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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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PG&E - Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 04/29/2013
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Refrigerators, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Building Insulation, Windows, Motors, Motor VFDs, Agricultural Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Room Air Conditioners, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Personal Computing Equipment, Food Service Equipment, LED Lighting, Window Film, Greenhouse Heat Curtain
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Custom Lighting: $0.05/kWh saved
Custom Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: $0.09 - $0.15/kWh saved
Business Computing: $15/Sensor or Power Management Software
Electric Food Service Equipment: $50 - $1,250/unit
Refrigeration Equipment: $25 - $1,000/unit
Night Cover for Display Cases: $3.50/linear ft. Insulation for Bare Suction Lines: $2/linear ft. Package Terminal Air Conditioner & Heat Pumps: $100/unit
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) for HVAC Fans: $80/hp
Variable Speed Motor Air Handler System: $50/unit
Efficient Lighting Upgrades: $17 - $200/fixture
Lamps: $1 - $20
Occupancy Sensors: $15 - $55/sensor
LED Exit Sign: $15 - $27
Time Clocks: $36/unit
Greenhouse Heat Curtain: $0.20/sq. ft.
Infrared Film for Greenhouses: $0.05/sq. ft.
Equipment Insulation: $2 - $4/ln. or sq. ft.
Attic Insulation: $0.15
Wall Insulation: $0.50
Window Film: $1.35/sq. ft.
Room AC: $50
Electric Storage Water Heater: $30
Heat Pump Water Heater: $500/unit
Clothes Washer: $50
Refrigerator: $75
Equipment Requirements:See program web site and forms for equipment standards
Funding Source:System Benefits Charge
Web Site:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) offers rebates and other incentives to businesses and non-residential customers to increase their energy efficiency. In addition to covering equipment and other energy efficient improvements, PG&E offers incentives for efficient building design.

The Standard Energy Efficiency Rebate Program covers a variety of specified improvements, including:

  • Agricultural Improvements
  • Appliances and General Improvements
  • Boilers and Water Heaters
  • Business Computing
  • Food Service Improvements
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Improvements
  • Lighting
  • Refrigeration

The Customized Retrofit Incentives Program is a calculated incentive program that provides incentives for custom retrofit improvements that are not covered under the standard rebate program.  After a project proposal is reviewed and approved by PG&E, funding is appropriated in order for the project to be implemented. Incentives based on actual reduction in energy use.

The Savings By Design (SBD) offers rebates for technical assistance and design when building energy efficient facilities. A design team can receive up to $50,000 for energy efficient design, while an owner can receive up to $500,000 per facility.

In addition to these rebate programs, PG&E offers a number of demand response programs for its non-residential customers. Customers receive financial incentives for agreeing to curtail energy usage during certain peak periods.

More information about all these programs and information about technical assistance through PG&E can be found at the program web site above.


  Program Manager - PG&E
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Business Center
P.O. Box 7265
San Francisco, CA 94120
Phone: (800) 468-4743
Web Site:
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