application_form.pdf

Total of $2,500 in Energy Rebates for Homeowners
CPS Energy offers a variety of rebates for energy efficiency related improvements to residential homes. Rebate calculation methods, limits, and equipment requirements vary by technology and sometimes by existing home characteristics. The total amount of rebates is limited to $2,500 per customer per year, excluding rebates for central AC replacement, window replacement, compact fluorescent lighting (CFL), and mow down smog. Customers completing two separate home improvements are eligible for a bonus of 10% of the total project cost up to $100. Duct testing is not considered a separate improvement.  Newly constructed homes are only eligible to receive rebates for air conditioners, spray foam insulation, and Energy Star Cool Roofs. Renovations of existing homes are eligible to receive all of the rebates listed on the website below with the exception of the spray foam insulation. In addition, these rebates only apply to living areas of homes, so garages and storage areas (newly constructed or renovated) are not eligible for rebates.  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/Residential/Rebates_Programs/Rebates/index.asp

$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

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

$100 Rebate to Buy an Efficient Water Heater
Farmers Electric Cooperative offers a rebate to its residential 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 members to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. 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

$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

$200 to $350 for Heat Pump Systems
Magic Valley Electric Cooperative's Value Incentive Program (VIP) offers consumers incentives for the replacement of central heat pump systems, central conventional cooling systems, or dual fuel systems for single family dwellings. The rebate varies depending on the equipment type and efficiency rating, and it is not valid for new construction:  central A/C: $200 to $250 and heat pumps: $250 to $350.  MVEC also provides rebates to A/C dealers to encourage them to sell energy efficient units. Dealers can receive a $40 rebate for selling A/C units with a 13 SEER or greater, and $50 for selling heat pumps with a 13 SEER or greater.  Contact:  Customer Service, Magic Valley Electric Cooperative, PO Box 267, Mercedes, TX 78570; 866-225-5683;
http://www.magicvalley.coop/Electric-Service/Residential/Rebates

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/

$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

$1,575 Total Rebates for Energy Home Improvements
Texas Gas Service offers an incentive for its residential customers within the Austin and Sunset Valley city limits to install new central furnaces, hydronic water heaters, high efficiency gas water heaters (tank and tankless), duct repair/sealing and attic insulation. Residential customers must have the base gas service rate AUST I/S, SUNV I/S or ABIA I/S to be eligible. Incentives vary widely but are capped at $1,575 total.  Texas Gas Service also offers a program for their low-income customers. Incentives include the installation and/or replacement of space heaters, wall furnaces or central furnaces; the provision of free weatherization services; and installation of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Learn more by contacting:  Texas Gas Service, Conservation Programs, 5613 Avenue F, Austin, TX 78751; 512-974-7827; Fax:  512-465-1186;
http://www.oneok.com/tgs/about/conservation/tgs_residential.jsp

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

$1,000 Rebate Total for Energy Efficient Home Makeovers
United Cooperative Services offers a one-time rebate program for new home construction and retrofit upgrades. The following equipment is eligible:  Air-Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Waste Heat Recovery System, Water Heaters, and Attic Insulation.  Water heater rebates can only be applied to electric water heaters installed in new homes. New homes may also qualify for a $150 whole-house bonus rebate if the home meets program standards. Maximum incentives are capped at $1,000 per home. To be eligible for the rebate program rebate forms and accompanying documentation must be submitted within 60 days of the completion of construction and/or installation.  Contact:  Rebate Program Office, United Cooperative Services, 3309 N. Main, P.O. Box 16, Cleburne, TX 76033; 254-965-3153 or 817-556-4000; http://www.united-cs.com/rebates.htm
Application: 
http://www.united-cs.com/PDF/2008%20Rebate%20Application.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

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/

 
Utah Energy Programs for Homeowners

$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

Up to $750 for Energy Saving Appliances
Questar Gas provides rebates for energy efficient appliances and solar assisted gas water heating systems through their ThermWise program. To qualify, the appliances must run on gas and must meet the minimum efficiency levels stated on their website. Here is what may be available to you:  Solar Assisted Hot Water Heating: $750; Gas Furnace: $300; Gas Boiler: $400; Storage Water Heater: $50; Tankless Water Heater: $300; Gas Clothes Dryer: $30; Gas Clothes Washer: $50 - $75.  Contact:  ThermWise Appliance Rebates, Questar Gas, PO Box 45360, Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0360; 800-323-5517; http://thermwise.com/home/ApplianceRebates.html
Application:  http://thermwise.com/home/Appliance_Rebate_Application.pdf

$2,000 Tax Credits for Residential 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 residential systems is 25% of the reasonable installed system costs up to a maximum credit of $2,000 per residential unit. The residential credit is nonrefundable, but unused credit may be carried over up to four years. A non-business entity that leases a residential system is eligible for the credit and may use the credit for no more than seven years from the initiation of the lease.  Eligible residential systems include active and passive solar thermal systems; solar electric systems; wind turbines; hydro (water) energy; geothermal heat pumps; direct-use geothermal; and biomass. 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 $300 for a New Air Conditioner
Rocky Mountain Power offers residential customers a rebate for the purchase and installation of qualifying high-efficiency evaporative cooling systems and properly sized central air conditioners. Additional incentives are available for premium, whole-house ducted systems. To qualify, customers must first purchase and install one or more eligible measures, and then send a completed incentive application to Rocky Mountain Power. Here is what is eligible:  1) Evaporative cooling systems: $300 for a first-time installation or $100 for a replacement installation; and 2) Central air conditioners: $150 for 15+SEER and 12.5+EER central air conditioning equipment, $50 for properly sized AC equipment, $50 for proper AC installation.  Contact:  Rocky Mountain Power, 825 NE Multnomah, Portland, OR 97232; 800-357-9214; http://www.rockymountainpower.net//Article/Article25681.html
Application:  https://www.traksmart.com/utahpowerac/app/determinePostLoginURL.do

$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

Get $$ Back for Making Your Home More Efficient
Rocky Mountain Power provides incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their Home Energy Savings Program. Rebates are available through this program for ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners, heat pumps, compact fluorescent fixtures and windows. Rebates are also provided for energy saving measures such as duct sealing, HVAC tune-ups and increased insulation levels. Some restrictions apply. See website for full incentive details and applicable application forms.  Home Energy Savings, Rocky Mountain Power, 1400 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Portland, OR 97201; 800-942-0266; http://www.homeenergysavings.net/utah/home
Application:  http://www.homeenergysavings.net/utah/forms.html 

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

 
Vermont Energy Programs for Homeowners

Free Home Improvements Help You Save $$
Through the NeighborCare program, Burlington Electric Department (BED) provides products and advice to residential customers to help reduce electricity and water consumption. These free or low-cost improvements include energy-efficiency lighting upgrades, insulation for electric water heaters and pipes, and fixtures that reduce water usage. Contact: Burlington Electric Department, 585 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401; 802-865-7362; http://www.burlingtonelectric.com/EnergyEfficiency/neighbor.htm

$1.0 Million Loans Available in Clean Energy Development Fund Program
The Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) 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. 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

Rebates available for Energy Efficient Equipment
Efficiency Vermont provides financial incentives for its residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in their homes. A $50 rebate is offered to customers who install Energy Star rated Clothes Washers. Efficiency Vermont also provides coupons for Energy Star lighting equipment redeemable at participating retailers. Rebates are also available for qualifying HVAC equipment. Energy Star furnaces with ECM fan motors and central air conditioning units are each eligible for a $100 rebate. Contact: Program Coordinaton, Efficiency Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7, Burlington, VT 05401; 888-921-5990; http://www.efficiencyvermont.org/pages/Residential/RebateCenter/

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 residential, 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 single- and multi-family residences. Incentives for solar-electric systems (PV) - individuals $1.75/W DC, up to $8,750; 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 - individuals $1.75/100 Btu/day up to $8,750 and for 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 for individuals are $2.50/W DC (up to $4/W with Vermont-made components) up to $12,500. 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 of Your Home
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 per year of natural gas are eligible for this program, as are multi-family buildings where the total building usage is 1,400 ccf per 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. 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

Rebates to Replace Inefficient Heating Equipment and Water Heaters
In addition to the offer of zero and low interest loans above, 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

 
Virginia Energy Programs for Homeowners

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/EnvironmentalServicesEpo
IncentiveProgram.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/

