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Black Hills Energy (Electric) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/04/2014
Program Overview:
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Duct/Air sealing, Motors, Motor VFDs, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Evaporative Coolers, Energy Evaluations, LED Lighting, Retro-Commissioning
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Construction, State Government, Fed. Government, Institutional
Amount:Lighting: varies
A/C Systems: $73-$92/ton
Variable Frequency Drives: $30/hp
Water Source Heat Pump Systems: $64/ton
Geothermal Heat Pump (replacement): $70/ton
Geothermal Heat Pump (new installation): $480/ton
Evaporative Coolers: $200-$500/unit
Chillers: varies
Motors: $10-$600/motor
Custom: $0.30/kWh savings
Non-Profit Energy Audit: $750/facility; $1500/customer
Retro-commissioning: 50% of cost
New Construction Incentive: $0.06/kWh - $0.19/kWh saved
Design Team Incentive: $2000-$13,000
Small Business Direct Install Lighting: Up to 60% of cost for businesses with an average KW demand of 350kW or less per year
Maximum Incentive:Annual incentives up to $40,000 per facility or building per program year All Incentives: 50% of equipment and labor cost
Custom: 50% of the incremental cost
Equipment Requirements:See program web site
Expiration Date:12/31/2014
Web Site:

Black Hills Energy offers multiple programs for its Colorado commercial and industrial customers to save electricity in their facilities. The commercial prescriptive rebate program provides standardized predetermined rebates to commercial customers that install or upgrade energy efficient equipment recommended by an energy evaluation. Eligible incentives include HVAC, motors, lighting, and new construction.

Black Hills Energy also offers the custom rebate program to commercial and industrial customers for projects that reduce energy usage. Eligible projects include chillers, unitary HVAC equipment, refrigeration, and other energy saving measures not covered under the commercial prescriptive rebate program. The program allows the utility to either buy down the upgrades to a two-year payback or pay up to one-half of the incremental cost of the equipment. Contact the utility for more information on the custom program.

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Phone: (800) 426-5784
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