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Duke Energy (Electric) - Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/17/2012
Program Overview:
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Windows, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Room Air Conditioners, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Heat Pump Water Heaters, LED Lighting, LED Traffic Signals, Thermal Storage Units
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Institutional
Amount:Fluorescent Lighting and Reduced Wattage: $3-$25/fixture
High Bay Fluorescent Lighting: $30-$120/fixture
CFL Fixture: $10/fixture
CFL Screw-In: $1.50/bulb
High Bay CFL Fixture: $50/fixture
Metal Halide Fixture (< 320 watts): $25/fixture
Light Tube: $75
LED Exit Signs: $10/sign
LED Case Lighting: $50/door ($10/sensor)
LED Traffic Signals: $12.50-$25
Occupancy Sensors: $20-$40/sensor
Air Conditioners: $20-$40/ton
Heat Pumps: $20-$40/ton
Room/Sleeve A/C Units: $25-$50/unit
Heat Pump Water Heaters: $2,000-$9,000/unit
Programmable Thermostats: $50/unit
Window Film: $1/sq. ft.
Chillers: $5-$30/ton + additional incentives depending on full load kW/ton and EER
Thermal Storage Units: $190/kW shifted
Pumps: $122-$400/pump
VFDs: $40/HP (for process pumping); $100/HP (applied to HVAC equipment)
Barrel Wraps: $1/ton
Pellet Dryer Duct Insulation: $13-$40/foot
Engineered Compressed Air Nozzles: $20/unit
Vending Equipment Controllers: $50
Cooking/Refrigeration Equipment: Up to $1,000/unit
Custom: Up to 50% of incremental cost
Maximum Incentive:Commercial Incentives: $50,000 per fiscal year, per facility for all eligible technologies combined
Custom Incentives: 50% of incremental cost
Most Prescriptive Incentives: 50% of equipment cost
Equipment Requirements:All equipment must meet certain efficiency standards located on the program web site
Light fixtures must be listed by Design Lighting Consortium or Energy Star
Installation Requirements:Customers should submit an application within 90 days of installing new high-efficiency equipment.
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Duke Energy’s Smart $aver Incentive program offers rebates to non-residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in their facilities. All Duke Energy North Carolina nonresidential electric customers are eligible, except those that have elected to opt out of the Energy Efficiency Rider. Rebates are available for a wide range of equipment including lighting, heating and cooling equipment, chillers and thermal storage units, motors, pumps, VFDs, process equipment, and food service equipment. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards stated on the program web site. To receive the rebates, customers should submit a completed application within 90 days after the equipment is installed and operational. A list of frequently asked questions and the program application forms can be found on the program web site.

Custom applications for up to 50% of cost on any electricity saving device can be sent to Three levels of energy assessments are available for commercial customers: online, over the phone, and on-site visits by an energy professional providing a report with paybacks. The on-site visits require a fee which can be recouped within the Smart $aver Incentives program; to begin, customers can contact Demand response programs are also available, providing rewards and load curtailment via a dedicated web portal for each commercial customer.

  Non-Residential Rebate Program
Duke Energy
431 Charmany Dr.
Madison, WI 53719
Phone: (866) 380-9580
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