No Sales Tax on Energy Star Products + $500 Tax Deduction
Virginia allows a four-day sales tax exemption on Energy Star products of $2,500 or less per product, purchased for non-commercial home or personal use.  A 100% exemption from the state sales and use tax applies to sales occurring during the four-day period that begins each year on the Friday before the second Monday in October and ends at midnight on the second Monday in October.  This incentive is available for any dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, compact fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, programmable thermostat or refrigerator. Individuals may also claim a deduction of 20%, up to $500, on their state income tax return for sales tax paid to purchase certain energy efficient products listed on the website below.  Contact:  Taxpayer Assistance, Virginia Department of Taxation, PO Box 1880, Richmond, VA 23218-1880; 804-367-8031; http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/taxcredit.shtml

$15,000 Loans to Improve Your Home’s Energy Usage
Southside Electric Cooperative offers loans to its residential customers to help finance improvements to their homes' energy efficiency. Low-interest loans of up to $15,000 (unsecured) can be obtained by eligible SEC members to finance specific energy conservation measures for homes to include caulking, weatherstripping, insulation, water heaters, heat pumps, attic ventilation fans, energy efficient heating/cooling systems, storm windows and doors, etc., under the EC Home Improvement Loan Program.  Contact:  Customer Service, Southside Electric Cooperative, 2000 West Virginia Avenue, PO Box 7, Crewe, VA 23930; 800-552-2118 or 434-645-7721; Fax:  434-645-1147;
http://www.sec.coop/WWW/SECWebsite.nsf/Services_and_Programs?OpenForm
Application:  http://www.sec.coop/WWW/SECWebsite.nsf/Application_Forms?OpenForm

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/

Up to $500 for Energy Saving Natural Gas Equipment
Virginia Natural Gas provides incentives for their residential customers to purchase high-efficiency natural gas equipment through their Green Zone Rebate Program. Customers who purchase and install tankless water heaters and 90%+ AFUE natural gas furnaces are eligible to receive a $250 rebate for each piece of equipment. To qualify, customers must mail an original, signed and completed rebate form, a copy of proof of purchase and proof of installation (e.g. sales receipt, work order, installation contract), and a copy of the most recent natural gas bill to the address below. Contact:  Virginia Natural Gas, Dept 103960, Green Zone High Efficiency Furnace Rebate Offer, PO Box 52900, Phoenix, AZ 85072; 877-776-6533; http://vng.aglr.com/Universal/Promotions/GreenZoneRebates.aspx
Application: http://vng.aglr.com/Repository/Files/VNG_GreenZone_TanklessWH.pdf  (tankless water heater);
http://www.atlantagaslight.com/Repository/Files/AGL_GreenZone_HE_Furnace.pdf (natural gas furnace)

 
Washington Energy Programs for Homeowners

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

$25 to $60 Rebates for Energy Efficient Appliances
Benton PUD offers residential customers a variety of rebates when they purchase qualifying Energy Star energy efficient appliances. 

  • EnergyStar clothes washers: $60 if heat provided by electric water heater; $25 if heat provided by gas heater
  • EnergyStar dishwashers: $25
  • EnergyStar refrigerators: $25
  • Water heaters (electric, 50 gallon and Energy Factor of .93 or higher):  $25

Contact:  Customer Service, Benton PUD, PO Box 6270, Kennewick, WA 99336; 509-582-2175;
http://www.bentonpud.org/save_energy_money/res_energy.html
Application: http://www.bentonpud.org/pdf/CRC/REEP/Appliance%20Rebate%20Application.pdf

$700 Rebate to Buy Energy Saving Mobile Home
Benton PUD offers a $700 rebate to purchasers of ENERGY Star manufactured homes. Homes must be electrically heated and located in Benton PUD's service territory to receive the rebate. The utility also offers a list of mobile home dealers on their website:  http://www.bentonpud.org/save_energy_money/manufactured_contractors.html.  Contact:  Customer Service, Benton PUD, PO Box 6270, Kennewick, WA 99336; 509-582-2175;
http://www.bentonpud.org/save_energy_money/manufactured.html
Application: http://www.bentonpud.org/save_energy_money/manufactured.html

$$ Cash Back for Insulation & Duct Sealing
Benton PUD offers rebates to residential customers who purchase qualifying energy efficient insulation and/or duct sealing. Homes must be electrically heated. Rebates are available for both single- and multi-family residences.  Maximum incentives are:  insulation: up to 60% of bid and duct sealing: up to $400 for single- or multi-family homes, and up to $280 for manufactured homes.  For a list of contractors, see:  http://www.bentonpud.org/save_energy_money/insulation_contractors.html. Contact:  Customer Service, Benton PUD, PO Box 6270, Kennewick, WA 99336; 509-582-2175;
http://www.bentonpud.org/save_energy_money/insulation.html
Application: http://www.bentonpud.org/pdf/CRC/REEP/Insulation%20Duct%20Sealing%20App%20
Revised%2005.27.08.pdf

$$$ 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

Up to $500 in Rebates to Make Your Home Run More Efficiently
Clallam County PUD offers a variety of rebates for residential customers for energy efficiency improvements and for the purchase of solar energy systems. Rebates for energy efficiency are available for window upgrades, insulation, air sealing, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, heat pumps, and the purchase of Energy Star water heaters.  Rebates for these items range from $25 to $50.  Solar hot water systems are eligible for a rebate of $500 for each 40 square feet of collector area installed. PV systems are eligible for a rebate of $500 for each kilowatt of capacity installed. Any weatherization improvements and solar energy systems must be pre-approved by Clallam County PUD and installed by Bonneville Power Administration-certified installers.  These rebates can be use in conjunction with the loan program also offered by Clallam County PUD.  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/documents/ResidentialRebates.pdf
Application:  http://www.clallampud.net/conservation/documents/Blue%20Energy%20Star%20
Appliance%20Rebate%20Form.pdf

$15,000 to Install Energy Saving Heat Pump
Clark Public Utilities offers loans of up to $15,000 to cover the cost of installing residential heat pumps through their heat pump loan program. All electrically heated homes, including manufactured homes, are eligible for our heat pump financing program, as long as the home has been lived in for one year or more (new construction is not eligible). Customers have up to seven years to repay the loan at a 5% interest rate. The utility charges a $225 loan set-up fee, which can be paid up front or folded into the loan. Customers will be billed monthly for their loan payments, separate from their regular utility bill. Clark Public Utilities provides a list of contractors to choose from who have met the requirements for participating in the loan program:  http://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/yourhome/conservation/loans/contractorList.  Contact:  Energy Counselors, Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, P.O. Box 8900, Vancouver, WA 98668; 360-992-3355; Fax:  360-992-3038;
http://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/yourhome/conservation/loans/heatPumpLoans

Rebates up to $1,250 for Home Energy Upgrades
Clark Public Utilities offers several energy incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes:  refrigerators: $25; clothes washers: $50; heat pumps: $500; and new, Energy Star NW electrically heated homes: Up to $1,250.  Refrigerators and clothes washers must be purchased from a participating Clark County retailer. This is a point-of-purchase rebate and the rebate for refrigerators is contingent on recycling the old refrigerator. New electrically heated homes built to the ENERGY Star NW homes specifications are eligible for a rebate that will be paid to the builder. To find out more, contact:  Energy Counselors, Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, P.O. Box 8900, Vancouver, WA 98668; 360-992-3355; Fax:  360-992-3038;  http://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/yourhome/conservation/rebates

$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

$10,000 Loans to Weatherize Your House
Loans of up to $10,000 at 5% interest are available through Clark Public Utilities' Weatherization Loan Program.  Customers have up to five years to repay the loans, but monthly payments will be at least $25. Customers will be billed monthly for their loan payments, separate from their energy bill.  The following measures are eligible for financing:  air sealing, duct sealing (if applicable), attic insulation to R-38, wall insulation (variable due to construction method), floor insulation (R-19 to R-30, depending on floor joist depth), and windows (U.30 with low e and vinyl frames).  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/yourhome/conservation/loans/weatherizationLoans

