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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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SCE - Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Programs   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/15/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Refrigerators, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Roofs, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Agricultural Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Room Air Conditioners, Evaporative Coolers, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Personal Computing Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Pump Systems, Retrocommissioning, LED Lighting, Cool Roof, Custom HVAC
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural
Amount:Lighting: Varies widely on type
Evaporative Coolers: $123/ton
Variable Frequency Drives: $80/HP
Package A/C and Heat Pumps: $100/unit
Customized HVAC/Cooling Applications: $0.15/kWh or $100/kW
Kitchen Ventilation: $300-$325/HP
Cooking Appliances: $200-$1250 unit
Holding Cabinet: $200-$300/unit
Ice Machine: $50-$500/unit
Refrigerator/Freezer: $50-$1000/unit
Refrigeration Controls: $75-$100/controller
Reflective Window Film: $1.35/sq. ft.
Cool Roof: $0.08/kWh; $100/KW
Electric Storage Water Heater: $30/unit
Plug load occupancy: $15/sensor
PC Network Software: $15/PC
Express Motors: $35-$1260/motor
Efficient Irrigation: $1.50/low pressure nozzle; $44/acre for drip irrigation
High-efficiency Copier: $100/unit
Customized Refrigeration, Cooking, Insulation, Motors, Office, and Miscellaneous: $0.09/kWh saved; $100/kW saved
Continuous Energy Improvement Program: Free Energy Efficiency Consulting Services
Retro-commissioning Program: Free building screening, scoping, building operations investigation, documentation and training.
Maximum Incentive:Standard Performance Contracting: 50% of cost; $2,400,000
Customized Solutions: Up to 50% of cost
Direct Install Program: $10,000
Eligible System Size:Any SCE business (non-residential) customer who pay into the Public Purpose Program (PPP) surcharge on their electric bill, regardless of size or monthly electricity use.
Equipment Requirements:See program web site for full requirements
Funding Source:Public Purpose Program
Web Site:

Southern California Edison (SCE) offers incentives for non-residential customers, regardless of size and energy usage. Express Efficiency rebates for lighting, refrigeration, food service, agricultural equipment, premium efficiency motors, and air conditioning technologies are available for various non-residential customer types. Applicants may complete the necessary forms that can be found on the program website. In addition, SCE has a Custom Contracting program in which non-residential users have the option of designing an energy retrofit conservation measure. Incentives are based on the type of measure installed and the kWh saved and peak demand reduction over a 12-month period. Applicants are eligible to receive up to 50% of the cost for each measure type. The maximum incentive is $2,400,000 annually, per customer site.

SCE has targeted incentives for the following customer types:

  • Agricultural and Food Processing
  • Government and Institutions
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing and warehousing
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Small Business
  • Water and wastewater

For specific incentives under each non-residential category, see program web site. SCE also offers a Retro commissioning Program and Continuous Energy Improvement Program. The Retro commissioning Program is meant to identify various ways to cut energy usage in commercial buildings, saving customers money. SCE representatives will work with customers to identify specific, cost-effective energy efficiency solutions and improvements. Training will be provided to building managers, as well as a benchmark target for energy reduction. The Continuous Energy Improvement Program offers free energy consulting to customers to help them continue to implement energy efficient measures. . 

  Program Administrator - SCE
Business Programs
Southern California Edison Business Incentives & Services
P.O. Box 300
Rosemead, CA 91772-0001
Phone: (800) 736-4777
Web Site:
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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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