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Duke Energy Progress - Commercial and Industrial Energy-Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/16/2012
Program Overview:
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, LED Lighting, Building Energy Modeling, Design Incentives, Retro-Commissioning
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Construction, Multi-Family Residential
Amount:Custom: $0.08 per kW hour saved annually
CFL Lamps (Retrofit Only): $1.50
LED Exit Sign (Retrofit Only): $25
Occupancy Sensors: $0.06/watt controlled
Existing Fixture Replacement (Retrofit Only): $0.35/watt reduced
Lighting Power Density Reduction (New Construction Only): $0.35/Watt reduced
Air Conditioners/Heat Pumps: $25 - $55/ton
Room AC: $25 - $45
Water-Cooled Chillers: $18/ton, $35/ton
Air-Cooled Chillers: $55/ton
VSDs and on HVAC Fans or Pumps: $45/horsepower
ECM Motor for Walk-In/Reach-In Refrigeration: $40 - $50/motor
Anti-Sweat Heater Control: $20/ln. ft.
Auto-Door Closer for Walk-In Refrigeration: $140
Vending Machines/Controls: $90/unit
Ice Makers: $75 - $600 per unit
Whole Building (New Construction Only): $0.09 - $0.14 per kW hour saved annually
Feasibility Study/Retro-Commissioning (Retrofit Only): 50% of cost
Design Incentive (New Construction Only): $0.05/kWh projected first-year savings
Building Energy Modeling (New Construction Only): Up to $20,000
Maximum Incentive:Custom Projects: 75% of the incremental measure costs
Technical Efficiency Studies: 50% of cost up to $10,000-$20,000 Design Incentive (New Construction): $50,000
Equipment Requirements:Qualifications vary and are listed in detail on the applications.
Installation Requirements:All work must be completed and documented for final incentive application submitted within 90 days of project completion. Approval subject to program guidelines.
Expiration Date:12/31/2013
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Progress Energy provides rebates for energy efficiency measures in new construction or retrofits, as well as Technical Assistance for feasibility/energy studies to commercial, industrial and government organizations. Incentives are based on prescriptive rebate amounts listed above or custom amounts based on annual kilowatt-hours (kWh) saved. Prescriptive rebate amounts are available on the program application forms on the Progress Energy web site listed above. A Custom Whole Building incentive for new construction modeled 10% beyond applicable building code can receive $0.09 per annual kWh saved up to $0.14 per annual kWh saved for designs exceeding 20% beyond code.

New buildings greater than 20,000 square feet and designed with a projected first-year electrical savings of at least 15% beyond the applicable building code can receive a design incentive of $.05 per kWh of projected first year savings, up to a maximum of $50,000, or a Building Energy Modeling Incentive up to $20,000, not to exceed the total cost of the modeling service., For retrofits to buildings that use over 500,000 kWh, customers can receive up to 50% of the cost of an energy or feasibility study or retro-commissioning up to $20,000 for a facility every three years.

Once a project is identified, a pre-approval incentive application should be submitted to Progress Energy. Pre-approval is required for some lighting projects and all custom projects, and technical assistance and is strongly encouraged for all projects to reserve funding. A final application and all required documentation should be received by Progress Energy within 90 days of project completion.

  Progress Energy Carolinas
Energy Efficiency for Business
P.O. Box 1551
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (866) 326-6059
Phone 2: (800) 327-8704
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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