$25 to $70 Rebates for Energy Star Appliance Upgrades 
Cowlitz County PUD offers rebates for ENERGY STAR rated appliances.  Here are some of the rebates offered:  refrigerators - $25; dishwashers - $25; clothes washers - $70; and water heaters - $25.  Eligible appliances must be ENERGY STAR rated, and installed within Cowlitz PUD’s service area. For dishwashers and washing machines to be eligible for a rebate, they must be supplied by an electric water heater.  Contact:  Customer Service, Cowlitz County Public Utility District, Energy Conservation Department, 961 12th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632; 360-577-7514 or 800-631-1131; http://www.cowlitzpud.org/energy_share.html

Up to $1,800 in Rebates for Heat Pump & Ductwork Upgrades
Cowlitz County PUD will provide rebates to customer homeowners who have a PUD-qualified heat pump dealer upgrade their heating system with the installation of a premium efficiency heat pump system and who upgrade their ductwork to meet the PTCS duct sealing requirements. Rebate incentives range from $450 to $1,800.  An Approved Contractor's list provides a variety of local businesses that are pre-qualified by Cowlitz PUD to perform work under this program: http://www.cowlitzpud.org/pdf/H2AdvContractorList.pdf.  Contact:  Customer Service, Cowlitz County Public Utility District, Energy Conservation Department, 961 12th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632; 360-577-7514 or 800-631-1131;
 http://www.cowlitzpud.org/h2_advantage.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

$1,250 in Rebates for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Ferry County PUD #1 provides rebates to its customers who install new, energy-efficient appliances in their homes. ENERGY STAR rated clothes washers with an MEF (Modified Energy Factor) of less than 1.80 will earn the customer a $50 rebate. Clothes washers with a rating of 1.80 or greater will earn $100. Insulation rebates for electrically heated homes are offered and rebates are dependent on many factors with a maximum incentive of $1,250. Residents can call Ferry County PUD and ask for a field visit and audit, after that is completed, Ferry County will provide customers with a list of rebate options.  Contact:  Rebate Program, Ferry County PUD #1, 686 S. Clark Ave., PO Box 1039, Republic, WA 99166; 509-775-3325; http://www.fcpud.com/conservation.htm

0% Loans for to Install a PV System
The Ferry County Public Utility District (PUD) is providing 0% interest loans for either line extensions or PV systems for people in the service territory who are currently off-grid. About $350,000 of the total will be for installing photovoltaic systems. For households choosing the PV option, the loan funds will cover the equipment and installation costs for solar photovoltaic systems. The customers will repay the loan through a surcharge to standard electricity rates over 20 years.  For more information, contact:  Ferry County PUD # 1, 686 S. Clark Ave., Republic, WA 99166; 509-775-3325; Fax: 509-775-3326; http://www.fcpud.com/conservation.htm

Up to $10,000 for Energy Conservation Projects at Home
Franklin County PUD offers low-interest conservation and weatherization loans to customer homeowners for the following energy efficiency improvements:  insulation, caulking and weather-stripping, ductwork repair, heat pumps, windows and other ppliances, such as horizontal axis washing machines and electric water heaters. Loans, are available in loan amounts from $400 to $7,000 for a single-family residence, and up to $10,000 for a multi-family building.  Contact:  Customer Service, Franklin County PUD, Energy Services Department, P.O. Box 2407, Pasco, WA 99302-2407; 800-638-7701; Fax:  509-547-4116;
http://www.franklinpud.com/html/low_interest_loans.html
Application:  http://www.franklinpud.com/html/documents/LOANPROGRAMV08.7.pdf

Rebates up to $1,500 for Energy Efficiency Improvements
Franklin County PUD's Residential Rebate Program offers a variety of rebates for energy efficiency improvements.  Rebates range from $2 to $1,500.  To see a list of rebate amounts and requirements, go to:  http://www.franklinpud.com/html/res_rebates.html.  Application must be in place prior to purchase and installation of equipment in order to qualify for rebate.  Contact:  Customer Service, Franklin County PUD, Energy Services Department, P.O. Box 2407, Pasco, WA 99302-2407; 800-638-7701; Fax:  509-547-4116;
 http://www.franklinpud.com/html/res_rebates.html
Application:  http://www.franklinpud.com/html/documents/electricappliance
rebateagreement_000.xls

Up to $10,000 for a New Solar System Installation
Franklin PUD offers a residential loan program to customers making energy efficiency improvements. Eligible conservation measures include installation of photovoltaics and solar hot water systems. To qualify, the residential customer must own the home and the land, must use electricity as the primary source of heat and must have the PUD confirm the conservation measure is an efficiency upgrade. Solar hot water systems only qualify when replacing or adding to an existing electric water heating system.  Loan amounts range from $400 to $7,000 for a single-family residence and up to $10,000 for a multi-family building. The interest rate is 3%.  There is a $90 program fee per loan and a minimum monthly payment of $35.00.  Contact:  Franklin PUD, P.O. Box 2407, Pasco, WA 99302-2407; 800-638-7701 or 509-546-5944; Fax:  509-547-4116;
http://www.franklinpud.com/html/low_interest_loans.html

Rebate Incentives for Home Solar Systems
Residential customers of Franklin PUD may apply for a rebate for the purchase of a photovoltaic (PV) system or a solar water heating system. Rebates of $500/kW DC are available for PV systems. Solar water heating systems with at least 40 square feet of collector area are eligible for a $500 incentive.  Contractor must be selected from PUD's approved list.  Contact:  Franklin PUD, P.O. Box 2407, Pasco, WA 99302-2407; 800-638-7701 or 509-546-5944; Fax:  509-547-4116;
http://www.franklinpud.com/html/res_rebates.html

Up to $700 for an Energy Saving Heat Pump
Grant County PUD offers incentives to qualifying customers through their EnergyStar Home Certification Program. The EnergyStar certification is available for both new site-built homes and new manufactured homes. Homes that meet EnergyStar requirements and use a qualifying EnergyStar heat pump for the primary heating system will qualify for an incentive of $200 per ton of heat pump, plus $500 for house measures.  Contact: Customer Service, Grant County PUD, 30 C Street SW, P.O. Box 878, Ephrata, WA 98823; 509-793-1484 or 800-422-3199;
http://www.gcpud.org/conservation/programs/energystarsitebuilt.htm

Up to $50 Rebates for Clothes Washer and Light Bulbs
Grant County PUD provides an incentive for their residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for the purchase of Energy Star rated clothes washers ($50 rebate) and compact fluorescent light bulbs (Retail cost per bulb not including tax, up to a maximum credit of $2.50 per bulb). Rebates will come in the form of a credit on the customer's bill.  Contact:  Customer Service, Grant County PUD, 30 C Street SW, P.O. Box 878, Ephrata, WA 98823; 509-754-0500 or 800-422-3199;
http://www.gcpud.org/conservation/rebates/index.htm
 
Low-Interest Weatherization Loans
Grant County PUD helps their residential customers increase the efficiency of their homes by providing financing for a variety of improvements. 10-year loans with an interest rate of 4% are available for the following measures:  ceiling insulation, under floor and HVAC duct insulation, door replacement, single-pane window replacement for site-built homes, and heat pump upgrade from an electric furnace in a site-built home or manufactured home.  Contact:  Customer Service, Grant County PUD, 30 C Street SW, P.O. Box 878, Ephrata, WA 98823; 509-793-1484 or 800-422-3199;
http://www.gcpud.org/conservation/programs/weatherization.htm

$20,000 for Your Home Energy Projects
Grays Harbor PUD provides low-interest loans to customers for energy efficiency projects. Customers must own the home where improvements are made. In the case of mobile homes, only homes permanently installed on real property (also owned by the customer) are eligible for financing. A lien will be placed on the property where improvements are made, and a Deed of Trust will be executed and recorded with the County. Lender may require customer to pay a reconveyance fee to remove this lien when loan is paid in full.  The maximum total outstanding loan amount per customer for combined projects is $20,000.  Contact:  Energy Services, Grays Harbor PUD, PO Box 480, Aberdeen, WA 98520; 360-532-4220; https://www.ghpud.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110&Itemid=133

