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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Savings by Design (Offered by five Utilities)   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/30/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Windows, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Daylighting
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Daylighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Construction, Design Teams
Amount:Whole Building Approach (owner)
$0.10 - $0.30/annualized kWh savings, $1.00/therm, or $100/peak kW
Whole Building Approach (designer)
$0.033 - $0.10/annualized kWh savings or $0.333/therm
Whole Building Approach (Commissioning/Monitoring/Certification)
10% of Owner Incentive
Whole Building Approach (Design Team Stipend)
Systems Approach
Lighting/Daylighting systems: $0.05/kWh or $100/peak kW
HVAC: $0.15/annualized kWh savings, $1.00/therm, or $100/peak kW
Refrigeration: $0.15/annualized kWh savings, $1.00/therm, or $100/peak kW
Envelope: $0.15/annualized kWh savings or $100/peak kW
Hot Water Systems Service: $1.00/therm
Manufacturing Process Projects: $0.09/kWh, $1.00/therm or $100/peak kW
Peak Demand Incentive: $100/peak kW
Maximum Incentive:Whole Building (owner): $150,000
Whole Building (designer): $50,000
Systems (owner): $150,000
All incentives are limited to 75% of the incremental cost
Equipment Requirements:Nonresidential new construction or major renovation projects
Must result in at least 10% greater efficiency than Title 24 baseline (15% for design teams)
Must be in the service area of participating utilities
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In conjunction with the California Department of Public Utilities, Savings by Design offers services and incentives to help owners and designers of commercial buildings raise energy performance. Qualified non-residential new construction and renovation projects in the service area of one of the five participating utilities are eligible to participate. The five participating utilities are Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company. Owners and designers are eligible for incentives if the facility's efficiency is 10% better than Title 24 standards.

Savings by Design has two basic approaches through which to participate: the Whole Building Approach and the Systems Approach. Through the Whole Buildings Approach owners may be eligible for incentives of up to $150,000 and design teams may receive up to $50,000. The Systems Approach evaluates individual efficiency improvements to qualifying systems. Incentives are based on annualized kWh savings, therm savings, and peak demand reduction. Owners are eligible for incentives up to $150,000. All technologies are eligible for peak demand incentives, with the exception of hot water systems. In addition, design assistance is available to owners and design teams.

Interested customers must contact the utility early in the design process to determine funding availability and start technical and design assistance. Detailed information, including contact information may be found on the web site listed above.

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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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