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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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NSTAR (Electric) - Business Solutions Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/13/2013
Program Overview:
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motors, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Vending Machine Controls, LED Lighting, HVAC Controls, HVAC Motors, Energy Management Systems, Custom Lighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Construction, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:New Construction
Custom: Contact NSTAR
Municipalities: Contact NSTAR
Lighting (Custom): $0.40/watt reduction (Tier 1); $1/watt reduction (Tier 2)
Fluorescent Fixtures: $10 - $30
LED Lighting (Downlights): $10 - $30
LED Lighting (Refrigeration): $45
LED Lighting (Low Bay/Troffers):$50 - $100
LED Lighting (Garage/Canopy/Roadway/Mounted): $50 - $150
Lighting Controls: $25-$60/sensor
VSDs: $600-$3550
AC/Heat Pumps: $30-$150/ton
HVAC Controls and Motors: $150-$250/control
Chillers: Contact NSTAR
Compressed Air: $100 - $200/HP ($2.75/gallon of storage)

Custom: Contact NSTAR
Municipal Program: Contact NSTAR
Performance Based Commissioning/Retro-Commissioning: $0.075/kWh saved
Recessed/Commercial Fluorescent Fixtures: $15 - $75
Metal Halide/Pulse Start Metal Halide: $25 - $85
High Intensity Fluorescent Fixtures: $65 - $95
LED Lighting (Downlights/Linear/Signage): $20 - $50
LED Lighting (Refrigeration): $40 - $60
LED Lighting (Low Bay - Garage/Canopy): $100 - $200
LED Lighting (Parking/Roadway/Decorative): $200
LED Lighting (Exterior Wall Mount): $75
LED Lighting (Interior High/Low Bay): $100 - $180
LED Lighting (Interior Panel Fixtures): $40 - $60
Lighting Controls: $25-$60/sensor
Motor and VSD: $1,200 - $16,500
Energy Management Systems: $225/point awarded
Hotel Occupancy Sensor: $75/sensor
Vending Machine & Cooler Sensors: $45 - $115
Maximum Incentive:Contact NSTAR
Equipment Requirements:Varies according to equipment type and efficiency
Please see rebate application forms and program website for requirements
Web Site:

The Business Solutions Program offers NSTAR's non-residential customers incentives for a variety of energy efficient retrofit and new construction projects. Prescriptive rebates are available for commercial lighting, industrial lighting, motors & variable speed drives, variable speed drives, energy management systems, vending machines, and sensors. The program also offers a several customized incentives for energy saving retrofit projects that do not fit into the above listed categories. A comprehensive list of equipment rebates, customer eligibility, and applications can be found on the program web site.

In addition to the Business Solutions Program, NSTAR also offers engineering services to help government customers assess energy efficiency opportunities and the Construction Solutions Program for new construction and major renovations.

  Business Solutions Program
One NSTAR Way - SW360
Westwood, MA 02090
Phone: (781) 441-8592
Phone 2: (800) 787-1706
Fax: (781) 441-8721
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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