Rebates up to $1,700 for Energy Saving Upgrades
Grays Harbor PUD provides incentives for its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are provided for qualifying heat pumps, weatherization improvements and certain appliances. To receive the appliance rebates, members simply need to attach their receipt to the rebate application and mail it to Grays Harbor PUD. To receive the weatherization and heat pump rebates, members need to contact the utility before beginning the project. Grays Harbor will send a representative to the home to perform a free preliminary energy audit, during which the most cost-effective projects will be identified.  Rebates range from $25 up to $1,700.  Contact:  Energy Services, Grays Harbor PUD, PO Box 480, Aberdeen, WA 98520; 360-532-4220; https://www.ghpud.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=89&Itemid=113
Application: https://www.ghpud.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&
gid=61&Itemid=121

$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://www.ghpud.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=89&Itemid=113

$600 Rebates for Solar Water Heaters
Grays Harbor PUD offers a rebate program for the installation of solar water heaters. Rebates of $600 are available for the installation of solar collectors of 40 square feet or more. Installations must follow BPA guidelines and only customers who currently use electricity for hot water are eligible. Customers may choose the low-interest loan of up to $4,000 available through local lenders, with interest subsidized by PUD instead of the rebate.  For more details, contact:  Grays Harbor PUD, 2720 Sumner Avenue, Aberdeen, WA 98520; 360-538-6383 or 800-562-7726;
https://www.ghpud.org/index.php?option=com_content&
task=view&id=89&Itemid=113

$500 Energy Rebate for Manufactured Homes
Idaho Power is offering a $500 sales rebate to customers who purchase a new ENERGY STAR manufactured home and connect that home to an Idaho Power residential account. In addition, the sales consultant who sells the home will be eligible for a $100 sales bonus. ENERGY STAR homes are designed to be more energy efficient than standard ones because they have more insulation in the ceiling, walls and floors, better windows and doors, tighter duct systems and specially designed ventilation systems thus saving the homeowner money on their energy bills.  Contact: Customer Service, Cowlitz County Public Utility District, Energy Conservation, PO Box 3007, 961 12th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632; 360-577-7514 or 800-631-1131;
http://www.idahopower.com/energycenter/energyefficiency/YourHome/manurebate.htm

Energy Conservation Rebates for Washington Residents
Inland Power & Light offers a variety of rebates through their Conservation Services program. Their Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS) Heating/Cooling & Duct Sealing Rebate program offers incentives for qualifying heat pumps installed by a certified dealer. Additional incentives are available for certain Energy Star appliances, water heaters, and houses which are constructed to meet Energy Star Homes Northwest Specifications and Technical requirements for site-built or manufactured homes. Customers can also receive replacement showerheads from the utility at no cost.  Rebates range from $25 up to $1,900.  See the website for a full list of rebates.  Contact: 
Inland Power & Light Company, 320 E. Second Ave., Spokane, WA 99202; 509-747-7151 or 800-747-7151; Fax:  509-747-7987; http://www.inlandpower.com/customer_carec.php?id=210

$10,000 Loans for Solar PV System Installation
Klickitat PUD offers a loan program for any installation that qualifies for their rebate program (see below). Loans are available at 4.9% fixed APR with a choice of up to seven years pay back time and a maximum amount of $10,000. Homes must be existing residences with electric heat. Participants must have 12 months good payment history with Klickitat and must own or be buying the land the home sits on. Loans are secured with a lien. Payments appear on the customer's electric bill as a separate line item.  Contact:  Klickitat PUD, 1313 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale, WA 98620; 509-773-7622; http://www.klickpud.com/

Rebate Offer up to $1,200 for Solar PV Installation
Klickitat PUD offers a solar PV rebate of $400 per kW-DC of installed capacity, up to a maximum amount of $1,200. Grid-tied residential and commercial customers are eligible.  Klickitat also offers a loan program (see above) that may be combined with any installations that qualify for a rebate.  Contact:  Klickitat PUD, 1313 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale, WA 98620; 509-773-7622;
http://www.klickpud.com/

Up to $125 in Rebates to Save You Energy
Mason County PUD 3 offers residential customers rebates when they purchase qualifying appliances. Dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, and compact florescent lights must be Energy Star qualified to be eligible for rebate. Customer must present a purchase receipt and Energy Star qualification documentation within 30 days of purchase to qualify for the rebates. Incentives range from $2.50 up to $125.  Contact:  Customer Service, Mason County PUD 3, PO Box 2148, Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-8255;
http://www.masonpud3.org/Conservation/Residential/Rebates.asp   

Up to $250 in Rebates for Home Energy Makeover
Modern Electric Water Company offers incentives for its residential customers to upgrade to more energy efficient equipment within their homes. Rebates are available for compact fluorescent light bulbs and are limited to six CFL bulbs per house.  Rebates are also available for water heaters, and Modern Electric has a list of qualified manufactures and model numbers approved by the program. Air source heat pumps must be ENERGY Star units with an electric forced air furnace to qualify for rebate.  And, ENERGY Star clothes washer rebates require a proof of purchase, installation, and rebate form before rebates are paid.  Incentives range from $2 up to $250.  Contact:  Modern Electric Water Company, 904 N. Pines Rd., P.O. Box 14008, Spokane Valley, WA 99214; 509-928-4540; http://www.mewco.com/conservation.htm

Go Green with This Incentive
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; http://www.cascadesolar.com/greentags.htm

Conservation Rebates up to $600
Okanogan County PUD provides rebates to its residential customers for purchasing energy efficient appliances. The qualifying appliance must be installed in a location that receives their electrical service from the Okanogan PUD. Interested customers need to call the utility to get the actual rebate amount for each appliance. In addition to new appliance rebates, Okanogan County PUD also provides rebates for decommissioned refrigerators/freezers for an $85 value.  A separate rebate worth $600 is offered for manufactured homes which qualify as Energy Star Homes. Residents applying for this rebate may have their homes inspected by a utility representative to ensure compliance with the program standards.  Contact:  Okanogan County PUD Conservation Department, 1331 2nd Ave N., PO Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840; 509-422-8427 or 509-422-8428; http://www.okanoganpud.org/consrebates.htm
Application:  http://www.okanoganpud.org/appliance_rebate.pdf (appliances);
http://www.okanoganpud.org/refrig_decom_1007.pdf (decommissioned fridge/freezer);
http://www.okanoganpud.org/manuf_home_rebate.pdf (manufactured home)

Alternative Power Incentive
Okanogan County PUD's Sustainable Natural Alternative Power (SNAP) Program with net metering program encourages members to install renewable energy generators and connect them to their utility's electrical distribution system by offering an incentive payment based on the system's production on a $/kWh basis. The amount paid by the utility to its renewable energy producers depends on the total amount contributed by OKPUD purchasers through their green pricing program (maximum payment is $1.00/kWh). The production payment is in addition to any net metering credit the producer may receive from the utility. To learn more, contact:  Okanogan County Public Utility District, Conservation Office, PO Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840; 509-422-8427; http://www.okanoganpud.org/consSNAP.htm
Application:  http://www.okanoganpud.org/SnapSignUp.pdf

Loan Options for Energy Upgrades
Okanogan PUD provides financial assistance for its qualified customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and facilities. They offer loans for a variety of conservation measures including:  insulation, doors, air-sealing, duct work, lighting, Energy Star heat pumps and windows. Before funds are provided for new windows, door and/or heat pumps, the insulation levels must meet the program guidelines. Contact: Customer Service, Okangon County PUD Conservation Department, 1331 2nd Ave N., PO Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840; 509-422-8427 or 509-422-8428; http://www.okanoganpud.org/consprograms.htm

$4,500 If You Generate Energy from PV Systems
Orcas Power and Light (OPALCO) provides an incentive of $1.50 per watt AC up to $4,500 to residential and commercial members who generate energy from photovoltaic (PV) systems. To receive an incentive, members must sign an Agreement for Interconnection granting OPALCO rights to the system’s Green Tags (renewable energy certificates).  For more information, contact:  Orcas Power & Light Cooperative, 183 Mount Baker Road, Eastsound, WA 98245; 360-376-3571 or 360-376-3500; Fax:  360-376-3505; http://www.opalco.com/

$4,500 If You Generate Power from Wind or Micro-Hydroelectric Sources
Orcas Power and Light (OPALCO) provides a production-based incentive for residential and commercial members who generate energy from wind and micro-hydroelectric sources. To receive an incentive, members must sign an Agreement for Interconnection granting OPALCO rights to the system’s Green Tags (renewable energy certificates).  For wind and microhydroelectric systems, the member receives $1.50 per kWh for half of the estimated first-year production. At the end of the year, a "true up" is paid based on the actual generation as determined by an OPALCO meter minus the initial estimate. The total incentive may not exceed $4,500.  For more details, contact:  Orcas Power & Light Cooperative, 183 Mount Baker Road, Eastsound, WA 98245; 360-376-3571 or 360-376-3500; Fax:  360-376-3505; http://www.opalco.com/

