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SDG&E (Electric) - Energy Efficiency Business Rebates   

Last DSIRE Review: 05/21/2013
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Equipment Insulation, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Duct/Air sealing, Windows, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Agricultural Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Evaporative Coolers, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Personal Computing Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Retro-commissioning, Plug Load Occupancy Sensor, LED Lighting, Economizers, Greenhouse Heat Curtain, Infrared Film
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Construction, Utility, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Cool Planet Rebate: $15,000 in additional benefits with savings of 250,000 kWh
Custom Calculated Savings for Lighting: $0.03-$0.08/kWh or $100/Peak kW
Custom Calculated Savings for Non-Lighting: $0.08-$0.15/kWh or $100/Peak kW
Packaged or Split System A/C or Heat Pump: $25-$200/ton
Evaporative Cooler: $40-$80/ton
Packaged Economizer Retrofit: $25-50/ton
Packaged Terminal Unit in Hotel Rooms: $100-$200/ton
Early Retirement of Inefficient Units: $50-$200/ton
Increased Duct Insulation: $100
Lodging/Healthcare/Agriculture: Special incentive offers available
Retrocommissioning: $0.08 per kWh; $1.00 per therm
Lighting: Varies widely by type
Motors: $35-$1260/motor
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs): $80/HP
Food Service: $50-$2000/unit
Commercial Refrigeration/Freezers: $50-$1,000/measure
Itemized Refrigeration Measures: Varies widely
Window Film: $1.35/sq. ft.
Infrared Film: $0.05/sq.ft
Plug Load Occupancy Sensor: $15
Vending Machine Controller: $100/unit
Network Power Management Software: $15/desk top computer
Irrigation: $1.15/low pressure nozzle; $44/acre drip irrigation
Early Retirement Refrigerator: $275
Copier: $100/unit
Greenhouse Heat Curtain: $0.20/sq. ft.
Infrared Film: $0.05/sq. ft.
Maximum Incentive:$350,000 per service account, per fuel, per calendar year
Cool Planet: $15,000
Custom Projects: 50% of project cost
Eligible System Size:Cool Planet: Must save 250,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) or 10,000 therms
Installation Requirements:Retrocommissioning: Building owner must commit project funds that payback in two years or less after incentives are applied. The owner’s obligation is capped at 5% of the building’s annual electric cost.
Funding Source:System Benefits Charge
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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) offers incentive programs for businesses looking to improve their energy efficiency. In addition to technical advice, SDG&E provides Energy Efficiency Business Rebates (prescriptive and custom) and interest-free financing to cover the remaining costs.

The Energy Efficiency Business Rebates can help pay for business, industrial and agricultural retrofits for customers that have a monthly electrical demand of at least 100 kilowatts. Rebates are available for lighting improvements, refrigeration, natural gas technologies, food service or other improvements. Contact the utility for information on the maximum allowable incentive. More information and program details can be found in the program handbook. Similarly, the Premium Cooling Efficiency Program provides prescriptive rebates for central air conditioning systems, heat pumps, evaporative coolers and ductwork.

The Energy Efficiency Business Incentives Program offers incentives for improvements that exceed government energy standards for business, industrial and agricultural customers, regardless of size. Funding for conservation improvements is up to 50% of the total project costs and the incentives are based on the amount of direct energy saved. More information about the specific incentive amounts can be found on the program brochure.

The Energy Savings Bid Program offers non-residential customers the opportunity to design a high-efficiency retrofit improvement for their facility and propose an incentive amount from SDG&E. Electric projects should save at least 500,000 kilowatts annually. Incentive amounts and program details are available on the program brochure. Additionally, the Cool Planet Program assists customers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and attaining energy savings. Up to $15,000 in additional benefits are available if project savings are 250,000 kWh or greater. Contact SDG&E for more information on these offerings. 

  Program Manager - SDG&E
San Diego Gas & Electric
Business Programs
8335 Century Park Ct., CP12C
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (800) 644-6133
Phone 2: (800) 411-7343
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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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