Sustainable Energy Program

The Sustainable Energy Program provides financial incentives to encourage residential and business customers to make energy-efficiency improvements. By taking advantage of the Sustainable Energy Program, you can save money, help reduce the need for energy during expensive peak periods and help delay the necessity to build additional high-cost power plants to serve our community.

How it works
  1. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 1 of each year.
     
  2. Take a look at our list of participating contractors.
     
  3. Contact one or more of the SEP participating contractors for a bid and available incentives.
     
  4. Ask your accountant if the project qualifies for a federal tax credit.
Energy-efficient house interior
SEP FUNDS REMAINING
As of 6/18/2021
$
665268
Residential
Qualifying equipment & incentives

Whole-house and facility sealing and insulation
Customers in existing homes and commercial buildings with no wall or minimal attic insulation (R-19 or less) can qualify for up to $1,000 to seal penetrations and upgrade insulation levels to current energy code standards. Incentives are available at $0.80/square foot for wall insulation and $0.50/square foot for attic insulation. A pre and post blower door test also is required. Talk to one of the Sustainable Energy Program participating contractors for further details.

High-efficiency heat pumps and air conditioners
Customers could receive up to $500 per system for qualifying central air conditioners and air source heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps can qualify for up to $1,500 per system. Incentives for central air conditioners and air source heat pumps are determined by both EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) and SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). Geothermal incentives are determined by the EER. All are compared to existing energy code minimums.

Heat pump water heaters 
Customers could receive $500 per qualifying heat pump water heater that is 40 gallons or larger. Heaters with a tank size of 40 to 55 gallons must have a UEF (efficiency rating) of at least 2.0. Heaters above 55 gallons must have a UEF of at least 2.2. The unit must be listed by ENERGY STAR®. It can be installed in an existing or new home or commercial building. It must be installed in an unconditioned or partially conditioned room that provides at least 1,000 cubic feet of the surrounding air.

Commercial & Industrial
Qualifying equipment & incentives

Whole-house and facility sealing and insulation
Customers in existing homes and commercial buildings with no wall or minimal attic insulation (R-19 or less) can qualify for up to $1,000 to seal penetrations and upgrade insulation levels to current energy code standards. Incentives are available at $0.80/square foot for wall insulation and $0.50/square foot for attic insulation. A pre and post blower door test also is required. Talk to one of the Sustainable Energy Program participating contractors for further details.

High-efficiency heat pumps and air conditioners
Customers could receive up to $500 per system for qualifying central air conditioners and air source heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps can qualify for up to $1,500 per system. Incentives for central air conditioners and air source heat pumps are determined by both EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) and SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). Geothermal incentives are determined by the EER. All are compared to existing energy code minimums.

Heat pump water heaters 
Customers could receive $500 per qualifying heat pump water heater that is 40 gallons or larger. Heaters with a tank size of 40 to 55 gallons must have a UEF (efficiency rating) of at least 2.0. Heaters above 55 gallons must have a UEF of at least 2.2. The unit must be listed by ENERGY STAR®. It can be installed in an existing or new home or commercial building. It must be installed in an unconditioned or partially conditioned room that provides at least 1,000 cubic feet of the surrounding air.

Commercial and industrial lighting
Incentive payments are available for customers reducing electrical demand and costs associated with lighting (within existing commercial buildings). Lighting in new facilities does not qualify. Screw-in bulbs, CFL bulbs, GU base bulbs, track lights and can lights do not qualify. All new lighting products must be LED. LED lighting replacing LED lighting does not qualify.

Commercial and industrial energy efficiency
This program is designed to help commercial and industrial customers achieve peak-demand savings through one or more efficiency measures. Components of the program include air conditioner/heat pump, variable frequency drives, compressed air systems upgrade, energy management systems installation, optimization or upgrade, and refrigeration system. In addition, customers can work with their assigned LES account executive to tailor a program that results in reduced system peak demand.

Contractors

Are you a contractor/self-installer already registered to participate in the Sustainable Energy Program? If yes, click the link below to access the 2021 program details.

Contractor Login

Are you a contractor/self-installer interested in participating in the Sustainable Energy Program? 

Email an Energy Services Representative 
Call 402.475.4211

View the video below for an overview of LES' 2021 program orientation for contractors/self-installers.

Contractor orientation meeting highlights

 

Hard hat, level, and blue prints
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