Energy Saving Rebates up to $850
Orcas Power and Light Cooperative offers incentives for its residential customers to pursue energy efficiency in their homes. Rebates are offered for Energy Star rated appliances, water heaters and heat pumps. The dishwasher rebate is only available for homes with an electric water heater, and the clothes washer rebate is only available for homes which have both an electric water heater and an electric dryer. A $400 rebate is open to customers who purchase a Neem/Energy Star Manufactured Home.  In total, rebates range from $25 to $850.  Contact:  Energy Services, Orcas Power and Light Cooperative, 183 Mount Baker Road, Eastsound, WA 98245-9413; 360-376-3571;
http://www.opalco.com/prodsvcs/default.htm

$2,000 Cash Back + Loan Option for Solar Water Heating Systems
Pacific County PUD residential and commercial customers are eligible for a $2,000 rebate for solar water heating systems that comply with the BPA's Bright Way to Heat Water Program technical guidelines. The systems must replace water heating systems that use electricity and pool heating systems are ineligible.  Systems must be installed by a PUD-certified contractor. For a list of contractors, call the PUD at 360-942-2411.  Customers installing solar water heating systems are also eligible for a 3-year, 0% interest rate loan from the PUD, in addition to the $2,000 rebate. Contact:  Pacific County PUD #2, P.O. Box 472, Raymond, WA 98577; 360-942-2411 or 360-484-7454; Fax:  360-875-9388; http://www.pacificpud.org/es_solar.html

$$ So You Can Improve Your Home’s Efficiency
Pacific Power offers incentives for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through their Home Energy Savings Program. Rebates are provided for various Energy Star rated appliances, and Pacific Power will pick up and recycle old refrigerators (http://www.pacificpower.net/Article/Article50124.html) and pay the resident $40 for participating. Rebates are also available for certain weatherization measures and HVAC equipment. Insulation rebates are only available for existing homes, because new homes would already be meeting the program objectives by adhering to the Washington building code.  Rebates range from $20 up to $250.  Contact:  Customer Service - Home Energy Savings Program, Pacific Power, 1400 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Portland, OR 97201; 800-942-0266; http://www.pacificpower.net/Article/Article36187.html

$800 to a Buy Energy Efficient Manufactured Home
Pend Oreille PUD offers cash incentives up to $800 to customers who purchase a qualifying energy efficient manufactured home. Home building plans are reviewed for qualification and energy advice is available as a free service by the utility. To find out more, contact:  Customer Service, Pend Oreille PUD, PO Box 190, 130 N Washington, Newport, WA 99156; 509-447-3137;
http://www.popud.com/energy.htm

Rebate Program to Help You Be More Energy Efficient
Port Angeles Public Works and Utilities offers a rebate program to encourage its residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. The rebates apply to qualifying installations in single-family, multi-family and manufactured homes, with the exception of heat pump and air sealing rebates, which are not offered to multi-family homes. To qualify, the equipment must be installed by a City Authorized Contractor; see a full list here: https://www.cityofpa.us/PDFs/Conservation/2007/CITYAUTHORIZEDCONTRACTORS.pdf.  Contact:  Weatherwise Service, Port Angeles Public Works and Utilities, PO Box 1150, Port Angeles, WA 98362; 360-417-4713; https://www.cityofpa.us/pwConserv.htm #EHome

$500 for Solar PV & Solar Water Heating Systems
Port Angeles Public Works & Utilities customers with electric water heating are eligible for solar water heating system rebates of $500 for each 31 square feet of collector area.  Systems must meet the general and technical specifications established by the BPA's Bright Way to Heat Water Solar Water Heater Program. In order for installations to be eligible for the discount, customers must select a City authorized contractor: https://www.cityofpa.us/PDFs/Conservation/2007/CITYAUTHORIZEDCONTRACTORS.pdf.  The utility also offers a $500 rebate for each kilowatt of PV installed. To be eligible for the rebate, the system must be designed to be compatible with the utility net metering regulations.  Contact:  Weatherwise Service, Port Angeles Public Works and Utilities, PO Box 1150, Port Angeles, WA 98362; 360-417-4713;
 https://www.cityofpa.us/pwConserv.htm #SolarW

Up to $300 for Energy Saving Mobile Home Purchase
Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) Manufactured Home Rebate Program offers the following rebates to its natural gas and electric customers who purchase a new ENERGY STAR® qualified manufactured home:  ENERGY STAR qualified - $300 (with PSE-served electric heating) and ENERGY STAR qualified - $150 (with PSE-served natural gas heating).  Contact:  Commercial Rebate Manager, Puget Sound Energy, 10885 NE 4th Street, P.O. Box 97034, Bellevue, WA 98009-9734; 425-456-2458;
http://www.pse.com/solutions/foryourhome/Pages/rebatesOnManufacturedHomes.aspx
Application:  http://www.pse.com/solutions/foryourhome/pages/rebatesOnManufacturedHomes.aspx?tab=1&chapter=3

$2 to $250 Rebates to Energize Your Home’s Appliances
Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs offer a variety of incentives for customers who purchase an energy efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified product or appliance, and include:  up to $100 rebate for ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers with a Modified Energy Factor (MEF) of 1.8 or higher; $2 - $20 rebates available for various ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulbs and fixtures; $250 rebate available for an ENERGY STAR qualified natural gas furnace; and $40 rebate available for a high efficiency natural gas water heater with an energy factor of .62 or higher.  Contact:  Commercial Rebate Manager, Puget Sound Energy, 10885 NE 4th Street, P.O. Box 97034, Bellevue, WA 98009-9734; 425-456-2458; http://www.pse.com/solutions/foryourhome/Pages/rebatesOnAllRebates.aspx

$15,000 to Make Your House More Efficient
The City of Richland provides low-interest loans to encourage their residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Loans can be taken out for up to 10 years and the interest rate ranges between 3% and 7%, decreasing with shorter loan payback periods. Interest rates can also be reduced by choosing equipment and measures which exceed the program's minimum efficiency standards. Individual measures have maximum loan amounts, and the maximum loan per customer for multiple measures is $15,000.  Richland Energy Services also has a refrigerator/freezer recycling program whereby JACO Environmental, Inc. will come to the customer's home and pick-up their old, inefficient refrigerator and/or freezer and recycle it. Participating customers will receive a check for $40.  Contact:  Energy Services, City of Richland, 840 Northgate Drive, PO Box 190, Richland, WA 99352; 509-942-7436; Fax:  509-942-7437; http://www.ci.richland.wa.us/RICHLAND/Electric/index.cfm?PageNum=72
Application:  http://www.ci.richland.wa.us/RICHLAND/Electric/docs/72/docs/Residential
%20Loan%20Application%202008.pdf?CFID=1023830&CFTOKEN=95674318


$25 Rebates to Buy New Energy Saving Appliances
Richland Energy Services provides rebates to their customers for purchasing energy efficient home appliances. Clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters and refrigerators which meet the program guidelines are eligible for rebates of $25 each. To qualify, clothes washers and dishwashers need to be connected to an electric water heater. For additional information, contact:  Energy Services, City of Richland, 840 Northgate Drive, PO Box 190, Richland, WA 99352; 509-942-7436; Fax:  509-942-7437;
http://www.ci.richland.wa.us/RICHLAND/Electric/index.cfm?PageNum=89
Application:   http://www.ci.richland.wa.us/RICHLAND/Electric/docs/89/docs/COR%20Appliance
%20Rebate%20App-Standards%20040108.pdf?CFID=1023830&CFTOKEN=95674318


100% Sales and Use Tax Exemption to Generate Clean Energy
In Washington State, tax does not apply to the sales of equipment used to generate electricity from wind, sun or landfill gas, and fuel cells. Solar water heating systems are also eligible technologies. The tax exemption applies to labor and services related to the installation of the equipment, as well as to the sale of equipment and machinery. Eligible systems are those with a generating capacity of at least 200 watts.  To find out more, contact:  Washington State University, The Northwest Solar Center, PO Box 43165, 925 Plum St. SE Bldg #4, Olympia, WA 98504-3165; 206-396-8446; http://northwestsolarcenter.org/ and http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=82.08.02567 and http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=82.08.835

