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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Silicon Valley Power - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 06/14/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Personal Computing Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Food Service Equipment, LED Lighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government, Construction, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential
Amount:New Construction (must exceed Title 24 Standards by at least 10%): $0.15 - $0.45/kWh saved, varies by the extent to which the building exceeds Title 24
LEED Qualification: Up to $47,500
Custom Measures: $0.06 - $0.15/kWh saved
Data Center Measures: $0.02 - $0.08/kwh saved
Central A/C: $80 - $100/ton
Heat Pump: $80 - $100/ton
Commercial Washing Machine: up to $400/unit
Ice Machines: $300 - $500 per unit
Vending Machine Controller: $120
Commercial Refrigerators: $75 - $225
Commercial Freezers: $100 - $500
Insulated Cabinets: $200 - $300
Electric Cooking Appliances: $200 - $1,000
Electric Steam Cooker: $750
ECM Motor for Walk-in Freezer
Lighting: $3.50 - $50/lamp, up to $175 per fixture
Lighting Controls: $15 - $44/sensor
LED Exit Signs: $27
VFD: $50
PC Units Configured: $15
Maximum Incentive:Maximum Customer Directed New Construction incentive per year: up to 65% of a project's cost, or $500,000 of Public Benefit funds per year
If building meets LEED criteria and exceeds Title 24 energy requirements by at least 10 percent, customer can get a rebate of up to $47,500.
Eligible System Size:New construction projects larger than 25,000 square feet qualify for rebates.
Equipment Requirements:Review the application forms on the program web site for equipment requirements.
Efficient electrical equipment installed in facilities served by the City of Santa Clara’s Silicon Valley Power is eligible for a rebate.
New Construction must exceed TITLE 24 by 10%
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Silicon Valley Power (SVP) offers a variety rebates to its business customers, capped at a maximum total incentive of $500,000 per customer per year. Rebates are available for the following:

  • HVAC systems  
  • Commercial Washing Machines 
  • Food Service Equipment 
  • Lighting  
  • VFDs
  • Data Center and PC Measures

In addition, Customer Directed Rebates are available for energy efficiency related projects that decrease electrical usage and may not otherwise fit into the other rebate offers. Rebate application forms, program guidelines, and equipment specifications may be found on the web site listed above. Contact SVP for any other information on this program.

  Business Rebates
Silicon Valley Power
1601 Civic Center Drive
Suite 204
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: (408) 615-6650
Fax: (408) 243-0873
Web Site:
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