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Idaho Power - New Building Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/02/2012
Program Overview:
State: Idaho
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Windows, Motor VFDs, LED Lighting, Air-Side Economizer, Demand Controlled Ventilation, Energy Management System
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial
Amount:FlexPeak Management: Enroll through EnerNOC
Interior Light Load Reduction $0.05/sq. ft.-$0.15/sq. ft. (based on % below code)
Exterior Light Load Reduction: $200/kW below code
Daylight Photo Controls: $15/unit
Ocupancy Sensors: $25/sensor
Exit Signs: $7.50/sign
HVAC: $50/ton plus efficiency bonus of $25/ton
Additional Unit HVAC: $25/ton
Chillers: $20/ton
Air-Side Economizer: $75/ton
Reflective Roof Treatment: $0.05/sq. ft.
Efficient Windows: $0.50/sq. ft.
Energy Management System: $0.30/sq. ft.
Demand Controlled Ventilation: $0.50/cu. ft./minute
Variable Speed Drives: $60/hp
Maximum Incentive:$100,000 per project (regardless of size)
Equipment Requirements:Lighting: system designs that are at least 15% - 20% better than code minimum.
Reflective Roof Treatment: total initial solar reflectivity of at least 0.70 and an emissivity of 0.75 or more. Product or coating must be in buildings with central air conditioning and with roofs pitched less than 4 in 12.
Windows: National Fenestration Rating Council certified to meet a U-factor of 0.30 or less and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.30 or less.
Demand Control Ventilation: HVAC systems must provide at least 1,500 CFM and serve areas with variable occupant loading. For systems that use carbon dioxide sensors to automatically adjust outside air flow based on occupancy levels.
Variable Speed Drives: for fans, pumps and other motors with 5-250 horsepower operating at least 2,000 hours per year. The variable speed drive must be installed in accordance with IEEE Standard 519.
Installation Requirements:Pre-applications required
Daylighting plans need to be reviewed by Idaho Design Lab (IDL).
Occupancy Sensors: must be in spaces where they are not required by code.
Funding Source:Conservation Charge
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Idaho Power offers incentives for its commercial and industrial customers in Idaho and Oregon to install new equipment above code in eligible facilities. They provide rebates for lighting equipment and controls, HVAC equipment and controls, building shell measures, and energy control/ventilation equipment. Incentives are designed to average about half the additional cost of energy-efficiency investments. This program is for Idaho Power commercial or industrial customers on rate Schedule 7 (Small General Service, Small Commercial), Schedule 9 (Large General Service, Large Commercial), or Schedule 19 (Large Power Service). Only projects that are part of a new building, an expansion to an existing building, or a major renovation can qualify. All Building Efficiency final applications must be submitted within 60 days of project completion.

Extensive program details can be found here.

  Customer Service - Idaho Power
Idaho Power Company
P.O. Box 70
1221 W. Idaho St.
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 388-2323
Phone 2: (800) 488-6151
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