Green Building Incentives
The Mayor of Seattle signed new downtown zoning legislation which established an incentive for the construction of green buildings. The incentive applies to buildings in the central office core and adjoining areas, including Denny Triangle and a portion of Belltown. Commercial and residential buildings in those portions of downtown which achieve a minimum LEED certification at the Silver level can be built to greater heights and/or greater maximum floor areas. The Downtown Zoning Ordinance allows owners and developers to use either the LEED for New Construction (LEED–NC) or LEED for Core & Shell (LEED–CS) products. LEED–NC covers all building elements, including core and shell and interiors. LEED–CS covers base building elements (structure, envelope and systems).  More information can be obtained by contacting:  Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Green Building Program, P.O. Box 34019, 19th Floor, Seattle Municipal Tower, Seattle, WA 98124-4019; 206-615-1094; Fax:  206-233-7883; http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/GreenBuilding/OurProgram/PublicPolicyInitiatives/
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Grants up to $20,000 for Green Projects in King County
The Seattle/King County Built Green Grant Program provides periodic competitive grants for single-family residential and community development projects to help offset the cost of certifying and designing innovative green projects throughout Seattle and King County.  To be eligible for this grant, buildings need to achieve either Built Green 4-star or 5-star certification. Certification under Built Green requires achievements in energy efficiency, indoor air quality, the conservation of natural resources and water quality.  Single-family homes that are certified at the 4-Star level can receive a grant of $2,500, or $5,000 if they are certified at the 5-Star level. Single-family developments of 4 or more units can receive $5,000 or $10,000 if they achieve 4-Star or 5-Star certification respectively. Community developments and multi-family developments of 10 or more units can receive $10,000 or $20,000.   Contact:  Built Green, 335 116th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA 98004; 425-460-8238; Fax:  425-646-5985; http://www.builtgreen.net/incentive.html
Application:  http://www.builtgreen.net/incentives/apply.php

Money Back for Energy Efficient Lighting & Clothes Washers
Seattle City Light provides rebates to its customers for purchasing and installing energy efficient lighting and clothes washers. The $20 lighting rebate is available at the time of purchase for any Energy Star rated compact fluorescent fixture purchased at either North Coast Electric or Seattle Lighting Fixture Company. The WashWise Program pays rebates of $25 to $100 to customers who purchase resource efficient clothes washers from any retailer and install it in Seattle City Light's service territory.  Contact:  Customer Service, Seattle City Light, 700 5th Ave., Suite 3300, Seattle, WA 98104-5031; 206-684-3800; http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/light/conserve/resident/
Application:  http://washwiserebate.com/docs/ww_rebate_form_E.pdf (clothes washer)

Low-Interest Loans to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
Snohomish County PUD No 1 provides loans to help its residential customers finance energy efficient home improvement projects. The minimum loan amount $1,000 and the money can be used for insulation in their floor, ceiling, or walls, insulated windows, and/or a heat pump. The loan term is up to 10 years with no prepayment penalty. Mobile or manufactured homes on leased or rented land or homes with more than three stories are not eligible for this program. To learn more, contact:  Customer Service, Snohomish County PUD, PO Box 1107, 2320 California St., Everett, WA 98206; 425-783-1700 or 877-783-1000; http://www.snopud.com/energy/home/econpgms/econloan.ashx?p=1885


Cash Incentives for Energy Saving Appliances & More
The Appliance Rebate Program provides rebates for the purchase of qualifying clothes washers and qualifying dishwashers. Snohomish County PUD also offers discount coupons to its customers which reduce the regular price for most CFLs to only $1.99 each at participating local retailers. Their website has a complete list of retailers participating in this program. An incentive is also available for customers looking to get rid of their old inefficient refrigerators. To have a refrigerator or freezer picked up and recycled, it needs to be in working condition and between 10 to 27 cubic feet in size. Units also must be 1995 models or older.  Contact:  Customer Service, Snohomish County PUD, PO Box 1107, 2320 California St., Everett, WA 98206; 425-783-1700 or 877-783-1000;
 http://www.snopud.com/energy/home/econpgms.ashx?p=1791

0% Interest on Loans to Weatherize Your Home
Tacoma Power helps their residential customers increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their Single Family Weatherization Loan Program. These 0% interest loans can be used to finance insulation measures and infiltration reduction measures. Customers without electric heat are not eligible for the no interest loan.  Tacoma Power also provides zero-interest loans for exterior and common area lighting replacements in multi-family residencies.  For more details, contact:  Energy Services, Tacoma Power, P.O. Box 11007, Tacoma, WA 98411; 253-502-8528; http://www.mytpu.org/

$100 Rebate to Install Electric Hot Water Tank
Vera Irrigation offers a $100 rebate to any electric customer installing electric hot water tanks in new construction or replacing old hot water tanks. Tank must have an energy factor (E.F.) of .93 or higher, and must be set on a 2-inch thick insulation pad.  The website has a partial list of area retailers and plumbers selling program-qualified hot water tanks in the greater Spokane area.  To learn more, contact:  Vera Conservation Department, Vera Irrigation District #15, PO Box 630, Spokane Valley, WA 99037; 509-924-3800;
http://www.verawaterandpower.com/Energy_Rebates.htm

$2,000 Incentive for Renewable Energy
The state of Washing offers production incentives of $0.12 to $0.54 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), capped at $2,000 per year for individuals, businesses, and local governments that generate electricity from solar power, wind power or anaerobic digesters. The incentive amount paid to the producer starts at a base rate of $0.15/kWh and is adjusted according to how the electricity was generated.  The state's utilities will pay the incentives and earn a tax credit equal to the cost of those payments. The credit may not exceed the greater of $25,000 or 0.25% of a utility’s taxable power sales. The incentive amount may be uniformly reduced if requests for the incentive exceed the available funds.  More information on this program can be obtained by contacting:  Washington State University, The Northwest Solar Center, PO Box 43165, 925 Plum St. SE Bldg #4, Olympia, WA 98504-3165; 206-396-8446;http://solarwashington.org/action/2006/WA-IncentiveUpdate.htm
Application:  http://dor.wa.gov/docs/forms/misc/renewenersystcertinvcstrecincprgm.pdf

Energy Rebates for Multi-Family Residences
Seattle City Light provides incentives for its multi-family housing customers to increase their energy efficiency. Rebates are offered for common area lighting and weatherization measures including the installation of dual-pane windows and increased insulation. In addition to these rebates, buildings in which 50% of the tenants meet income guidelines may be eligible for free insulation and cash discounts on window costs.  Contact:  Customer Service, Seattle City Light, 700 5th Ave., Suite 3300, Seattle, WA 98104-5031; 206-684-3800;
http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/light/conserve/resident/

 
West Virginia Energy Programs for Homeowners

100% Sales and Service Tax Exemption
In April 2008, West Virginia enacted a sales tax exemption on Energy Star products of $2,500 or less per product, purchased for non-commercial home or personal use. This 100% exemption from the state sales and service tax applies to sales occurring during September 1-7, 2008. The sales and service tax exemption also applies to Energy Star® products of $5,000 or less, purchased for home or personal use, throughout the months of September through November in 2009 and 2010. Contact: Taxpayer Assistance - WV State Tax Dept, West Virginia State Tax Department, Charleston, WV 25328; 800-982-8297; 304-558-3333; www.wvtax.gov/

 
Wisconsin Energy Programs for Homeowners

Up to $400 in Rebates for Energy Efficient Equipment
Cedarburg Light & Water offers rebates to its residential customers on energy-efficient water heaters, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, building insulation, ceiling fans, geothermal heat pumps, and lighting and flue closures. Incentive amounts are Energy Star bulbs $2/bulb; Energy Star ceiling fans $15; central A/C $100 to $200, varies by efficiency; furnace $150 - customers installing qualified efficient heating and cooling furnace and split system air conditioner at the same time receive an additional $150; boiler $400; flue closure $75; water heaters (varies by efficiency) $50-250. Contact: Cedarburg Light and Water Utility, PO Box 767, Cedarburg, WI 53012-0767; 262-375-7650; http://www.cedarburglightandwater.com/energy_efficiency/default.asp?CategoryNumber=2

