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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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SMUD - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/04/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Windows, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Evaporative Coolers, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Personal Computing Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Food Service Equipment, LED Lighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Construction, Retail Supplier
Amount:PC/Data Management
PC Network Software: $10/software license
Plug Load Occupancy Sensors: $16.50
Data Center Cooling: 30% of cost
Server Virtualization: 30% of cost

LED Exit Signs: $15 - $40
Channel Signage: $2 - $6/ft
Occupancy Sensors: $16.50 - $44
LED Lighting (Interior): $0.10 - $0.15/kWh; plus $200/kW for Title 24 applications
LED Lighting (Exterior): Up to 30% of cost
Display/Accent Lighting (Ceramic Metal Halide): $12.50 - $45
Bi-Level Stairwell/Hall/Garage Fixtures: $25/unit
Custom: $0.06/kWh up to 30% of cost
Lighting Controls: up to 80% of cost

Heating & Cooling
Custom: $0.08/kWh, up to 30% of cost
Advanced Evaporative Cooler: $123/ton
Package Terminal AC & Heat Pumps: $100/unit
Variable Frequency Drives: $50/HP
Variable Speed Motor Air Handling System: $50/unit
Reflective Window Film: $1.35/square foot

Food Service Equipment
Refrigeration: See Program Website
Ovens: $350 - $1,000/unit
Griddle: $300/unit
Fryers: $200/vat
Steam Cooker: $750/unit
Ice Machines: $50 - $500/unit
Insulated Holding Cabinets: $200 - $300
Ventilation Controls: $300 - $350/hp

Motors & Controls
Custom: 30% of cost
Escalator Motor Controller: $20/hp

Water-Based Cleaning Equipment: Up to $4,200
Maximum Incentive:Savings By Design: $150,000
Data Center Cooling: $100,000
Server Virtualization: $150,000
Lighting Controls: $300,000
Interior Lighting (custom): $150,000
Exterior Lighting (custom): $50,000
Heating & Cooling (custom): $150,000
Motors & Controls (custom): $150,000
Equipment Requirements:See web site for qualifying efficiency levels for equipment
Web Site:

The prescriptive lighting program is currently out of funds for new projects. Contact SMUD for further information.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) offers a wide array of incentives for its commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a for lighting equipment and controls , HVAC systems and controls, motors, food service equipment, PC and Data management systems, refrigeration equipment and controls, and whole building measures .  In general, SMUD provides both custom and prescriptive ("Express") incentive packages for eligible measures. Review the program website to compare the benefits of prescriptive vs. custom incentives for specific equipment and measures.  Additional information on equipment and eligibility requirements, as well as s list of measures not eligible for rebates, can also be found on the program website.

  Commercial Services
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
6201 S Street
PO Box 15830
Sacramento, CA 95852-1830
Phone: (888) 742-7683
Phone 2: (877) 622-7683
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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