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Empire District Electric - Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebates   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/18/2012
Program Overview:
State: Arkansas
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Motors, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial
Amount:Custom: lesser of $.30 per kWh savings, 50% of incremental cost, or buydown to two year payback
T5/T8 Fluorescent Lamps/Fixtures: $0.50/lamp; $4 - 18
High-Bay Fluorescent Lamps/Ballasts: $40 - $125
CFL Fixtures: $8 - $25
Pendant/Wall Mount/Recessed Indirect Fixtures: $16 - $24
Pulse-Start Metal Halide Fixtures: $25 - $65
Metal Halide Fixtures: $17 - $45
Lighting Controls: $12 - 35
Air Conditioners: $73 - $92/ton, depending on system type and efficiency
Water Source Heat Pumps: $64/ton
Geothermal Heat Pumps (New): $480/ton
Geothermal Heat Pumps (Replacement): $70/ton
Water Chillers: $5 - $20 per ton, depending on system type and efficiency
Motors: $10 - $600 per motor, depending on size and efficiency
Variable Frequency Drives: $30/HP
Maximum Incentive:$20,000; additional funds may be available for final 3 months of program year
Eligible System Size:Geothermal Heat Pumps: 150 tons or less
Water Source Heat Pumps: 30 tons or less
Variable Frequency Drives: 1 - 200 HP
Water Chillers: Greater than 30 tons, less than 1,000 tons
Equipment Requirements:See program web site for full requirements
Air Conditioners: 10 - 11.5 EER or 14 SEER minimum depending on size and type
Water Source Heat Pumps: 14 EER minimum
Geothermal Heat Pumps: 16.5 EER minimum
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The Empire District Electric Company offers a Commercial/Industrial Prescriptive Rebate Program to its non-residential customers in Arkansas who purchase certain high-efficiency equipment for eligible facilities. A variety of prescriptive rebates are available to all electric customers served under any non-residential rate schedule in the Empire service territory. The rebates, which can be applied to both new construction and retrofit projects, are offered for high-efficiency lighting, air conditioning systems, heat pumps, chillers, motors and variable frequency drives. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards listed on the program web site. Customers can also apply for custom rebates that fit the exact needs of a facility. Interested customers should fill out the prescriptive rebate application and worksheets located on the program web site to view all rebate levels. The amount to be rebated cannot exceed $20,000 during the first 9 months of the program year. Additional rebate funds may be available during the final 3 months if projects merit a larger incentive. Applications must be pre-approved by Empire electric before equipment is purchased and installed.

  Customer Service - Empire
Empire District Electric Company
Electric Rebate Program
PO Box 311
Hockessin, DE 19707
Phone: (800) 206-2300
Phone 2: (800) 639-0077
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