Rebates for Purchasing and Installation of Energy Efficient Technologies
The Focus on Energy Program offers “Cash-Back Rewards” to eligible residents for purchasing and installing water heaters, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, boilers, flue closures, and geothermal heat  pumps. The equipment must meet the program’s efficiency standards and be installed after July 1, 2007 to be eligible. Geothermal heat pumps are included under the furnace and central air conditioning specifications and incentive levels. Incentive levels are as follows: air conditioners (including heat pumps) $100; natural gas furnace $150; natural gas boiler $400; water heaters $50 - $250; flue closure $75. This is an ongoing program without specified expiration date, however, the current program year runs until December 31, 2008. Contact: Focus on Energy, 431 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI 53719; 800-762-7077; Fax: 608-249-0339; http://www.focusonenergy.com/Incentives/Residential/Cash-Back_Rewards/Res-Bus-Heat-Cool/

Rebates for Eligible Lighting and Water Heaters
Eligible Wisconsin consumers who purchase and install Energy Star qualified lighting products and qualifying water heaters are eligible for incentives through the Focus on Energy program. Incentive amounts are: water heaters $50 - $150; light bulbs $2 per bulb; torchieres, fixtures and ceiling fans with light kit $15 per product. Products must meet minimum efficiency standards in order to qualify for rebates. Contact: Focus on Energy, 431 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI 53719; 800-762-7077; Fax: 608-249-0339; http://www.focusonenergy.com/Incentives/Residential/

Cash Incentives for Recommended Efficiency Measures
Through the Home Performance with Energy Star program, Focus on Energy offers in-home energy audits and cash incentives for installing select recommended efficiency measures. Energy consultants inspect home energy systems, help identify the most effective measures for increasing home efficiency and assist participants applying for Cash-Back Rewards for the measures adopted. The incentive amount varies by case and by auditor recommendations. Contact: Focus on Energy, 431 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI 53719; 800-762-7077; Fax: 608-249-0339; http://www.focusonenergy.com/Resources/

Cash Back for Installing or Expanding Renewable Energy Systems
Focus on Energy offers Cash-Back Rewards for installing or expanding renewable-energy systems on homes. Payments are based on the estimated amount of electricity or thermal energy produced annually by an eligible system. Eligible residential systems include wind, PV and solar hot water. All projects must displace natural gas or electricity. The following maximum incentives and system capacities apply: wind-energy systems (20 kW or less) 25% of project cost or $35,000;  PV systems (0.5 kW - 20 kW): 25% (35% for non-profit and public) of project cost or $35,000; small residential solar hot water system (250 therms or less) 25% of project cost or $2,500. Contact: Focus on Energy, 431 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI 53719; 800-762-7077; Fax: 608-249-0339; http://www.focusonenergy.com/Incentives/Renewable

$50,000 in Development Grants
Wisconsin Focus on Energy offers grant programs to support the development of renewable energy. Development Grants are similar to the Feasibility Study Grants listed above. This grant provides support for assessing the feasibility and development activities of customer-sited Biogas Digesters or Biomass Combustion Systems of greater than 500 kW capacity and/or production more than 750,000 therms/year, and Wind Turbine Projects of between 100 kW and 15 MW. Eligible expenditures include complex feasibility studies, environmental permitting, financing and other developmental activities. Funding is available for up to 50% of project costs up to a maximum of $50,000. Grant is available until December 31, 2008. Contact: Focus on Energy, 431 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI 53719; 800-762-7077; Fax: 608-249-0339; http://www.focusonenergy.com/Incentives/Renewable/

Large Implementation Grants for Development of Renewable Energies Projects  
Wisconsin Focus on Energy offers grant programs to support the development of renewable energy. Implementation Grants provide financial support for large renewable-energy projects (greater than 20 kW or 5,000 therms per year). Grant amounts are based on a calculated estimate of the quantity of electricity and/or thermal energy the system will produce in one year. Maximum amounts and system size restrictions for each technology are: solar water heating: 25% (35% for non-profits, state, or local governments) or $50,000;  solar-electric systems: 25% (35% for non-profits, state, or local governments) or $50,000; maximum system size of 50 kW; wind-energy systems: 35% or $50,000; maximum system size of 100 kW; biomass combustion, biogas digesters: 25% or $250,000; maximum system size of 750,000 therms/year or 500 kW and maximum project cost of $1.75 million. Dairy farm biogas projects that aggregate biogas production from multiple farms may be larger. Grant is available until December 31, 2008. Contact: Focus on Energy, 431 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI 53719; 800-762-7077; Fax: 608-249-0339; http://www.focusonenergy.com/Incentives/Renewable/

Solar Power Buyback Program
Customer generators in the Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) green power purchase program (Green Power Tomorrow) are eligible to receive a special rate for the power produced from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Under this program, the electricity produced from 1 to 10 kilowatt (kW) PV systems will be purchased by MGE at a rate of $0.25/kilowatt-hour (kWh). Annual green energy purchases must be at least as large as the AC output of the PV system. Contact: Madison Gas and Electric, 133 South Blair Street, Madison, WI 53701-1231; 608-252-7387; Fax: (608) 252-7098; http://www.mge.com/home/rates/cleanpower.htm

$800 Rebate for Installation of a Ground Source Heat Pump
Marshfield Utilities offers an $800 rebate to all its customers who install a ground-source heat pump. The purchaser must be a customer of the Marshfield Utilities and the heat pump must be installed where there is direct Marshfield Electric service. Customers who wish to participate in this program must complete the heat pump rebate application form and mail it Marshfield Utilities along with a copy of dated sales receipt. Contact: Ground-Source Heat Pump Program, Marshfield Utilities, 2000 South Roddis Avenue, PO Box 670, Marshfield, WI 54449; 715-387-1195; http://www.marshfieldutilities.org/

Cash Back Rewards up to $200 for Energy Efficient Products
Marshfield Utilities offers cash-back rewards to its residential customers who install qualified Energy Star products in their homes through their Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. As part of this program, Marshfield Utilities also offers rebates for qualified shade trees planted around their customers' homes. The products must be purchased and installed between July 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008 to qualify for the rebate. Incentive amounts are: compact fluorescent bulbs $2 per bulb; Torchiere lamps $15; clothes washer $50; refrigerator $25; freezer $50; room air conditioner $25; dishwasher $15; dehumidifier $25; central A/C $100 - $200, varies by efficiency rating; furnaces with an “ECM” Fan Motor $150; boilers $150 - $200; and shade trees $40 - $75. Contact: Energy Conservation Programs
Marshfield Utilities, 2000 South Roddis Avenue, PO Box 670, Marshfield, WI 54449; 715-387-1195; http://www.marshfieldutilities.org

Property Tax Exemption for Solar and Wind Equipment
In Wisconsin, any value added by a solar-energy system or a wind-energy system is exempt from general property taxes. The eligible renewable technologies are: solar water heat, solar space heat, solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, wind, and solar pool heating. Passive solar design elements do not qualify under these rules. The exemption applies regardless of whether the equipment is deemed real property or personal property. Contact: Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Division of Research and Policy, 2135 Rimrock Road, P.O. Box 8933, Mail Stop 6-73, Madison, WI 52708-8933; 608-266-5773; 608-266-2700; Fax: (608) 261-6240; http://www.revenue.wi.gov/index.html
Applications: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/forms/govexmpt/pr-303.pdf

Biogas Buyback Incentives
We Energies, an investor-owned utility serving portions of Wisconsin and Michigan, offers to purchase electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by anaerobic digesters owned by its Wisconsin customers. Under a 15-year contract*, eligible customers will receive $0.155 per kilowatt-hour (15.5¢/kWh) for electricity generated on-peak and $0.040 per kilowatt-hour (4.0¢/kWh) for electricity generated off-peak. Anaerobic digesters may use animal waste from farm operations, waste from industrial food processes, or waste from municipal wastewater-treatment facilities. (* Customers have the option of remaining on the tariff for up to 15 years. Participating customers with anaerobic digesters may opt out of a contract, but We Energies may not opt out.) Contact: Customer Contact Center, We Energies, 231 W. Michigan St., P318, Milwaukee, WI 53202; 800-714-7777;
http://www.we-energies.com/business_new/altenergy/custgen.htm - terms

