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Long Island Power Authority - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/02/2012
Program Overview:
State: New York
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Roofs, Motors, Motor VFDs, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Vending Machine Controls, Food Service Equipment, LED Lighting, Cool Roof
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Institutional
Amount:Room Air Conditioners: $200/ton
Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners/Heat Pumps: $125/ton - $600/ton
Air Cooled Air Conditioners: $25/ton - $400/ton
Water/Evaporatively Cooled Air Conditioners: $40/ton
Air Cooled Heat Pumps: $50/ton - $125/ton
Water Source Heat Pumps: $80/ton; plus $2 - $8/ton per 0.01 kw/ton below standard
Air Cooled Chiller: $25/ton; plus $5/ton per 0.01 kw/ton below standard
Water Cooled Chiller: $6/ton - $15/ton
Cool Roofs: $0.20/sq. ft.
High Intensity Fluorescent Fixtures: $125
T8/T5 Fixtures: $75
T8/T5 Lamps/Ballasts: $40
2X2 Fluorescent/CFL Interior Parking Garage Retrofit: $75
LED Interior Parking Garage Retrofit: $200
LED Track Lighting Fixtures: $75
LED Fixtures/Lamps: $20 - $45
LED Recessed/Surface/Pendant Mounted Downlights: $45 - $100
LED Linear Panel: $100 - $125/unit
Ceramic Metal Halide Fixtures: $15 - $75
Refrigerated Case Lighting: $125
Occupancy Sensors: $70 - $100
Variable Displacement: $60/HP (up to 100 HP)
Variable Speed Drive : 95/HP (up to 100 HP)
Refrigerated Air Dryers (Cycling): $6/CFM (up to 500 CFM)
Refrigerated Air Dryers (Variable Speed): $6/CFM (up to 500 CFM)
Storage Tanks for Existing Compressors: $2 - $3/gallon
Variable Frequency Drives: $800 - $6,000
Electric Steamers: $750
Convection Oven: $350
Electric Griddles: $300
Electric Fryers: $200
Insulated Holding Cabinets: $200 - $300
Vending Machines: $30 - $45
Custom: Varies Widely
New Construction: Slightly varied from existing building incentives
Maximum Incentive:Whole Building: $400,000 per building annually ($500,000 for LEED-certified)
Commissioning Incentive: Up to 100% of cost, up to $100,000
LEED Certification: Up to $25,000
Energy Modeling: 100% of cost of energy modeling, up to $50,000
Custom and Whole Building Additional Incentive: technical assistance up to $10,000; more complex projects can receive up to 50% of any additional costs.
Equipment Requirements:See program web site for full requirements
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:LIPA retains ownership of all rights to existing and future emissions credits, renewable energy credits, green tags, tradable renewable certificates and/or any and all other environmental benefits associated with the installation of the eligible equipment.
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Long Island Power Authority offers a variety of incentives for its non-residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of facilities through the Commercial Efficiency Program. Major renovations of existing buildings and new construction projects are both eligible for this program, with new construction incentives being slightly reduced compared to existing building incentives. There are several paths to choose from in the program, each one designed to fit the needs of a particular customer.

  • The Prescriptive Approach offers rebates on a pre-qualified list of energy-efficient equipment including lighting, compressed air, kitchen equipment, variable frequency drives, and HVAC equipment.
  • The Custom Approach provides funding for more complex energy-saving measures, perhaps measures unique to the building or business, which are not covered under the prescriptive approach.
  • The Green Building Approach allows businesses to pursue options that fully integrate building envelope and operating systems to produce a building as energy efficient as current technology and design allows.

Incentives will cover a portion of the additional design and equipment expenses required to create an exemplary building. For customers exploring the custom approach or the whole building design approach LIPA will provide up to $10,000 in technical assistance services, including consultants to help businesses choose and implement energy-efficient measures and equipment. For more complex projects, LIPA will provide 50 percent of any additional planning costs, up to $50,000. Follow all steps on rebate applications if pursuing incentives.

  LIPA Customer Service
Long Island Power Authority
333 Earle Ovington Blvd, Suite 403
Uniondale, NY 11553
Phone: (800) 692-2626
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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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