Production Incentives for Solar Buyback
We Energies, a utility serving portions of Wisconsin and Michigan, offers to purchase electricity and the associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by Wisconsin customers with qualifying solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Under a 10-year contract,* We Energies purchases 100% of the system output at a rate of 22.5¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity generated. PV systems must have a rated capacity of at least 1.5 kilowatts (kW) and not more than 100 kW to be eligible. Customers will receive a monthly credit for the energy and RECs sold to We Energies and will receive a check whenever any net accumulated amount exceeds $100. Customers participating in this program may not net meter. (*We Energies will honor contracts of up to 10 years. Participating customers with PV systems may opt out of a contract, but We Energies may not opt out.) Contact: Customer Contact Center, We Energies, 231 W. Michigan St., P318, Milwaukee, WI 53202; 800-714-7777;   
http://www.we-energies.com/business_new/altenergy/custgen.htm - terms

Production Incentives for Renewable Energies Buybacks
Xcel Energy, an investor-owned utility offering services in eight states, will purchase 100% of the electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by its Wisconsin customers using qualifying renewable energy systems. The purchase will take the form of a 10-year, fixed rate contract between the customer and the utility. Distributed generation systems must use a renewable resource and have an initial placed in service date of no earlier than January 1, 2008.  Eligible renewable resources are: solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, wind, biomass, geothermal electric, anaerobic digestion, small hydroelectric, tidal energy, wave energy, fuel cells using renewable fuels. Predetermined purchase prices have been set for wind systems $0.0660/kWh and biomass/biogas systems $0.073/kWh while rates for other technologies will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis between the utility and the customer generator. Contact: Xcel Energy Services, Regulatory Policy, 10 East Doty, Suite 511, Madison, WI 53703; 608-280-7308; Fax: 715-839-2602; www.xcelenergy.com/

Rebates for Energy Efficient Technologies
Xcel Energy offers its Wisconsin residential customers rebates for high efficiency appliances and systems. Currently, rebates are available for high efficiency electric water heaters, electric thermal storage, high efficiency gas furnaces, boilers, and programmable thermostats. The water heater rebate is only available to those who do not live in an area with Xcel gas, and the customer should be on one of the Xcel Energy time-of-use programs. Xcel Energy also offers special rates for off-peak hours through the Optional Off Peak Rate program. Customers that enroll are eligible for a lower electric rate during off peak hours, between 9pm and 7am. Finally, Xcel Energy offers the Saver's Switch program for residential customers, which pays customers a bill credit for agreeing to have their air conditioner cycled on and off during peak hours in the summer months. Contact: Xcel Energy, P.O. Box 8, Eau Claire, WI 54702-0008; 800-895-4999; http://www.xcelenergy.com

 
Wyoming Energy Programs for Homeowners

Up to $1500 in Rebates for Water Heaters and Heat Pumps
Black Hills Power Customer Rebate Program offers cash rebates to residential BHP customers for the purchase of electric water heaters, new generation electric and geothermal heat pumps, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. All forms of permanently installed electric resistance heat installed in conjunction with a Residential Demand Controller or other energy management device qualifies for a rebate in conjunction with the Demand Controller Program. Incentives amounts: electric water heater - $1.00 rebate per tank gallon; heat pumps - $150 rebate per ton; electric heat - $15/kW. Maximum incentives are: air source heat pump - $600 max. rebate; geothermal heat pump - $1500 max. rebate and electric heat - $500 max. rebate. Contact: Black Hills Power, Customer Service, 409 Deadwood Ave, Rapid City, SD 57702; 605-721-2612; 800-843-8849; Fax: (605) 721-2577; http://www.blackhillspower.com/rebprog.htm

Cash Rebates for Installation of Demand Controllers
Demand controllers level out the peaks and valleys in your electric usage and they also qualify you for special low BHP rates. Customers can receive free installation or a cash rebate when purchasing a demand controller from BHP. Existing Home: Free Installation up to $300 value. New Home Installation:
$200 Cash Rebate - Unit must be newly installed in 2008 by a certified electrician and the unit must be programmed and inspected by a BHP technician. Contact: Black Hills Power, Customer Service, 409 Deadwood Ave, Rapid City, SD 57702; 605-721-2612; 800-843-8849; Fax: (605) 721-2577; http://www.blackhillspower.com/rebprog.htm

Utility Rebates Program for Water Heaters and Heat Pumps
Carbon Power and Light, in collaboration with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, offers financial incentives for its members to increase the energy efficiency of their homes and facilities. Incentive amounts are: water heater $1.50 per gallon - $3.00 per gallon or $50 depending on type of water heater; air-source heat pump $125 per ton - $150 per ton; ground or water-source heat pump $150 per ton
Motors: $6/HP - $10/HP, varies by type and efficiency. CP&L members can also take advantage of rebates offered by Tri-State G&T for a variety of electric heat products and electric motors. The rebates for heat products are based on heating capacity and the motor rebates increase with horsepower. Contact: Customer Service, Carbon Power & Light, Inc., 110 E. Spring Street, PO Box 579, Saratoga, WY 82331; http://www.carbonpower.com/rebates.htm

Grants up to $3000 to Install Photovoltaic and PV Hybrid Systems
Wyoming's Photovoltaic Incentive Program offers grants of $3,000 or 50%, whichever is less, to residents who install photovoltaic or photovoltaic hybrid systems on their homes. Both grid-connected and off-grid systems are eligible. Program requirements include an application, a copy of the equipment invoice, pictures of the installation, and quarterly reports on the system during the first year of operation.
Note: This program has an open application period from the first to the third Monday of June each year for up to 25 rebates (based on funding projections). If funding remains after this period, subsequent applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact: Wyoming Business Council, State Energy Program, 214 W. 15th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82002; 307-777-2804; Fax: (307) 777-2838; http://www.wyomingbusiness.org/business/energy_resphoto.aspx

 
U.S. Islands Energy Programs for Homeowners

100% Exemption from Property Taxes
Puerto Rico provides a property tax exemption for all material, equipment or accessories that use solar energy to operate. This exemption is granted for the first five years following the purchase and installation of the equipment.  For more details, contact: Department of Natural & Environmental Resources, Energy Affairs Administration, P.O. Box 366147, San Juan, PR 00936; 787-999-2200, ext. 2888; Fax:  787-999-2246; http://www.gobierno.pr/aae/inicio/ and http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/PR05F.htm

Tax Deductions Totaling $3,500 for Green Projects
Puerto Rico offers a 30% tax deduction (up to $500) for expenses incurred in the purchase and installation of solar equipment for residential use.  An individual who claims the deduction must enclose with his or her tax return a certificate stating that the solar equipment has been approved by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, and a certificate stating that the solar equipment purchased has a warranty of five or more years.  In addition, Puerto Rico offers a 50% tax deduction (up to $3,000) for expenses incurred in the purchase and installation of a wind turbine to produce electricity for residential use. The equipment must be manufactured in Puerto Rico, or must have at least 50% of the cost added by local manufacturing.  Contact: 
Department of Natural & Environmental Resources, Energy Affairs Administration, P.O. Box 366147, San Juan, PR 00936; 787-999-2200, ext. 2888; Fax:  787-999-2246; http://www.gobierno.pr/aae/inicio/ and  http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/PR01F.htm  

Energy Incentives for the Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands Energy Office's renewable energy and energy efficiency rebate program provides incentives for Virgin Islands residents and businesses to install Energy Star appliances, solar technologies and wind turbine generators.  Incentives are: 

  • PV: $3.50 per W (limit 1 kW)
  • Solar Water Heat: $500 to $1,000 varies by size
  • Wind Turbine Generator: 20% off purchase price (up to $3,500)
  • Sine Wave Inverter: 15% off purchase price
  • Room Air Conditioners, Ceiling Fans, Clothes Washers and Refrigerators: 20% off purchase price

To be eligible for these rebates, the equipment must be purchased from one of the approved vendors listed in the program details. Applicants are limited to receiving rebates on two products per program year.  Contact:  Information Officer, Virgin Islands Energy Office, No. 45 Estate Mars Hill, Frederksted, VI 00840; 340-773-1082, ext. 2201; http://www.vienergy.org/

 
 
 
 

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